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. 

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

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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2014 statewide plastic bag ban introduced

State Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence) introduced a bill in the Rhode Island House of Representatives to ban plastic bags statewide. The introduction comes one day after advocacy group Environment Rhode Island delivered over 10,000 public comments to state lawmakers in support of a plastic bag ban in Rhode Island.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Lawmakers receive 10,000+ signatures supporting plastic bag ban

Environment Rhode Island delivered over 10,000 public comments to state lawmakers in support of a plastic bag ban in Rhode Island. The petition delivery comes one day before the expected 2014 introduction of a plastic bag ban bill in the Rhode Island House of Representatives by State Rep. Maria Cimini (Providence).

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