URI teams with RISD, DEM for pollution prevention
Focus is on developing Environmental Management System for RISD
KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 5, 2000 -- The U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency awarded a $50,000 grant to the University of Rhode Island's Center
for Pollution Prevention, in conjunction with the Rhode Island School of
Design's Environmental, Health & Safety Department. The grant will
be used to develop an environmental management plan for RISD, in collaboration
with the R.I. Department of Environmental Management.
URI, RISD and DEM are evaluating health and environmental issues at
the art school, particularly those related to artist paints, solvents and
solid wastes. A formal environmental management system for the school will
be developed in an effort to reduce or eliminate wastes and to minimize
risks to human health and the environment.
"While RISD has already begun to address many of these issues,
the grant will provide the resources and expertise necessary to formally
develop more efficient ways to monitor and address waste and safety issues
at the school," said Eugene Park, assistant research professor of chemical
engineering at URI and co-director of the Center for Pollution Prevention.
"In addition, the plan that we develop can then be used as a model
for use by other schools and universities."
The process will begin with onsite auditing of various RISD departments,
and culminates with a DEM-approved plan that sets forth policies, protocols,
chain of responsibility, accountability and training.
According to Al Cantara, RISD's environmental health and safety manager,
"Rhode Island School of Design has set the goal of becoming a world-class
leader of environmental, health and safety issues in the arts. To become
recognized as such, RISD's programs and facilities must become models for
environmental stewardship. RISD's administration, students, faculty and
staff embrace the concept of protecting our environment and ensuring safe
The environmental management system plan should be completed within
In addition to the RISD project, the EPA grant also directs the URI
Center for Pollution Prevention to assist DEM in the development of an environmental
and safety certification program for Rhode Island autobody shops.
For Information: Gene Park 874-4303, Todd McLeish 874-7892