Dec
8
6:30 pm18:30

“Years of Living Dangerously” Screening Party

  • Berkeley Business Center, Suite 3A1

About: Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) will screen an episode of the acclaimed National Geographic series "Years of Living Dangerously." Join the local chapter in viewing the episode and celebrating CCL’s successes. The screening will be preceded by introductory comments from cast members Bradley Whitford and Don Cheadle, along with climate scientist Katherine Hayhoe.
Info: Click here.

Dec
10
10:00 am10:00

Hike to Spencer Pond

  • Captain Isaac Paine School

About: Join Northwest RI Supporters of Open Space for a hike around this little-known Foster Land Trust property. Beautiful in any season, the property features a trail to the Ponaganset River and Spencer Pond. If there is sufficient snow on the ground, this will be a snowshoeing hike. Because this property is difficult to find, and parking is limited, attendees should meet at the Isaac Paine Elementary School parking lot and carpool to the trailhead. Please park in the area of the lot closest to the Dumpsters.
Info: Click here.

 

 

Dec
11
10:00 am10:00

Providence Flea Holiday Market

  • Hope High School

About: The Providence Flea holiday markets (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) will feature a rotating lineup of more than 50 local vintage vendors, artisans and makers each week with a total of more than 80 different vendors in all. Flea goers can enjoy food trucks, kettle corn and hot coffee drinks. The markets will also feature holiday music and community non profits. Free admission and lots of free off-street parking. ecoRI News will have a community table at this market. Stop by and support environmental reporting.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

Dec
11
1:00 pm13:00

Standing Rock Solidarity March and Rally

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County

About: December has been declared a Global Month of Action in solidarity with the thousands of Native Americans and allies who have gathered at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. In light of the Obama administration’s recent decision to reject the permit to cross under the Missouri River and consider alternate routes, this event will be celebrating a hard-won victory for the Standing Rock Sioux but also pushing for permanent protection for Standing Rock and for banks to divest from fossil fuels. All are welcome. Indigenous leaders, clergy of all faiths and anyone who has been to Standing Rock are invited to speak. Anyone who is unable to march can come directly to the rally. Bank of America has asked protesters not to park in its lot.
Info: e-mail Lisa Petrie at teonlisa@juno.com.

Dec
14
5:30 pm17:30

R.I. Farmland Access Workshop

  • DEM Headquarters, Room 300

About: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is holding its third public workshop on the state’s new Farmland Access Program. The voluntary pilot program — approved by voters as part of a 2014 environmental bond measure — helps ensure Rhode Island’s farmlands remain in farming. During the workshop, DEM will highlight and gather input on a revised, preliminary outline of the program.

Dec
17
8:00 am08:00

Eco-Depot Collection

  • Central Landfill

About: Eco-Depots are available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only, and to help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. Created in 2001, the Eco-Depot program is a free service offered by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation that provides for the proper handling, packaging, storage, transportation and disposal of household hazardous waste. Since its inception, the program has collected about 10.6 million pounds of household hazardous waste. To make an appointment, click here or call 401-942-1430, ext. 241.

Dec
17
9:00 am09:00

A Walk Back in Time

  • Lloyd Center (Lower Bond Building)

About: Stretch your legs before the holidays on this three-hour walk around the Lloyd Center. During this hike, your guide will be highlighting the natural history of the area and explaining how certain areas of the Lloyd Center were used in the past. Dress for the weather, and bring a reusable water bottle. Preregistration is required by 4 p.m. on Dec. 16. This hike is limited to 15 participants. The cost is $12 for Lloyd Center members and $15 nonmembers.
Info: Visit lloydcenter.org.

Dec
18
10:00 am10:00

Providence Flea Holiday Market

  • Hope High School

About: The Providence Flea holiday markets will feature a rotating lineup of more than 50 local vintage vendors, artisans and makers each week with a total of more than 80 different vendors in all. Flea goers can enjoy food trucks, kettle corn and hot coffee drinks. The markets will also feature holiday music and community non profits. Free admission and lots of free off-street parking.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

Jan
26
5:00 pm17:00

DEM Public Meeting for Draft Discharge Permits

  • DEM Headquarters, Room 300

About: The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is soliciting public comment on draft discharge permits for the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Bucklin Point and Field’s Point wastewater treatment facilities. The comment period runs through Jan. 31. This public hearing will review the permits. Oral comments will be accepted. The Bucklin Point facility serves Central Falls, Cumberland and Pawtucket, and portions of Lincoln, East Providence and Smithfield. The Field’s Point facility serves Johnston, Providence and North Providence, and portions of Lincoln and Cranston. The draft Rhode Island Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (RIDES) permits authorize the discharge of treated domestic/industrial sewage from these facilities, stormwater that enters the combined sewer systems and the combined sewer overflows (CSOs) associated with the collection systems. The permits set discharge limits to protect water quality and ensure compliance with technology-based caps. Under the new permit requirements, NBC must develop a program to reduce the amount of stormwater discharged to its combined sewer systems, provide web-based notification to the public on CSO occurrences, and submit regular monitoring data electronically. The current RIPDES permits for these facilities were issued in 2001 and modified in 2005 to include nitrogen limits. Written comments should be submitted to DEM by 4 p.m. Jan. 31.
Info: Click here.


Dec
6
6:00 pm18:00

Climate, Yesterday and Tomorrow: How Do We Know What We Know?

  • Malted Barley

About: Join the Rhode Island chapter of the American Chemical Society to hear and discuss the ways scientists study the land, oceans and atmosphere and use computer models to learn how the climate on Earth has changed. The event is open to the public as an educational outreach program. There is no charge for attending, but donations to continue with other Science Cafes are welcome and appreciated. Space is limited and registration is recommended.
Info: Call 401-596-6709 or send an e-mail to: peterjbonk@gmail.com.

Dec
4
2:00 pm14:00

Regift Sale & Fundraiser

  • Wild Colonial Tavern

About: Find a loving home for your unwanted gifts at the ecoRI News Regift Sale & Fundraiser. Bring up to 10 items to swap and “pay what you want” in the honor jar for newfound treasures. Every penny will support ecoRI News' environmental reporting. Regift your artwork, books, music, jewelry, small household items, small working appliances, gift cards, craft supplies and collectibles.* While swapping and shopping, sip a Long Trail draft — 100 percent of Long Trail sales go to ecoRI News — and meet ecoRI staff writers and other environmental news junkies. The Wild Colonial will have the Pats game on the TVs at the bar.
* No clothing, furniture or magazines, please. Guests must bring at least one item to swap. All leftover items will be donated to charity.
Info: Visit ecoRI.org/regift.

Dec
4
10:00 am10:00

Providence Flea Holiday Market

  • Hope High School

About: The Providence Flea holiday markets (Dec. 4, 11 and 18) will feature a rotating lineup of more than 50 local vintage vendors, artisans and makers each week with a total of more than 80 different vendors in all. Flea goers can enjoy food trucks, kettle corn and hot coffee drinks. The markets will also feature holiday music and community non profits. Free admission and lots of free off-street parking. ecoRI News will have a community table at the Dec. 11 market. Stop by and support environmental reporting.
Info: Visit providenceflea.com.

Dec
4
10:00 am10:00

Buzzards Bay Coalition Sunday Stroll

  • William Minot Forest

About: Get outside and take a walk with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Southcoast Health. During this one-hour walk, you’ll get some fresh air and exercise while learning how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle and explore the outdoors. In addition to the walk, the Southcoast Health wellness van will be parked at Minot Forest Elementary School from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., providing free health screenings. Registration is required. To RSVP, click here, or call 508- 999-6363, ext. 219.

Dec
3
11:00 am11:00

Celebration of Cultures

  • Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

About: Celebrate the cultural traditions, plant life, food and music of our diverse community.
This festival will feature folkloric dancers, storytelling, Caribbean dance, Afro-Brazilian martial arts, family activities and a plant tour. Admission is free with a donation of a canned good, or with paid admission to the Roger Williams Park Botanical Center.
Info: Click here.

Dec
3
8:00 am08:00

Eco-Depot Collection

  • Central Lanfill

About: Eco-Depots are available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only, and to help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. Created in 2001, the Eco-Depot program is a free service offered by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation that provides for the proper handling, packaging, storage, transportation and disposal of household hazardous waste. Since its inception, the program has collected about 10.6 million pounds of household hazardous waste. To make an appointment, click here or call 401-942-1430, ext. 241.

Dec
1
7:00 pm19:00

Public Meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study

  • Admiral’s Hall, Massachusetts Maritime Academy

About: This is the third public informational meeting for the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study. The study is planning to identify and analyze bridge and non-bridge alternatives in the Cape Cod Canal Study Area. The product of the study will be a set of short-, medium- and long-term alternatives that may be moved forward into project development. At this meeting, the study team will present the future no-build traffic conditions and examination of alternative development scenarios.
Info: Contact Jennifer Siciliano at 617-426-5050 or jsiciliano@harriman.com.

Dec
1
6:00 pm18:00

Future Shorelines & Coastal Resiliency Plans

  • URI Narragansett Bay Campus Coastal Institute Auditorium

About: Geologist Bryan Oakley of Eastern Connecticut State University will unveil projected shoreline change maps that come from a recent study to estimate the impacts of sea-level rise and erosion. Chris Hatfield, a project manager from the Army Corps of Engineers, will also present an overview of an Army Corps study to evaluate coastal resiliency in the towns of Westerly, Charlestown, South Kingstown and Narragansett, and identify properties that might be eligible for elevation assistance. Pizza will be served at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to to beachSAMP@etal.uri.edu.
Info: Click here.

Nov
27
1:00 pm13:00

Post-Thanksgiving Stroll

  • Anne Hoxsie Lane

About: The annual Friends of Canonchet Farm Thanksgiving Stroll is meant to recharge your batteries before the December holiday rush. Find peace and relaxation in a special and beautiful place. Visit the stone quarry or a scenic overlook to Petaquamscutt Cove. Meet in the Anne Hoxsie Lane parking lot across Boston Neck Road (Route 1A) from the Narragansett Town Beach South Pavilion. The walk will be led by Kathie Kelleher, a Board of Trustees member.  Free and open to the public.
Info: Call 401-783-3951.

Nov
25
10:00 am10:00

Walk Your Turkey Off Opt Outside for Black Friday

  • Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy kiosk

About: The Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy will lead this walk. Meet at the NHC kiosk, and there is free parking. Both hikes are suitable for kids 5 years old and older. Dogs are welcome on a leash. Volunteers needed for the registration table and hold up the rear during the walk. Before the hike help needed with litter sweep of the hill. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Susan via e-mail at susan@nhill.org or by calling 401-405-1642.
Info: Click here.

Nov
19
7:00 pm19:00

“To Save Life on Earth: Civil Resistance as a Moral Imperative”

  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County

About: Peter Nightingale, a URI physics professor and climate activist, will discuss the climate crisis and why he advocates civil resistance to stop the expanded production of fossil fuels. Q&A with reception and light refreshments. Free and open to the public; donations appreciated. Sponsored by the Green Task Force of UUCSC and Fossil Free RI.
Info: Contact Lisa Petrie at teonlisa@juno.com or 401-364-3002.

Nov
19
8:00 am08:00

Pawtucket Eco-Depot

  • Agnes E. Little Elementary School

About: Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) in conjunction with the City of Pawtucket Department of Public Works will host a collection of household hazardous waste. This collection is available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. This upcoming collection in Pawtucket is the last satellite collection RIRRC will offer in 2016. All remaining collections will be held at Resource Recovery in Johnston, R.I. To make an appointment, call 401-942-1430 x241.
Info: Visit ecodepotri.org.

Nov
18
5:30 pm17:30

“Celebrating Open Spaces”

  • Village at Waterman Lake

About: The photographs of the winners — Sharon Madison Bastianelli of Coventry, Bonnie Cotter of Glocester, Bradley Draycott of Hope, Michelle Gallant of Glocester, Debbie Hirst of Harmony, Kristen H. Packard of Manville and William Pilkington of Smithfield — of the Northwest Rhode Island Supporters of Open Space’s 2017 wall calendar contest will be showing and selling their work.
Info: Click here.

Nov
17
5:00 pm17:00

Statewide Rhode Island Green Drinks

  • Blithewold Mansion

About: Kick off the holidays with a special statewide gathering of Green Drinks hosted by Blithewold Mansion. Come by for a drink and some eats, and to see the mansion decked out for the holidays. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum is a seaside estate in Bristol, R.I. with sweeping views of Narragansett Bay.
Info: Click here.

Nov
17
2:00 pm14:00

Sustainable and Impact Investing Seminar

  • Rhode Island College Student Union Ballroom

About: What is Impact Investing, and why is it a critical approach to driving investment performance and mitigating investment risk in the 21st Century and beyond? Come to this free seminar to learn about the HIP (Human Impact and Profit) Investment Ratings and what is really driving investment performance. In this seminar you will learn about: the difference between traditional and sustainable investing; the fundamentals of sustainable impact investing; how your investments impact you, and how you can align your values with your investments. The seminar will be led by Joy Pettirossi-Poland, president of Building Bridges Consulting and R. Paul Herman, founder and CEO of HIP (Human Impact + Profit) Investor Ratings + Portfolios. The seminar is being hosted by Renew Energy Initiative.
Info: To register for free, click here.
 

 

Nov
16
6:00 pm18:00

Got Gas? Energy Generation in the Northeast

  • URI Pharmacy Building

About: The University of Rhode Island's "Plugged into URI Energy Research" lecture series highlights a selection of cutting-edge energy research and outreach projects underway by the university's faculty, staff and alumni.
Info: Visit uri.edu.

Nov
15
6:00 pm18:00

Testing & Protecting Your Well

  • Ponaganset High School

About: Your drinking water tastes and smells fine, but when was the last time you had it tested? And, what should it be tested for and where? These questions and others will be answered by water-quality experts from URI and the R.I. Department of Health at this free program. Educational handouts and water testing kits will be available for participants. Following the workshop, experts will stay to answer additional questions. To register, call 401-874-4918.
Info: Click here.

Nov
14
4:00 pm16:00

Super Frost Moonrise of the Century and Autumn Tree Walk

  • Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy kiosk

About: The Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy (NHC) and Providence Parks Department will lead this walk. The moon hasn’t been this close to Earth since 1948, and will appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average moon. Meet at the NHC kiosk; parking is free and dress for hiking, bring a flash light and bug spray. Dogs are welcome on a leash. If you choose to skip the walk, meet at the summit in the meadow by 4:45 p.m.
Info: Click here.

Nov
12
11:15 am11:15

Workshop: Prolong the Growing Season

  • Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

About: Join award-winning author Roger Marshall for a discussion about techniques and structures to grow flowers and vegetables year round in New England. Marshall, who lives in Jamestown, grows organic vegetables and fruit year round in two greenhouses. But you do not need to have a greenhouse to grow fresh vegetables for your table. Marshall will demonstrate techniques that he has perfected over 40 years. This workshop is free with paid admission to the Botanical Center.
Info: Click here or e-mail Kim Downes.

Nov
12
10:00 am10:00

Coventry Wind Farm Tour

  • 210 Piggy Lane Coventry, RI, 02816 United States

About: Join People’s Power & Light (PP&L) for free wind farm tour in Coventry. One of the nine turbines developed by Wind Energy Development is supported by PP&L green power members. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Coventry wind farm and renewable energy in Rhode Island. The event is free and open to the public.
Info: Click here to RSVP.

Nov
5
2:00 pm14:00

Edgewood Solar Home Tour

  • 48 Bartlett Avenue Cranston, RI, 02905 United States

About: Join SmartPower for a guided tour of homes with solar panels in Edgewood, R.I. Homeowners and experts will be available at each site to answer your questions. This event is free and open to the public.
Info: Call 401-215-3285 or visit solarizeatwork.com.

Nov
5
11:15 am11:15

Workshop: Science Behind the Garden Practice

  • Roger Williams Park Botanical Center

About: For generations, gardeners have passed down their successful practices. Some of these practices often appear to border on superstition, yet they’re passed on because they actually work. Bob Rafka, an Extension Master Gardener will discuss a number of time-honored gardening practices and will attempt to explain the chemistry that makes them succeed. Guests are invited to stop by our Ask a Master Gardener Kiosk for answers to general gardening questions. This workshop is free with paid admission to the Botanical Center.
Info: E-mail Kim Downes or click here

Nov
5
9:00 am09:00

Race for Open Space

  • The Glen

About: Join Aquidneck Land Trust (ALT) for its 9th annual Race for Open Space 5K on a unique course along the Sakonnet Greenway Trail. Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate as individuals, teams or families. Walkers are welcome to bring strollers and leashed dogs. Registration discounts are available for children, families and military personnel. The race will start and finish at The Glen on Linden Lane in Portsmouth, R.I. After the race, participants and spectators are invited for food and festivities, including an obstacle course for the kids. All participants will receive 20 percent off at Run Newport all weekend long. Early registration at Run Newport will take place Friday, Nov. 4, from 12:30-6 pm. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the race begins at 10:30 a.m. Proceeds of the race go toward the overall mission of ALT.
Info: To register, visit ailt.org/5k.

Nov
5
8:00 am08:00

Warwick Eco-Depot

  • Department of Public Works

About: In an effort to promote a safer home and a cleaner state, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation in collaboration with the City of Warwick Department of Public Works is encouraging Rhode Island residents to safely dispose of their lingering household hazardous waste and electronic waste. Only devices covered under Rhode Island’s electronic waste law will be accepted at the collection. Covered products are computers (monitors, computer towers, laptops and tablets) and televisions. This collection is available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. To make an appointment for the collection or to view the entire 2016 Eco-Depot schedule, visit ecodepotri.org or call 401-942-1430 x241. Rhode Islanders may make an appointment for any Eco-Depot event that fits their schedule.
Info: VIsit ecodepotri.org.

Nov
5
8:00 am08:00

Eco-Depot Collection

  • Central Landfill

About: Eco-Depots are available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only, and to help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. Created in 2001, the Eco-Depot program is a free service offered by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation that provides for the proper handling, packaging, storage, transportation and disposal of household hazardous waste. Since its inception, the program has collected about 10.6 million pounds of household hazardous waste. To make an appointment, click here or call 401-942-1430, ext. 241.

Oct
29
10:00 am10:00

Worm Ladies Open House

  • The Worm Ladies

About: View a newly set up worm farm by Conor Lally and Ben Goldberg who have been turning a hoop house into a commercial worm farm, meet local worm growers and watch demonstrations.
Info: Click here.

Oct
29
8:00 am08:00

Jamestown Eco-Deopt

  • The Melrose School

About: There’s nothing spookier than household hazard waste. Just in time for Halloween weekend, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation and the Town of Jamestown Department of Public Works will partner to host a collection of household hazardous waste. This event is available free of charge to Rhode Island residents only. To help reduce time spent in line, appointments should be made in advance. To make an appointment for the collection or to view the entire 2016 Eco-Depot schedule, visit ecodepotri.org or call 401-942-1430 x241. Rhode Islanders may make an appointment for any Eco-Depot event that fits their schedule.
Info: Visit ecodepotri.org.

Oct
25
5:30 pm17:30

Coyote Workshop

  • Portsmouth Free Public Library

About: Numi Mitchell of the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study will speak about Rhode Island’s coyote population. The workshop is being sponsored by the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, e-mail schurgin.ericd@gmail.com.

Oct
25
5:00 pm17:00

An Autumn Farm Tour

  • Sandywoods Farm

About: Join the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District to learn how voluntary conservation works and how it benefits farmers. The Sandywoods community has worked with the USDA to install a seasonal high tunnel and other voluntary conservation measures that both increase crop yields and help preserve Rhode Island’s environment. This event is free, but RSVP by clicking here or calling 401-934-0842.