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Rhode Island College's first green and sustainability efforts date back to the last decades of the 20th century, however the growth and diversity of RIC's current programming are a result of a more recent campus-wide effort to make RIC a model campus for sustainable practices and programs. Leadership of RIC's green transformation since 2008 has been provided by Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College and an environmentalist in her own right.
Significant accomplishments include establishment of the RIC Green Team in 2009 and development of many green and cost-saving initiatives by campus offices and divisions related to waste reduction, recycling, energy efficiency, green cleaning, and sustainable planting. Green and sustainability studies programs have been developed for those entering the workforce to undergraduate and post graduate study including Green Business Practices, Urban and Community Farming, the Sustainable Communities Initiative. An ongoing public sustainability speaker series was begun in spring 2012.
RIC's strength is in its commitment to exploring sustainability options with on- and off-campus partners. The addition of a sustainability coordinator, James C. Murphy, in 2012 has accelerated campus and community initiatives. While many challenges still exist, RIC is well on its way to becoming a sustainable campus and community partner in building a sustainable future.
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