In 2007, the University of Rhode Island signed onto the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, which requires the university to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions and eventually achieve carbon neutrality. To provide strategic guidance and oversight of the University's commitment the president established a Council on Sustainability, comprised of URI students, staff and faculty and led by Vice President for Administration & Finance Robert Weygand.
Mission The President’s Council on Sustainability will provide guidance and oversight of the University of Rhode Island’s commitment to sustainable practices in the day-to-day life of the University. The Council will review plans, provide advice on best practices, support initiatives and imagine solutions for the greening of URI, ranging from reduction of its carbon footprint to the inculcation of sustainable values in all aspects of the university community.
The Outreach Center at the University of Rhode Island is offering three training programs in the coming weeks for residents interested in learning about energy conservation and efficiency, how to design and install a residential rain garden, and how to manage invasive plants.