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November 1, Valley Breeze: Op-ed by Bob Billington: Approve 6 for bikeway, ‘green economy’ More

October 27, Providence Journal: Larry Taft and George Nee: 'Green' bond boosts R.I. economy  More

October 8, Westerly Sun: Pushing for $35M boost to ‘green economy’ More

October 7, Narragansett Times: Green Economy Bond: a $35 million investment in RI tourism  More

October 5, EcoRI: Statewide Bike Path Network Included in Green Bond  More



The Green Economy Bond received 67.5% voter approval.
Thanks to everyone who voted for it and helped support it.

Rhode Island's greatest strength is our natural assets -- Narragansett Bay, the rivers, the coast, the ponds, and the surrounding lands distinguish Rhode Island and make it great.  The 2016 Green Economy Bond invests $35 million in protecting our land and water and building healthy communities.

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Thanks to everyone attending our kickoff rally including the Governor, Mayor of Providence, other elected, statewide and local officials, as well as almost 200 supporters.

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By investing in our environment, we can:

Protect Clean Water and Open Space
to enhance quality of life in communities
  • Protects water quality in Narragansett Bay
  • Conserves new open space and farmland
  • Restores river banks to prevent flooding
  • Preserves state and municipal park land


Strengthen the Economy
by bolstering tourism & recreation
  • Creates new jobs for Rhode Islanders
  • Expands the statewide bike path network
  • Reduces the number of beach closure days
  • Ensures the high quality of local seafood



Question 6: The Green Economy Bond Programs Include...


Improving state and municipal parks and protecting our
special places and farmland

1. Historic State Park Development Program: $4,000,000

Rhode Island's state parks attract tourists from around the world. This investment improves a key foundation of the state's tourism industry and provides healthy outdoor recreation opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.

2. State Land Acquisition Program: $4,000,000

This program enables RIDEM to protect remaining farmland, iconic open space properties and in-holdings that fill in the gaps in our state parks and wildlife management areas. Every state dollar is matched by an average of $3 dollars from other sources, including federal grants.

3. Local Recreation Development Program: $5,000,000

Provides funding to help communities create and develop parks. These are competitive grants and only the best projects are funded. State funds are matched by local funding. Since 1985, the Local Recreation Grant Program awarded $64 million in more than 400 grants to improve parks and recreation facilities in all 39 cities and towns.

4. Local Open Space Grant Program: $4,000,000

This grant program provides critical seed funding that enables communities to protect their special places. These are competitive grants and only the best projects are funded. State monies are matched by funding from municipalities, foundations and individual contributions. Since 1985, the Local Open Space Grant Program has helped protect 160 properties comprising 10,000 acres.

5. State Bikeway Development Program: $10,000,000

Rhode Island has 60 miles of off-road bike paths. Completing our network of bikeways that connect workplaces and greenspaces is an important investment so that the state realizes the full economic, health and transportation benefits.

Reclaiming industrial space and preventing stormwater pollution

6. Brownfield Remediation and Economic Development: $5,000,000

These funds will continue the state's success with redeveloping and reusing polluted industrial sites. Rhode Island celebrates the state's industrial past and revitalizes and redevelops communities, enhancing amenities for residents and tourists alike. Since 1995, more than 770 blighted properties across the state, spanning 5,500 acres, have been transformed and returned to the tax rolls. In 2015, $3.7 million was awarded in matching grants to 14 projects across the state, leveraging $417 million in other public and private investment and creating an estimated 2,700 jobs.

7. Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program: $3,000,000

Investments in stormwater management improve water quality and outdoor recreation. In Bristol and on Aquidneck Island, stormwater management initiatives have reduced stormwater pollution with dramatic benefits. The water at the Bristol town beach and at Easton's Beach on Aquidneck Island is now cleaner and safer. In past summers, the Bristol beach was closed an average of 20 times each year following rainstorms. The last three summers, with new stormwater facilities, there were no beach closures. Easton's Beach has also had fewer closures from stormwater pollution. Businesses also benefit from cleaner water at the town's beach.

The Green Economy Bond is Supported by...

24 cities and towns...

  • Barrington
  • Bristol
  • Burrillville
  • Central Falls
  • Charlestown
  • Coventry
  • Cumberland
  • East Greenwich
  • Jamestown
  • Lincoln
  • Little Compton
  • Middletown
  • Narragansett
  • Newport
  • North Kingstown
  • North Smithfield
  • Pawtucket
  • Portsmouth
  • Richmond
  • Smithfield
  • South Kingstown
  • West Warwick
  • Westerly
  • Woonsocket

and many organizations including:

  • Aquidneck Island Planning Commission
  • Aquidneck Land Trust
  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island
  • Bike Newport
  • Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
  • Charlestown Bike Committee
  • Clean Water Action
  • Coggeshall Farm Museum
  • Discover Newport
  • East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Environmental Council of Rhode Island
  • Groundwork Providence
  • Grow Smart Rhode Island
  • Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce
  • Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce
  • Providence-Warwick CVB
  • Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition
  • Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Rhode Island Land Trust Council
  • Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns
  • Rhode Island Recreation and Parks Association
  • Save the Bay
  • South County Tourism Council
  • South Kingstown Healthy Places by Design
  • Southside Community Land Trust
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Women Bike RI
  • Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council

"Yes on 6" committee members

  • First Gentleman Andy Moffit, RI Outdoor Recreation Council
  • Jonathan Stone, Save the Bay
  • Terry Sullivan, The Nature Conservancy
  • Larry Taft, Audubon Society of Rhode Island
  • Angela Ankoma, RIDOH Health Equity Institute
  • Josh Giraldo, City of Central Falls
  • Lisa Konicki, Ocean Chamber of Commerce
  • Bari Freeman, Bike Newport
  • Scott Duhamel, Rhode Island Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Bob Billington, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
  • Scott Wolf, GrowSmartRI
  • Evan Smith, Discover Newport
  • John Sinnott, Gilbane Building Company
  • Rupert Friday, Rhode Island Land Trust Council
  • Walter Burke, RI Recreation and Parks Association
  • Cindy Elder, Coggeshall Farm Museum


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Meg Kerr, Senior Director of Policy --  Audubon Society of Rhode Island
12 Sanderson Road, Smithfield, RI 02917  Tel: 401-949-5454 ext. 3003  Fax: 401-949-5788

The Yes on 6 campaign is paid for by the Paths to Progress Coalition, the Environment Council of Rhode Island, Friends of the Moshassuck, The Nature Conservancy, Save the Bay, RI Building & Construction Trades Council, SAGE Environmental, ESS Group, Inc.