BA, State University of New York at Albany, 1972
MLA, Cornell University, 1981
Professional Background and Research Interests
Professor Green joined URI in 1992 following 11 years of professional practice in the Boston area. Sustainable design is the focus of much of his work. He teaches studios on issues related to sustainable communities, sustainable homesteads, and green materials and technologies. He has also been active in the master planning process employed by URI and sits on both the URI Master Plan Technical Advisory Committee and President’s Council on Sustainability.
Particular areas of interest include:
• Service-Learning Design Studios
• Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Design Practices
• Herbaceous Perennials
In our Service-Learning Community Design Studios, senior landscape architecture students work with communities and non-profit organizations to address real-world issues. Students collect information, analyze sites, and run public workshops and charrettes in order to engage a stakeholder group. The classes prepare master plans, final reports, and make presentations in a variety of public settings. Studio projects have been conducted for the towns of Charlestown, Exeter, North Kingstown, Richmond and South Kingstown. They have also been conducted for the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Department of Housing and Residential Life, College of the Environment and Life Sciences and the Washington County Regional Planning Council.
Sustainable Communities and Sustainable Design Practices – Landscape architecture students in the LAR Design III Sustainable Design Studio begin the semester with an exercise to design a sustainable homestead. The objective is to analyze a site and develop a design that can satisfy the needs of a family while minimizing impacts to the landscape and its systems. While the emphasis remains on creating sustainable environments, final projects grow in size and complexity to include master plans for campuses, roadway corridors and community and village centers. For these projects, students learn about sustainable practices and materials and the importance of public participation. They consider alternative layouts, energy supplies and building designs, wastewater treatment and stormwater management systems and they address issues associated with food production, transportation and native plant communities.
Herbaceous perennials – The need continues to be able to use and promote herbaceous materials that are suitable for the region, require less care and fewer chemical inputs, are of a non-invasive nature, and possess valuable aesthetic qualities. Daylilies, hostas and other plants are evaluated for these purposes.
Selected Service Learning Projects
- A Sustainable Vision for Dale Carlia Corners, Wakefield, RI.
Prepared for the Town of South Kingstown Planning Director. 
Students worked with stakeholders, performed inventory and analysis, planned and ran a workshop/charrette and developed three master plans for a busy commercial corridor. The students prepared master plans illustrating a range of alternatives for the largely paved corridor. Proposals included moving and reusing buildings, introducing a boulevard and green infrastructure, offering safe bike and pedestrian connections through and beyond the site, and proposing new landscape improvements with plants, signs, lights, and art work.
- Re-Visualizing the Rebels: A University of Rhode Island and South Kingstown High School Collaboration, Wakefield, RI.
Prepared for South Kingstown High School. 
Students from the high school, teachers, town officials and members of the community met with URI students to share opinions and help guide a master planning process for a densely developed high school campus. Landscape Architecture students developed master plans to improve circulation, connect the campus to village destinations, reduce paving and create a more sustainable stormwater management system. Designs included recreation areas, outdoor classrooms, a sculpture garden, and community gardens demonstrating sustainable practices.
- Master Planning the URI Bay Campus: Vision for a Sustainable Campus, Narragansett, RI. [ 2010]
Prepared for Dennis Nixon, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography. Students worked with the Dean and a group of interested faculty and staff in developing a vision for the Bay Campus. Students performed inventory and analysis, ran a public workshop and a design charrette, developed master plans, made public presentations and developed a final report stressing circulation, landscape and stormwater management solutions.
- The Greene School, an Ecological Charter High School, West Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Prepared for the Greene School Planning Committee. 
Students performed inventory and analysis, ran a public workshop and developed master plans for a high school the curriculum of which emphasized environmental stewardship and sustainability. Students proposed innovative buildings, stormwater and wastewater management systems, outdoor classrooms, food production areas and parking solutions.
Selected Professional Projects
- Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial – Design and oversight for a memorial to the Holocaust and Rhode Island Holocaust Survivors. The project will be located at Memorial Park in Providence and is in collaboration with Sculptor Jonathan Bonner. Construction is anticipated for 2014
- College of Nursing Atrium Design, University of Rhode Island. Work included design of an outdoor space for meditation, a thematic sculpture selected by the college, new pavement, benches, lighting, and plantings. Constructed 2001.
- Thompson, Robert and William A. Green. “Sustainability in Higher Education.” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education: Vol.6 No. 1. Bradford, U.K.: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 2005.
- Thompson and William A. Green. “Pursuing Sustainability from the Middle: The Experience at the University of Rhode Island.” The Declaration, University Leaders for Sustainable Development: Washington, D.C. 2004.
- Green, William A.. “Hoping For More, Settling For Less: Struggling To Create Sustainable Neighborhoods in New England.” Landscapes on the Edge – Proceedings of the Annual IFLA Congress. Calgary, Canada. 2003
- Cameron, Mark, Ann Forsyth, William Green, Henry Lu, Patricia McGirr, Patsy Eubanks Owens and Ronald Stoltz. “Learning Through Service: The Community Design Studio”. College Teaching. Washington, DC. Heldref Publications. 2001.
- Green, W.A. and Catherine Weaver. 2013. “Using service-learning design studios to enhance community connections and to increase their value to stakeholders, clients and professional designers”. Annual Meeting of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Austin, Texas.
- Green, W.A. 2010. “Context and Sustainability: The role context plays in determining expectations, opportunities and outcomes in South Africa and Australia”. CELA/ISOMUL Maastricht, Netherlands.
- Green, W.A. 2010. “Context and Sustainability in South Africa and Australia”. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.
- Green, W.A. 2009 “New England Sustainable” University of Cape Town, South Africa.
- Green, W.A. 2009 “New England Sustainable” University of Pretoria, South Africa.
- Green, W.A. 2009. “Helping Build a Community Vision by Integrating Participatory Practices
- into Design Studios”. University of Pretoria, South Africa.
- Green, W.A. 2009. “Creating a sustainable community: understanding place and applying principles and knowledge in a complex global environment”, University of Melbourne, Australia.
- Green, W.A. 2006 Invited Moderator for panel “Something Green, Something Old: Sustainable Historic Landscapes.” Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference, Pawtucket, RI 2006.
- Green, W.A. 2006. “Celebrating Rural Villages.” A Panel on Development, RI Rural Development Council Annual Forum, Kingston, RI. 2006.
- Green, W.A. 2006. “Community Design Studios as Genre Change Engines.” CSLA/CELA. Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada. 2006.