Sustainability @ URI

For a sustainable economy, a healthy ecosystem, and an environmentally just society

President’s Council on Sustainability

In 2007, the University of Rhode Island signed onto the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which requires the university to develop a comprehensive plan to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions and eventually achieve carbon neutrality. To provide strategic guidance and oversight of the University’s commitment the president established a Council on Sustainability, comprised of URI students, staff and faculty and led by Vice President for Administration & Finance.


The President’s Council on Sustainability will provide guidance and oversight of the University of Rhode Island’s commitment to sustainable practices in the day-to-day life of the University. The Council will review plans, provide advice on best practices, support initiatives and imagine solutions for the greening of URI, ranging from reduction of its carbon footprint to the inculcation of sustainable values in all aspects of the university community.

Council Members

Abigail Rider
Council Chair
Vice President, Administration & Finance

W. E. Douglas Creed
Assoc. Prof., Business Administration

Graduate Student

Undergraduate Student

Phil Kydd
Executive in Residence, Business Services

Dave Lavallee
Asst. Dir, Public Relations & Internal Communication

Marsha Garcia
Council Coordinator
Campus Sustainability Officer

David Lamb
Assistant Director, Utilities Management

Christopher McMahan
Director, Campus Planning & Design

Joe  Paradise
Manager, Parking Services & Transportation

Deborah Sheely
Associate Dean, Extension

Emi Uchida
Assoc. Professor, Environmental & Natural Resource Economics

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