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Sustainability officer aims to change campus culture

Marsha Garcia is working to send a message to University of Rhode Island students, faculty and staff to be mindful of how their lifestyle affects the health of the planet and to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

“To me, it’s a common sense approach to living,” said Garcia, the University’s first sustainability officer, who was hired in May after serving in the position for a year on an interim basis. “We all need to be more mindful of how we live on a daily basis and how that impacts the environment.”

She said the concept of sustainability is difficult to explain, especially to those for whom environmental awareness and concern aren’t on their radar. But it’s a vital lesson...

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