News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Barrington Town Council votes to draft ordinance to ban plastic bags

The Barrington, RI Town Council voted 3 - 2 to draft an ordinance proposed by the Barrington Conservation Commission to ban the distribution of plastic shopping bags in the town. Once drafted, the ordinance will be introduced at a subsequent council meeting before a final vote. If enacted, the ordinance would ban the distribution of disposable plastic checkout bags at the point of sale.

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Support from businesses and residents for Barrington plastic bag ban presented at Town Hall

Public comments in support of a ban on plastic checkout bags in Barrington were delivered by Environment Rhode Island to Barrington's Town Hall: a letter signed by fourteen Barrington businesses endorsing the town's proposed plastic bag ban, in addition to three hundred and forty postcard petitions signed by Barrington residents. Town Council President June Speakman and Town Manager Peter DeAngelis received the comments.

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Legislation signed by Governor to put Rhode Island on track for 50% less petroleum by 2050

This week, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law a bill (S2186, H7261) to set up a Petroleum Savings & Independence Advisory Commission to study and reduce Rhode Island’s reliance on petroleum, with petroleum use reduction targets set at 30% less by 2030 and 50% by 2050.

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As Emissions in Northeast States Decline, Economic Growth Outpaces Nation

A new report by Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center highlights the role that clean energy and environmental policies have played in moving states toward meeting targets for reducing global warming emissions, while challenging claims that actions that reduce emissions undermine economic growth.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Clean Cars would Slash Oil Use and Pollution this Summer

As Rhode Islanders get ready for summer road trips, an Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center report finds that cleaner, more fuel efficient cars would significantly slash oil consumption and global warming pollution across the state. The report, Summer on the Road: Going Farther on a Gallon of Gas, was released as the Obama administration is on the verge of finalizing fuel efficiency and global warming pollution standards for cars and light trucks that achieve a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025.