RIC's Professional Studies and Continuing Education participates in 2011 Sustainable Schools Summit

Jenifer Giroux and Dante Del Giudice of RIC give a presentation at the Sustainable Schools Summit at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence.
The fourth annual Sustainable Schools Summit was held on Nov. 16 at Nathan Bishop Middle School – one of Providence’s recently renovated energy efficient and green public schools.

Representing RIC were Renee Danho, associate vice president for professional studies and continuing education; Jenifer Giroux, director of workforce development and training; Dante Del Giudice, interim director of professional studies and continuing education; and students and staff from Outreach Programs.

The Sustainable Schools Summit provides students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members with information on green and sustainability practices and with networking opportunities.

With suggestions ranging from green cleaning products to environmental literacy curricula models and establishing green teams, the sustainability movement was in full force and voice with many presentations and workshops.

Plans are underway for RIC to host the 2012 Summit.

RIC Green Team co-chairs Giroux and Del Giudice participated in a workshop on Green Teams and Action Plans. RIC’s green accomplishments and initiatives were highlighted along with the college’s 2011-12 goals.

RIC’s spring 2012 green and sustainability studies courses and programs were outlined with printed materials made available to all participants in summit packets and at the RIC exhibition table.

RIC green and sustainability studies curricula offerings now include opportunities from workforce development through postgraduate study. Curricula includes a course in the teaching and practice of environmental sustainability for K-12 teachers and administrators; a new certificate of continuing study in green enterprise management for the small business, nonprofit, and state agency sectors; and the Sustainable Communities Initiative with a spring speakers series and graduate and undergraduate sections exploring critical issues in sustainability.

The Sustainable Schools Summit was sponsored by the Apeiron Institute for Sustainable Living in partnership with the R.I. Department of Education, Rhode Island College and Providence Public Schools.