The bike-repair station Burnside Park. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

The bike-repair station Burnside Park. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — The Office of Sustainability is searching for sponsors for a proposed bike-sharing program that would bring short-term rental bikes to the city. The city also has created three public bike-repair stations with tools and air pumps.

Hunting Mushrooms is a Delicious Hobby

The founders of Southern New England Mushroom Hunting have dined on 130 types of wild mushrooms foraged from mostly from Rhode Island. (Ryan Bouchard)

The founders of Southern New England Mushroom Hunting have dined on 130 types of wild mushrooms foraged from mostly from Rhode Island. (Ryan Bouchard)

But the Rhode Island couple didn’t create their start-up enterprise, Southern New England Mushroom Hunting, or publish a book titled “Gourmet Mushrooms of Rhode Island” to rid the region of edible fungi. In fact, they are more concerned with educating people about the species’ role as pollution filters and ecosystem builders.

Rising Waters Threaten Region’s Cultural Treasures

Sea-level rise, more frequent and intense storms, and the subsequent flooding being caused by these climate-change impacts are putting U.S. historic sites at risk. One report says Boston’s historic districts among the country’s most endangered.

United in Support of Environmental Justice

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — More than 75 percent of the city’s polluted sites aren’t fully remediated, and instead have activity and use restrictions, according to senior attorney Staci Rubin of the Communities and the Environment. She said such restrictions keep the properties from returning to vibrant, active uses, and can cause lingering health problems.

There are some 2,000 underground storage tanks in Rhode Island and many leak oil and other waste into the environment. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

There are some 2,000 underground storage tanks in Rhode Island and many leak oil and other waste into the environment. (Kevin Proft/ecoRI News)

The bag ban is back, with some new supporters.

The bag ban is back, with some new supporters.

In southeastern Massachusetts, two companies are vying for control of the region’s garbage. (istock)

In southeastern Massachusetts, two companies are vying for control of the region’s garbage. (istock)

Paddlers Cut Through Rhode Island Red Tape

A 3-year-old Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management fishing rule that was designed to regulate boaters’ use of access points on rivers and ponds is being changed.

Environmental Groups Set 2015 Priority Issues

A statewide ban on plastic shopping bags and more composting are among several key issues being advanced by Rhode Island environmentalists this year.

Ambitious Vision for Region’s Food Future

A report released last year claims New England could produce 50 percent of the sustenance it consumes by 2060, but current sustainability policy largely neglects the importance of locally sourced food.


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