Imagine Providence

Hear the voices of people boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence and explore how you can be part of the story.

  • December 23, 2014

    A new, innovative city government office, the Office of Sustainability has proactively addressed pressing needs in the Providence community through fast-paced, hard work. The Office of Sustainability focuses on environmental issues that impact all aspects of Providence residents' lives, from transportation to stormwater runoff. Their sustainability action plan, Sustainable Providence, released in fall of 2014, was created through a collaborative process with community members, reflecting the strong role the Providece community has had in shaping a vision for local sustainability.

    Sheila Dormody, the director of the Office of Sustainability, shares how local government is catalyzing change in Providence.

    Office of Sustainability, City of Providence
  • October 23, 2014

    If you eat at a restaurant serving local food, chances are that Farm Fresh Rhode Island delivered the local ingredients earlier that day. Ten years ago, Farm Fresh Rhode Island started as a student project for a class and has since grown into one of the most progressive food-hubs in the country. Farm Fresh Rhode Island connects local farmers to local eaters by breaking down barriers to healthy food access and creating new markets for local food through a diversity of programs including Market Mobile (local produce delivery to restraunts), Harvest Kitchen (a job-training program for at-risk youth), and farmers' markets throughout Rhode Island.

    Co-Executive Director Sheri Griffin shares how Farm Fresh Rhode Island has transformed Rhode Island's food system one produce delivery at a time.

    Farm Fresh Rhode Island
  • October 23, 2014

    With Narragansett Bay at the heart of its mission, Save the Bay integrates education, science, and policy, engaging community members of all ages to take ownership over the 256 miles of coastline in our backyard. Since 1970, Save the Bay's dedicated team have restored Narragansett Bay to health, creating numerous economic and recreational opportunities including an annual swim across Naragansett Bay and an interactive marine exploration center. Hosting regular coastal cleanups, providing educational programming in urban schools, monitoring the Bay, and advocating for Bay-friendly policies allow Save the Bay to continue protecting the Ocean State.

    Executive Director Jonathan Stone shares how Save the Bay's ecosystem-based approach to transforming Narragansett Bay has had tangible results since his daily rowing practices in the Bay as a member of Brown's crew team.

    Save the Bay
  • October 22, 2014

    The current campaign by the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless (RICH) to solve chronic homelessness in Rhode Island by 2016 embodies the hard work and determination present in all of RICH's endevours. RICH has helped facilitate innovative initiatives at the state level, including the nation's first Homeless Bill of Rights and hosting candlelit vigils every time a homeless individual dies. Through collaboration and creativity, RICH fuels the fight for housing to leverage tangible change at a fast pace.

    Deputy Director of RICH Karen Jeffries speaks with conviction about the ambitions RICH has for the future of housing in Rhode Island.

    Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless