URI prides itself on being an institution that develops innovative solutions to “real-world” issues, and aspires to model these solutions through its campus buildings and operations. The university has the opportunity to use its campuses as a demonstration site to educate students, faculty, staff and the local community on sustainable practices in green architecture, landscape architecture, infrastructure, and residential living.
The strategies proposed in this section present a comprehensive approach that includes, but is not limited to, building construction and renovation, building operations and maintenance, development of sustainable sites, waste minimization, energy conservation, water quality and storm water management, and university purchasing policies.
An inventory of green house gas (GHG) emissions performed in 2009 assessed that over 70% of the university’s overall emissions come from purchased electricity, on-campus stationary emissions, and land-filled waste.
Through the Climate Action Plan and the Strategic Plan for Campus Sustainability, URI will work toward implementing sustainability projects and policies in its operations and facilities maintenance plans to not only mitigate GHG emissions, but to also ensure that the university’s commitment to campus sustainability is a value reflected in our built environment.
URI Facilities & Operations Goals:
1. Decrease GHG emissions directly related to campus operations by at least 4,500 MTCO2e
2. Increase waste diversion and recycling rate by at least 50% over 5 years, using 2010 data submitted to RI DEM as benchmark
3. Strengthen water conservation efforts
4. Develop and renovate campus buildings that exemplify leadership in sustainable and high-performance, energy-efficient construction
5. Increase rate of purchasing “green” goods and services
The URI Facilities and Operations Sustainability Working Group is developing strategies and action items to help meet each of these goals. If you have any questions about our efforts or, better yet, you would like to join us in our work please contact the Sustainability Office or any one of the members listed below.
Thomas Frisbie-Fulton, University Architect and Director, Campus Planning & Design
Dave Lamb, URI Utilities Engineer
Kristina DiSanto, URI Graduate Student, Class of 2012
Andrew Alcusky, Manager, Facilities Services
Tracey Angell, Assistant University Purchasing Agent, Purchasing
Mary Brennan, Coordinator, Waste Minimization/Recycling
Michael McCullough, Associate Administrator, Food Services