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First Earth Day celebration held at RIC

The first RIC Earth Day celebration, “Ten Thousand Acts of Green,” was held by the RIC Green Team on April 27 in the Fortes Room of Adams Library.

Dante Del Giudice, co-chair of the Green Team presents RIC President Nancy Carriuolo with the 2011 Green Team Award.
The event opened with the presentation of the 2011 Green Team Award to RIC President Nancy Carriuolo. The award was established to recognize an individual who has contributed to RIC’s sustainability efforts.

"[Carriuolo] was chosen for her outstanding leadership and unwavering advocacy for campus sustainability," said Dante Del Giudice, co-chair of the Green Team.

The Green Team will be making arrangements for a sustainable plant on campus to commemorate Carriuolo's recipience of the Green Team Award.

Students from the Henry Barnard School distributed Earth Day origami seedling packets to attendees. The students researched composting to prepare the packets, which included instructions on how to plant the seeds and also how to recycle the paper.

Kristen Salemi, director of the Student Union, announced the three student winners of the RIC Green Idea Contest, "It's Easy Being Green," in which students offered ideas on how to make RIC a more sustainable campus. Andrea Van Dexter, Kayla Sawyer and Katie Ide each received $10 in Campus Points on their RIC student ID cards.


Guest speaker Glenn Bachman gives his presentation, 'The Green Economy and the Future Work Force.'
Glenn Bachman – president of the Raven Business Group and creator of the Green Certificate Program through RIC's Outreach Programs – was the guest speaker at the Earth Day celebration. His presentation, “The Green Economy and the Future Work Force,” outlined several sustainability initiatives for a green campus, including New Residence Hall LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

Other green campus initiatives included energy efficient lighting and a bicycle-friendly campus policy. Bachman, author of “The Green Business Guide,” signed copies of his book at the event.

The presentation also focused on ideas for a green curriculum, such as a workforce development program, continuing education courses and two certificates currently in development, one in Green Enterprise Management and the other in Sustainability Studies.

The idea for “Ten Thousand Acts of Green,” equating to approximately one green act for each member of the RIC community, was taken from the international Earth Day Network's similar campaign, “A Billion Acts of Green.”


Henry Barnard students gather in the Fortes Room in Adams Library during the RIC Earth Day celebration.
“We at Rhode Island College have chosen the theme of 'Ten Thousand Acts of Green' to celebrate our many accomplishments and to plan for many more advances in our green and sustainability efforts,” Del Guidice said.

Sponsors of the Earth Day Celebration include the Adams Library PR Committee, the Career Development Center, the Henry Barnard School, the President’s Office, the RIC Green Team and the Student Union.

For more information on the RIC Earth Day Celebration, visit http://ric.libguides.com/Earth_Day.