The University of Rhode Island has been at the forefront of environmental research for decades, helping to develop a greater understanding of ecology while also examining the impact of human activities on ecosystems as varied as the deep sea and suburban backyards. The operations of the campus itself have not always kept up with the advanced research and teaching taking place within its buildings, but that is rapidly changing.
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Across the state of Rhode Island just under 140 megawatts of renewable energy projects exist. Gov. Gina Raimondo set a goal for the state to increase that amount to 1,000 megawatts by the year 2020. This high goal was set with the intention of every Rhode Island city and town participating, including residential, small business, […]
December 20, 2017 – The University’s Beaupre Chemical and Forensic Sciences Center has high energy and technology demands as a science building, yet it was still able to achieve LEED Gold status. Advanced HVAC technology, a rain garden, the use of Forest Stewardship Council certified wood, and other features made this achievement possible.
September 19, 2017 – Many well owners aren’t aware they should test their well water every year. Some people have never tested their well water. Nathan Brown and Jordanne Feldman set out this past summer to change that. The two URI students traveled to farmers markets throughout the state to educate well owners about what to […]
URI awarded Woodard & Curran Foundation grant to design climate change-adaptable water systems in developing countries
March 8, 2017 – Climate change readiness plans exist for the water systems of many large cities, but often these types of plans are not seen in smaller communities, especially in developing countries. The Community Climate Change System project, based on the work of URI graduate student Kayla Kurtz, will provide more sustainable potable water […]
July 11, 2017 – Two URI student sailed with the Sea Education Association, or SEA Semester, to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) in the Pacific Ocean to study the effects of climate change on the coral reefs. PIPA is about the size of California with eight fauna-rich coral atolls and is one of the last […]
August 24, 2017 – Evelyn Siler, a cell and molecular biology major, worked with URI Professor Steven Irvine to understand the effects of climate change on a common sea squirt. Siler collected sea squirts from Narragansett Bay and raised their larvae in varying conditions predicted to occur because of climate change. Although sea squirts are […]