RUMFORD, R.I. — More than 80 acres of open space at Agawam Hunt, a private country club with a historic 18-hole golf course, have been permanently protected.
Rhode Island’s mad rush to site renewable energy on open space has become a contentious issue that concerned parties are working to resolve.
Rhode Island's current renewable-energy siting policy is nothing more than a collective shrug and the repeated claim that it’s cheaper to cut down trees than redevelop disturbed areas.
Rhode Island is currently paying for the expansion of its renewable-energy portfolio with trees and farms. Does that really mean the state is going green?
PROVIDENCE — Cleaning polluted land isn’t cheap, but thanks to a federal and state program funds are available to return some of these brownfield sites to commercial and residential use.
LINCOLN, R.I. — Some residents in the Limerock neighborhood are concerned about the potential development of wetlands on a piece of property they thought would never be developed.
BURRILLVILLE, R.I. — Something they say was hidden in the Biological Inventory Report conducted to gauge the environmental impact of the proposed Clear River Energy Center has both Rick Enser and Bill Eccleston, among others, concerned about the future of Rhode Island’s northwest corner.
GREENE, R.I. — Rhode Island municipalities and the state are beginning to wrestle with where to site renewable-energy projects.
PROVIDENCE — In a letter sent last month to Rhode Island College, Sen. Frank A. Ciccone III urged the institution to halt a surface parking expansion in the Olney Avenue and Mount Pleasant Avenue area.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — The South Kingstown Land Trust recently protected 22 acres in the neighborhood of Middlebridge owned by the Smith family.
LONGMEADOW, Mass. — Large-scale restoration of natural floodplain features and native plants will begin soon on land along the Connecticut River, including 223 acres recently transferred to The Nature Conservancy by the trustees of the former Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge.
PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is making $4 million in matching grants available to help communities and local organizations protect valuable green space throughout the state.
RICHMOND, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management recently released a traffic study indicating that the 13,000-square-foot building will not cause traffic or create a safety problem.
Meeting rising energy demand while minimizing the climate impact is a widely recognized, although often ignored, issue. But there’s an additional challenge that warrants attention: the land-use implications of the world’s energy demands.