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Reports and Research

URIs Energy Future: Cutting Costs, Carbon, and Global Change

An assessment of URI's carbon footprint as of 2009, with recommendations for future green initiatives. (S. Bradley Moran, Ph.D, 2008.)


Reports and Research

Commuter Behavior and Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the University of Rhode Island (2009)

Final report. 2006 report revised based on reviewer comments. Submitted to the URI Transportation Center (Meyerson, Sholly, 2009)

URIs Energy Future: Cutting Costs, Carbon, and Global Change

An assessment of URI's carbon footprint as of 2009, with recommendations for future green initiatives. (S. Bradley Moran, Ph.D, 2008.)


Reports and Research

Commuter Behavior and Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the University of Rhode Island (2009)

Final report. 2006 report revised based on reviewer comments. Submitted to the URI Transportation Center (Meyerson, Sholly, 2009)

URIs Energy Future: Cutting Costs, Carbon, and Global Change

An assessment of URI's carbon footprint as of 2009, with recommendations for future green initiatives. (S. Bradley Moran, Ph.D, 2008.)

Commuter Behavior, Transportation, Energy Use, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the University of Rhode Island

Report estimates and analyzes trends in commuter behavior, vehicle and fuel use, and greenhouse gas emissions of staff, faculty and students at the University. It includes analysis of a Spring 2006 URI commuter survey. (Rachel Sholly, 2006)

Researching Design and Transportation Systems for Sustainable Communities

Report defines terms, reviews and reads the literature, identifies projects recognized as sustainable in selected regions, and contacts individuals responsible for aspects of the various project. (Prof. William Green, 2009)


Reports and Research

Commuter Behavior and Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the University of Rhode Island (2009)

Final report. 2006 report revised based on reviewer comments. Submitted to the URI Transportation Center (Meyerson, Sholly, 2009)


URI Resources

URI Sustainable Agriculture

The purpose of Sustainable Agriculture at URI is to assist Rhode Island farmers in their ongoing efforts at sustainability

URI Learning Landscape Program

URI's Learning Landscape environmental education program provides elementary school teachers and students with access to educational tools and field trips

Mallon Outreach Center at the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

The Mallon Outreach Center is an educational facility located in the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park. URI conducts programs in partnership with staff at the RWP BC and with horticultural groups throughout the region.

URI Botanical Gardens

The URI Botanical Gardens present a diverse collection of plants from the northeastern US and around the world, adapted to grow well, with minimal inputs, in our climate and soils

URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO)

URI GSO is located on the University’s 200-acre Narragansett Bay Campus on Narragansett Bay’s West Passage with a deep-water pier and easy access to the open Atlantic. The campus offers an ideal location from which to explore the world o

The URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative

The purpose of the URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative is to provide an independent, third-party, objective source of information and research on the sustainable seafood movement, its functioning, and its effectiveness.

URI GreenShare

URI GreenShare provides an umbrella for a wide range of resources aimed primarily at landscape horticulture professionals

URI W. Alton Jones Environmental Education and Conference Center

Situated on 2,300 acres of pristine forests, a 75 acre lake, and a nineteenth-century farm, our year-round Environmental Education Center offers an ideal setting for Summer Day, Overnight and Teen Camps, School Field Trips and Conferences

URI Master Gardener Program

Extend your gardening knowledge and become a URI Master Gardener volunteer. It's a prestigious designation given only to those who successfully train in various aspects of plant science and complete an internship of 50 hours<

URI CELS

In the College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS), students develop new scientific knowledge and partner with world class faculty in the laboratory and in the field, steeped in the sense that stewardship of the earth's resources is at t

URI Land Grant Programs

The University of Rhode Island Land Grant Programs are dedicated to enabling Rhode Islanders to improve their lives and communities through partnership that put our experience and research-based knowledge to work.

URI Coastal Institute

The Mission of the Coastal Institute is to Advance Knowledge and Develop Solutions to Environmental Problems in Coastal Ecosystems.


URI Resources

Hillside Hall

Hillside Hall gives a whole new meaning to “green living.” URI’s newest residence hall, home to 429 pharmacy, nursing, and international students, was designed with leadership in energy and the environment in mind.

LEED Silver: URI Ocean Science and Exploration Center

The URI Ocean Science and Exploration Center, Pell Marine Library achieved LEED Silver in 2010

Hillside Residence Hall

The University is seeking LEED Silver certification for Hillside Hall, opened in 2012

LEED Gold: URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Tthe CBLS building earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building in 2010

Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center

The Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center is designed to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards and reinforces the pledge made by the University to make sustainability one of the guiding initiatives at URI. 

URI Energy Fellows Program

The Energy Fellows program provides URI undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience addressing real-world energy issues.

LEED Silver: Hope Commons Dining Hall

URI's Hope Commons opened in August 2008 and has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification,

URI College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy building is expected to earn a "Gold" rating in the U.S Green Building Council's LEED® rating system. Through its technology and design, the building will use about 20 percent less energy than a traditional building of this size.

URI Capital Improvement

Highlights of the URI Capital Improvement projects

URI Campus Planning and Design

The mission of Campus Planning and Design is to lead the university’s facility development to create a high quality environment that fosters learning, academic research, and a strong campus community.

URI Climate Action Plan

URI's dynamic plan that sets emissions reduction goals and presents a wide array of potential projects, policies and programs focused on main campus operations

URI Facilities Services

URI's utilities office plans, coordinates and monitors the University's utility systems & commodities, including electrical, steam, fuel, water & sewage distribution network

URI Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

URI's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for all four URI campuses were determined using the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) Campus Carbon Calculator


URI Resources

URI Dining Services

For the fifth year in a row, Hope Commons dining facility has been recognized by the National Association of College & University Food Services for its environmentally friendly practices. The recycling of waste cooking oil for conversion to biodiesel, purchasing local produce, and even growing our own produce, are just a few of the ways URI Dining Services has gone green.

URI Sustainable Agriculture

The purpose of Sustainable Agriculture at URI is to assist Rhode Island farmers in their ongoing efforts at sustainability

URI Master Composter and Recycler Program

The Master Composter and Recycler Program offers training sessions at the URI's Outreach Center at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

LEED Silver: Hope Commons Dining Hall

URI's Hope Commons opened in August 2008 and has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification,

The URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative

The purpose of the URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative is to provide an independent, third-party, objective source of information and research on the sustainable seafood movement, its functioning, and its effectiveness.

URI Land Grant Programs

The University of Rhode Island Land Grant Programs are dedicated to enabling Rhode Islanders to improve their lives and communities through partnership that put our experience and research-based knowledge to work.

Slow Food URI

Creating and celebrating a food system with roots in nutrition, environmental sustainability, and social justice.


URI Resources

Hillside Hall

Hillside Hall gives a whole new meaning to “green living.” URI’s newest residence hall, home to 429 pharmacy, nursing, and international students, was designed with leadership in energy and the environment in mind.

LEED Gold: URI Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Tthe CBLS building earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold building in 2010

Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center

The Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center is designed to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards and reinforces the pledge made by the University to make sustainability one of the guiding initiatives at URI. 

URI Energy Fellows Program

The Energy Fellows program provides URI undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience addressing real-world energy issues.

URI College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy building is expected to earn a "Gold" rating in the U.S Green Building Council's LEED® rating system. Through its technology and design, the building will use about 20 percent less energy than a traditional building of this size.

URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO)

URI GSO is located on the University’s 200-acre Narragansett Bay Campus on Narragansett Bay’s West Passage with a deep-water pier and easy access to the open Atlantic. The campus offers an ideal location from which to explore the world o

URI Climate Action Plan

URI's dynamic plan that sets emissions reduction goals and presents a wide array of potential projects, policies and programs focused on main campus operations

URI Facilities Services

URI's utilities office plans, coordinates and monitors the University's utility systems & commodities, including electrical, steam, fuel, water & sewage distribution network

URI Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

URI's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for all four URI campuses were determined using the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) Campus Carbon Calculator

URI Master Energy Training Program

The Master Energy Program is a 7-session training program that provides information on how to save money & the environment with energy efficiency

The URI Center for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy

The Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy coordinates & expands research conducted at the Graduate School of Oceanography, and Colleges of Envi & Life Sci (CELS), Engineering (COE), and Arts & Sci (CAS)

URI Energy Center

The URI Energy Center (URIEC) was created to bring together a cross-disciplinary team of research faculty, outreach staff and ambitious students to address energy concerns 


URI Resources

Hertz Connect car share at URI

URI's Kingston campus has a car share program. Hertz Connect offers free membership for students, and a low hourly (as little as $5/hr) or daily rate (as little as $25 for overnight). Your hourly or daily rate includes driver's insurance AND gas!!

Ocean State Clean Cities Coalition at URI

A government-industry partnership designed to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector by advancing the use of alternative fuels and vehicles, idle reduction technologies, hybrid electric vehicles, fuel blends, and fuel economy measure

SAS Student-friendly RIPTA 66 timetable

Riding RIPTA's 66 bus has never been easier! Take a look at the student-friendly bus timetable, courtesy of the URI Student Action for Sustainability.

The URI Transportation Center

Established in 1999 at URI to conduct multidisciplinary education, research, technology transfer & outreach for surface transportation systems & advanced transportation infrastructure

URI Climate Action Plan

URI's dynamic plan that sets emissions reduction goals and presents a wide array of potential projects, policies and programs focused on main campus operations

URI Cycling Club

The mission of the URI Cycling Club is to promote a bike-friendly environment on campus.


URI Resources

URI Master Composter and Recycler Program

The Master Composter and Recycler Program offers training sessions at the URI's Outreach Center at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

RI Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) at URI

NEMO is a national network that provides decision makers with the skills and resources needed to identify local water quality problems and to adopt effective pollution controls.

New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program at URI

Educates the public and wastewater practitioners on onsite wastewater system issues, advance use of innovative alternative technologies to improve and protect public health and water quality, and encourage sustainable development in New England

URI Home*A*Syst

The University of Rhode Island Home*A*Syst Program is a voluntary residential pollution prevention program providing workshops, publications, and other educational resources

URI Recycling

URI Recycling will help you recycle, help you find the the right recycling container for your needs and answer any questions you may have about recycling.

URI Climate Action Plan

URI's dynamic plan that sets emissions reduction goals and presents a wide array of potential projects, policies and programs focused on main campus operations

URI Facilities Services

URI's utilities office plans, coordinates and monitors the University's utility systems & commodities, including electrical, steam, fuel, water & sewage distribution network


URI Resources

Drinking Water Protection Resource Center at URI

This program of URI's Cooperative Extension offers a diverse array of resources, ranging from how the water cycle works, to regulations governing water supplies, to water protection measures at the home and the Town level.

URI Watershed Watch

The URI Watershed Watch program works with local communities to assess water quality, and provide information for more effective management of critical water resources.

RI Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) at URI

NEMO is a national network that provides decision makers with the skills and resources needed to identify local water quality problems and to adopt effective pollution controls.

New England Onsite Wastewater Training Program at URI

Educates the public and wastewater practitioners on onsite wastewater system issues, advance use of innovative alternative technologies to improve and protect public health and water quality, and encourage sustainable development in New England

URI Home*A*Syst

The University of Rhode Island Home*A*Syst Program is a voluntary residential pollution prevention program providing workshops, publications, and other educational resources

URI Water Quality Program

URI's research-based education and training programs helping Rhode Islanders protect their water resources and health

URI Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO)

URI GSO is located on the University’s 200-acre Narragansett Bay Campus on Narragansett Bay’s West Passage with a deep-water pier and easy access to the open Atlantic. The campus offers an ideal location from which to explore the world o

URI Climate Action Plan

URI's dynamic plan that sets emissions reduction goals and presents a wide array of potential projects, policies and programs focused on main campus operations

URI Facilities Services

URI's utilities office plans, coordinates and monitors the University's utility systems & commodities, including electrical, steam, fuel, water & sewage distribution network


URI Resources

Hillside Hall

Hillside Hall gives a whole new meaning to “green living.” URI’s newest residence hall, home to 429 pharmacy, nursing, and international students, was designed with leadership in energy and the environment in mind.

Fascitelli Fitness and Wellness Center

The Fascitelli Fitness & Wellness Center is designed to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards and reinforces the pledge made by the University to make sustainability one of the guiding initiatives at URI. 

URI Energy Fellows Program

The Energy Fellows program provides URI undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience addressing real-world energy issues.

URI Master Composter and Recycler Program

The Master Composter and Recycler Program offers training sessions at the URI's Outreach Center at Roger Williams Park Botanical Center in Providence.

URI Recycling

URI Recycling will help you recycle, help you find the the right recycling container for your needs and answer any questions you may have about recycling.

URI Climate Action Plan

URI's dynamic plan that sets emissions reduction goals and presents a wide array of potential projects, policies and programs focused on main campus operations

URI Facilities Services

URI's utilities office plans, coordinates and monitors the University's utility systems & commodities, including electrical, steam, fuel, water & sewage distribution network

URI Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

URI's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for all four URI campuses were determined using the Clean Air-Cool Planet (CA-CP) Campus Carbon Calculator

URI Energy Center

The URI Energy Center (URIEC) was created to bring together a cross-disciplinary team of research faculty, outreach staff and ambitious students to address energy concerns 

The URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative

The purpose of the URI Sustainable Seafood Initiative is to provide an independent, third-party, objective source of information and research on the sustainable seafood movement, its functioning, and its effectiveness.

URI GreenShare

URI GreenShare provides an umbrella for a wide range of resources aimed primarily at landscape horticulture professionals

Slow Food URI

Creating and celebrating a food system with roots in nutrition, environmental sustainability, and social justice.

URI Cycling Club

The mission of the URI Cycling Club is to promote a bike-friendly environment on campus.


External Resources

URI Coastal Landscapes Program

URI partnered with RI Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) to raise general awareness about the value of eco-centric landscape management on coastal properties to promote habitat restoration, stormwater management, and resource conservation

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment

Audubon Society of Rhode Island

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island, the state's first environmental organization, invites you to discover the wonders of nature

The National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization.


External Resources

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is the state agency for historical preservation and heritage program.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

U.S. Green Building Council

A non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings


External Resources

Farm Fresh Rhode Island

A non-profit collaboration to strengthen the local food systems of Southern New England.

URI Nutrition and Food Science Research Center

The Food Science and Nutrition Research Center (FSNRC) was established in 1987 to house the graduate education and research programs in Food Science and Nutritional Science.


External Resources

RI Office of Energy Resources

The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (RIOER) works to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in the State of Rhode Island.

National Grid

An international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world that services Rhode Island communities

Northeast Energy Services Company (NORESCO)

For almost two decades, NORESCO has provided its clients with fully outsourced integrated energy solutions valued at over $1.4 billion


External Resources

Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation seeks to provide and maintain a safe, efficient, environmentally, aesthetically and culturally sensitive intermodal transportation network.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)

Established in 1966, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is a quasi-public, independent authority that operates public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.


External Resources

RI Stormwater Solutions

Rhode Islanders can take simple steps to reduce stormwater pollution

Recyclopedia

Recyclopedia is a reference site that lists every possible thing you might want to throw out and whether or not it can be recycled in Rhode Island. It will even let you know which bin to place it in: blue, green, or trash!

South County Public Services: Solid Waste and Recycling

If you live off-campus, and are a resident of South Kingstown, you have the option of contracting with a private trash hauler or taking garbage to the Rose Hill Recycling-Transfer Station

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC)

The mission of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation is to provide safe, environmentally compliant, and affordable solid waste and recycling services for the Rhode Island community.


External Resources

Rhode Island Water Resources Board

The Rhode Island Water Resources Board is an executive agency of state government charged with managing the proper development, utilization and conservation of water resources.

RI Stormwater Solutions

Rhode Islanders can take simple steps to reduce stormwater pollution

Save the Bay Narragansett Bay

Save The Bay protects, restores and improves the ecological health of the Narragansett Bay region, including its watershed and adjacent coastal waters, through an ecosystem-based approach to environmental action


External Resources

Center for Ecoliteracy

This website is a resource for both students and administrators alike.  The Center For Ecoliteracy is dedicated to educating others about the benefits of sustainable living and teaches methods to become more sustainable in our everyday lives.  

South County Public Services: Solid Waste and Recycling

If you live off-campus, and are a resident of South Kingstown, you have the option of contracting with a private trash hauler or taking garbage to the Rose Hill Recycling-Transfer Station

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)

Established in 1966, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) is a quasi-public, independent authority that operates public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.


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