Earth Day Celebration at URI

22 Apr 2015

Featured/ Harrington School-Wide

The University of Rhode Island will celebrate Earth Day from April 21 to 24, hosted by the URI student organization StudentAction for Sustainability and sponsored by the URI Student Senate.  Students, staff, faculty, and citizens are invited to commemorate green living during the series of events that includes a speaker who lives a zero-waste lifestyle, an environmental education festival on the Quad, a field trip to the Johnston landfill, and a campus-wide clean-up.  All of this week’s events are free and open to the public.


Tuesday, April 21st5pm: “Trash is for Tossers” – Presentation by Laura Singer
Memorial Union

Wednesday, April 22nd, 11am–3pm: Earth Day on the Quad (organized by Student Action for Sustainability)
11:45am: Tree Planting and Sustainable Campus Time Capsule
Between President’s House and Green Hall
6pm–8:30pm Green Community Summit
-Poster Session and Sustainability Slam
-Local Food and Live Music!
-Sponsored by the Harrington School of Communication and Media & URI Housing
Pharmacy Building Lobby

Thursday, April 23rd8:30am–11:00 am: Rhode Island Landfill Field Trip
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6:30pm: Disney’s WALL-E
Swan Auditorium

Friday, April 24th3pm: Campus Clean-Up
URI Quad

What is the Green Community Summit?

How can we improve the quality of human life in the face of global climate disruptions and conflicts over food, water, and energy resources?  Throughout the Spring Semester we have worked with different groups across campus to identify ways to make the campus and the surrounding community more sustainable.  Together with Distinguished Visiting Artist Martin Keil we have highlighted unsustainable practices as well as solutions.  People from diverse corners of our campus have come together and realized synergies across departments and colleges.   Earth Day is a symbolic way of energizing change.

This Green Community Summit will bring together students, faculty, administrators, and members of the local community.  Posters and displays will show ideas and projects designed to visualize change.  Participants will tell us what’s important to them during a Sustainability Slam.  Groups with common interest will brainstorm in breakout sessions focusing on Environment, Social Justice, Economy, and Culture.   We will document ideas for a sustainable future at URI and beyond.

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, Harrington School of Communication and Media, and the URI Housing Office

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