Enhancing The Long-Term Stewardship of Rhode Island's Natural Resources
Incorporated in 1991 as a separate 501(c)(3) recognized non-profit organization, our Education Fund sponsors research and education to accomplish it's mission.
The goals of the Fund are to create materials and programs designed to educate Rhode Island's citizens about environmental health and natural resource protection and restoration.
The Fund administers the RI Schools Recycling Program in conjunction with the RI Resource Recovery Corporation and Triple M Productions. The Fund also conducts research into topics such as the ecological cities approach and urban ecology to generate background information to enhance the work of the Environment Council of RI and it's member organizations.
To support it's research and education initiatives, the Fund solicits and manages government and foundation grants. The principal activities of the Fund are conducted by it's officers, directors, and members. Membership is open to anyone who is committed to the purposes of the Fund and who wishes to actively support responsible stewardship of Rhode Island's environment.
2021 Loraine Tisdale Environmental Education Recipients
This year, these three Rhode Island schools or school-based programs have each been awarded $250 to carry out an environmental project for the upcoming spring.
The Westerly Land Trust (Westerly)
The Westerly Land Trust will expand their Living Laboratories program to involve students from Westerly and surrounding towns in outdoor experiential learning on a variety of preserves, including the Barlow Nature Preserve which features multiple farms. The tools gained through the fund will allow students to engage in research projects incorporated into their environmental education lessons as they explore these farms, compost operations, and conserved land.
Dr. Edward A. Ricci Middle School (North Providence)
In a partnership with Tree-Plenish, The Dr. Edward A. Ricci Middle School in North Providence will study the school’s carbon footprint and paper usage and calculate how many trees would be needed to create a more sustainable school by growing enough wood to supply the school with paper and mitigate its heating and electricity usage. Students will work with community sponsors to raise money and plant trees, hoping to plant at least 1 tree per Ricci Middle School pupil.
The Central Falls School District's Expanded Learning Community (Central Falls)
The Central Falls School District's Expanded Learning Community will provide more opportunities for Central Falls youth to spend time at the community garden learning about growing healthy food and nutrition, and to work with community artists to create a healthy foods cookbook for the foods they grow. In addition, the students will help start a garden at the Calcutt Middle School.
The Education Fund raises funds for this awards program through the annual ECRI Ed Fund Earth Day Raffle. The award is named after a long time Rhode Island educator and environmental activist, Loraine Tisdale, and honors her work by providing resources to schools combining education with actual improvements in environmental quality in the community.
Loraine Tisdale, a native Rhode Islander, nurse, and ardent environmentalist, used her skills to lead the Group for Alternatives to Spraying Pesticides during the 1980s and 90s.
John H. Chafee Conservation Leadership Awards
From 2000 – 2013, one organization was singled out for a Conservation Leadership Award, and three others are recognized as Outstanding Conservation Project/Program winners.
Contact ECRI's Education Fund:
ECRI Education Fund
PO Box 40568
Providence RI 02940
Contact: Greg Gerritt