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Greening the ENDEAVOR Fund

The University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography has established a dedicated fund with the express purpose of assisting in the transformation of the URI Research Vessel ENDEAVOR into the most energy efficient and "green" research vessel in the United States.

The first step taken to transform URI's research vessel into one with the smallest environmental impact was the policy decision to use locally-produced biodiesel fuel for the ship's generators and main engine.  The initial 14,000 gallons of B5 biodiesel, produced by Newport Biodiesel, and blended and delivered by T.H. Malloy Biodiesel, were delivered to the ship in December 2011.  URI is committed to using biodiesel whenever the ship refuels in Rhode Island, and will attempt to secure biodiesel when it refuels in distant ports.

The ship relies upon diesel generators to provide for all of its electrical demands when at sea.  Reducing the demand through changes in energy efficient lighting, heating, and cooling will have the same impacts they have on any structure on shore - lower fuel consumption.  Contributions to the "Greening the ENDEAVOR Fund" will allow upgrades for more efficient lighting, galley appliances, water heaters, water makers, etc. as well as the upgrading of seals on engines to allow for utilization of progressively higher amounts of biodiesel as fuel.

This project extends the Graduate School of Oceanography's efforts to create an energy-efficient, sustainable campus to our major research tool - the RV ENDEAVOR.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the "Greening the ENDEAVOR Fund," please complete and return the form at this link, or visit the URI Foundation website to make an online donation.   Under "Choose a Program" click on the arrow to the right and scroll down to "GSO: Greening the RV ENDEAVOR" under "Other giving."

For questions regarding the "Greening the Endeavor Fund," please contact the URI Graduate School of Oceanography Dean's Office at (401) 874-6222 or at info@gso.uri.edu

Thank you for considering a donation to the Greening the ENDEAVOR Fund!