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CELS Student helping reduce Rhode Island’s energy consumption, one school at a time

marissa2University of Rhode Island undergraduate Marissa Pereira has earned a reputation for going above and beyond what’s expected of her. A senior in the College of the Environment and Life Sciences’ Department of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (ENRE), Pereira is already trying to save the world by helping to reduce energy emissions.

“This experience has made me realize what I want to do with my life,” says Pereira.  “I was never a numbers person, and now all I do is look at numbers all day, and I love it.”

Pereira is a Fellow in the URI Outreach Center’s Energy Fellows Program where she works with URI Outreach Center staff on the Rhode Island Public Energy Partnership (RIPEP) to help reduce energy consumption in the public sector. A Department of Energy funded grant, RIPEP is led by the RI Office of Energy Resources (RI OER) and is a collaboration between RI OER, URI, National Grid, and other key state and municipal agencies. Working closely with Rhode Island municipalities, school districts, and state agencies, Marissa and the RIPEP team are focused on helping many of these public agencies reduce energy consumption by 20% by October 2015... [Read More]

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