Providence, RI- Beginning May 7, 2011, RIPTA will be offering free trolley rides to Roger Williams Park Zoo on the first Saturday of every month in conjunction with the Zoo's "First Saturday of Every Month Free for Providence Residents" promotion.
April 27, 2011
As part of 2011 National Medical Professionals Week, Senator Reed and Representative Langevin toured Dominion Diagnostics of North Kingstown, RI.
Dominion Diagnostics is a clinical lab employing 130 people in their Rhode Island headquarters.
April 18, 2011
North Kingston- Senator Reed Visits NOAA Ship Bigelow at Quonset
Henry B. Bigelow supports NOAA's mission to protect, restore and manage the use of living marine, coastal, and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management. Its primary objective is to study and monitor Northeast Marine Fisheries, throughout New England. The ship also observes weather, sea state, and other environmental conditions, conducts habitat assessments, and surveys marine mammal and marine bird populations.
The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation recently issued a $191,000 sub-award for the second year in a row to this team to cover the costs of doing the survey work in southern New England waters. The CFRF's ability to do this is directly attributable to Senator Reed's past efforts to secure over $3.4 million in federal funding for cooperative fisheries research for the CFRF to administer since 2008.
Throughout his career in the United States Congress, Jack Reed has been an advocate for working-class families.
Reed Announces $150,000 Small Business Grant for Sustainable Development Collaboration between RISD & Brown/RI-CIE
Senator Reed attends a press conference on the RISD & Brown/RI-CIE Partnership for Sustainable Development.
At the press conference, Reed announced a $150,000 grant from the federal Small Business Administration to the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University that will be used to fund a sustainable housing project that creates living spaces out of shipping containers.
By: Gina Macris
The award, called the Partnership for Sustainable Development, aims to create connections between academia, business and government to fuel the emerging knowledge economy.
The business partner in the Brown-RISD collaboration is a start-up company planned by the two RISD-trained architects who created the innovative Box Office complex from recycled shipping containers in the West End.
Architects Peter Gill Case and Joe Haskett propose to re-use shipping containers as affordable and sustainable housing that can be shipped anywhere and easily installed, running off the power grid.
The announcement came at a news conference hosted by RISD President John Maeda and Provost Jessie Shefrin, which showcased the roles that are being played by various contributors to the collaboration.
Reed said the partnership recognizes the different talents needed to turn a vision into reality. He said the project addresses multifaceted needs for housing, jobs, sustainable energy and economic competitiveness.
Maeda, using a military analogy, said that the “best offense is a great defense,” and “innovation is the greatest defense right now.”
RISD and the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Brown (RI-CIE) will share the SBA grant money equally. Design expertise from RISD and business acumen from RI-CIE will assist Case and Haskett as they try to commercialize and market the modular housing.
RISD is using its half of the grant to fund a semester-long course called Re-Box that is being taught by architecture professors Peter Dean and Markus Berger. Sixteen architecture and industrial design students are developing their own designs for recycling shipping containers. Via RI-CIE at Brown, the RISD students have access to advisers in business, marketing, industrial product development, sustainable energy and the like, according to a statement.
Architects Case and Haskett are offering critiques to the student projects. The results of the semester-long experience will be available both to the SBA and to Case and Haskett’s new start-up, UbiGO, named with the intention that its housing module will be able to go anywhere, Haskett said.
While the Box Office has received worldwide attention, Haskett said developing a product from the ground up will be a new experience for him and Case. Haskett said he and his partner will receive specialized business and entrepreneurial expertise from RI-CIE.
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