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  • March 27, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    green5inside

    As demonstrated by National Grid's opposition to a key part of the plan for Allco Renewable's proposed solar farm in Cranston, moving forward with renewable energy in Rhode Island won't be without some fits and starts. Yet change is at hand, and in this week's Phoenix, I write about the push fior renewables:

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  • March 26, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    While liberals and conservatives square off on the "Economic Growth & Fairness Act," a measure that merits broad support -- making manufacturers responsible for the safe recycling of electronic waste -- is due for consideration in House Finance.

    Here's part of what Sheila Dormody of Clean Water Action, which supports the bill, says about the e-waste problem:

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  • March 20, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    A few different things of note today:

    -- At Brown:

    Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy

    Michael T. Klare, the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies and Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies, will discuss “Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy” at 4 p.

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  • March 10, 2008
    By webteam

    The more economic development Rhode Island can realize through green initiatives, the better, so this seems like a good thing.

    STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Segal (D-Dist. 2, Providence, East Providence), Rep. Raymond J. Sullivan Jr. (D-Dist. 29, Coventry, West Greenwich), Sen. Paul E. Moura (D-Dist. 18, East Providence) and Sen.

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  • March 06, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Allison Rogers, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Green the Capitol Office

    Former Miss Rhode Island Allison Rogers, who made raising awareness about global warming a big part of her platform, is now project manager of the Greening office for the House of Representatives. She was profiled yesterday in Roll Call:

    While installing energy-efficient lighting and getting compostable cups in the cafeteria is an important part of the initiative, changing peoples' attitudes perhaps is the biggest battle facing the greening team.

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  • February 11, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Kudos and congrats to Phoenix contributor Tim Lehnert, whose November 2006 story, Your desktop could be a time bomb, about the consequences of computer waste, won a first-place prize in environmental reporting this weekened from the New England Press Association.

    Since computers are obviously still with us, the story remains a good read:

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  • February 08, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    David Segal and Matt Jerzyk yesterday used a ProJo op-ed to outline a progressive vision for Rhode Island.

    They focused on three important needs: efficiency through regionalization, and creating a predictable funding formula; building the Green economy; and delivering criminal-justice reform.

    THERE’S LITTLE disagreement that Rhode Island’s budget needs savings, that our property taxes are too high, or that our economy could use a boost.

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  • February 07, 2008
    By webteam

    The Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park, appropriately, was the location for last night's farewell party for Jen Cole, a longtime stalwart of the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, who is credited with having planted more than 3000 trees in the capital city.

    An enthusiastic throng of friends, city officials, and civic do-gooders turned out for the event, and Jen received well-deserved plaudits from Councilman John J.

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  • January 18, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    We had a smorgasboard during this morning's taping, with three different guests in three segments -- kind of like the Sunday talk-show equivalent of the Republican presidential contest.

    Leading off is Mark Rogers from Cape Wind, which received a major victory when it recently cleared a federal hurdle for its proposed turbine farm in Nantucket Sound.

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  • January 15, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Speaking of Jef, he's been blogging up a storm, and reports, via PBN, that Smart Car is coming to Warwick:

    PBN reports that one of the 74 Smart Car dealerships slated for the US will be located in Warwick, on Bald Hill Road.

    The Smart Car is a tiny car popular in Europe and well suited to urban environments. Able to park head first facing the curb in a parallel parking space for example.

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  • January 02, 2008
    By Ian Donnis

    Rhode Island Interfaith Power & Light, recognized last year as one of the Phoenix's Green Heroes, is moving ahead with plans for its January 10 conference in Warwick on "Greening your Congregation." Here are some details on the keynote speaker for the event (Bishop Hendricken High School, 7-9:30 pm):

    Margaret Bullitt-Jonas is an Episcopal priest, writer, and retreat leader.

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  • December 28, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Denise Parrillo of Clean Water Action sends this along:

    Providence, RI—Today the Environment Council of Rhode Island, a coalition of over 60 RI organizations, released its annual list of desired policy and law changes that will protect and enhance the environment. This list highlights the changes the Council will work for during the upcoming legislative session.

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  • November 08, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Curryinside

    Being a third-party candidate in America often resembles pissing in the wind. Be that as it may, SKCM Curry, the Green Party's 2008 vice presidential candidate recently visited Rhode Island, and I have a piece on her in today's Phoenix:

    In 2000, Curry explains, she voted for Al Gore. “When he did not act out and act up,” when the US Supreme Court tossed the contested presidential election to George W.

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  • November 08, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

    Joe-Newsomeinside

    As part of the "Green issue" in the Phoenix hitting the streets today, I have a piece highlighting some of the groups and individuals in the state's environmental vanguard. Joseph E. Newsome (pictured above, by the Gordon Avenue Business Incubator in South Providence), for example, is part of a new effort called the Ecolodgic Group, which aims to make a green design-equipped prototype home than will be 75 percent more energy-efficient than a conventional counterpart.

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  • November 07, 2007
    By Ian Donnis

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    As part of this week's Green issue of the Phoenix, David Bernstein says that corporations are laughing all the way to the bank as ordinary folks take up compact fluorescent light bulbs and other bitsy measures to combat global warming.

    Eco-living is the new opiate of the masses. The captains of industry have duped you — like master magicians, they have used simple tricks and toys to divert your attention from the real source of global catastrophe, tucked securely up their sleeves.

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