For Immediate Release: May 20, 2013
Providence College to Receive Environmental Award from Save the Bay
Providence, R.I. – Providence College has been selected as a recipient of the 2013 Environmental Achievement Award from Save the Bay, the non-profit environmental advocacy and educational organization that protects, preserves and improves Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay. The award will be presented at Save the Bay’s annual meeting on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
PC earned this prestigious honor for its storm water management program. The College is the only higher education institution in the state that has a comprehensive, campus-wide stormwater management program in place.
In years past, PC’s main objective was always to be in compliance with the Narragansett Bay Commission and the RI DEM stormwater regulations. While that continues today, the College has recently adopted a Low Impact Development (LID) approach to stormwater management that meshes well with the overall environmental goals for the campus.
PC’s objectives include continued open communication with NBC, reduce stormwater flows to the NBC treatment facility, increase infiltration & groundwater recharge, reduce erosion and sediment loading downstream, improve the quality of the campus stormwater runoff, educate the college community about LID strategies, and evaluate stormwater reuse opportunities.
In January 2013, PC environmental officials, along with representatives from the Narragansett Bay Commission delivered a presentation regarding its stormwater program, at the annual New England Water Environment Association conference in Boston.