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Tuesday, October, 17, 2017

Apply to be a member of the Racial & Environmental Justice Committee (REJC) of Providence

The REJC is looking for three community members to fill the seats of Refugee/ Immigrant, Low-Income Seat and Environmental Justice. As part of the Equity in Sustainability Initiative, the REJC is made up of community members and local government officials working together to integrate voices and concerns of our communities into City decision-making through the […]

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Friday, September, 01, 2017

Office of Sustainability Adopts Recommendations for a Racially Equitable and Just Providence

Today the Environmental Sustainability Task Force voted in support of the Office of Sustainability officially adopting the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee’s (REJCs) Recommendations for A Racially Equitable and Just Providence. There was an immense amount of hard work that went into creating these powerful recommendations and the Office of Sustainability looks forward to continuing […]

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Tuesday, August, 15, 2017

City of Providence Partners to Offer Discounted Building Operator Certification Training

Providence, RI – This September, the City of Providence will partner with National Grid and the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) to offer a discounted Building Operator Certification Level I (BOC Level I) course. The course helps building owners and operators improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, reduce costs, improve occupant comfort and become […]

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Monday, August, 07, 2017

Plastic Pollution Reduction Efforts Going “Beyond the Ban”

The Office of Sustainability has partnered with cities across North America to explore interventions and policies to prevent the release of plastics into the environment. The world’s consumption of plastic products is growing exponentially and our environment cannot sustain the amount of plastic pollution. Between 1964 and 2014, plastic production increased by twenty-fold and according […]

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Thursday, July, 06, 2017

Mayor Elorza Unveils New Sustainability Dashboard

Dashboard promotes transparency and accountability for initiatives aimed at bolstering sustainability in the capital city Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the Office of Sustainability today announced the launch of the Sustainability Dashboard, a tool that provides up-to-date reports on performance metrics for Sustainable Providence, the City’s plan for bolstering sustainability in six topic […]

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Monday, June, 26, 2017

City of Providence recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for solar-friendly policies

Providence was awarded a Silver SolSmart Designation, earning high-profile national recognition for the steps it has taken to reduce barriers to going solar. SolSmart is a national recognition and a no-cost technical assistance program for local governments, designed to drive solar adoption across the United States. Providence is the first community in Rhode Island and […]

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Friday, May, 05, 2017

City of Providence Awarded $125,000 Equity in Sustainability Grant

The City of Providence has been awarded a second year of funding to support its Equity in Sustainability initiative. This effort is a partnership between the Office of Sustainability, the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island, and Groundwork Rhode Island. The goal of this initiative is to create recommendations for a system and process that […]

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Tuesday, May, 02, 2017

City Releases Second Annual Municipal Energy Report

The City of Providence released its second annual Municipal Energy Report for the 2016 Fiscal Year. The Report discloses the City’s energy data in an effort to track progress towards the City’s energy goals, increase transparency, and lead by example. The City’s 2014 Sustainable Providence plan set a goal to reduce energy consumption 30 percent […]

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Friday, April, 21, 2017

City of Providence Receives Lead by Example Award

Providence was one of three government entities to receive a Lead By Example Energy Award from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources. The award was in recognition of Providence’s efforts to invest in deep energy retrofits of its municipal buildings and convert its 17,000 streetlights to high-efficiency LEDs. In total, 11 state government agencies, […]

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Monday, May, 09, 2016

City of Providence Awarded $100,000 Equity in Sustainability Grant

Providence, RI- Today Mayor Jorge Elorza announced that the Office of Sustainability has been awarded a $100,000 grant as part of the Partners’ for Places Equity Pilot Initiative. The funding, which includes a $50,000 match from the Rhode Island Foundation, will help the City better understand and better address the environmental concerns and needs of […]

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