Business Leaders Speak Out in Favor of the Resilient RI Act

To add your name in support as a business owner, community leader, or government official, email [email protected]

The science is clear: the climate is changing and Rhode Island is particularly at risk. As business leaders, we know that the future of our state’s economy will be affected by decisions we make today regarding climate change.

Rising sea levels and extreme weather resulting from climate change has the potential of damaging and destroying sources of revenue for the state. The beaches, historical coastal towns, and popular bays that are the backbone of Rhode Island’s tourist industry stand to be washed away. Businesses located near rivers and in flood zones will be repeatedly inundated. Heat waves will pose a serious health threat to working populations. Our aging infrastructure system is likely to falter and electricity shortages will become more frequent. A resilient Rhode Island understands these risks, develops adaptive measures to withstand climate change impacts; adaptation today is critical to prevent economic losses tomorrow.

Adaptation presents a challenge, but also an opportunity to develop the state’s green economy and create new businesses. Strengthening our state’s infrastructure will mean more construction jobs in the state and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions through renewable energies and an innovation economy will create jobs that cannot be exported. We believe that companies that act today will gain a competitive advantage tomorrow. As business leaders, we want businesses to bounce back when impacts from climate change occur. Adaptation, in short, is good business.

We support our state’s proactive response to climate change through the Resilient Rhode Island Act. The bill aims to provide a comprehensive and coordinated state response to climate change by integrating both adaptation and greenhouse gas mitigation strategies while incentivizing a sustainable innovation economy unique to Little Rhody’s strengths as the Ocean State.

As business leaders, we support the Resilient RI legislation and efforts to increase the state’s resiliency. We stand behind the state’s effort to prioritize the Ocean State’s economic future and turn the challenge of our changing climate into opportunity.


KITE Architects, 3 Central Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02907

Doug Sabetti, Newport Solar, NABCEP certified # 042013-114, [email protected] / 401-787-5682 /newportsolarri.com

Dave Caldwell, Caldwell & Johnson, Inc, 6500 Post Rd., North Kingstown, RI  02852, RI Registration #369, (401) 885-1770, Fax (401) 223-9797, Mobile (401) 632-5340, www.caldwellandjohnson.com

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Seth Handy | Handy Law LLC, 42 Weybosset Street, Providence RI 02903, TEL: 401 626.4839  |  FAX: 401 753.6306, www.handylawllc.com


Kenneth J. Filarski FAIA, AICP, LEED-AP BD+C, CFM, CEFPI, SAP+AEER, NCARB, FILARSKIARCHITECTURE+PLANNING+RESEARCH, 401.331.8800, Cornish Associates, 46 Aborn Street • Providence, RI 02903, 401/421.0254 • [email protected]

Jeffrey Grybowski, CEO, Deepwater Wind, 56 Exchange Terrace, Suite 101, Providence, RI  02903

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Asher Schofield, Frog & Toad, 795 Hope Street, Providence, RI 02906, (401) 831-3434

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Kreatelier, 804 Hope Street, Providence, RI. 02906


Eric Beecher, Sol Power, 49 Medway St, Providence, RI 02906, (401) 680-0765

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Fieldsong Farm, 176 Sycamore Lane, Wakefield, RI 02879

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Matunuck Oyster Bar, 629 Succotash Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879

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Endless Energy Corporation, 44 Spanker St., Jamestown, RI 02835

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Newport Biodiesel, 312 JT Connell Hwy, Newport, RI 02840

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Aunt Carrie’s, 1240 Ocean Rd, Narragansett, RI 02882

All That Matters, 315 Main St, Wakefield, RI 02879

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People’s Power & Light, 2 Regency Plaza #8 Providence, RI 02903

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Tomaquag Museum, 390 Summit Rd, Exeter, RI 02822

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New England Clean Energy Council, 125 Summer St, Suite 1020, Boston, MA 02110

Heritage Restoration, Inc, 120 Manton Ave, Providence, RI 02909

Two Brothers Quality Painting, 41 Edgewater Rd., Narragansett, RI 02882

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The Ocean Mist, 895 Matunuck Beach Rd, Wakefield, RI 02879

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E2SOL, 5600 Post Rd, Suite 262, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Helios Health Products, 1615 Ministerial Road, South Kingstown, RI 02879

Green Envy, 8 Franklin St, Newport, RI 02840

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Farmacy Herbs, 28 Cemetery St, Providence, RI 02904

The Purple Cow, 205 Main St., Wakefield, RI 02879

ParaSearch, Inc., 222 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI 02888

Rhode Islands’ Omega-3 Dressings, 189 Sunnybrook Farm Road, Narragansett, RI  02882

Hope Returns, 746 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02906

Fertile Underground Grocery, 1577 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02909

Sara Star Charters, 115 Long Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

Seapowet Shellfish, 171 Preservation Way, Tiverton, RI 02878

Pie in the Sky, 225 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

Tealuxe, 231 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02902

Nice Slice, 267 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

Nava, 281 Thayer St., Providence, RI, 02906

Facing Thayer, 297 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

Andrea’s Restaurant, 268 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

Berk’s Shoes, 272 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

Now Yoga and Fitness, 286 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02902

Zuzu’s Petals, 288 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

Sneaker Junkies, 290 Thayer St., Providence, RI 02906

Jim Clift Design Inc, 5 Grandview Street, Coventry, RI 02816

City Garden Flower Shop, 284 Wickenden St. , Providence, RI 02906

Round Again Records, 278 Wickenden St., Providence, RI 02906

The Duck and Bunny, 312 Wickenden St., Providence, RI 02906

Providence Perfume Co., 301 Wickenden St., Providence, RI 02906

Dolce Gelateria, 270 Wickenden St., Providence, RI 02906

Nostalgia, 236 Wickenden St., Providence, RI 02906

Dixon & McAllister, 192 Wayland Ave., Providence, RI 02906

Farmstead Inc., 186 Wayland Ave., Providence, RI 02906

J. McLaughlin, 182 Wayland Ave., Providence, RI 02906

Lily’s Garden Herbals, 50 Tuckertown Rd., Wakefield, RI 02879

The Beehive Cafe, 10  Franklin Street, Bristol RI 02809