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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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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Rhode Island Takes Action to Reduce Climate-Altering Carbon Pollution

On January 13th, Rhode Island announced improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a pioneering effort to clean up climate-altering carbon pollution from power plants. The changes to the program will reduce power plant pollution in the region by 15 percent with the decade.

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