Executive editor Frank Carini pitches in greening up the 2012 Cox Road Race in Providence. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

We're Here to Help

 Our public outreach arm educates and empowers people, businesses and event planners with a hands-on approach that provides the information needed to make better choices when it comes to protecting the environment and southern New England's natural resources.

We:

Consult with businesses, schools, festivals, conferences and road races on environmental best practices.

Collect compostables on a small scale, thereby creating nutrient-rich earth and reducing the amount of food scrap being needlessly buried in landfills.

Provide educational
presentations and public outreach programs to schools, universities, businesses and organizations.

Green Event Consultation

We help businesses, nonprofits, event planners and schools reduce their waste stream by helping them put environmentally friendly practices in place and by putting them in touch with vendors that can provide related services and products.

For instance, reusable or compostable items will show your guests/clients you are serious about helping protect the environment.

We have coordinated and managed composting and recycling efforts at the following events and many others:

  • 2010, 2011 and 2012 CVS Caremark Downtown 5K
  • 2012 Cox Rhode Race Providence Marathon
  • 2011 Pawtucket St. Patrick's Day 5K
  • 2011, 2012 and 2013 Land & Water Conservation Summit at the University of Rhode Island
  • 2011 and 2012 A Better World By Design conference at Brown University/Rhode Island School of Design
  • 2011 National Food Day forum held at the Statehouse
  • 2012 and 2013 Social Venture Partners national conference at Brown University
  • Green Drink gatherings throughout Rhode Island.

For more information about our green consulting services, download our information packet or send an e-mail to porgrams manager Kevin Proft.

Composting

In October 2010, we began a food-scrap collection program at Providence-area farmers markets. Patrons brought food scrap to our stand, then, at the end of the market, we delivered the material to urban farms in Providence and Pawtucket, where the scraps are composted and used to enrich the soil and grow local food.

Since ecoRI News began collecting food scrap, the program has become wildly popular, and more than 40,000 pounds of material has been diverted from the state landfill.

We are currently working with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Managment, the cities of Pawtucket and Providence, the Southside Community Land Trust and New Urban Farmers on a pilot residetial food-scrap collection program, whereby we pick up residential food scrap at the homes of up to 75 area residents and compost material at two urban compost hubs — City Farm in Providence and Galego Court in Pawtucket. Data collected from the program will be reviewed by DEM and may potentially inform municipal and/or statewide residential compost collection in the future. You can view more information about ecoRI Earth here.

Education Outreach

We give environmental presentations at schools, businesses and organizations about how to better understand the state’s waste stream, how to recycle and compost, and how to reduce energy use. We also host documentary film screenings with our partners. Staffers have led roundtable discussions about composting at Farm Fresh Rhode Island’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 Local Food Forum held at Brown University. Since 2012, we have given more than 125 presentations at schools and businesses.

To schedule a presentation, send an e-mail to programs manager Kevin Proft.