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 compostable food-scrap collection.
ecoRI News, which went online in September 2009 and expanded into Massachusetts in June 2013, is the journalistic arms of ecoRI Inc. and is dedicated to the advancement of environmental and social justice issues that impact Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We are devoted to protecting the neighboring states' 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Tim is ecoRI's go-to writer on renewable energy and other issues.
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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.
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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.
Carolina has always questioned what she sees and always seems to ask, “Why does it have to be like that?” Since she was a kid … trash on the ground, for example, she always thought of ways she could change it. She was born in Santiago, Chile, and came to the United States when she was 2, arriving in Baltimore. Her family then moved to Villanova, Pa., and Carolina started taking art classes at The Pennsylvania Academy of Art, in Philadelphia. She started the art club at her high school and studied illustration at RISD. The Providence resident started Hint Studio and makes handmade jewelry.
Charles has been teaching an ethics course at the University of Rhode Island since 2009 that focuses on sustainability and renewable energy issues. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 at Salve Regina University in humanities, concentrating in the ethics of energy usage and its multiple implications for humanity and the environment. As part of his doctoral investigations, Charles did sustainability and energy fieldwork research in Colorado, California, and British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. The Seekonk, Mass., resident believes it is imperative to reflect on the natural resources and sustainability needs of future generations.
Kara DiCamillo/local food recipes
Kara is the organizer of Green Drinks Newport and a member of the city’s Energy & Environment Commission. Kara volunteers at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, and has volunteered as a panelist for Rhode Island Farmways, speaking to farmers from around the state about how they can better market and promote their businesses. Beyond the moat that surrounds her island home, Kara has backpacked Mount Washington in New Hampshire too many times to count, is a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, a graduate of the Colorado Outward Bound School and, in real life, she is a public relations director at 6 Square Design & Communications.
Wendy loves hugging children and trees. As her own children leave and head off to college, she is filling that void by leading after-school clubs of Pawtucket elementary students on walking field trips to Slater Park. She also leads families on discovery walks around the East Greenwich area. In addition to the walks, she teaches nature journal writing and sketching at Biomes Marine Biology Center, where she serves on the board of directors. Wendy shares unusual insights and observations that connect our ecology with economic solutions. Understanding that today's children are tomorrow's leaders, she seeks to reconnect them to their natural environment. She also has created the concept of the “storywalker,” published a series of audio stories and created a website that is an online network of story trails.
Kathie Florsheim/writer & photographer
Kathie is an independent photographer whose work has been shown in museums and galleries nationally and internationally. Her current series, “On the Edge,” evolved out of photographs she made during an artist’s residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. This series of documentary photographs explores the relationship between the manmade and natural environment and the conflict between public and private use along the Northeast coast. She is concurrently working collaboratively with a team of geologists, architects and others on a project called “Living on the Edge.” This project examines a small, seasonal coastal community in Rhode Island as its shoreline recedes, and its residents contemplate erosion, storm damage and sea-level rise. She is a fellow at the Coastal Institute. Kathie will be contributing a regular series to ecoRI News called “Notes From the Coast.”
Leslie is an anthropologist who turned to journalism after a two-year stint serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, where she taught English, HIV/AIDS education, and learned what it’s like to live in a giant fishbowl. She has worked for several weekly newspapers in Greater Boston, covering government, police, education and human interest stories, and for an English weekly called The Tico Times in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she covered business and real estate. She currently writes for a private university in Boston about a range of topics, including the environment, sustainability, food and climate change. When she’s not chained to a computer, she’s busy chasing two tiny princesses around her kitchen in Gloucester, Mass.
Kat is a journalist and writer specializing in clean energy, green business and urban sustainability. Her work draws on an eclectic combination of life experiences. After growing up on the South Side of Chicago, she studied mechanical engineering. She built power electronics and machinery for four years, until she decided to pursue her enthusiasm for writing. In 2006, she completed a graduate degree focusing on science and environmental journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Nelson Institute. Her recent experience includes four years of writing about diversity in science and four years of writing about clean energy. The North Shore (Mass.) resident has co-authored two books and has contributed to a variety of publications such as Scientific American, Earth Island Journal, Energy Efficiency Markets, On Campus with Women and On Wisconsin. Her portfolio is online.
The founder of the think tank Prosperity for Rhode Island, Greg has been involved in efforts to create a sustainable economy since the 1970s, when he began building solar buildings and creating organic homesteads. He currently is involved in urban agriculture efforts and the administration of the coalition of environmental organizations in Rhode Island. The Providence resident has been a leading advocate for making sure ecology is actually a component of efforts to create a sustainable state economy, and a critic of the idea of sustainable growth on this finite planet.
The Narragansett resident is the master gardener projects coordinator for the University of Rhode Island. In 2011, Rudi became the first URI master gardener to accumulate 10,000 volunteer hours in the program.
Lisa Kelly/vegan recipes
Lisa is the founder and personal chef at TheVeganPact.com, a vegan personal chef service dedicated to providing healthy plant-based recipes and meals. She specializes in vegan and raw food, and is passionate about making animal-free meals that people would never believe are actually vegan. Lisa also provides delivered prepared meals, meal plans, and public and private cooking classes around the Boston area.
Rose is a retired journalist, having served that profession for almost 20 years in various media channels, including local Massachusetts newspapers, national magazines and numerous websites. Eventually, this native Rhode Islander found she had climbed to the top of the corporate ladder only to realize it was leaning against the wrong wall. In 2007, she achieved her certification as a landscape designer from the Landscape Institute of Harvard University and launched her landscape design business, LandMarques, in 2008. Within her second career, a deep passion emerged for historic landscapes — for their careful protection and appropriate recreation. However, she soon found herself on the verge of infidelity as she discovered her devotion to environmental stewardship of all our precious lands. After some soul-searching, she married landscape design, historic landscape protection and environmental consciousness within her business’s mission, and now is living happily ever after, nurturing the land and writing about it.
Neil is chief of content development at Bull’s-eye Environmental Communications. He helps clean-technology and clean-energy companies develop compelling thought leadership content and marketing communications. He is the executive director of Keep Mansfield Beautiful, a volunteer organization that inspires local government, businesses and residents to make Mansfield a cleaner, greener place to live, work and play. In his free time, Neil enjoys kayaking, fishing, golf, basketball and cleaning up litter (really!)
Sarah is a fisherwoman, writer and environmental activist. Her homemade fishing boat, the Nushagak, is named after a river in Alaska where she has spent the past three summers working at a salmon cannery. She has lived in Portsmouth, Warren and North and South Kingstown, and now calls Westerly home. After studying Marine Affairs at URI, she roamed the Americas talking with fishermen, and went on to earn a master's degree in environmental policy at the University of Oxford. Her favorite place in Rhode Island for a walk is the Great Swamp, and for a swim, the Kickemuit River. She is the founder of Eating with the Ecosystem.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Senior fellow at the University of Rhode Island Coastal Institute
Executive director of Savvy Families
Rebekah Greenwald Speck
Executive director of the RiverzEdge Arts Project
President of Ava Anderson Non-Toxic
Executive director of the Aquidneck Land Trust
ecoRI/ecoMass in the News
Listen to Tim Faulkner's interview with Sea Change Radio.
ecoRI/ecoMass News executive director Frank Carini was a guest on NBC 10's weekly "News Conference" program in July 2012. He spoke with veteran NBC journalist Jim Taricani about environmental and social justice issues pertaining to Rhode Island.