This is a press release announcing the latest Green Report Card produced by the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI). The report highlights critical environmental issues that were considered by Rhode Island state legislators during the 2015 and 2016 sessions. Lawmakers in the General Assembly were given a letter grade based on their voting record.
Rhode Island General Assembly
2015-2016 Green Report Card
Rhode Island Senate Earns C, House of Representatives earns C+
Environmental champions emerge from General Assembly for clean energy, waste, and land and water conservation
A prudent investment in Rhode Island’s open space, environment, and tourism – the Green Economy Bond invests in open space and farmland protection; world class state & municipal parks; bikeways; stormwater pollution prevention and brownfield cleanups. Together, these efforts will attract new businesses and continue successful programs.
This file provides more details and information about the bond.
A summary of emerging environmental priorities of The Environment Council of Rhode Island for 2015 on broad topics of Energy, Land/Water, Waste, Transportation, and Budget.
These individuals are lobbyists for their respective environmental organizations which are members of the Environment Council of Rhode Island (ECRI), and they regularly lobby on environmental issues on which ECRI has taken formal positions.
Establishes and appoints members to a climate change advisory committee.
Establishes the office of inspector general as an independent administrative agency charged with the purpose of preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse, and mismanagement in the expenditure of public funds.
Allows the host municipality to share in all beach parking fee receipts, not just daily parking fee receipts.
Provides for a municipal road and bridge revolving fund to be administered by the Rhode Island Clean Water Finance Agency in order to lower the cost of borrowing for road and bridge projects of cities and towns.
Permits animal agriculture use within residential, industrial, and commercial municipal zoning.