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URI looks to reduce carbon footprint

August 16, 2011

The University of Rhode Island is ramping up efforts to become more eco-friendly. School officials have made an interim sustainability officer a permanent hire. Vice President for Administration Robert Weygand says Marsha Garcia will oversee several environmental initiatives on campus.

“We’ve been developing a more refined strategic plan for the campus,” Weygand said. “We are also working with training faculty about sustainable practices they can institute into the classroom.”

Sustainability Officer Marsha Garcia says one of her main goals is to change the campus culture around transportation.

“We have a lot of cars coming on campus causing this huge traffic jam” said Garcia. “If we can solve this problem of reducing the number of cars and increasing the use of public transportation, then we’ve solved a pretty huge issue.”

Garcia worked for the National Wildlife Federation and the U.S. Green Building Council before coming to URI. She has been working as the school’s interim sustainability officer for the last year.

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