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Environment Council of RI

News from the Environment Council of RI

May 18, 2020

Building Resilient & Equitable Communities After COVID-19

2020 ECRI & ECRI Education Fund's Annual Meeting

June 1st 5:00pm

We hope you will all turn out for what promises to be an interesting discussion. It will be a virtual meeting via Zoom due to social distancing restrictions. It features a special panel discussion on how the COVID-19 pandemic can help RI become a more livable, healthy place for all Rhode Islanders.

Panelists will be:
While the event is free, we are asking that those who can consider making a donation or becoming a sponsor.
=> Register Here!

The Environment Council would like to thank our longtime supporters who have stepped up to support this years gathering
  • Empire Loan 
  • Meg Kerr/Bob Vanderslice
  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • Green Energy Consumers Alliance
  • Save The Bay
  • The Nature Conservancy

 ECRI Policy News

We voted on the 2020 Legislative Agenda at the May meeting. It can be found on the ECRI website


  • ECRI Policy Agenda: our legislative agenda was approved by the full board in the meeting last week and is on our website
  • No new updates on state of legislative session (has anyone heard otherwise?)
Climate Crisis Campaign updates:
  • Successful Climate Advocate Training webinar was conducted on April 29
  • Another Climate Advocate Training will be conducted in connection with SustainPVD fest on 5/19
The Climate Crisis Campaign is working with CARI on local climate advocate web gatherings, one of which is tomorrow. More info and REGISTER.
RI Land Trust Walking Survey

We hope this email finds you well - stay healthy! The impact of COVID-19 is demonstrating the importance of land conservation to provide places where people can get outdoors in nature for a respite from stress, anxiety and cabin fever.

We need your help.

Since mid-March, when the stay-at-home order was issued to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have seen many more people out walking and running.  
  • Are you one of those people who is taking more walks/runs these days?  
  • Will you continue taking walks/running now that “stay-at-home” order is lifted?
  • Where do you get information about places to walk?
We’d like to hear from you!

We want to make the case to Rhode Island's decision makers that it is important to support programs to create and maintain trails in our state.  Knowing your reasons for walking/running and where you are walking/running will help inform decisions about trails.

Take the survey HERE.

Please share this survey with your friends.

Remember to keep social distancing when outside walking/running. 

Thank you!

Rhode Island Land Trust Council is the state coalition of land trusts. Our mission: permanently conserve open and natural lands in Rhode Island by supporting land trusts, promoting responsible use and stewardship of conserved lands, and advocating for sound land conservation policy.

This Week’s Creature Features

Offshore Renewable Energy Webinar May 2020

Offshore Renewable Energy in the U.S.:
Learning As We Go!

17th Ronald C. Baird Sea Grant Science Symposium Webinar #1
May 19, 2020
9:00 a.m.

Offshore renewable energy has been growing rapidly in the United States. This panel will  discuss what we have learned from this experience from a regulatory, industry, and resource user prospective.  This free, 4-part webinar series seeks to learn from our past experiences and also understand key issues regarding the potential cause-effect relationships resulting from the construction and operation of offshore renewable energy installations and recommendations for minimizing impacts and promoting opportunities for positive biological outcomes.

  • Jennifer McCann: Director of U.S. Coastal Programs at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center at the Graduate School of Oceanography and Director of Extension Programs for the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program
  • Mary Boatman: Environmental Studies Chief for the Office of Renewable Energy Programs in Herndon, VA.
  • Annie Hawkins: Executive Director of the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance 
  • Grover Fugate: Executive Director of the Coastal Resources Management Council
  • John O’Keeffe: Director of U.S. Marine Affairs for Ørsted U.S
  • Erik Chapman: Director of New Hampshire Sea Grant and the Associate Director of Outreach for the UNH School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering

This event is a partnership of the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program, URI Graduate School of Oceanography, URI Coastal Resources Center, Venture Cafe & District Hall/Providence, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) and Working Group on Marine Benthal and Renewable Energy Developments 
Free, but preregistration required


Contact Jennifer McCann at for more information or visit the website.

Photograph: Udo van Dongen, Bureau Waardenburg


The Environment Council of Rhode Island is a coalition of more than 60 Rhode Island organizations, as well as individuals, whose mission is to serve as an effective voice for developing and advocating policies and laws that protect and enhance the environment.

See the ECRI Calendar for upcoming environmental events

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