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U. of Rhode Island's New Program on Sustainability

There have already been several recent collaborative projects between the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Rhode Island that aimed to restore marine habits in the Narragansett Bay.

The new curriculum is the initiative of RISD's landscape architecture department and URI's marine affairs department, and aims to teach students the "issues affecting coastal environments from a range of vantage points."

The logistics of the program are as follows; during a student's final year as a landscape architecture major at RISD, they will have the option to enroll in the joint program. Upon making their decision to continue their education, the student will take several Marine Affairs courses at URI and, upon completion, receive a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from RISD and a Master of Marine Affairs degree from URI.

RISD landscape architecture department head, Emily Vogler, was quoted in the press release as having stated, "Increasingly, we need to adopt interdisciplinary approaches to complex environmental issues. Landscape architecture has a long history of addressing coastal issues, both in Rhode Island and around the world."

Director of graduate programs at URI, Austin Becker, hopes that this new approach of working together to address climate issues will become the new norm and that URI and RISD will set the example of what can be done.

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January 21, 2020, 10:58 am PDT

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