News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Barrington first Rhode Island town to ban plastic bags

The Barrington Town Council voted 4 to 1 to pass an ordinance proposed by the Barrington Conservation Commission to ban plastic bags in the town. The ordinance prohibits the distribution of disposable plastic checkout bags at the point of sale, effective January 1, 2012.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center, National Wildlife Federation

Rhode Island Poised to Make History in the Race for Offshore Wind

As the clock ticks down for Congress to extend critical tax credits for wind power, a new report shows that with continued state and federal leadership, Rhode Island could be the first state with offshore wind. The new report, The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy, identifies key building blocks that local, state, and federal officials have put in place to usher in a future with offshore wind.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island Research & Policy Center

Obama Admin. Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards

The Obama administration finalized new clean car standards that will double the fuel efficiency of today’s vehicles by 2025, drastically reducing emissions of carbon pollution and cutting oil use in Rhode Island and nationwide. The standards will cover new cars and light trucks in model years 2017-2025, and require those vehicles to meet the equivalent of a 54.5 miles-per-gallon standard by 2025. The new standards and their projected cuts in carbon pollution represent the largest single step the U.S. has ever taken to tackle global warming. 

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Barrington community discusses plastic bag ban

At a Barrington Town Council meeting to discuss a proposed ban on plastic checkout bags in the town, community members, stakeholders, and organizations attended to offer feedback on the proposal. At the meeting, a spokesman for Shaw's Supermarket announced that the store will no longer provide plastic bags at its Barrington store. Sylven cited broad support for the proposed ban among the store's customers.

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

Broad Range of Stakeholders Call on Governor Chafee to Improve Successful Clean Energy and Anti-Pollution Program

Rhode Island organizations, businesses, and officials joined more than three hundred stakeholders from across the region in calling on Governor Chafee and other Northeast and Mid-Atlantic governors to build on progress reducing pollution and promoting clean energy by improving the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

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