URI’s Climate Action Plan is an evolving document that will guide the University to climate neutrality, meaning no net greenhouse gas emissions. This document presents a wide array of potential projects, policies and programs that can be implemented over time and sets reduction goals based on assessed projects. The University will aim to achieve reductions of 2005 levels by 2015, 10% below 2005 levels by 2020, 40% by 2030, 45% by 2040 and 50% by 2050. The plan will remain in draft form until President Dooley officially adopts it. Any comments or questions related to the plan can be directed to Vice President Robert A. Weygand at email@example.com.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the URI Climate Action Plan Community Feedback Forum hosted by the President’s Council on Sustainability on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences.
Welcome remarks by Robert A. Weygand, Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chair of the President’s Council on Sustainability, were followed by an overview of the projects, policies and programs recommended in the Draft Climate Action Plan to reduce URI’s greenhouse gas emissions. Because the goal of this event was to allow members of the URI community to contribute to this document by sharing their thoughts, reactions, suggestions and ideas, the session left ample time for audience feedback and discussion.
In 2007, President Robert Carothers signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which committed the University of Rhode Island to achieve climate neutrality (no net greenhouse gas emissions) as soon as possible. The first major milestone of the commitment, completed in the fall of 2008, was to inventory the greenhouse gas emissions emitted by the University’s four campuses. The second milestone was to develop a Climate Action Plan to guide URI through the process of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The URI Energy Fellows, a team of URI students led by coordinator Rachel Sholly, were enlisted to draft this document which sets reduction goals and presents a variety of projects, policies and programs that can be implemented over time to meet those goals.