Topic: Sustainability

Stephen Porder, assistant provost for sustainability, outlined the University’s future operations to combat climate change as well as its steps to make environmental action more inclusive. A second meeting to discuss the plan will be held on March 2 by Brown Climate Action Now at 85 Waterman Street.

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Brown holds forum discussing Sustainability Report draft

February 27, 2020 0 comments

The University’s draft Strategic Sustainability Plan Report received feedback from community members who urged a greater focus on equity and climate justice at an open forum Wednesday.

Rhode Island considers bills to reduce plastic pollution

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Rhode Island considers bills to reduce plastic pollution

February 12, 2020 0 comments

Two bills that aim to increase sustainability and reduce pollution from single-use plastics were heard by the Rhode Island House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources Feb. 6.

U.S. Senate passes Save our Seas 2.0 Act

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U.S. Senate passes Save our Seas 2.0 Act

February 11, 2020 0 comments

The Save Our Seas 2.0 Act, which was introduced by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), was unanimously passed by the U.S. Senate Jan. 9. The bill aims to reduce the presence of plastic pollutants in waterways.

University releases draft of sustainability plan for feedback

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University releases draft of sustainability plan for feedback

January 31, 2020 1 comment

The Office of the Provost released a draft of the new University sustainability plan to students, staff and faculty for review on Dec. 10.

This RIPTA bus features new concealed solar panels provided by eNow, meant to prolong battery life on buses by multiple years.

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New solar panels power RIPTA buses

January 31, 2020 0 comments

Thirty-three buses from the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority system have been equipped with solar panels from the Warwick-based company eNow. The panels serve to power the buses’ batteries and to prolong battery life, according to RIPTA Director of Public Affairs Barbara Polichetti.

Chemical research made cleaner, more sustainable in University lab

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Chemical research made cleaner, more sustainable in University lab

December 4, 2019 0 comments

A chemistry lab is typically a busy place; ingredients and materials line the space as the beeps of machines and squeals of steam fill the air.

Rhode Island company emphasizes locally grown food as climate change looms

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Rhode Island company emphasizes locally grown food as climate change looms

November 7, 2019 0 comments

Passersby of a windowless building tucked away in North Providence might not immediately assume that it contains a sustainable farm producing microgreens and shoots.

How is Brown investing in sustainability?

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How is Brown investing in sustainability?

May 24, 2019 0 comments

This month, campus discussion surrounding ethical investment took center stage following a motion to replace the University’s Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Policies, the University body that considers “moral responsibility in … investment policies,” The Herald previously reported.

Climate change disproportionately affects low-income communities in Providence

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Climate change disproportionately affects low-income communities in Providence

April 25, 2019 1 comment

As climate change contributes to a warming Providence, symptoms of already present urban inequality in Providence may worsen as a result.

University plans net-zero emissions by 2040

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University plans net-zero emissions by 2040

February 15, 2019 0 comments

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.