May 2017      
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BOARD of DIRECTORS
 
The Rev. Dr. Anita Schell
Emmanuel Newport
Newport
 
Ray Frackelton, PhD
Newman Congregational
Rumford
 
Marty Davey
St. Gregory the Great
Warwick
 
Christine Muller
Baha ' i Community
Kingston
 
Christine Cassels
St. Luke's
East Greenwich

Sarah Atkins
Emmanuel Newport
Newport
 
The Rev. David Helfer
Unitarian Universalist  
Congregation of
South County
Peace Dale

   
STAFF
 
Kristen Ivy Moses
Executive Director
First Unitarian Church
Providence

 
Dear Friends,
 
Much like Providence, in Washington DC we had a very wet March for Science on Saturday, April 23rd. It is reassuring to know that despite the pouring rain, thousands like us came out to march. We walked from the Washington Monument to the US Capitol Building, passing the Whitehouse, Natural History Museum, EPA building, and National Archives. Hopefully, the 29th will be a drier day here in DC as well as in Providence so we can all enjoy the Climate March.

Kristen Ivy, Westley, and Greg Moses
at the March for Science in Washington DC

April showers bring May flowers and I am just itching to spend more time outdoors. We can protect our local environment by spending more time in parks and on trails, caring for community recreation spaces, and supporting local environmentally conscious organizations such as People's Power & LightMass Energy, the Environmental Council of Rhode Island, and the EPA Atlantic Ecology Division. This May, join me in stepping outside and appreciating all that Rhode Island has to offer!

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come,

and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

- Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Blessings,
Kristen Ivy Moses
Executive Director
Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light
Upcoming Events

The Interfaith Solar Initiative brings solar power to faith communities and provides Rhode Island residents with valuable information about the many financial and environmental benefits of solar electricity.  All events are free and open to the public.  

Solar 101 Community Presentation
Join us for an in depth presentation on the Interfaith Solar Initiative.  Learn more about the many incentives and credits that make solar affordable. Representatives from RI Interfaith Power & Light, SmartPower, and several solar installers will be available to answer your questions. A panel of experienced solar ambassadors will be on hand to share their experiences as well.

Thursday, May 11, 2017
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Holy Trinity Church
1956 Main Rd
Tiverton, RI
Link to Facebook Event

RI Foundation Awards
Civic Engagement Grant to
Donna Childs 
Former RI IPL Executive Director receives 
Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship
 
Donna Childs and Ditra Edwards were chosen from nearly 200 applicants to receive $300,000 over three years to pursue their proposals for improving civic engagement.

The fellowships are made possible through the vision and generosity of philanthropists Letitia and John Carter.

Childs, of Warwick, will launch the "Civic Resilience" project, a technology-enabled credit bank that tracks volunteer service, enabling participants to save and trade service hours. She will focus first on volunteerism in the area of climate and disaster resilience.

"Providing a 'get' for the 'give' will be a more effective approach to recruiting and retaining volunteers than is typical with cause-based campaigns. And the web-based interface and mobile app will make it easy for people to participate," said Childs.

Volunteers will earn an hour of service for an hour of their work. They will be able to bank their hours and can give or assign them as a currency. They can also build skills and experience that will enhance their professional careers.

"Success creates its own momentum when we show that we can do it. We then create another virtuous circle of success with tangible progress towards addressing an issue of shared concern - climate and disaster vulnerability - while building a culture of civic engagement in the process," she said.

Click Here to read full article.

March for Science
Providence  
The Providence Journal-Sandor Bodo

April 23, 2017
About a thousand people braved the rain on Saturday, Earth Day, to gather at the Rhode Island State House to stand up for Science and against the anti-science of the Donald Trump administration. The March for Science in Rhode Island joined scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe in nearly 500 satellite marches, held in every major US city and 37 other countries. People took to the streets to stand together for science, for the free exchange of scientific information, and in protest of the censorship of publicly funded research.

Click Here to read entire article bSteve Ahlquist.
 
People's Climate Mobilization
Providence  



 
On April 29, the 100th day of Trump's presidency, the  #PeopleClimate  March will bring together hundreds of thousands of people from across the country to demand JOBS, JUSTICE, and REAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS. Here in Providence, we'll have local bands, cheers, and speakers ranging from students, clergy, legislators, and activists. 

April 29, 2017
11:00 AM
RI State House
82 Smith Street
Providence , RI

For more info, Click Here.
Contact lauren_maunus@brown.edu to get involved!

PPL15th Annual Meeting



This year is a really important year for People's Power & Light (PP&L) as they're celebrating their 15th year of making energy in Rhode Island more affordable and environmentally sustainable.

Join PP&L at a new location for their 15th Annual Meeting! They're especially impressed with the Omni Providence Hotel's green initiatives in waste, air quality, and electricity management so they're very excited to be celebrating their own green efforts with the folks at the Omni Hotel and to be planning a memorable experience for their guests.

With the help of their panel of speakers and guests, they'll celebrate clean energy achievements and discuss how they can reduce carbon emissions while advancing the Ocean State's green energy economy. Their key energy speakers include:
  • Curt SpaldingImmediate Past Regional Administrator, EPA New England 
  • Commissioner Carol Grant, Office of Energy Resources, State of Rhode Island
  • J. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University
  • Patrick Knight, Research Associate at Synapse Energy Economics
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Omni Providence Hotel
1 West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 
Click Here for tickets


Is the Invenergy project good for Rhode Island? When a town and state decides to say NO to fossil fuels, why do government officials not heed the wishes of an entire state in opposing a proposed 1-gigawatt fracked gas/oil fired power plant proposed for the middle of the woods in northwestern Rhode Island? Come find out as Learn the Facts about the Invenergy project comes to Harrisville at the American Legion Hall and Providence at the Bell Street Chapel. The public is cordially invited. Updates, activism measures, taking part in climate change reductions, sign petitions and more will be presented in this very lively, interactive presentation conducted by Burrillville Land Trust president, Paul A. Roselli.

Thursday, May 4
6:30 PM - 8 PM
American Legion Hall - Post 88
111 Chapel Street
Harrisville,  RI

Sunday, May 7
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Bell Street Chapel
5 Bell St
Providence, RI 

EPAOpen House & Earth Day Fair

Every day is Earth Day! Celebrate with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Atlantic Ecology Division by attending their Earth Day Fair!

There will be a ton of fun, environmentally-focused activities including:
  • Marine touch tanks
  • CyanoScope: mapping cyanobacteria one slide at a time
  • Demonstrations of boats and field sampling equipment
  • Carbon dioxide and the ocean exhibit
  • Tours of our wet laboratory and greenhouse facilities
  • Dress up like a scientist! photo booth
  • Oyster magic - benefits of estuarine filter-feeding organisms
  • Wetland restoration and protection
There is something for everyone at this event - activities, crafts, science displays, laboratory tours, and food by Solar Cart Cafe. Overall, you can't beat a day of learning made fun!

Saturday, May 13, 2017
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

MassEnergyTour a Local Wind Turbine

Join our friends at Mass Energy to visit the local renewable energy generators that their members support!

Since they only buy renewable energy from New England wind turbines, solar panels, cow power, and hydro power, they are able to bring their members right to the source of their electricity.
Join them at their next tour to hear the project's story, get up close to the technology, and meet other renewable energy supporters.

Gloucester Wind Turbine Tour & Electric Vehicle Showcase
Gloucester, MA
Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:30am & 1pm

Hull Wind Turbine Summer Cruise
Boston, MA
Saturday, May 20, 2017
9am - noon

Portsmouth Abbey Wind Turbine Tour
Portsmouth, RI
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Time: TBD

Click Here for more information.

ECRIECRI Annual Meeting:
Environmental Council of Rhode Island

The 2017 theme, the management of stormwater, highlights a topic ECRI has been putting front and center for several years, with a big focus on Newport and Aquidneck Island, along with the Green Infrastructure Coalition, for which ECRI serves as financial manager.

The day's festivities will begin at 3:00 PM with a nature based solutions for stormwater runoff bus tour. The evening program will start at 5:30 with a very short ECRI annual business meeting. A Buffet Dinner will follow, and then keynote speakers Thomas Ardito, Executive Director of the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission, and Jeffrey Diehl, Executive Director of the RI Infrastructure Bank, will detail projects.

The food is always great, and most of the time is devoted to talking to your favorite environmental leaders and activists about what we must do to keep Rhode Island a place we want to live.  A key purpose of ECRI is to bring together activists and leaders to protect the Rhode Island environment.  It is a clear case where all of us together are stronger than all of us separately.

Cost is $40 per person including dinner and the infrastructure tour. Click Here to order tickets.  

Monday, June 5, 2017
3:00 PM Green Infrastructure Tour
5:30 - 8:00 PM Dinner and Presentation
Emmanuel Church
42 Dearborn St
Newport, RI

If you would like to sponsor, advertise in the program booklet, or exhibit please contact the ECRI office at  (401) 621-8048 or environmentcouncil@earthlink.net


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