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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:


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.


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!


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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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!


URI researcher: Gut capacity limits wildlife’s ability to adapt to rapid climate change

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 04/15/2014
Tags: Biodiversity

URI professor Scott McWilliams has found that the capacity of a bird’s gut to change with environmental conditions is a primary limiting factor in their ability to adapt to the rapidly changing climate.


Buildings - Making Headlines:


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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


Department of Environmental Economics and College of Business Introduce Green Business Dual Degree

By: CELS News  Date: 02/20/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Living Green

The Department of Environmental Economics and The College of Business are now offering one of the first double majors aimed at sustainable business practices. 


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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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.


Department of Environmental Economics and College of Business Introduce Green Business Dual Degree

By: CELS News  Date: 02/20/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Living Green

The Department of Environmental Economics and The College of Business are now offering one of the first double majors aimed at sustainable business practices. 


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:


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.


Recycle, buy local, sustainability are mantra of URI dining hall operations

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 07/18/2012
Tags: Energy Food Transportation Waste Living Green

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Rhode Island’s Hope Commons dining facility has been recognized for excellence by the National Association of College & University Food Services. 


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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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.


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.

URI Engineering Professor Rethinks Manufacturing

By: URI's Big Story  Date: 02/18/2013
Tags: Buildings Energy Transportation Living Green

URI engineering professor Manbir Sodhi wants to move beyond sustainable energy and food. He thinks it's about time we started making our everyday products, from computers to cars, more sustainable. 


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:


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. 


URI scientists edit, author new book on restoration of salt marshes

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 01/28/2013
Tags:
Biodiversity Waste Water

Nearly half of the salt marshes in the Northeastern United States have been destroyed by human development. A new book, co-edited by a URI scientist and including chapters written by URI affliates provides the basic foundation and guidance to restoring the marshes. 


Toxic or Not? URI freshman find answers and share information on twitter

By: Dave Lavallee  Date: 01/23/2013
Tags:
Waste Living Green

Last semester, a new class challenged students to combine scientific research and social media to educate themselves and others about hazardous materials. 


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:


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!


URI oceanographers: Antarctic Circumpolar Current carries 20 percent more water than previous estimates

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 02/26/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Water

Three University of Rhode Island oceanographers have concluded that the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, which transfers heat and energy around the globe, carries 20 percent more water than previous estimates.

 


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.


More News:


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!


URI professor discusses this season’s winter weather, climate change

By: URI Today  Date: 02/26/2014
Tags: Biodiversity Living Green

URI Oceanography Professor John Merrill describes the science behind the 2013-2014 season’s wintry weather and its relationship with climate change.


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 Outreach Center to host fall festival, gardening, composting, wellness programs

By: Todd McLeish  Date: 09/17/2013
Tags: Living Green

The University of Rhode Island’s Outreach Center invites Rhode Islanders to celebrate the fall season with a variety of events and programs designed for eco-minded folks, gardeners, and lifelong learners. 
 

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