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The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs uses documentary film and discussion to convey ideas of social progress.

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Watson launches documentary initiative

January 30, 2020 0 comments

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs launched the John F. Kennedy Jr. Initiative for Documentary Film and Social Progress this semester, a program designed to emphasize social issues and inspire students to explore filmmaking with renowned media practitioners.

University plans net-zero emissions by 2040

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University plans net-zero emissions by 2040

February 15, 2019 Comments are Disabled

The University plans to reduce its campus greenhouse gas emissions to 75 percent below its 2017-18 levels by 2025 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2040, a Feb. 11 press release stated.

The University has sponsored two renewable energy projects, which should offset 100 percent of electricity use on campus. A solar power facility in North Kingstown should account for 70 percent of the electricity use, and a wind power facility in Texas should offset the other 30 percent.

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University announces plan to offset all campus electricity use

February 1, 2019 Comments are Disabled

The University has launched its sponsorship of two renewable energy projects, which should collectively offset 100 percent of on-campus electricity use. Announced Jan. 17,  the first project will create a solar power facility in North Kingstown, which should offset 70 percent of the campus’s electricity use by…

The newly constructed hall provides additional study and social spaces for students and faculty. Meanwhile, the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs is at the heart of several new University Initiatives, which include an increased emphasis on research.

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Building expansion supports growth of Watson Institute

January 22, 2019 Comments are Disabled

The Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs opened the doors to Stephen Robert Hall Dec. 10, a new addition meant to facilitate collaborative learning for University community members, according to Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Director Edward Steinfeld.

For five weeks, 22 YSEALI fellows will participate in a variety of educational activities with the goal of returning to their home countries with plans for new businesses. A previous YSEALI fellow from Indonesia created a “female version of Uber”  at UConn.

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Swearer Center, UConn to foster leadership skills in Southeast Asian fellows

September 16, 2018 Comments are Disabled

This October, the Swearer Center for Public Service will welcome 22 fellows to campus as part of the U.S. State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative — a program “aimed at strengthening leadership development in Southeast Asia,” according to a University press release.

UCS aims to increase filtered water access

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UCS aims to increase filtered water access

April 10, 2018 Comments are Disabled

To address student concern about a lack of water bottle filling stations on campus, the Undergraduate Council of Students’ committee on campus life has submitted a proposal to the Department of Facilities Management to add 10 new stations around the University.

The new bike sharing initiative will consist of eletronic bikes that allow for greater speeds. Monthly membership to the program will cost $20 per month, but $20 per year for certain low-income households.

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Providence, RIPTA launch electric-assist bike program

January 26, 2018 Comments are Disabled

The city of Providence will introduce 400 electric-assist bikes this summer through New England’s first electric bike-share system, following a deal with JUMP Bikes signed Dec. 15.

CS department pilots student wellness position

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CS department pilots student wellness position

November 14, 2017 Comments are Disabled

This semester, the Department of Computer Science will hire its first paid student advocates for health and wellness.