News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Gov. Chafee signs off on new program to help residents invest in clean energy

Governor Chafee signed a bill that will significantly expand opportunities for Ocean State homeowners to invest in clean energy options.  The bill establishes a Property Assessed Clean Energy financing program that will provide Ocean State homeowners with financing for the upfront costs of energy improvements like energy efficiency and rooftop solar, and will save them money over time by lowering or even eliminating fuel costs.   

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Winter Storm Nemo, and record June rainfall in the Northeast, Pres. Obama announced he will unveil a climate action plan designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

At committee hearing, support for Rhode Island bag ban

The Rhode Island House Environment & Natural Resources Committee heard testimony around the House bill (H5403) that would ban plastic bags statewide. Supporters included environmental, wildlife, and conservation groups, academics, local leaders, and concerned citizens.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Rhode Island hit by weather disasters every year since 2010

Nearly six months after Hurricane Sandy and just over two months after Winter Storm Nemo, a new Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, including all Rhode Island counties, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.