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).

News Release | Environment Rhode Island

New Report: Extreme Downpours and Snowstorms Up 90 Percent in Rhode Island

Two years after the several days long rainstorm led to record flooding that devastated Warwick and other towns surrounding the overflowing Pawtuxet River, a new Environment Rhode Island report confirms that extreme rainstorms and snowstorms are happening 90 percent more frequently in Rhode Island since 1948.

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.