Purpose: To ensure a well-maintained and attractive urban environment integrated with the best green, historic and sustainable practices.
Green Initiatives Committee meets on the 1st Monday of every month from 6 – 7:30pm at Armory Revival, 334 Broadway, Providence.
Support and develop WBNA programs and initiatives that enhance the sustainability of the neighborhood, and provide tools and information to West Side residents to support those initiatives.
Assist in coordinating resources (sponsorships, grants, revolving funds) that can be used to further prioritize green initiatives of the WBNA.
- Promote and expand the West Side Composting Program, and connect with organizations and businesses that work with compost such as local urban farmers and the Compost Plant.
- Hold a General Meeting that promotes community sustainability and green initiatives one to two times per year.
- Focus on energy initiatives such as prequalifying West Side Solar participants and providing resources for sustainable home heating.
- Continue to support large scale solar panel program by transitioning WBNA's first-of-its-kind West Side Solar program to the new citywide PVD Solarize program.
- Coordinate with the Community Development Committee (CDC) to encourage the use of green practices in new development. Work with CDC to add a sustainability component to the CDC BluePrint. Create a liaison role between the Community Development and Green Initiatives Committees.
- Collaborate with university partners on sustainability-related projects. Explore opportunities to work with universities on selected projects in which they may be interested. Work to define projects and processes that would be an appropriate fit for university scheduling, academic calendars and staffing.
- Design neighborhood trainings, tours and events that feature, promote and celebrate local sustainability projects. Explore and visit existing neighborhood models such as solar power bulk purchasing, asphalt alternatives, raising chickens, heating alternatives, bee keeping and urban gardening. Coordinate a proposed neighborhood sustainability crawl to align with cottage tour.
- Reduce contamination from dog waste by way of an awareness-raising sticker campaign. Create and distribute packets for neighbors that contain information and stickers to be placed on trash cans. Connect with dog owner and dog park groups to help support program.
- Focus an intensive tree planting initiative west of Messer Street to the Route 10 Service Road. Recruit neighbors who reside in that area to act as tree stewards (especially important in the first season and up to one year after planting).
- Promote this new Green Initiatives Committee and work to expand group and participating neighbors.
Kate Schapira and Kathy Vaillancourt