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​From left, John M. Sweeney, senior vice president for finance and
business and CFO at Providence College; Paul Mooney, president
of Save The Bay’s Board of Directors; Jonathan Stone, Save the
Bay executive director; and Gale A. Gennaro, PC’s director of
environmental health and safety.

Save the Bay Presents Environmental Achievement Award to the College

Providence College was commended for its stormwater management practices by Save the Bay, the nonprofit environmental advocacy and education organization.

Save the Bay presented its 2013 Environmental Achievement Award to the College at the organization’s annual meeting in Providence. Accepting the award for PC was John M. Sweeney, senior vice president for finance and business and CFO.

PC is the only institution of higher education in the state to adopt a campus-wide stormwater management plan. In 2003, the College partnered with the Narragansett Bay Commission to develop its Low Impact Development (LID) approach to stormwater management.

Among features of the plan, the College installed bio-retention gardens — hollows that collect and filter water, with plants and soils that remove contaminants as water returns to the ground — on the Slavin Center lawn and near Martin Hall.

Additional gardens are planned outside the Ruane Center for the Humanities, Albertus Magnus-Hickey-Sowa Science Complex, Harkins Hall, and Schneider Arena.

Goals of the LID approach were to reduce stormwater flows to the Narragansett Bay Commission treatment facility, increase infiltration and groundwater recharge, reduce erosion and sediment-loading downstream, improve the quality of campus stormwater runoff, educate the College community about LID strategies, and evaluate stormwater reuse options.

In January, Gale A. Gennaro, director of environmental health and safety at PC, joined with the Narragansett Bay Commission to present PC’s stormwater plan to the annual conference of the New England Water Environment Association in Boston.

— Vicki-Ann Downing
 
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