The Providence City Council passed a ban on sing-use plastic bags last night. The ordinance will take effect in 1-year to give retailers and consumers time to prepare and adapt.
Category - Environment
Politico: Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax
President Barack Obama is about to unveil an ambitious plan for a “21st century clean transportation system.” And he hopes to fund it with a tax on oil.
City of Providence Seeks Public Comment on Sustainabilty Plan
Over the past year, the City of Providence has been working on its Sustainability Plan. The City has released a draft of that plan and is seeking comment from the public.
Providence street sweeping and yard waste collection start this month
Street sweeping and yard waste collection start this month in Providence.
Repost: Seeking a solution (to flooding and beach closures)
After the 2010 floods, I wrote about the public desire for some sort of solution to prevent future flooding. Spoiler, we can’t prevent future floods, but we can change what we’re doing to mitigate the impact...
News & Notes
Boston. Photo (cc) Kevin Tostado. The Boston Globe: Don’t require more spaces; price curbside ones properly If you give a valuable resource away for free, the inevitable result is overuse and crowding. In the old...
Air Quality Alert Day – Monday, June 24, 2013
Air Quality Alert means free RIPTA fixed route service on Monday, June 24, 2013. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is predicting that air quality will reach unhealthy levels in all of Rhode Island...
The Magnificent Bioswales & Stormwater Treatment Along the Indy Cultural Trail
With seemingly no end in site to all this rain, and our rivers quickly rising toward and beyond flood stage, this video which takes a look at bioswales, a form of storm water retention is quite timely. Many American...
WPRI: Former EDC chief proposes $400M renewable energy project in Providence
The former executive director of Rhode Island’s Economic Development Corporation wants to build a biomass to renewable energy plant along Providence's waterfront on Allens Avenue, but he said the city needs to commit to...
Environmental initiative to create urban farms on vacant City land
The City of Providence, in partnership with the Southside Community Land Trust and the Rhode Island Foundation, is embarking on a new initiative to convert city-owned vacant lots into productive urban farms.
New City of Providence recycling program
The gist of the program is next month, all households are set to receive a new grey bin which will now be used for trash. The current green bins will be retrofitted with a blue lid and will now be your super duper...
Someone please plant us
These trees are just hanging out on a 195 parcel near the corner of Tockwotton and South Main Streets waiting for someone to plant them.
ecoRI News: New Launch Date for Single-Stream Recycling
The goal of single-stream recycling is to dramatically increase the volume of recycable items collected, thereby extending the life of the state landfill. The new sorting machines can bundle a variety of plastics, such...
CBC brings kayaks to Providence
Providence Community Boating center to add kayaks to their fleet, offering memberships, day passes, training, and tours.
Roger Williams Park Ponds Restoration Public Meeting, November 15
The City of Providence and Narragansett Bay Estuary Program are undertaking an important new project to restore shorelines and water quality in the park ponds. The goal of the project is to improve and beautify the park...
Wind turbines approved for Port of Providence
Three 360 foot wind turbines approved for the Port of Providence.