Mary Palange at a Free Farmers’ Market event where volunteers helped distribute 5,135 lbs. of fruits and vegetables from the Teaching Garden at the URI Food Center and East Farm and 88 dozen eggs from Peckham Farm.

The Sustainability Suppers series convenes scholars and students along with URI alumni and local business leaders in discussions on sustainability within and across academic disciplines and public and private industries.

Created by Mary Parlange, the Supper Series’ goal is to foster connections between like-minded people to create ongoing discussions and initiatives around building a more sustainable world. The initiative’s centerpiece is a supper held in the president’s home, where guests share a locally sourced and sustainably produced meal as they engage in a facilitated discussion about sustainability issues of local and global importance.

The dinners are a unique opportunity for participants and the greater URI community to learn, connect, and generate action (new ideas, partnerships, internships, startups, and funding) around issues of sustainability. 

Sustainability Supper Topics

Suppers will address sustainability in the broadest sense but each will be devoted to a theme, such as banking and finance, cultural sustainability, engineering, supply chain management, water, and tourism.

Future Sustainability Suppers Schedule

Fall 2022

Food connections, November 2, 2022
Communicating sustainability, November 28, 2022

Spring 2023

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How we’re ensuring a sustainable future

At URI, our vision for sustainability engages all community members in fostering a sustainable economy, a healthy ecosystem, and an environmentally just society. URI’s Office of Sustainability develops and directs initiatives related to campus buildings and operations, transportation planning, curriculum and research, communications and marketing, and student engagement programs.

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“We should constantly question our assumptions about what we think we need to sustain.”
Mary Parlange