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Celebrate Rhode Island’s Environmental Leaders at the 12th Annual Breakfast of Champions! Join us on Thursday April 17th at the Aspray Boathouse in Pawtuxet Village. Click here to get your tickets.
We’re honoring four of Rhode Island’s environmental leaders for their work on initiatives such as mercury pollution reduction, working with community groups and decision-makers to clean up toxic dump sites and former manufacturing sites, and establishing a non-toxic personal care product line.
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Building Power: Community Partnerships
It’s no secret that the environmental health problems facing society, from rising rates of certain cancers and learning disabilities to the power of corporate polluters to the climate crisis, are daunting. These are complex and often long-term battles that call for smart strategies, persistence and tools that multiply this impact.
One of Clean Water Action’s most powerful answers to these often frustrating dynamics: tapping into the power of community partners who help shine the light on society’s need for a healthier New England while adding their creativity and knowledge of local issues to the mix. Clean Water Action works shoulder to shoulder with these partners to build a healthier tomorrow. Read on and meet a few of the leaders Clean Water Action is proud to have on the team. Read More
Write to Governor Chafee and ask him to direct the Department of Environmental Management to set ambitious goals for the collection and recycling of mercury thermostats! This will hold manufacturers accountable for creating and distributing hazardous products in the past and will prevent future mercury contamination of our waterways and fish populations.
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A Green Event seeks to minimize its impact on the environment and host community by incorporating core principles of resource conservation. These principles range from providing recycling to bike racks to procuring renewable energy and reusable materials. At each step a Green Event adds value for guests and helps improve the quality of life in the host community.
Mercury containing thermostats release mercury into the environment when they are handled or disposed hadhazardly. Exposure to mercury, even at a low level, causes damage to the functioning and development of the nervous system both in utero and in growing children.
When local governments took on responsibility for solid waste more than a century ago, household waste was primarily coal ash leftover from heating and cooking. The rest was mainly food and a small amount of simple manufactured products like paper and glass. Today manufactured products and their packaging make up 75% of what we throw away.