Creating a resilient Rhode Island takes the combined effort of government, business and citizens. Public forums, panel discussions and press events have been help to highlight the critical need for Rhode Island to take action on climate change.

Passage of the Senate Climate Bill on June 11, 2014:

The Senate unanimously passed the Climate Bill (2952 Sub A) after unanimous passage in the Senate Committee on Environment and Agriculture on June 4, 2014. This momentous event for climate change action in Rhode Island was covered by the Providence Journal and ecoRI news.

State House Press Conference on June 3, 2014:

A panel of business leaders rallied on the steps of the RI State House to underscore the impacts of climate change on businesses throughout the state and the shared urgency for action. A list of endorsements from over 50 Rhode Island businesses was unveiled.The panelists were:

  • Christine West, Principal at Kite Architects
  • Christina Paxson, President Brown University
  • James Toomey, Blackstone Vally Tourism Council
  • Kenneth Filarski, Filarski Archetecture + Planning + Research
  • Dr. Paul Morrissey, Division of Organ Transplantation, RI Hospital
  • Eric Beecher, founder of Sol Power
  • Kaity Ryan, Public Policy Coordinator, Historical Preservation Society of Newport County
  • Meg Kerr with the Resilient RI team was the MC


  • Video 1: Meg Kerr, Christine West, Christina Paxson
  • Video 2: James Toomey, Kenneth Filarski
  • Video 3: Dr. Paul Morrissey, Eric Beecher
  • Video 4: Kaity Ryan

Hearing before the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, April 3, 2014:

State House Panel Discussion on February 25, 2014:

A panel of experts at the State House talked about how Rhode Island can preprare for climate change with energy efficiency and resiliency. Agenda