Valle Nuevo, Dominican Republic – For their inaugural service project, Roger Williams University’s Engineers Without Borders student club traveled deep into the mountains of northern Dominican Republic last week to provide a design solution for a serious public health issue.
Their task was to replace open-fire cooking – which has been causing chronic respiratory illness in women and children in Valle Nuevo – with an inexpensive, efficient method that channeled smoke outdoors. It was an effort that kicked off last fall via the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), which matched the club’s expertise to a community need at one of the nonprofit’s project sites around the globe.
BRISTOL, R.I. – On the heels of Roger Williams University announcing the launch of a student-led Conservation Corps to address climate change through reforestation, the University will continue building on sustained efforts with a day full of environmental-education activities at the annual Earth Fest on Wednesday and then join Rhode Island leaders a week later for a tree planting ceremony to celebrate 25 years of the Rhode Island Tree Council.
The University celebrates Earth Day each year as Earth Fest, which will be held on Wednesday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the D'Angelo Common. Get your hands dirty at a tree planting demonstration by Zip Car and Bon Appétit, shop eco-friendly jewelry and canned goods made by students and staff, and sample the oyster bar, local honey and other goodies while listening to tunes from the RWU Musicians Guild or checking out the Engineering Club Student Art Dancers.