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URI Community Planning lecture series to explore - Protecting our interests: region, city, site.

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 21, 2005 -- Sharon Rooney, a landscape architect and designer with 15 years of experience at the Cape Cod Commission, will kick off the 2005 URI Community Planning and Landscape Architecture Lecture Series on Sept. 29. The talk begins at 7p.m. in Weaver Auditorium at the Coastal Institute on URI’s Kingston campus. It is free and open to the public.

Rooney will speak on “The Cape Cod Regional Policy Plan: Challenges in Making the Vision a Reality.” The lecture will focus on the background and policies of the Commission and how it has been utilized to protect resources and manage growth on Cape Cod.

“I am looking forward to sharing my experience as a designer and planner at the Cape Cod Commission with students and members of the community. Perhaps some of the planning strategies we’re employing on the Cape will be useful in addressing issues of growth management in the Rhode Island community,” said Rooney.

Two additional lectures are also scheduled during the fall semester.

Scheri Fultineer, a landscape architect with graduate degrees in both landscape architecture and comparative theology, will discuss “Integral Strands: Interweaving Social and Environmental Sustainability in Contemplative Communities,” on Oct. 20. The focus of Fultineer’s work and research is the way landscaping is influenced by spiritual and religious beliefs.

Chris Reed, the founding principal of StoSS Landscape Urbanism in Boston, will discuss “Public Works Practice,” on Nov. 10. Reed is recognized for his urban designs and his knowledge of brownfields redevelopment and emerging technologies. A former senior associate at Hargreaves Associates in Cambridge, Mass., Reed was a project manager and designer for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark.

The URI Community Planning and Landscape Architecture series is co-sponsored by the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. For more information about the series, call the URI Department of Community Planning and Landscape Architecture at 874-2249 or email Professor Will Green at