Providence College, 2014 Environmental Achievement Award Winner

2014 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.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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