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WHIMSICAL PRODUCTS: Katy Westscott, CEO of Katrinkles Inc. in Providence, which makes buttons and tools for crafters, goes over some of the company’s products with production technician Brandon Amorin.
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Katrinkles Inc. gets crafty about helping the environment

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 EXCELLENCE IN GREEN MANUFACTURING: Katrinkles Inc. BE THE CHANGE you want to see in the world, an axiom attributed to Gandhi, could also...
TYLER JUSTIN, owner of Mission Electric, sells and maintains electric bicycles. State officials announced Wednesday that it will launch the Erika Niedowski Memorial Electric Bike Rebate Program, which will offer residents reimbursements for purchasing e-bikes. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State launches $250,000 e-bike rebate program

EAST PROVIDENCE – Come Oct. 24, the state will open up a new electric bicycle rebate program, offering residents reimbursements for purchasing e-bikes in...
NOTHING BUT NET: From left, U.S. Extruders Inc. Plant Manager Wade Lippo and assemblers Lexus Falcone and Dan Brownhead work with fishing net. 
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

US Extruders Inc. hopes plastic makes perfect for new products

PBN Innovative Companies 2022 MANUFACTURING: U.S. Extruders Inc. THE OCEANS OF THE WORLD contain islands of plastics and other garbage. Westerly-based manufacturer U.S. Extruders Inc. is...
JONATHAN STONE will retire as executive director of Save the Bay on June 30, 2023. / COURTESY SAVE THE BAY

Save The Bay director Stone to retire next June

PROVIDENCE – Save The Bay Inc.'s longtime executive director will call it a career at the end of next June. The local environmental advocacy nonprofit...

A bit of optimism in recent climate reports

It’s easy to feel pessimistic when scientists around the world are warning that climate change has advanced so far, it’s now inevitable that societies...

The importance of ESG for companies

As the mantra to “make the world a better place” echoes throughout society, civic-minded groups, conservationists and organizations have led the charge to elevate...

Making Sustainability Work: The Road to Net Zero

Sustainability is often defined as conducting business in an ethical manner that yields long-term, sustainable benefits, meeting the needs of the present without compromising...
R.I. LARGE SCALE: Matthew Morrissey, head of Northeast markets for Orsted U.S. Offshore Wind Power, stands in the company’s office in Providence in March 2020. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

State is banking on power boost

ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT Change usually happens slowly, especially when government gets involved. But in the last five years, the nascent renewable energy sector has exploded in the United...
GETTING DULLER: Colorful foliage surrounds the Maine Statehouse in Augusta in 2017. Changing weather conditions have disrupted recent leaf-peeping season and could have a lasting effect on tourism in the region. / AP FILE PHOTO/ROBERT F. BUKATY

Climate change making it harder to chase fall foliage

Droughts that cause leaves to turn brown and wither before they can reach peak color. Heat waves prompting leaves to fall before autumn even...

Risk to coastal economies is rising

As the sea level rises, it can be easy to miss the subtlety of higher water. It’s much harder to overlook saltwater more frequently...
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