Electric Mini-Buses

In Environment, RIPTA, Transportation by Jef Nickerson9 Comments

The above video highlights a new electric bus developed by Waseda University being tested in Japan. The bus runs 25km (15.5 miles) on one charge, takes 15 minutes to recharge, and the batteries cost approximately $50,000. The bus is estimated to reduce emissions by one third over a conventional bus. In Providence, the Green Line LINK Trolley runs on a …

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, …

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

In Environment by Jef Nickerson34 Comments

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 …

Ocean Policy Task Force Public Meeting

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flickr photo submitted by closingatnever According to a White House Press Release, The Obama Administration plans to hold an Ocean Policy Task Force public meeting in Providence, RI, on September 24, 2009. The Task Force is charged with developing a recommendation for a national policy that ensures protection, maintenance, and restoration of oceans, our coasts and the Great Lakes. It …

“The area commonly known as the Promenade Green Corridor”

In Environment by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

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 …

CO2 per acre versus per household

In Environment by Jef Nickerson2 Comments

The Housing + Transportation Affordability Index has a number of tools for generating affordability maps. Above is the Providence Metropolitan Area CO2 use per acre (on right) versus CO2 use by household (left). I can’t hyperlink directly to the Providence map, but go here and choose “Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA” from the drop down where is says “change region.” As you …

LED Street lighting coming to Providence?

In Environment, Technology by Jef Nickerson5 Comments

A while back Matt wrote a post about LED street lighting, cities such as New York; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Anchorage, Alaska have plans to implement LED street lighting. In the conversation I suggested that Providence work on a pilot LED street lighting program in the new street grid built in the vacated Route 195 land. Seems the city actually …

More cleanups tomorrow, Woonasquatucket

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Photo by Rob deFriesse from Flickr From the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council: Olneyville Shines along the Fred Lippitt Woonasquatucket Greenway. Come out this Saturday! Enjoy a sunny spring day and help us reach our goal of 500 volunteers! The WRWC and community partners are hosting National and Global Youth Service Day. Important tasks we will accomplish together: Create an entryway …

Elmhurst Neighborhood Cleanup – April 25, 2009

In Environment, Events by Jef Nickerson4 Comments

From Elmhurst Clean & Green: Hi folks, Major Spring clean up this Sat 4/25. Meet 9-9:45am at parking lot of Nathanael Greene school for coffee and instructions. Tools, bags, gloves and water will be provided. Will go until about 1pm. Cleaning several areas to include Smith from Academy to Oakland, Eaton from PC to Douglas, Davis Park, etc. Assisting us …

Hope Gardens

In Environment by Jef Nickerson7 Comments

Tomato photo by sylvar from Flickr, skyline photo by Jef Nickerson John Kostrzewa writes in yesterday’s ProJo about bringing community ‘Hope Gardens’ to Rhode Island. He posits them as a way to grow both food and community during these trying times. He proposes that the state and local governments designate public lands (and maybe some private lands could be donated …

Urban Gardening

In Environment by Matthew Coolidge2 Comments

Photo from flickr by snowmentality Today Inhabitat has an article called A Starter Guide to Urban Gardening. One of the things they discuss is the beauty of container gardening, and the variety of things you can grow in portable containers or window boxes. I can actually attest to the idea of growing vegetables and herbs in window boxes. I lined …

Will Eco-Green Kill Skyline Lighting?

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Those of us urban enthusiasts whose hearts melt at the sight of a resplendently lit skyline have long harbored the fear that the “green” movement would become an excuse by anti-urbanists to kill the illumination of skyscrapers and other city buildings. That, one day in the not too distant future, people might find a lit RI Capitol dome or an …

Sustainable Housing Design Winner; Robert Swinburne

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Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT Robert Swinburne of Brattleboro, VT was the other winner of the city’s Sustainable Housing Design Competition. Robert’s design brief as posted on the city’s planning website: This house is designed to be a “gem” in any neighborhood. It’s small size and beautiful proportions are reminiscient of many older homes but with a modern flexible plan. …

Sustainable Housing Design Winner; Christine Malecki West

In Environment, Housing by Jef Nickerson3 Comments

Christine Malecki West of Kite Architects in Providence was on of the winners of the city’s Sustainable Housing Design Competition. The contest looked to design houses that were both environmentally sensitive and affordable. Here is the design brief on Christine’s entry posted on the city’s planning website: This house demonstrates that green design need not be eccentric to make a …