URI Sustainability Plans & Programs
The University of Rhode Island has been at the forefront of environmental research for decades, helping to develop a greater understanding of ecology while also examining the impact of human activities on ecosystems as varied as the deep sea and suburban backyards. The operations of the campus itself have not always kept up with the advanced research and teaching taking place within its buildings, but that is rapidly changing.
The University has been building on its long-standing tradition of environmental stewardship by formalizing commitments, planning for the future, and instituting programs to help put the entire campus on a better path to sustainability
The Green Teams/Green Office Program
The Green Team program offers URI staff and faculty tools and resources to help them maintain their commitment to "Think Green" at the workplace. Teams that go the extra mile can earn Green Office certification. Read a press release about the program, or visit the Green Teams website for full information and registration > Read More
In 2007, URI signed on to the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), demonstrating the University's commitment to achieve carbon neutrality (no net greenhouse gas emissions) as soon as possible. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) would provide an evolving framework, guiding the process of reducing URI’s greenhouse gas emissions. > Read More
In order to develop an effective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction plan, it was necessary to update the University's GHG emissions inventory. All readily available institutional data such as number of students, faculty and staff, total building space, total research building space, total budget, energy budget, research grant funds, etc., for all four URI campuses was collected. > Read More
This plan guides the integration of sustainability into the culture of the University and allows our campuses to serve as models of sustainable practices and principles for URI students, faculty, staff, and the local community. Five areas of focus have been identified as priority sustainability issues: Facility Operations, Transportation, Curriculum/Research, Community Culture, and Communication. > Read more
More than 47,000 people, 9,700 ships and 127 planes spent months mopping up oil released during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Yet four years later, the tools to fight offshore oil spills remain remarkably rudimentary.