We all want Rhode Island to be a place where people want to live and businesses want to grow. We want Rhode Island to be known for attractive cities, sprawling parks, a thriving local food scene, good-paying jobs, and convenient transportation connections. But how do we do that?
Governor Raimondo’s proposed 2018 Green Economy Bond will help. This week, she filmed her video address at the Steel Yard, a former brownfield site. What was once an industrial wasteland is now a thriving center that offers job training programs and community enrichment in the arts. The Green Economy Bond includes funding for the revitalization of brownfield sites, as well as improvements to parks, bikeways and recreational areas, and vital work to protect our state from the effects of climate change. Learn more.
Watch the Governor’s full video address on Facebook.
There are office buildings, apartment complexes, community parks and schools across our state because of the brownfield grants. And they’re all a win-win: we clean up the environment and we put people to work.
Let’s keep going and continue these grants and others. Our 2018 Green Economy and Clean Water Bond will provide funding to improve parks and recreational areas, expand bikeways, preserve open space, support our fight against climate change and clean up contaminated land for more productive use.
Since 2015, we have proven that you can grow the economy and protect the environment at the same time. Earlier this week, I caught up with Stu Flanagan and Mike Cabral, business owners who are creating good-paying green jobs in renewable energy. Innovative local companies like Newport Renewables are helping us take steps toward our goal to double the number of green jobs in Rhode Island and to make our energy system 10 times cleaner by 2020. We announced our goals last spring, and we’ve already doubled the amount of clean energy in Rhode Island. And on Tuesday, we took a giant step forward when we announced that we’re going to launch a competitive process to procure 400 megawatts of clean energy by the end of summer.
Rhode Island is the Ocean State. We have 400 miles of beautiful coastline – and we all have a favorite Rhode Island beach. Sustainable commercial fishing and our local food economy employ thousands of people across Rhode Island. In Rhode Island, we value the environment and our natural resources. But decisions that are being made in Washington are putting our green economy at risk. Last month, President Trump’s administration opened a pathway for oil drilling off our coastline. When he did that, people from across our state and across our region stood up and said, “No way!”
Let’s keep going. We need to protect our investments and our commitment to a clean and renewable future. When we do that, it’s good for our environment and our economy.