Environment

Newport Folk Fest Success Story: Bike Newport

The nonprofit group lured 3,369 cyclists to the Newport Folk Festival, and area organizations can hop on the bike bandwagon free of charge.

Bike Newport, a nonprofit organization that promotes cycling and bike safety on Aquidneck Island, had a record-breaking weekend at the Newport Folk Festival. “This year, I feel confident saying we had the highest percentage of bike users at a festival in the United States. More than 10 percent,” Bike Newport Executive Director Bari Freeman told me on Sunday. I was…

The Dish: Day in the Life of a Lobsterman Video

Watch what it's like to haul lobster traps on Rhode Island Sound.

It’s 7 a.m. on a sunny spring day close to shore off Rhode Island Sound when lobsterman Mark Jones spots his trademark white and red buoy and puts the Kristen J. in gear. He scoops up the buoy and hooks the end of the rope up to the boat’s hydraulic hauler. It pulls a set of fifteen pots – strung…

Two RI Schools Make "Most Beautiful Coastal College Campuses" List

Rhode Island is home to two of the nation's prettiest waterside universities.

Best Value Schools scoured the country for the thirty most beautiful coastal universities, and two Rhode Island institutions made the top ten: University of Rhode Island ranked third (psst, Best Value Schools: The top two, Pepperdine and University of San Diego in California, tied, so doesn't that mean URI came in second?) and Salve Regina University claimed the seventh spot…

Landscaping Goats and Poison Ivy: A Love Story

The unruliest poison ivy patches and brush piles are a cake walk for the adorable eating machines of RI GoatScapes and Land Clearing.

Raise your hand if you could eat all day, every day, for work and be happy. (Sans the drastic weight gain.) Your dream, then, is to be a landscaping goat when you grow up. The goats of Laurel Hill Microfarm spend their days feasting on their favorite foods — poison ivy, bittersweet vines, brush, poison sumac — and helping their herder, Wayne…

A Day Trip to Beavertail

Pass the time exploring the rocky coastline of Jamestown.

For the past few months, it’s been hard to get fresh air in Rhode Island without also getting hypothermia. Okay, maybe not hypothermia, but it’s been cold. Maybe that’s why when temperatures finally started to rise last weekend, the state woke up with people leaving their homes to get some vitamin D. For outdoor enthusiasts like myself, the first day…

The Dish: Eat More Scup

Culinary students at Johnson and Wales University are promoting the underutilized, abundant fish species.

What's scup? Culinary students at Johnson and Wales University went over and above to answer the question last week at the Rhode Island Seafood Challenge. Three student groups introduced the fish, also called porgy, through a filleting demonstration, video and PowerPoint presentations, promotional brochures and recipes all in an effort to raise awareness of the local and sustainable yet underutilized…

Head to Newport for the Daffodil Days Festival

Three days of fun, free, family-friendly events that celebrate our favorite sign of spring.

Think Newport is prettiest in the summer? Then you haven't seen our Gilded city dressed up in gold for the Daffodil Days Festival. Over the last eight years, City by the Sea residents have dug their hands in the dirt to plant more than 250,000 daffodil bulbs in public areas. Their goal? One million daffodils and the unofficial title of…

Turn off Your Lights, Rhode Island!

Earth Hour is this Saturday.

Providence's Office of Sustainability made a big fuss about Earth Hour last year, but it's been nothing but crickets in 2015. That's why it's up to you and I, dear reader, to turn off our lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time this Saturday night. The event, which began in Australia in 2007, is marketed as a symbolic gesture…

How Onne van der Wal Captured Photos of Frozen Bay

It was a memory from fifteen years ago that inspired this up-in-the-air photo shoot.

Fourteen or fifteen years ago, internationally known nautical photographer Onne van del Wal was on a plane descending at TF Green airport when he looked down below and saw frozen Narragansett Bay. “It was the only other time I had seen it frozen,” he says. This winter, when he saw the bay freezing over, it was the memory of this…

Living in a Tiny House

The Sullivans transformed their miniature space into a minimalist retreat.

Dan and Jess Sullivan live in a tiny house – one hundred and twenty-eight square feet – to be exact. The couple started building the wooden structure on wheels about two years ago, constructing a flat roof and elevated shelves to make the most of the space, nicknamed the Pod. “It has this illusion that it’s much roomier,” says Jess…