Third Annual Green Up, Clean Up day at RIC

Though it was overcast and drizzling on the morning of RIC’s third annual Green Up, Clean Up day, over 100 volunteers still gathered in Donovan Dining Center at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 22 to help improve the college campus by picking up litter.

From left to right: North Providence Town Hall President Kristen Catanzaro ‘98, RIC student John Fulton, Vice President of Student Affairs Gary Penfield, RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, RIC's Sustainability Coordinator Jim Murphy, RIC student Rene Breton and North Providence Councilwoman Alice Brady ‘95 at the Green Up, Clean Up event.
“There is a good turn out, especially with it being overcast,” said Arthur Patrie, associate director of the college’s dining services. “Every year we get more and more people to participate.”

Dante Del Guidice – director of the RIC’s professional studies and continuing education program and co-chair of the RIC Green Team – was one of many people who came out for Green Up, Clean Up day.

“It’s very exciting to be here,” Del Guidice said. “I look forward to seeing what we will find.”

It was RIC President Nancy Carriuolo’s idea to create Green Up, Clean Up day in addition to several other green initiatives across campus since 2008.

“Since becoming college president, campus beautification has been one of my key initiatives,” said Carriuolo in her opening remarks.

Other event participants included North Providence Town Council President Kristen Catanzaro, Councilwoman Alice Brady and Environmental Commission Secretary Barry Schiller.

RIC faculty Eileen Sullivan and Jane Allard collected over 350 cigarette butts in front of one building.
“I have been coming to this event for several years,” said Brady, a RIC alum (’95) and current adjunct health education professor at the college. “It is a big part of community involvement for everyone who participates.”

While Carriuolo was picking up trash next to Craig- Lee Hall, she commented that the majority of what she was picking up included cigarette butts and candy wrappers.

Eileen Sullivan, assistant dean at the Feinstein School of Education, and Jane Allard, librarian at the Henry Barnard School, say they collected over 350 cigarette butts in front of Horace Mann Hall alone. Sullivan suggested that RIC come up with an education campaign so students can become more aware that trash like cigarette butts and gum cannot be recycled.

In addition to gathering trash, the public was also invited to bring old electronic devices for recycling (five or less items – computer equipment, phones, TVs, AC window units) and unwanted documents for shredding to Parking Lot J.

This event was sponsored by the President’s Office, RIC Green Team, RIC Student Community Government, College Dining Services, Lowe’s, Stop & Shop, Office Recycling Solutions, Shred ‘n’ Go, and Zipcar.