The University of Rhode Island maintains a long-standing tradition of serving as a public research institution dedicated to solving some of the planet’s most challenging environmental issues. The College of Environment and Life Sciences, the Graduate School of Oceanography, student groups with an environmental focus, the URI Outreach Center, and numerous partnerships with community programs, are just a few of the university’s assets contributing to the mission of campus sustainability. The Strategic Plan for Campus Sustainability is a mechanism by which URI’s efforts are organized and more deliberately executed in the most collaborative manner possible. More importantly, the Strategic Plan presents comprehensive recommendations of the university President’s Council on Sustainability for URI to emerge as a leader in campus sustainability, and serve as a model to higher education institutions across the nation. This plan will guide the integration of sustainability into the culture of the university, allowing our campuses to serve as living laboratories of innovative practices and sustainable systems, campuses, and communities.
The Strategic Plan for Campus Sustainability and Climate Action is a document that represents the University’s commitment to a more sustainable future for our campus, state, nation and world.The Strategic Plan for Campus Sustainability and Climate Action is a document that represents the University’s commitment to a more sustainable future for our campus, state, nation and world.The goals of the Plan are focused on these critical areas:
Goal 1: Academics and research
Strengthen student knowledge of global sustainability topics by increasing academic and research opportunities
Ensure students at URI graduate with a foundation of knowledge in sustainability issues via formal curricula, and provide opportunities for students to engage in research that investigate solutions for issues of global importance.
Goal 2: Engagement and outreach
Develop and implement outreach programs that promote a culture of appreciation for sustainability among all campus community members
Equip students, faculty and staff with the tools, knowledge, and motivation to adopt behavior changes that promote sustainability
Goal 3: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction
Strive to reduce campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in alignment with State of RI GHG Emissions Reduction Plan
Building on successes to date, reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions via transportation alternatives, energy conservation and energy, and resource management