News & Notes

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Dallas Covers Highway with Greenery – Cities are increasingly decking highways with piles of greenery and new development. [Governing] I’m looking at Route 10 at Olneyville, Route 95 from Broad to Atwells, Route 95 between Garden and George in Pawtucket, Route 95 next to the State House… Parking Management That Actually Manages Parking [Bill Fulton, Mayor of Ventura Blog] Some …

News & Notes

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California Drive-Thru Ban and the “Health in All Policies” Approach Baldwin Park, California, home of the country’s first drive-thru, has banned drive-thru construction for nine months in an effort to combat obesity. [The City Fix] RI senators land Pawtucket River bridge money Rhode Island’s senators on Thursday announced a $2.3-million appropriation to help replace the Pawtucket River Bridge, the deteriorated …

Bigger than Rhode Island

In Environment by Jef Nickerson1 Comment

This has been all over the interwebs this week, so I’m playing along: This Google Earth tool allows you to lay the oil spill* over a familiar piece of the Earth to allow you to grasp the size of the spill. Here we see, it is bigger than Rhode Island. * Notice how I can just say, “the oil spill.” …

January Evolution Forum: Transit in a Sustainable Rhode Island (01/28)

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Photo by Jef Nickerson When: Thursday, January 28, 2010 – 5:30pm to 8:00pm Where: 17 Gordon Avenue, Providence, RI 02905 Cost: Admission for Apeiron members and students with valid ID is free. Admission for others is $10. Please join us for Apeiron’s next Evolution Forum! This month we will highlight Transit in a Sustainable Rhode Island. Panelists include Catherine Lutz, …

Ontario introduces green vehicle license plates

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The province of Ontario in Canada has introduced a new green vehicle license plate for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. The province describes the plate and the benefits associated with it: Ontarians have voted for a new vehicle licence plate that will encourage consumers to switch to environmentally-friendly cars and trucks. The new plate will have green lettering on a …

StreetFilms at COP15

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Tens of thousands of people from nearly every nation on earth have descended on Copenhagen this month for the UN climate summit. As the delegates try to piece together a framework for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, they’re also absorbing lessons from one of the world’s leading cities in sustainable transportation. In Copenhagen, fully 37 percent of commute trips are made …

This water tastes delicious!

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Photo (cc) Cayusa A report by the Environmental Working Group ranks Providence’s municipal water as second best (of metropolitan areas over 250,000 people) in the country. EWG compiled information from water utility tests going back to 2004 in 48,000 municipalities in 45 states. Arlington, Texas beat us out for the top spot. The only other New England city in the …

1577 Westminster, for realz!

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1577 Westminster Street, rendering Kite Architects The WBNA has been working hard for some time now to build their green building at 1577 Westminster Street. Delays have been caused largely as a result of putting together financing for the project. I’m told that WBNA and their partner, SpurwinkRI, now have a building permit in hand and construction could begin as …

Festivals last weekend

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A few photos from last weekend’s Street Painting Festival on Westminster Street: And one of the giant solar panel from the Sustainability Festival in Burnside Park: Photos by Jef Nickerson

Why is environmental devastation so often so beautiful?

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Photo (cc) jtinaustralia Eastern Australia is being impacted by a large dust storm turning the skies over Sydney red. The storm is certainly not good for the lungs of Sydneysiders, but the images are undeniably stunning (and scary). Boston.com’s Big Picture has a collection of photos here. The Sydney Morning Herald has extensive coverage. And here are some more photos …

Mandatory recycling coming to Providence

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Photo (cc) Scott Ableman ProJo reports today on a new recycling effort for the city of Providence. Starting Nov. 2, any resident who doesn’t separate paper, glass and cans will not have their trash picked up, Cicilline said. Residents have an option, however: they can purchase the bins for $5 apiece, or they can label their own trash cans with …

Bike Sharing is coming to Boston

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Boston.com reports that a bike sharing program is coming to Boston with plans of expanding to Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. According to Inhabitat The new system will be very similar to infrastructure already in place in cities like Montreal and Paris. Riders can pick up bikes at one of the 290 stations with a swipe of a credit card, ride …

RI lags behind neighbors on percentage of income devoted to gasoline

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The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a report on Americans’ oil vulnerability. The report ranks states based on what residents spend as a percentage of their income on gasoline, Rhode Island ranks right about in the middle at 27; spending 5.40% or $2214.95 per year on gasoline. Meanwhile Connecticut ranks 50th (or in this case best) at 3.24% – …

Living Bridges

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Photo from Atlas Obscura In the depths of northeastern India, in one of the wettest places on earth, bridges aren’t built – they’re grown. In the southern Khasi and Jaintia hills of northeastern India, bridges are grown from rubber tree plant roots. The bridges take 10 to 15 years to go and some of them are said to be over …

“The area commonly known as the Promenade Green Corridor”

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Really? The city announced today that Connecticut based Alteris Renewables will be opening an office in Providence. The company’s finance department, a call center and regional staff will be located at 28 Wolcott St., an award-winning net-zero building in the city’s growing Green Corridor. The office spaces are Rhode Island’s first and only net-zero office environment, including heating and electricity …

Site tour: Providence Career and Technical Academy

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Wednesday I had the opportunity to tour the new Providence Career and Technical Academy on Cranston Street. Some info about the new school: The PCTA is a brand-new, state-of-the-art career and technical education center. PCTA will be the region’s finest physical plant, designed to provide integrated academic and technical instruction in the areas of general construction, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and …