Rhode Island College appoints first-ever sustainability coordinator

James Murphy
Rhode Island College has named James C. Murphy to direct its green education program and oversee college-based efforts to protect the environment and promote sustainable living.

Murphy is the college’s first sustainability coordinator.

“RIC has taken a major step forward with the hiring of Jim Murphy,” said Dante Del Giudice, co-chair of the RIC Green Team. “Our sustainability options and initiatives have been multiplying, and RIC President Nancy Carriuolo has again shown great leadership in appointing Jim to help lead and maximize our efforts. Jim is a knowledgeable and effective coordinator, and we will see many advances in our sustainability profile with his assistance.”

Murphy came to Rhode Island College in September 2008 as an instructor in RIC’s Outreach Programs for adult learners, where he continues to teach green business management and financial literacy. He took on the duties of sustainability coordinator in late March.

Murphy is a member of the Green Team and is working with RIC undergraduates to re-establish the environmental club, create a RIC community garden and bring honeybee hives to the campus.

“I want to see the college be as energy efficient as it can possibly get,” Murphy said. Efforts will include finding ways to minimize waste and lowering the school’s carbon footprint. To teach students to do the same, he is developing a sustainability curriculum.

The college’s sustainability program could become “a great example for the State of Rhode Island,” he added.

A native Rhode Islander, Murphy attended Iona College in New York before transferring to RIC, where he received a bachelor’s degree in U. S. history in 2007, and was a member of the Phi Theta Alpha Honor Society.

He holds a certificate in green business management from RIC, awarded in 2010, and also studied business communications at the college

A former businessman, he was affiliated for 12 years with the cargo company KC International Inc. of Boston as an employee and later as a partner.

Murphy said his interest in environmental sustainability began long ago. “It was deep-rooted in me, in the way I was brought up,” he said, noting his parents were raised in Ireland and he has always felt close to the land.