Our Mission

Our mission is to investigate issues and write stories that will catalyze positive environmental and social change.

We are a professionally staffed, nonprofit Web-based news agency with a robust public service and outreach component. Our organization focuses on educating our readers about the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental and social justice issues that impact Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

 

Our Role

ecoRI Inc. is a unique initiative devoted to educating the public about local environmental and social justice issues and how they interconnect. The nonprofit accomplishes its mission in separate but linked ways: investigative reporting, community journalism, educational programs, public outreach, green consulting and residential food-scrap collection.

ecoRI News, which went online in September 2009, is the journalistic arm of ecoRI Inc. and is dedicated to environmental and social justice reporting. We are devoted to protecting southern New England's ecosystems, natural resources and public health through independent journalism.

ecoRI Inc. also runs various public outreach and educational programs designed to educate people about the importance of diverting nutrient-rich food scrap from being buried in landfills or burned in incinerators. We offer consulting services to those looking to “green up” an event, give educational presentations at schools, work with organizers to make road races less wasteful, and run public outreach campaigns designed around environmental and social justice issues.

Funding
ecoRI Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the IRS. We depend on the support of individuals, foundations and businesses that recognize the importance of environmental/social justice news delivered from an independent perspective.

STAFF 

Joanna Detz
Executive Director
Contact her at jo@ecoRI.org or by calling 617-785-7369 
Joanna is a graphic designer with an interest in social-justice journalism that stems back to the first time she read Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle,” a book that also, incidentally, set her on the path to a beef-free lifestyle. After a brief foray into journalism, which included a stint at CNN’s Washington bureau during the 1996 presidential election, she became jaded to the mainstream media and turned, instead, to a career in graphic design, from which vantage, she remains jaded to mainstream media. A print designer for more than 10 years now, she still has mixed feelings about Helvetica and is always looking for ways to curb paper use in her profession by choosing recycled paper. She lives and breathes in Providence, on a street called Hope.

Tim Faulkner
Executive Editor
Contact him at tim@ecoRI.org or by calling 401-330-6276
Tim worked as a community newspaper reporter in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts for several years. For three years, he was a reporter for the Taunton (Mass.) Daily Gazette. He spent several years in the financial services sector before returning to graduate school, where he earned a degree in writing and publishing. He grew up in Barrington, R.I., where he lives with his wife and two young daughters.

Kevin Proft
Programs Manager
Contact him at kevin@ecori.org
Kevin began his career teaching history to inner-city, high-school students in Oakland, Calif. He has spent time living and traveling in Australia and New Zealand, where he was taken with the countries’ landscapes and reefs, but was disconcerted by how often these natural wonders are in danger of being overwhelmed by manmade incursions. He later lived and worked in San Francisco and couldn’t help having the environmentally friendly spirit of the city rub off on him. He now calls Providence home. Kevin is keenly interested in environmental issues, and wants to be a part of the solution to the problems of climate change and the loss of natural habitats that have resulted from human-propelled stressors happening around the globe. He enjoys being active in the community and hiking in the great outdoors.

Frank Carini
Editor
Contact him at frank@ecoRI.org or by calling 401-678-0206
Frank has more than two decades of journalism experience, and has spent time as both a reporter and an editor. He has won several newspaper association awards for column writing, reporting, headline writing and page layout. He has worked at a variety of publications, from a metropolitan daily to a small daily newspaper to several weekly papers. As sports editor for The Cincinnati Post, he realized his boyhood dream of working in the field of sports journalism at a major daily newspaper. His more recent passion, however, is telling the stories — the good, bad and ugly — of our environmental successes and failures. He stands by the motto: "We only have one planet and we need to treat it better." The Providence resident and Medway, Mass., native left the mainstream media to launch ecoRI Inc. in September 2009.

Joseph Rand
Development & Outreach Coordinator
Joseph is an environmental activist who strives to engage the public in social and environmental awareness. A firm believer in the effectiveness of face-to-face communication, the URI graduate has done important grassroots work on campaigns such as banning plastic grocery bags in Rhode Island and protesting big agribusiness farm subsidies used for ingredients in junk food. With an intense passion for supporting environmental and social awareness, Joseph is dedicated to helping make his community more sustainable and resilient.

Dana Goodman

Outreach & Development Associate
Dana is an artist and an environmentalist focused on inspiring people to connect with, care for, and enjoy nature. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cinema Studies and Italian from New York University and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Clark University. Dana has consulted with Cambrian Innovation on wastewater permitting, has done field work on coastal rehabilitation projects with Natural Resource Services She has also helped the Audubon Society of Rhode Island develop a Walk to School Day program. As a filmmaker, Dana produced the environmental documentary, “Burning Sea: Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Marine Ecology” for her thesis project. She also participated in the Boston Go-Green 48 Hour Film Project (2011). She is currently volunteering with Sierra Club, moonlighting as a photographer and studying Jiu Jitsu. Dana loves loves loves the beach, swimming, hiking in the forest, spider webs, mushrooms, teaberries and the feeling of moss under her bare feet.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chip Young
President
Senior fellow at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute

David Stookey
Vice President/Secretry
Executive director of Savvy Families

Isaac Lavoie
Treasurer
AmeriCorps program director, Ocean State Environmental Education Collaborative

 

Chuck Allott
Executive director of the Aquidneck Land Trust

Drew Carey
Founder of CoastalVison

 Bari Freeman (George)
Executive director of Bike Newport

Krystine Ritzen
‎Campaign Manager at Fidelity Investments

John Torgan
Director of ocean & coastal conservation at the The Nature Conservancy