This is what curbsides often look like when Rhode Island university students leave for the year. (ecoRI News)

This is what curbsides often look like when Rhode Island university students leave for the year. (ecoRI News)

Each one of these institutions has different resources, cultures, strengths and weaknesses. This report focuses on how every level of each institution — faculty, staff and students — navigate the challenges.

CRMC Listens to Public Concern, But Feds Control Fate of LNG Project

The Coastal Resources Management Council can only address the coastal impacts caused by operations at the 1.8-acre lot.

The Coastal Resources Management Council can only address the coastal impacts caused by operations at the 1.8-acre lot.

PROVIDENCE — At the first of two public hearings for the liquefied natural gas facility proposed for the city's industrial waterfront, opponents offered a number of reasons why the project shouldn't be built. The Coastal Resources Management Council, however, said it can't consider most of them.


Major Retailers to Reduce Use of Toxic Chemicals in Products

In the past year, seven major U.S. retailers, including Rhode Island-based CVS Health, have committed to safer chemical policies or initiatives. These initiatives show growing consumer concern and scientific evidence of health impacts from dangerous chemicals, according to a new Mind the Store report.


Expert Panel Advises Providence Water on Lead Problem

PROVIDENCE — Five years ago, when Providence Water was grappling with a lead problem, the Rhode Island Department of Health required the utility to create an expert advisory panel to help it address the public-health concern.

Peter August refined the use of mapping technology to better manage resources. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Peter August refined the use of mapping technology to better manage resources. (Joanna Detz/ecoRI News)

Northern saw-whet owls are the smallest owl to be found in Rhode Island. (istock)

Northern saw-whet owls are the smallest owl to be found in Rhode Island. (istock)

After a string of blackouts in recent years, it’s hard to blame homeowners for wanting backup power. (istock)

After a string of blackouts in recent years, it’s hard to blame homeowners for wanting backup power. (istock)


Invenergy, Opponents Spar Ahead of Public Hearings

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — The Conservation Law Foundation has requested further investigation into controversial water agreements made by Invenergy.


Menhaden: Most Important Fish in the Sea at the Moment

Menhaden are at the center of a heated dispute between the commercial fishing industry and environmental organizations.