Take Action to help in the community-wide sustainability initiative to make Providence a greener, healthier, more livable city.
Grow your own food
• Grow some of your own food in your backyard or local community garden. Check out Southside Community Land Trust or URI’s Land Grant Program for more info on community gardens.
Support local farmers markets and restaurants
• Farm Fresh RI offers a comprehensive local food guide. 22 farmers markets in Rhode Island including 10 in Providence listed on the website accept SNAP/EBT.
Join a CSA
• Sign up for a locally sourced market share or community supported agriculture (CSA) to get food fresh from the farm every week.
Walk, Bike, and Take RIPTA
• Avoid using your car when possible. Encourage your employer to offer better commuter benefits such as public transportation passes, bike racks, and in-office showers. Track your green trips and get rewards via NuRide!
When you do use your car, use it more efficiently. Accelerating slowly and smoothly, driving the speed limit, maintaining a steady speed, and anticipating your stops and starts can save more than a ton of carbon dioxide per year.
Be a better and safer biker
• Always wear a helmet, stay visible with bright colors and a headlight at night, learn bicycling hand signals, and follow all rules of the road.
• Carpool to school or work using websites such as NuRide.
Recycle your plastic, paper, glass, and cans
- Recycle all clean plastic containers up to 2 gallons, paper, glass and cans in designated city recycling bins. Learn more about what can be recycled
• Consider composting in your backyard to keep organic waste out of the landfill.
• Drop off your food scraps at your neighborhood compost site. Visit Healthy Communities to find the nearest site.
• Compost your leaf and yard waste April – December by placing in paper bags or in a clearly labeled open barrel on your regular trash day.
Recycle your used textiles at Goodwill
• Recycle your used textiles at Goodwill Industries and portion of the proceeds from the collected materials will help to fund recreation programs in Providence parks.
Use re-useable shopping bags
• Avoid plastic shopping bags and take your own to the store. Buying products without excess packaging and bringing your own shopping bags reduces energy usage and keeps excess waste out of municipal landfills, our waterways, and the ocean.
• Practice water conservation to both protect the environment and to save money. To see how, visit EPA’s WaterSense.
Reduce stormwater runoff
• When it rains, dog poop, lawn chemicals, oil spills and other pollutants get carried by stormwater runoff into our lakes, ponds, and streams. Click here for more information and tips on how you can do your part.
Plant a Tree
• You and your neighbors can easily apply for a grant to get free trees planted on your street from the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program (PNPP).
SIGN UP FOR A NO COST ENERGY ASSESSMENT
• National Grid offers home energy assessments that provide information on how to save energy and reduce your utility bills at home. To sign up, call RISE Engineering at (800) 422-5365 or go to RISE Engineering.
FIND YOUR FOUR!
• Visit FindYourFour.com to identify four simple energy actions you can take to reduce your energy usage.
• Consider photovoltaic panels to generate electricity for your home or business. More information>>
• Attend public meetings about new developments and challenge developers to think about community and environmental sustainability.
Show support for your community
• Support community benefits agreements when there is a proposed development being planned for your neighborhood that could create jobs for neighborhood residents, provide affordable housing, or bring other value to the area.
JOIN YOUR LOCAL PARK’S FRIENDS GROUP
• Join your local park’s friends group. Learn about more opportunities at the Partnership for Providence Parks.
Help transform vacant lots and buildings
• Be proactive about vacant lots or empty buildings in your neighborhood that could be rehabilitated into positive community spaces. Talk to staff in the City Planning office or at the Rhode Island DEM.