The Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI) is a coalition of over 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.
The Council embodies and promotes the vision that together we can build an ecologically healthy future in a sustainable economy. ECRI provides its members with a forum for sharing information and technical expertise, and provides policymakers and the public with informed opinions and position statements.
- State affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation
- Set legislative priorities annually - See out 2022 Priorities
- Issue Green Report Card biennially (in even years)
- Present Loraine Tisdale Environmental Education Awards annually
- Presented the Senator John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Awards annually from 2000 to 2014
ECRI was founded in 1972 and we are the successor organization to the Rhode Island Wildlife Federation which was founded in 1938. The National Wildlife Federation was founded in 1936.
As the Rhode Island affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, we work to establish and maintain meaningful working relationships with members of Congress, federal agencies and non-government organizations to advance environmental protection affecting all fifty states and the world.
ECRI was the National Wildlife Federation's “Affiliate of the Year” for 1990 under the leadership of President Eugenia Marks.
We also provide fiduciary services in support of The RI Green Infrastructure Coalition.