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The Greene School Named RIEEA's Environmental Organization of the Year

The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) has named The Greene School its Environmental Education Organization of the Year, commemorating its commitment to shaping the next generation of environmental stewards. The Greene School, located in West Greenwich, opened in 2010 with the mission of “developing citizens and leaders engaged in finding peaceful and sustainable solutions to local and global challenges.” An intentionally diverse public charter high school, The Greene School currently serves students from 22 different school districts throughout the state, bringing them together to collaboratively explore the interdependence of human and natural systems with the latest in environmental science and technology.
The Greene School is located on a 70-acre forested campus featuring pond, field, and stream ecosystems, trails and climbing towers, and outdoor classrooms that provide students with ample opportunity to meaningfully engage with nature. As they embark on a 5-year capital improvement plan, there is a focus on sustainability and green infrastructure, and expanding the outdoor learning centers. For example, The Greene School recently installed solar panels on the Alvarez Center for Arts and Wellness.
While the term “green infrastructure” is typically associated with “hard” infrastructure (i.e. physical structures such as rain gardens or stormwater drains), it is also important to focus on “soft” infrastructure, chief among them environmental education. Ensuring environmental sustainability in the long-term requires that people know and care about environmental issues.

RIEEA works to support and promote individuals and organizations, like the Greene School, in their environmental education endeavors. RIEEA provides its members, which include teachers, students, naturalists, and both formal and nonformal educators from universities, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, with a wide array of services and resources. Namely, RIEEA fosters collaboration and partnerships, sponsors professional development opportunities, gathers and disseminates information on environmental education, offers personalized support for educators, and advocates for sound environmental education legislation on both the state and federal levels.

To learn more about RIEEA, or to become a member, visit https://www.rieea.org/
The Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition provides communication resources, trainings on maintenance of green infrastructure installations, and shared knowledge on successful sites and green infrastructure installations around the state.
Nature At Work is a newsletter designed and distributed by the Rhode Island Green Infrastructure Coalition to bring more green space news to our cities and encourage the use of nature to clean, protect, and cool our neighborhoods.  Because of climate change, we are seeing increased heat impacts in our city, especially where there are fewer trees, as well as issues with flooding and polluted runoff in our neighborhoods.

The Green Infrastructure Coalition is a collaborative of more than 40 non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies focused on using nature to reduce stormwater pollution. We develop projects to demonstrate the powerful role nature can play to create healthier urban environments. We promote policies to create sustainable funding for stormwater management and green infrastructure solutions. And we connect a wide range of partners to share lessons learned in the Providence Metro area and Aquidneck Island.

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