Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council executive director Alicia Lehrer shows off a bioretention are built to manage stormwater from the roof of an apartment building and its parking lot on Manton Avenue. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council executive director Alicia Lehrer shows off a bioretention are built to manage stormwater from the roof of an apartment building and its parking lot on Manton Avenue. (Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — The stormwater management projects called “Nature at Work” hires neighborhood youth to build and maintain the natural systems that channel stormwater into green spaces.

Work in Progress: Waste Diversion On Rhode Island’s College Campuses

This is what curbsides often look like when Rhode Island university students leave for the year. (ecoRI News)

This is what curbsides often look like when Rhode Island university students leave for the year. (ecoRI News)

Each one of these institutions has different resources, cultures, strengths and weaknesses. This report focuses on how every level of each institution — faculty, staff and students — navigate the challenges.


Major Retailers to Reduce Use of Toxic Chemicals in Products

In the past year, seven major U.S. retailers, including Rhode Island-based CVS Health, have committed to safer chemical policies or initiatives. These initiatives show growing consumer concern and scientific evidence of health impacts from dangerous chemicals, according to a new Mind the Store report.


Expert Panel Advises Providence Water on Lead Problem

PROVIDENCE — Five years ago, when Providence Water was grappling with a lead problem, the Rhode Island Department of Health required the utility to create an expert advisory panel to help it address the public-health concern.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27 in front of the Energy Facilities Siting Board.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 27 in front of the Energy Facilities Siting Board.

At the first of two public hearings for the liquefied natural gas facility proposed for the city's industrial waterfront, opponents offered a number of reasons why the project shouldn't be built.

At the first of two public hearings for the liquefied natural gas facility proposed for the city's industrial waterfront, opponents offered a number of reasons why the project shouldn't be built.

Northern saw-whet owls are small. (istock)

Northern saw-whet owls are small. (istock)


Solar Storage Getting Attention After Outages

After a string of blackouts in recent years, it’s hard to blame homeowners for wanting backup power such as portable generators. But another approach is to create municipally owned electric utilities.


Menhaden: Most Important Fish in the Sea at the Moment

Menhaden are at the center of a heated dispute between the commercial fishing industry and environmental organizations.