Second annual Green-Up, Clean-Up Day: a community collaboration

Among the Green-Up, Clean-Up volunteers are, from left, Gary Penfield, RIC vice president for student affairs; Kristen J. Catanzaro, president of the North Providence Town Council; RIC President Nancy Carriuolo; and Alice Brady, North Providence Town Council member.
It was a morning of camaraderie and teamwork as over 20 volunteer groups from RIC and the neighboring community gathered on Sept. 17 to spruce up the campus and increase awareness of the importance of expanding the “green“ effort at the college.

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At the second annual Green-Up, Clean-Up Day, Lowe’s, Stop & Shop, and RIC’s College Dining Services, Student Community Government, President’s Office and Green Team once again served as major sponsors.

New sponsors this year included The North Providence Environmental Commission, Office Recycling Services, and Shred N Go, which allowed the public to dispose of e-waste and confidential materials free of charge.

RIC students played a major role in making the second annual Green-Up, Clean-Up Day a success.

State Rep. Raymond A. Hull of Providence and his daughter Karina volunteered for the clean-up.
As in the previous year, the majority of the participants were members of RIC’s intercollegiate athletic teams. Members of the five on-campus Greek societies also actively participated.

The Fruit Hill Neighborhood Association, RIC Outreach Programs and members of Council 94 also joined in the efforts.

“Under the leadership of the green team, RIC gets greener every year,” said RIC President Nancy Carriuolo.

“Best of all, initiatives such as Green-Up Clean-Up Day are being enthusiastically undertaken by representatives of the entire RIC campus community as well as its extended community represented by an emeritus professor, Barry Schiller, neighbors and local political figures Ray Hull, Kristen Catanzaro and Alice Brady.”

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