News Release | Environment Rhode Island

At hearing, overwhelming support for plastic bag ban

The Rhode Island House of Representatives' Environment & Natural Resources Committee held an initial hearing for H7178, the 2014 House bill to ban plastic shopping bags statewide in Rhode Island. Environmental groups, small business owners, policy experts, municipal leaders, and concerned citizens attended the hearing to testify in support of the measure. Of those who spoke at the hearing, twenty five supported the legislation and two opposed it.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Opportunity for takeoff in Rhode Island solar

With concern growing about Rhode Island's energy dependence on out-of-state fossil fuels––and the associated environmental and public health consequences of dirty air and global warming pollution––the Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture held a hearing on a bill that would extend and expand Rhode Island's cornerstone renewable energy program.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Volunteers turn out for Rhode Island Plastic Bag Hunt

As Rhode Island lawmakers consider proposed legislation to ban plastic shopping bags statewide, approximately 75 volunteers and activists turned out Saturday 3/8 for the Rhode Island Plastic Bag Hunt, a statewide scavenger hunt for plastic bag litter hosted by Environment Rhode Island. Participants set out in teams and took photographs of plastic bags to complete a checklist––with items from "find a plastic bag on a beach or shoreline" to "find someone using a reusable bag".

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Johnston senator sponsors bill to ban plastic bags statewide

State Sen. Frank Lombardo (Johnston) introduced a bill in the Rhode Island Senate to ban plastic bags statewide. A counterpart to the House of Representatives bill introduced last month by State Rep. Maria Cimini, the bill prohibits the distribution of disposable plastic shopping bags at the point of sale by Rhode Island retailers, effective January 2015 for large retailers and January 2016 for small businesses. 

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Rhode Island Solar Jobs Grew 62% in 2013

An estimated 340 people in Rhode Island were employed manufacturing and installing pollution-free solar energy in 2013, according to a national Solar Jobs Census released by The Solar Foundation. This is a 62% increase from 210 jobs one year earlier. However, with even more growth in other states, Rhode Island’s national rank in per capita solar jobs dropped from #21 to #26 since last year’s report.

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