Rep. Deborah Ruggiero has introduced legislation to encourage Rhode Island businesses to adopt stronger environmental standards on sustainability. The legislation would create a voluntary, flexible program that would allow businesses to earn a sustainability designation by creating their own set of benchmarks for operating sustainably, and publicly reporting annually on their efforts to adhere to them.
Representative Ruggiero, who has been developing the legislation for a year and a half with help from the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and environmental advocates, said the bill will encourage more sustainable business practices while also helping businesses communicate with the public about their efforts.
“Sustainability and social responsibility aren’t just buzzwords. They’re now business practices that provide long-term growth, profit, environmental and societal benefits. Sustainability for a business can range from replacing inefficient lighting, sealing air leaks, recycling, replacing water mains for efficiency, and using safer less toxic cleaning products. This bill provides an avenue for 21st century businesses to attract young employees, new customers, and investors by developing sustainable standards and metrics. It’s voluntary, but a real opportunity for a business to become a meaningful brand leader,” said Representative Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown). Learn more.
Learn about Jamestown’s Sustainability Initiative at Sustainable Jamestown.com.