Environment Council of Rhode Island

...building an ecologically healthy future in a sustainable economy

A Rhode Island Coalition

We are a coalition of organizations and individuals. Our mission is to serve as an effective voice for developing and advocating policies and laws that protect and enhance Rhode Island's environment. We are proud of our long history of environmental advocacy dating back to 1972.


ECRI's Annual Meeting, June 5th
Emmanuel Church, Newport

Locally-catered meal, special guests and a celebration of the work of the Green Infrastructure Coalition on Aquidneck Island.


Earth Day at the State House – April 25th
Rhode Island State House

Environmental advocates, organizations and concerned citizens joined together to lobby the General Assembly on bills that protect and enhance the environment.

Event included: Informational tables with environmental groups around the Rotunda followed by a brief speaking program in the State Room providing an overview of ECRI's 2017 policy priorities.

Watch Capitol TV video of ECRI's Lobby Day at the State House

ECRI President, Jerry Elmer, RI Governor, Gina M. Raimoondo and State Representative Deborah L. Ruggiero (L to R) pictured at Lobby Day, April 25th 2017 (Photo by: Laura Landen)

Read about media coverage of the event here.


Video: Opposition to Invenergy Power Plant, March 8th

The Environment Council of Rhode Island, as the voice of the environmental community in Rhode Island, strongly opposes the proposal to build a new, long-lived fossil-fuel plant in Rhode Island, because building this plant would make it impossible for the state to meet its short-, medium-, and long-term goals for carbon-emission reductions.  On March 8th, 2017 members of ECRI and other concerned Rhode Islanders convened at the State House to say it again.

Watch a video of the press conference here.


Review your RI Legislator's Environmental Record with our 2015-2016 Green Report Card

This biennial Green Report Card evaluates the environmental records of Rhode Island lawmakers on ECRI priority issues for the combined 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. The report includes letter grades issued to individual General Assembly members based on bill votes and sponsorships, along with a qualitative evaluation of the Governor. Lastly, we reflect on notable environmental policy developments during the two year span.

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