Sequoia tree commemorates RIC President Carriuolo’s Green Team Award

From left are Jennifer Twining, Jenifer Giroux, Lisa Smolski, Marty Roberts, Barry Schiller, Nancy Carriuolo, Dante Del Giudice and Ann Moskol. <br>(Photo: Gene St. Pierre '77)

From left are Jennifer Twining, Jenifer Giroux, Lisa Smolski, Marty Roberts, Barry Schiller, Nancy Carriuolo, Dante Del Giudice and Ann Moskol.
(Photo: Gene St. Pierre '77)

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo joined members of the RIC Green Team on June 8 at the site of a recently planted sequoia tree on campus to commemorate Carriuolo’s receipt of the 2011 Green Team Award.

The award was announced at the college’s April 27 Earth Day celebration. The Green Team presented Carriuolo with an award certificate, citing her outstanding leadership and support for campus sustainability as reasons why she was an ideal choice to be the first recipient of the award.

The team also announced that it would commemorate the award with the planting of a sustainable plant, because moving toward sustainable planting on campus is one of the President's green initiatives.

RIC President Nancy Carriuolo waters the recently planted sequoia tree.
At the event, Dante Del Giudice of the Green Team offered comments on Carriuolo’s legacy and leadership as represented by the sequoia tree, which will one day be a significant campus landmark.

Other members of the RIC Green Team in attendance included Jenifer Giroux, Ann Moskol, Marty Roberts, Barry Schiller, Lisa Smolski and Jennifer Twining.

Carriuolo and Green Team members marked the occasion with a sprinkling of rose petals around the base of the young sequoia, and Carriuolo also watered the tree.

The tree, which is already showing more than a foot of new growth since its planting earlier this spring, is located south and east of Roberts Hall on “Pine Island.” The sequoia and future plantings will eventually replace the stand of pine trees that, after 50 years, are at the end of their life expectancy.

Planting the sequoia trees was inspired by an anonymous suggestion to 'Ask RIC' online. The RIC campus is now home to four young sequoias, which some consider as being synonymous with sustainability. They are a part of a family that is believed to include the largest, tallest and stoutest individual trees in the world.

Plans are now in the works for a memorial post marking the president's award and the listing of all four sequoias on the campus Walking Tree Tour. The three other sequoias can be found between the south part of parking lot B and the road to the East Campus.