Green and Sustainability Studies

Spring 2013

Summer 2013

Spring 2013

Green Business Forum

Speaker series examining best practices in sustainable business and industry Co-Sponsored by Rhode Island College and Gilbane Building Company Free and open to the public

Title: Sustainability in the Building Industry*
Speakers: Mark Winslow, Gilbane Building Company and Rhode Island Green Building Council
Mark Hanchar, Gilbane Building Company and Rhode Island Green Building Council
Mark Pelletier, National Grid
Peter Arpin, Renewable Now

April 25, 7:00 P.M.
Forman Center, Classroom C

(*The Green Business Forum event is part of the week-long 2013 RIC Earth Day Celebration.)

Brown University Taubman Team Presentation at RIC

Free and open to the public

Title: Building Sustainability Curriculum and Pedagogy into the Teacher Education Curriculum at Rhode Island College
Speakers: Taubman Center Team Members in the Master in Public Policy Program
Project Description:A team of Brown University graduate students in the Taubman Center’s Master in Public Policy program has been working with partners from The Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living and Rhode Island College to advocate for the synthesis of sustainability curriculum and pedagogy into the Rhode Island College teacher education curriculum. The topic of sustainability, originally defined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987 as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, encompasses a wide range of environmental, demographic and resource issues that are of elemental concern for the future survival and health of the world population. Any long-term strategy for addressing the challenges we face requires a shift in human perspective and values, an approach best served through our education system and interactions with youth and future citizens.
In the pursuit of this vision, the Brown team has created two core products:
  1. An advocacy paper focusing on the components of sustainability that could augment existing education work happening in our schools and classrooms, and
  2. An action model of case studies and best practices that will support future efforts to promote the inclusion of sustainability education in teacher education programs.
The Taubman team’s findings and recommendations will be presented at Brown University on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and at RIC on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 2, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Board of Governors Room, Roberts Hall

Summer 2013

The Sustainable Systems Initiative

A Summer Experiential Learning Program for Undergraduate Students

Course Title: Sustainable Systems Initiative
Credit Hours: 8
Undergraduate Section: SUST 350-01; Call # 30473
Graduate Section: SUST 550-01; Call # 30474
Dates: June 3 – July 12
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Program Description: Rhode Island College's new Sustainable Systems Initiative, offered this summer in partnership with the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living, combines experiential and service learning with coursework in:

  • Local, Sustainable Food Systems
  • Green Buildings as Systems
  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Sustainability, Systems Theory, and Deep Ecology

Through this timely, unique program, which is like no other in the nation, students will explore Rhode Island's local food system; the sustainable energy industry; green building, rehab, and weatherization worksites; and the Apeiron Institute's Center for Sustainable Living. The program will introduce students to systems theory, sustainability philosophy, social change models, and "deep ecology" experiential learning.

Rhode Island is a perfect setting for this program, with arguably the country's most successful emerging local food system, and progressive statewide sustainable energy policies, including a top-rated energy efficiency program. Students will engage in a number of field trips throughout the summer to multiple partner sites, gaining a fuller understanding of how systems work.

The program will be centered in hands-on learning experiences in emerging alternative systems that meet basic human needs and support prosperous communities, and will provide a theoretical and practical framework for understanding sustainability, an introduction to the systems theories that gird that framework, and skills building within identified sustainability sectors related to the emerging green economy.

Students will develop the critical thinking and social skills needed for effective cooperative problem solving, which are essential to the emergence of sustainable cultures.

When: June 3 – July 12, 2013
Where: Courses will meet at Rhode Island College in Providence, with frequent field trips to Apeiron's Center for Sustainable Living in Coventry, Rhode Island, as well as to various locations around the state to meet with sustainability practitioners and explore their work.
Cost: For students attending from outside of Rhode Island, optional housing will be available at RIC, and meals will be available through Donovan Dining Hall.

Tuition*: In-State Undergraduate, $2,008; Out-of State Undergraduate, $3,264
Room: $900 for six weeks
Board: There is no formal dining plan option, but Donovan will be open on weekdays throughout the program. Students living at RIC should estimate $200-$300 per week to cover all living expenses.

Credits: Students will receive 8 undergraduate course credits for completing this program. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday), and should be viewed by participants as an opportunity for immersion in the theory and practice of sustainability.

Expectations: RIC and Apeiron are creating a unique program of the highest quality, and students should be prepared to make a full commitment to the program for its six week duration. Students will learn in a cooperative, respectful environment. As the sustainability leaders of tomorrow, they will interact with a range of Rhode Island professionals engaged in this work. Full attendance and participation throughout are required.

Questions? Please contact Mark DeMoranville at Apeiron, at 401-228-7930, or via email at

Please Note: This program may also be taken for graduate credit. Please contact Apeiron for information regarding this option.

Introduction to Sustainability Studies

Course: SUST 200-01: Introduction to Sustainability Studies
Course Call #:30468
Credit Hours: 4
Dates: May 20 to June 18
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Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary course that examines the linkages of environmental protection, economic growth, and social progress at the local, national, and global levels. The course will provide a fundamental understanding of the concepts and principles required to assess and solve problems related to sustainability. For information contact Charles McLaughlin at

RIC and Save the Bay Offer Summer 'Bay Institute' Course

Course Title: The Impacts of Global Change on Narragansett Bay
Credit Hours: 4
Undergraduate Section: BIOL 450-000; Call # 30422
Graduate Section: BIOL 550-000; Call # 30424
Dates: May 20 to July 12
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The Impacts of Global Change on Narragansett Bay is the title of a hybrid course offered May 20 to July 12 by RIC's Department of Biology in conjunction with RI's Save the Bay. The course is available for undergraduate and graduate students and will provide a survey of habitats and key organisms in Narragansett Bay, with a focus on the effects of global change. Lectures will be online and the lab will consist primarily of fieldwork through Save the Bay's 'Bay Institute'. Participation will require RIC tuition/fees and a separate $500 fee for the 'Bay Institute'. For information contact Breea Govenar at

Geography of Rhode Island and Coastal Geography

Course: GEOG 304: Geography of Rhode Island
Course Call 30481
Credit Hours: 4
Dates: July 5 to August 9 (Fridays 8:00 am to 5:20 pm)
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In this field course, we will explore the shoreline and the islands of Narragansett Bay, to discover how the landscape has evolved over time in response to both natural and human impacts. We'll visit sites such as Waterplace Park, India Point Park, Save The Bay Center, East Greenwich, Wickford, Quonset, Prudence Island, Rose Island, and Newport. We'll talk with scientists, fishermen, advocates, and others who use the bay and work to understand its systems. We'll also examine the watershed and learn how land and water systems are interconnected. Contact instructor Mary Grady for more information at

Course: GEOG 307: Coastal Geography
Course Call 30457
Credit Hours: 4
Dates: July 5 to August 9 (Fridays 8:00 am to 5:20 pm)
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The diverse geographic aspects of the land-sea interface are analyzed in this field course. Topics include coastal geomorphology and climate, fisheries, and other natural resources, patterns of land use, and coastal regionalism. Contact instructor Jennifer Bonin for more information at

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