News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Barrington makes plastic bag ban permanent

Barrington's town council voted to remove the original sunset clause in the town's Reusable Bag Ordinance. The ordinance, which went into effect in January 2013, banned Barrington retailers from distributing single-use plastic checkout bags at the point of sale; a sunset provision ending the ban after two years was initially included to give the policy a trial period before making it permanent. By striking the sunset date, the council's reaffirmation of Barrington's ordinance comes as state lawmakers consider proposed legislation to ban plastic bags statewide in Rhode Island.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Rhode Island charging ahead toward electric cars & trucks

Governor Chafee released an action plan with a team of other governors to help put more than 3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road within a dozen years.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Jamestown and Charlestown councils voice support for statewide plastic bag ban

On May 19, the Town Council of Jamestown voted to approve a letter from the Jamestown Conservation Commission to state lawmakers in support of the proposed legislation to ban disposable plastic checkout bags statewide in Rhode Island (H7178/S2314). The news comes one week after Charlestown's Town Council passed a resolution supporting the legislation as well.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Whitehouse, Reed, Cicilline join community members to share vision for Rhode Island's environment

Dozens of community members and concerned citizens joined members of Rhode Island's congressional delegation––Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed along with Congressman David Cicilline––for a coffee hour hosted by Environment Rhode Island at the First Unitarian Church in Providence. The delegation and community members discussed opportunities to move forward to protect Rhode Island's environment at a time when Congress continues to face gridlock.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

New report highlights solar energy in Providence and other U.S. cities

With concern growing about the Rhode Island economy's dependence on out-of-state fossil fuels––and the associated environmental and public health consequences of dirty air and global warming pollution––Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center released a new report, "Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution." The report provides a first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. The report rates Providence a "Solar Beginner"––#39 out of 57 cities ranked.

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