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URI Green Thinker

Mecca Smith

Graduation year:  2013
Majors:  Anthropology and Film 
Minors: International Development, Nonviolence and Peace studies, and Leadership
Hometown:  Providence, RI

What does sustainability mean to you?
To me, sustainability means to use materials wisely, and efficiently, while preserving them for the next generation to use.

Which URI project or program related to sustainability should we be the most proud of?
Well, I'm looking forward to seeing how the new Hillside resident hall being built will implement sustainability in not only the building materials, but in the resident hall community as well.
How are you involved with campus sustainability at URI? 
I went abroad to Belize this past winter break. I went with the film department for a course on documentary film making and we were shooting footage for a documentary about sustainability in the country of Belize. It was an amazing experience.

What can URI do to be greener?
Well, this year for the URI 101 classes, the theme was "No Impact". Many students in my class took up the "Green Challenge"; the class even created a petition to have refillable water stations, or "hydration stations" put up around campus and in the dorms. So there would be well hydrated students able to concentrate and study. This would also cut down on the amount of plastic bottles being used, because students would be able to just refill their reusable bottles.

What do you do in your personal life to be green?
I have a compost bin in my dorm room, with red wiggler worms in it to help get rid of kitchen waste in our suite, so as not to waste so much food, and to not clog the sink drains with scraps for whoever moves into our dorm next semester! I also am a big fan of RIPTA (public transit) and it is the primary way I commute to and from campus.

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