Environment Council of Rhode Island

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


Brownfield Reclamation

The Steel Yard successfully reclaimed a brownfield around a historic mill, revitalizing a community with the input of many volunteers. Unusable space is now a public park, created with over 100 trees, a half-acre of green space, and on-site storm water management, bringing the community together for art shows, concerts, and public events.

Advanced Techniques to Reduce Solvent Emissions

Owner and operator of one of the state's newest autobody repair facilities, Kenneth Pjojian has taken a proactive approach to implementing advanced environmental techniques within his Cranston facility. Recognized by URI's Center for Pollution Prevention and RIDEM, Pjojian's business uses a water based paint system that reduces solvent emissions by more than 85%. Volatile organic compounds, precursors to smog, are further reduced by implementing new spraying techniques provided in partnership with Davies Vocational School.

Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES)

Formerly known as the Center for Environmental Studies, IBES offers Brown University students an opportunity to study environmental issues in depth by integrating several academic disciplines. Thesis writers are encouraged to analyze an environmental problem of importance to the local community. The Center is housed in the Urban Environment Lab, a superinsulated passive/ active solar retrofit on the Brown Campus.

Community Action Works

Our mission is to work side-by-side with communities, empowering them with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level. Since 1987, Community Action Works has worked with more than 1,000 communities and trained more than 20,000 individuals to confront polluters and seed solutions across the Northeast.

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