On Saturday, Sept. 17 Rhode Island College will host its second annual campus-wide clean up day to include faculty, student and community volunteers. The event named “Green Up-Clean Up,” is part of President Carriuolo’s green initiative program.
Since her installment as President of RIC in 2008, Carriuolo has been working to lower the footprint of the college on the environment. Since implementing the program RIC has significantly reduced the amount of garbage disposed of on campus and installed new trash receptacles near academic buildings and the residence halls. The college has also saved money and reduced the amount of paper recycled on campus by almost 13,000 pounds in the last year. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue to use email to communicate, rather than using paper for letters.
The college has also lowered the amount of blue recycling bins over the last year as a direct response to President Carriuolo’s urge to use reusable containers instead of disposable plastic bottles. The only area on campus that seems to be lacking in green initiatives is Donovan Dining Center, which still uses Styrofoam plates, cups and plastic utensils; only the plastic trays are reused.
In an effort to reduce the amount of pollution from commuters, the college recommends that students who live nearby should bike to campus. To help encourage the effort, the college installed several bike racks in convenient locations around campus. In addition, the administration and Board of Governors in collaboration with Student Community Government, Inc. instituted a Safety and Transportation Fee on the student body this academic year to pay for 50 percent off RIPTA pass.
For more information about RIC’s green program check out www.ric.edu/green.