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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.

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Highlights:


ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


URI to host free screening of documentary Plastic Paradise with filmmaker Angela Sun

By: Marsha Garcia  Date: 10/09/2014
Tags: Waste Water Living Green

Come to a free screening of the documentary, "Plastic Paradise," on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm in the Swan Hall Auditorium. Flimmaker Angela Sun will be available via Skype to talk about her film!


University of Rhode Island partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing on Kingston Campus

By:  Date: 09/25/2014
Tags: Transportation Living Green

Help URI keep one less car on campus-- YOURS! The campus has partnered with Zipcar to provide a car sharing program that makes it easier (and cheaper) to leave your car at home.


URI Master Gardeners help Thundermist Health Center maintain garden for low-income clients

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 06/30/2014
Tags: Food Living Green

Now in its third year, Thundermist Grows is a project designed to provide healthy food in an area that some call a food desert


URI researchers win post-Sandy grants to foster a storm-ready Rhode Island

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 06/19/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Water

Researchers at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography are among several Rhode Island groups awarded federal funds for projects to make the state more resilient to flooding and erosion caused by storms and sea level rise.


Biodiversity - Making Headlines:


URI oceanographer examines pollutants in Antarctic seal milk

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/08/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity

Rainer Lohmann, a professor at the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, is collaborating with a researcher at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in California to learn about the health and ecology of fur seals



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ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


URI researchers win post-Sandy grants to foster a storm-ready Rhode Island

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 06/19/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Water

Researchers at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography are among several Rhode Island groups awarded federal funds for projects to make the state more resilient to flooding and erosion caused by storms and sea level rise.


URI oceanographers travel to Antarctica to examine rapid melting of Pine Island Glacier

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 05/13/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Water

University of Rhode Island oceanographer Brice Loose and graduate student Arash Bigdeli spent six weeks on the coast of Antarctica in February and March examining a perplexing question that has implications for the rising sea level around the globe


URI, DEM form R.I. Marine Fisheries Institute

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 05/08/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Water

The University of Rhode Island and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management establish the R.I. Marine Fisheries Institute to coordinate marine fisheries science, research, and educational activities


The University of Rhode Island featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

By: URI Communications  Date: 04/22/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, URI is rated among "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." For this year's 2014 edition, URI received the top score in the state!


Buildings - Making Headlines:


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ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


URI researchers win post-Sandy grants to foster a storm-ready Rhode Island

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 06/19/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Water

Researchers at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography are among several Rhode Island groups awarded federal funds for projects to make the state more resilient to flooding and erosion caused by storms and sea level rise.


The University of Rhode Island featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

By: URI Communications  Date: 04/22/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, URI is rated among "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." For this year's 2014 edition, URI received the top score in the state!


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


URI celebrates opening of new pharmacy courtyard, Youngken Medicinal Plant Garden

By: Dave Lavallee  Date: 04/26/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Water Living Green

It was a beautiful day for the re-dedication ceremony of the College of Pharmacy's medicinal garden


Energy - Making Headlines:


URI oceanographers: Wind speeds in southern New England declining inland, remaining steady on coast

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 12/05/2012
Tags: Energy

Oceanographers at the University of Rhode Island have analyzed long-term data from several anemometers in southern New England and found that average wind speeds have declined by about 15 percent at inland sites while speeds have remained steady at an offshore site.



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ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


The University of Rhode Island featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

By: URI Communications  Date: 04/22/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, URI is rated among "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." For this year's 2014 edition, URI received the top score in the state!


URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags: Energy Transportation Waste Water

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. 


URI Graduate School Of Oceanography secures funds to help communities make smart ocean resources choices

By: URI Today  Date: 12/02/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Energy Water Living Green

A center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) that helps coastal communities, both locally and worldwide, plan for the wise use of sea-based resources, such as fish stocks and offshore wind power, has secured $659,238 in grant funds for its programs. 


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


Food - Making Headlines:


URI Master Gardeners help Thundermist Health Center maintain garden for low-income clients

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 06/30/2014
Tags: Food Living Green

Now in its third year, Thundermist Grows is a project designed to provide healthy food in an area that some call a food desert



More News:


ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


The University of Rhode Island featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

By: URI Communications  Date: 04/22/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, URI is rated among "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." For this year's 2014 edition, URI received the top score in the state!


Indonesian officials visit URI for course in sustainable fisheries management

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 10/31/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Food Water

A delegation of Indonesian officials studied sustainable fisheries management at URI in September and returned home with the knowledge, skills and a commitment to craft their nation’s first fisheries management plan. 


CRC, Sea Grant leading effort to develop Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/16/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Food Water

The University of Rhode Island is continuing to play a leadership role in helping the state plan for the future of its shellfishing resources through the Rhode Island Shellfish Management Plan. 

 


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


Transportation - Making Headlines:


URI student circles Iceland to study newly discovered currents

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 10/24/2011
Tags: Transportation Water

When Stefanie Zamorski was looking for an opportunity to spend time aboard a research ship to meet the requirements of her master’s degree at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, she said she wanted “the full experience.”



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ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


University of Rhode Island partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing on Kingston Campus

By:  Date: 09/25/2014
Tags: Transportation Living Green

Help URI keep one less car on campus-- YOURS! The campus has partnered with Zipcar to provide a car sharing program that makes it easier (and cheaper) to leave your car at home.


The University of Rhode Island featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

By: URI Communications  Date: 04/22/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, URI is rated among "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." For this year's 2014 edition, URI received the top score in the state!


URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags: Energy Transportation Waste Water

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. 


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


Waste - Making Headlines:


URI researchers developing tiny weapons to combat big oil spills

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/17/2014
Tags: Energy Transportation Waste Water

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. 



More News:


ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


URI to host free screening of documentary Plastic Paradise with filmmaker Angela Sun

By: Marsha Garcia  Date: 10/09/2014
Tags: Waste Water Living Green

Come to a free screening of the documentary, "Plastic Paradise," on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm in the Swan Hall Auditorium. Flimmaker Angela Sun will be available via Skype to talk about her film!


The University of Rhode Island featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

By: URI Communications  Date: 04/22/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, URI is rated among "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." For this year's 2014 edition, URI received the top score in the state!


URI awarded $1 million grant to lead national climate change education initiative

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/11/2013
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to serve as the national hub for the Climate Change Education Partnership Alliance.


URI oceanographer appeals for legislation to reduce chemical pollution in oceans

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/29/2013
Tags: Energy Waste Water

An oceanographer at URI is pushing congress to pass a bill that would help keep our oceans free of toxic chemicals. 


Water - Making Headlines:


URI Graduate School Of Oceanography secures funds to help communities make smart ocean resources choices

By: URI Today  Date: 12/02/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Energy Water Living Green

A center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) that helps coastal communities, both locally and worldwide, plan for the wise use of sea-based resources, such as fish stocks and offshore wind power, has secured $659,238 in grant funds for its programs. 



More News:


ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


URI to host free screening of documentary Plastic Paradise with filmmaker Angela Sun

By: Marsha Garcia  Date: 10/09/2014
Tags: Waste Water Living Green

Come to a free screening of the documentary, "Plastic Paradise," on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm in the Swan Hall Auditorium. Flimmaker Angela Sun will be available via Skype to talk about her film!


URI researchers win post-Sandy grants to foster a storm-ready Rhode Island

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 06/19/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Water

Researchers at URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography are among several Rhode Island groups awarded federal funds for projects to make the state more resilient to flooding and erosion caused by storms and sea level rise.


URI oceanographers travel to Antarctica to examine rapid melting of Pine Island Glacier

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 05/13/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Water

University of Rhode Island oceanographer Brice Loose and graduate student Arash Bigdeli spent six weeks on the coast of Antarctica in February and March examining a perplexing question that has implications for the rising sea level around the globe


URI, DEM form R.I. Marine Fisheries Institute

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 05/08/2014
Tags:
Biodiversity Water

The University of Rhode Island and the R.I. Department of Environmental Management establish the R.I. Marine Fisheries Institute to coordinate marine fisheries science, research, and educational activities


Living - Making Headlines:


URI design professor ponders what to wear in space

By: Elizabeth Rau  Date: 05/30/2013
Tags:
Transportation Living Green

You’re packing for a long trip to Mars and suddenly the anxiety hits: What to wear? You could suit up in bulky white duds or consider the advice of a University of Rhode Island professor: washable, recyclable clothes.


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ReNewable Now interviews campus sustainability officer on Green Governance Radio

By: URI Sustainability Staff  Date: 12/14/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

URI campus sustainability officer Marsha Garcia and Rhode Island College professor Jim Murphy talk about greening their campuses


URI to host free screening of documentary Plastic Paradise with filmmaker Angela Sun

By: Marsha Garcia  Date: 10/09/2014
Tags: Waste Water Living Green

Come to a free screening of the documentary, "Plastic Paradise," on Tuesday, October 14th at 6:30 pm in the Swan Hall Auditorium. Flimmaker Angela Sun will be available via Skype to talk about her film!


University of Rhode Island partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing on Kingston Campus

By:  Date: 09/25/2014
Tags: Transportation Living Green

Help URI keep one less car on campus-- YOURS! The campus has partnered with Zipcar to provide a car sharing program that makes it easier (and cheaper) to leave your car at home.


URI Master Gardeners help Thundermist Health Center maintain garden for low-income clients

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 06/30/2014
Tags: Food Living Green

Now in its third year, Thundermist Grows is a project designed to provide healthy food in an area that some call a food desert


The University of Rhode Island featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

By: URI Communications  Date: 04/22/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Buildings Energy Food Transportation Waste Water Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, URI is rated among "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges." For this year's 2014 edition, URI received the top score in the state!


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