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AMPED UP: Zachary Cobb, left, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence vice president of services, and Steven Ilmrud, vice president of operations, demonstrate one of the charging stations at the North Kingstown company that are part of the company’s ambitious plans to offset the emissions it produces with renewable energy or credits by 2030. 
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

LOST IN EMISSIONS: Businesses befuddled by state’s net-zero goals

So far, the 10 electric vehicle charging stations tucked away in the corner of the 200-space parking lot at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc. haven’t...
PLUGGED IN: Zachary Cobb, left, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence Inc. vice president of services, and Steven Ilmrud, vice president of operations, are knowledgeable about the state’s Act on Climate law, but many businesses aren’t. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Business lacking bigger voice in state’s net-zero plans

Rhode Island made a landmark commitment to slashing greenhouse gases emanating from the state when the General Assembly passed the Act on Climate law...

Social media regulation will be no easy feat

Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter and his controversial decisions as its owner have fueled a new wave of calls for regulating social media companies....

Food waste in U.S. is hurting our wallets and climate

You see it at most holiday feasts: piles of unwanted food. With luck, hungry relatives will discover some of it before the inevitable green...
Noemi Csepregi

‘Wonky’ food program could save R.I. landfill

The rapid filling of the Central Landfill has been an important concern in Rhode Island for years and several steps have been taken to...
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.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

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...
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