Sustainable Providence is the city's first-ever sustainability action plan.
In 2013, Mayor Angel Taveras released sustainability goals to move Providence forward in six key areas: waste, food, transportation, water, energy, and land use & development. The Office of Sustainability and the Environmental Sustainability Task Force coordinated dozens of community leaders and city employees to develop this plan to achieve those goals.
Sustainable Providence , released in September 2014, establishes 25 strategies to achieve the six goals, includes 39 high priority actions, and defines 27 metrics to track annual progress. Strategies outlined in the plan include expanding composting and urban agriculture programs, improving public transportation, promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy, and supporting healthy food consumption.
Implementing this plan will help build a resilient and sustainable future for Providence as we protect our environment, rebuild our economy and strengthen our community. Thank you for working together with us to create a cleaner, greener city.
Community Interview Videos
Before the Sustainable Providence plan was developed, dozens of volunteers conducted over 40 hours of interviews of local residents and community leaders to get feedback about the goals and purpose of the sustainability plan. Those interviews are excerpted here by topic area.
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