Barbara Rubine, Winner of the 2018 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy

2018 Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy

Barbara Rubine of Cranston, R.I.

Barbara Rubine, shown here, was recognized in 2018 with Save The Bay's Alison J. Walsh Award for Outstanding Environmental Advocacy
Barbara Rubine was recognized in 2018 with the Alison J. Walsh Award for Environmental Advocacy for her 20+ years of work championing Stillhouse Cove and the entirety of the Upper Bay.

Barbara Rubine has been a champion for Stillhouse Cove and Upper Bay waters for over 20 years through her work with the Edgewood Waterfront Preservation Association. She has united neighbors, the City of Cranston, state and federal agencies, and Save The Bay behind her vision and has secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding for stormwater treatment and marsh restoration projects. Thanks to Rubine’s leadership, a once-neglected and overlooked Stillhouse Cove is now a thriving salt marsh, home to egrets and mummichogs, where hundreds of people enjoy the beauty of the cove daily.

Over the years, Rubine has mobilized well over 1,000 people in shoreline cleanups and marsh plantings at the cove and was recently a vocal and effective advocate for maintaining fishing access to the cove’s waters. Beyond Stillhouse Cove, Rubine frequently lends her voice to the ongoing need to invest in water quality improvements in the Upper Bay.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.