As a mercy, Catholic institution of higher education, 澳门新葡新京官方 is committed to advancing environmental stewardship and sustainability on campus and in the community by integrating the social, economic and ecological values of sustainable development into institutional policies and practices.
Climate change and environmental degradation are pressing moral issues that compromise the future of our common home, threaten human dignity and all life, 并加剧了我们社区中最贫穷和最脆弱成员的困难. Our commitment to sustainability is underwritten by the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy and Pope Francis’s call towards “a new and universal solidarity” in which the climate is understood as “a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.”
The advancement of an integral ecology at 澳门新葡新京官方 celebrates our mission to serve as stewards of God’s creation, 作为变革的推动者，为世界带来更和谐的环境, just and merciful world. Our institutional commitment to sustainability seeks to meet the present needs of our University community without compromising the ability of 澳门新葡新京官方 and our local and global neighbors to meet future needs.
Vision and Goals
澳门新葡新京官方社区将努力以社会公正的方式开展活动, 经济上可行和环境上无害的方式, valuing the interdependence of people, prosperity and the planet, now and into future generations.
Goal 1: Environmental stewardship
提倡负责任的用水，实践环境管理, waste reduction, 可持续和社会公正的粮食生产, material reuse and recycling, renewable energy investments, ecological land use, green building practices, 可持续的校园交通选择和校园保护效率.
Goal 2: Sustainability across the curriculum
Create an environmentally literate community by advancing interdisciplinary teaching and research to address pressing local and global environmental, economic and social challenges.
建立一个对环境负责任的社区, 在我们的学生中，教育和积极致力于整体生态和环境正义, faculty, staff and alumni.
St. Francis Pledge
澳门新葡新京官方 is an advocate for the St. 方济各誓言关心创造物和穷人, 这是天主教气候公约发起的全国性倡议. The pledge is a promise and a commitment to protect God's creation and advocate on behalf of people in poverty who face the harshest impacts of global climate change.
RIPTA's natural gas-powered vehicles provide unlimited ridership on campus and throughout the state for all students with a valid 澳门新葡新京官方 ID.
In addition, 有130多辆自行车可供澳门新葡新京官方学生每学期租借. The program promotes healthy behaviors and healthy choices while providing opportunities for convenient transportation. 校园的所有区域和许多当地企业都在自行车距离内.
通过限制进入校园的车辆数量, 不鼓励学生在校园内开车，并对违规者处以罚款, 澳门新葡新京官方's transportation policies strive to reduce the number of vehicles on campus and in the city of Newport.
Battery collection bins are located outside Design Services in the McKillop Library garden level. 捐赠者被要求特别注意垃圾桶上方的回收细节. Of special note:
Clean Ocean Access Water Testing
“清洁海洋通道”是一个关注安全问题的当地环保组织, 清洁和通往海洋和阿奎德尼克岛海岸线的开放通道. Since 2006, Clean Ocean Access has tested the water quality at popular swimming locations not considered "designated swimming areas." The program's long-term goal is to establish baseline water quality standards in order to ensure permanent clean water along the Aquidneck Island shoreline.
澳门新葡新京官方 students participate in Clean Ocean Access water testing throughout the academic year, 并将取样范围扩大到流入海洋的淡水河.
Composting (Salve Saves Scraps)
保护野生动物俱乐部和索迪斯餐饮服务公司之间的合作, the Salve Saves Scraps program encourages students to reduce their footprint by composting food waste in their campus residences.
Salve Saves scrap让学生可以使用大学的商业堆肥箱, which are emptied weekly. 没有重量限制，也没有注册上限. 该项目全年接受申请.
Established in 2008, the Environmental Club plans Earth Day activities and organizes environmental awareness programs. The club has sponsored marine mammal stranding workshops with the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, 一些俱乐部成员已接受培训，成为被困海龟的第一反应者, seals and whales.
On campus, 环境俱乐部组织了增加循环利用的活动, first in residence halls and on-campus apartments and more recently in the O'Hare Academic Building. In addition, the club is routinely involved in stewardship activities such as beach cleanups and fundraisers for other nonprofit environmental groups.
Green Room Program
The Green Room program encourages students to reduce their carbon footprint by pledging to recycle aluminum, paper, glass and cardboard, conserve water by taking shorter showers and conserve electricity by unplugging items when not in use.
GreenSalve倡导校园和当地社区的可持续实践, provides environmental sustainability education and collaborates with other groups on campus to create and support initiatives that reduce the University's environmental impact.
Its “Green Office" program encourages faculty and staff to reduce their carbon footprint by pledging to do the following:
- Use projectors at meetings
- Review University recycling guidelines
In 2011, two biology students, with help from a donor, 在亨特大厅的下层建立了一个完全可用的水培“生长屋”. Since then, students have grown spinach, basil, lettuce, chard, kale, microgreens, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and parsley.
证明水培农业的商业可行性是研究的主要重点. An outreach program has been implemented in offsite locations throughout Rhode Island to enhance the growth and expansion of this important endeavor, 在《澳门新葡新京官方》上得到了认可.
Sodexo Dining Services
Bleach-free, 完全可降解的棕色餐巾消除了漂白过程和氯的使用, 而餐巾架可以减少20%的餐巾使用. 调味品和咖啡奶油是在散装容器中提供的, 在麦莉餐厅实施无托盘用餐减少了水, energy and food waste.
季节性农产品从罗德岛农场购买, 麦莉餐厅也有自己的花园, which produces vegetables and herbs. Used cooking oil is donated to Newport Biodiesel for conversion into fuel.
Sodexo has partnered with the Compost Plant，收集大学的食物残渣和可堆肥的物品，把它们变成堆肥. They have also partnered with Red's Best 供应新英格兰水域每天捕获的新鲜、可持续的鱼类.
公平贸易咖啡供应校园各处, while catered events use environmentally friendly Earth Plus products and 100 percent compostable Greenware disposable cups. Holiday dinners served in the Miley dining hall contain many menu items from local and sustainable sources.
澳门新葡新京官方提供跨学科的环境研究专业和辅修课程, which exposes students to the broad range of issues that arise from the interaction of humans with the natural world, 以及了解和解决环境问题所需的工具. 该项目的学生完成数学和科学课程, policy, ethics and society, and preservation, 辅以学生指导的研究和大四的论文.
Students who major in biology may concentrate in environmental sciences by completing the additional courses Environmental Chemistry, Conservation Biology, 海洋生物学和生态学，并完成额外选修课.
Water Conservation and Waste Reduction
Showerheads and toilets have been converted to low-flow units and energy efficient washers and dryers have been installed. 雷诺兹油田用井抽地下水灌溉, eliminating $10,000 per year of potable water use. An additional irrigation system using recycled groundwater is in place at the Rodgers Recreation Center.
Housekeepers utilize a microfiber mopping system that uses less water and reduces the number of laundry loads necessary to clean products. Concentrated cleaning products have been replaced with Green Seal certified cleaning products and the Phazer applicator system, which reduces product waste.
In 2011, a group of students in the Environmental Quality course designed a sampling protocol for monitoring the quality of the local freshwater that provides Aquidneck Island residents with their drinking water. 他们设计的方案继续由该领域的公民科学家执行.