Providence Plan content is under development. The links below
lead to a variety of interesting information on environmental
issues in the City.
Urban Forest Project
This ongoing project explores environmental
benefits of forest canopy in the City.
|New! Providence Water Usage Chart
for Environmental Studies at Brown University, 2002 Urban
the past year, three graduate students and three undergraduate
students undertook thesis projects dealing with urban quality
of life in Providence. These projects, available exclusively
online, use GIS mapping and other qualitative tools.
Rats, Recycling: Communicating about Garbage Management
in the Urban Core This
project, by Brown CES student Jessica Intrator,
explores residential waste management in urban core
areas, including a Smith Hill case study
Costs Associated with Problem Housing in Elmwood
purpose of this study, by Brown CES student Martha
Alarie, is to provide a method for identifying problem
houses and offer recommendations on how to abate
these houses by working with both the City and local
organizations. This study addresses the "where
to start?" question by asking: Can problem
houses be identified using municipal data?
Quality and Comparative Exposure: A Parcel-Level
Cumulative Risk Analysis This
study, by Brown CES students Rachael Moeller and
Amanda Aretz, assesses the potential impacts, at
the parcel level, of air toxins emitted from area
sources in sections of the Lower South Providence,
Washington Park, and Elmwood neighborhoods in Providence,
Renewal: Using GIS to Evaluate the Effectiveness
of Housing Renovation In
this study, Brown CES student Christine Coletta
explores the relationship between the renovation
of abandoned buildings and the change in crime rates
in lower income neighborhoods. She asks: Does renovating
abandoned houses affect crime rates in a neighborhood?
and Does renovation change the crimes associated
with houses that were renovated?
Crime and Perception of Safety in Providence's Parks
This study, by Brown CES student Miriam Pfisterer,
focuses on the urban parks in Providence, Rhode
Island, and explores the following questions:
1. What are Providence residents' perceptions of
the quality and safety of their parks?
2. What is the quantifiable context of crime for
3. How do these inform our understanding of what
constitutes a successful park?
Environmental Program: Providence, RI
Special Program. "Working together to improve the quality
of life for urban residents."
A bottom's up approach to environmental and public health
problems to restore and revitalize the environment of urban
neighborhoods in target cities, build local capacity to deal
with environmental concerns, and promote sustainable economic
places, changing lives"
The mission of Groundwork Providence is to bring about the
sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the
physical environment by developing community based partnerships,
which empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote
environmental, economic, and social well-being. The purpose
is to build sustainable communities through joint environmental
action. The strategy to accomplish this is to build holistic
programs, which together promote people, places, and prosperity,
create effective partnership at all levels and maximize performance
For information on programs:
- Brownfields Training and Employment
- Mashapaug Pond Nature Trail
- Recycling in Providence
- Youth Employment and Education
Community Land Trust
in South Providence, Rhode Island, SCLT is committed to the
belief that city dwellers are entitled to a healthy environment.
SCLT's community gardens produce food and the opportunity
for better nutrition and greater self sufficiency. These gardens
provide open and healthy urban space, transform blighted vacant
lots, and offer recreation to individuals and to families.
The educational programs the Land Trust sponsors work to link
critical urban environmental issues, such as lead poisoning,
water conservation, open space preservation, and community
development, with agriculture. Above all, the Land Trust exists
as a place where members of the community can learn to rediscover
their relationship with nature and with each other.
briefing papers are a collection of information and data on
a broad range of topics that affect the quality of life for
Providence residents. They are intended to encourage community
participation in the creation of an urban environmental public
policy and an action implementation plan for Providence -Providence's
first Environmental Plan. The papers provide a background
for a Livable Providence 2000 Conference, held on October
23, 1999, to gather community input for inclusion in the City's
Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
hundreds of watershed residents joined in the successful effort
to have the Woonasquatucket River designated as one of fourteen
American Heritage Rivers. This important federal designation
honors the historic, cultural, economic and environmental
significance of this Rhode Island treasure. Watershed residents,
now organized as the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council,
continue their efforts to revitalize the river and the six
communities in the watershed - Gloucester, North Smithfield,
Johnston, North Providence and Providence. The Council works
closely with local partners businesses, non-profit organizations,
and state and federal agencies to advance local goals. Together
we will improve the River and enhance the quality of life
for the residents of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed.
for Narragansett Bay
Sites in Rhode Island
ago, people were less aware of how dumping chemical wastes
might affect public health and the environment. On thousands
of properties where such practices were intensive or continuous,
the result was uncontrolled or abandoned hazardous waste sites,
such as abandoned warehouses and landfills. Citizen concern
over the extent of this problem led Congress to establish
the Superfund Program in 1980 to locate, investigate, and
clean up the worst sites nationwide. The EPA administers the
Superfund program in cooperation with individual states and
of Rhode Island
of Environmental Management (DEM)
is a powerful tool used to map various types of environmental
information, including air releases, drinking water, toxic
releases, hazardous wastes, water discharge permits, brownfield,
and Superfund sites. Select a geographic area within EnviroMapper
and view the different facilities that are present within
that area. Create maps at the national, state, and county
levels, and link them to environmental text reports. You can
even insert dynamically created maps in your own web pages.
website provides access to several EPA databases to provide
you with information about environmental activities that may
affect air, water, and land anywhere in the United States.
With Envirofacts, you can learn more about these environmental
activities in your area or you can generate maps of environmental
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