Sustainability at RWU

The University’s Sustainability Mission Statement

Roger Williams University recognizes that the current and future well-being of its campus and all its inhabitants depends on sustainable interactions between healthy environmental and social systems. As such, the University is committed to the goal of promoting sustainability as a core principle that guides our decisions and actions on campus and in the larger community. The University’s Sustainability Committees will guide the implementation of projects and policies that advance cultures of ecological, social, economic and technological sustainability across all aspects of the campus and beyond. Such work reflects the University’s mission to interact with society in mutually rewarding ways through pursuit of responsible use and management of environmental resources that helps ensure their long-term sustainability.

Advancing Sustainability Initiatives

Work toward this sustainability mission will be spearheaded by a Steering Committee and six subcommittees: Academics, Buildings & Capital Projects, Dining, Energy, Grounds, and University Life. These committees (except Academics, which is a faculty committee) are composed of student, staff and faculty members (listed here).If you are interested in serving on one of the committees, please send an email to Membership is for renewable 1-year terms, starting in January; mid-year appointments may be made if a committee has current openings.

These committees will develop and review proposals for sustainability initiatives, including policies and projects of diverse types. In addition, the committees invite ideas from all RWU community members for such initiatives. The process for proposing and reviewing proposals is described here.

Sustainability in the Curriculum

Students from all majors are invited to enroll in the SUST courses (101, 301, 401) and complete a core concentration and minor in Sustainability Studies. More information about the program and courses are provided here.

Information about Recycling on Campus can be found here.

Sustainability in the News Archives

Green Zones

Planet Forward

Eating Local

Conservation Corps