Annual Green-Up Clean-Up a Big Success for RIC Community
Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo was joined by Congressman David Cicilline and more than 130 volunteers for RIC’s Green-Up Clean-Up day, an annual event held to help beautify the campus while promoting pride within the RIC community.
“Rhode Island College is committed to maintaining a sustainable campus in which all our faculty, students and staff can take pride,” Carriuolo said. “This year’s Green-Up Clean-Up was Rhode Island College’s most successful to date, and the wonderful support we received illustrates that the community is equally committed to this mission. It is rewarding to have so many community members actively engaged in our mission to keep our campus beautiful.”
North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, North Providence Town Council President Kristen Catanzaro and North Providence Town Council member-at-large Alice Brady also volunteered at the event.
The record number of volunteers, who gave their time on to clean up litter from key spots around the RIC campus, represented more than 20 campus organizations.
Jenifer Giroux, interim vice president for professional studies and continuing education, said that it was particularly uplifting to have Henry Barnard School students volunteer alongside their parents and teachers.
“The event has continued to grow each year, demonstrating the commitment of students, staff, faculty, neighbors and government leaders to support Rhode Island College,” Giroux said. “We saw our greatest number of participants this year and we strive to see Green-Up Clean-Up continue to grow each year.”
Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island held a free electronics (e-waste) recycling station. The organization also collected gently used clothing, footwear and household linens and accessories that will help to fund its programs to train Rhode Islanders with disabilities and employment barriers.
Green-Up Clean-Up day is one of several sustainability initiatives at Rhode Island College. RIC’s Green Team also oversees green education programming and college-based efforts to protect the environment and promote sustainable living.