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Green Business Forum at RIC Showcases Best Practices in “Green” Construction



Some of the state’s leading building, energy and sustainability experts will speak at a Green Business Forum at Rhode Island College on April 25 to discuss the best ways to incorporate green and sustainable initiatives in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. The forum will be held at 7 p.m. in the Forman Center at Rhode Island College. This is the first event in a speaker series that will continue this fall.

“Smart businesses have been ‘greening’ their operations for years and enjoy competitive market advantages as a result of these efforts,” said Jim Murphy, sustainability coordinator at Rhode Island College. The forum will highlight the benefits of these initiatives, while showcasing some of the “best practices” now being used by the state’s leading construction companies.

Panelists include Mark Winslow and Mark Hanchar – representing Gilbane Building Co. and the Rhode Island Green Building Council – and Peter Arpin of Renewable Now. They will outline initiatives undertaken by their respective organizations and discuss sustainability in the building industry, while highlighting other green businesses and green business experts.

Gilbane Building Co. is one of the largest privately held family-owned real estate development and construction firms in the industry. It is a recognized leader in green construction and sustainable business practice.

The Rhode Island Green Building Council provides education and training programs for professionals and the public about sustainable design and building practices and also promotes policies that will create sustainable communities within our region.

Peter Arpin’s Renewable Now is a Rhode Island-based eco-conscious media enterprise that examines and celebrates the “business side of green” with Web, cable and radio programming reaching markets around the world.

The forum continues this fall with additional programs focusing on global and local sustainability perspectives as well as all facets of leadership in energy and environmental design.

Rhode Island College’s Green Business Forum events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jim Murphy at jmurphy2@ric.edu or at 456-8799.