ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

2013 Alison J. Walsh Award

Annette DaSilva

Annette has devoted 22 years of volunteer leadership and dedication to the Narrow River Preservation Association. During that time, she has coordinated over 170 volunteers and 4,200 hours of water quality monitoring in the Narrow River Watershed as part of the Rover Watch. She has served on the Board of Directors since 1991 and has played a major role in all the of the Association's work. Annette is a tireless advocate for the Narrow River, Narragansett Bay, and its watershed.

2013 Environmental Achievement Award

Holly Ewald

Holly Ewald was hired by The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in 2007 to create better signage around Mashapaug Pond warning the public about pollution and health & safety hazards at the former Gorham Silver Manufacturing Company site. From her studies of the pond, Holly organized an annual celebration of the pond called the Mashapaug Pond Procession. Since 2008, it has grown to become the Urban Pond Procession, expanding the scope of the original event to include other urban ponds in the Pawtuxet River watershed. The UPP is a collaboration of artists, citizen volunteers, and educators working to promote stewardship of urban ponds in the Greater Providence area, and Holly works tirelessly to ensure its continued success.

2013 Environmental Achievement Award

Providence College

According to the Providence Business News, Providence College is “the only higher education institution in Rhode Island to have adopted a campus-wide, stormwater-management program that also incorporates a Low Impact Development (LID) approach and management practices to fit with the campus’ overall environmental goals.”  Gale Gennaro, Director of Environmental Health & Safety at Providence College, has worked closely with Narragansett Bay Commission to ensure that the college does everything possible to keep snowmelt and rain stormwater on site, thereby reducing the amount of polluted runoff from entering Narragansett Bay. Three bio-retention gardens are in place at PC, with more planned. By incorporating an LID approach to stormwater management and instituting a long range master plan identifying how/where LID strategies can be implemented in new construction projects, Providence College has set itself apart from other colleges in Rhode Island as an environmental advocate.

2013 Volunteer of The Year Award

CVS/Caremark Charity Classic15-Year Public Parking Volunteers

The CVS/Caremark Charity Classic, now entering its 15th year, has raised millions of dollars for local charities. In exchange for managing the public parking detail of this 3-day annual event, CVS donates about $25,000 annually, with a total of over $450,000 since its inception. The public parking detail is one of the most unglamorous aspects of the CVS Classic, but Save The Bay’s Seekonk Speedway parking detail has developed an almost cult-like following. Our Speedway volunteers have become a close-knit “family.” Through their dedicated volunteer efforts, Save The Bay has received necessary funding which has helped the organization survive some of the toughest times. The 15thanniversary of the Classic seems the perfect opportunity to honor those volunteers who have faithfully served us year after year as public parking volunteers.