The Town of Warren, R.I., Winner of the 2022 Environmental Achievement Award

2022 Environmental Achievement Award

The Town of Warren, R.I.


An on the water view of the Warren Rhode Island harbor

The Town of Warren has earned its place as a leader among municipalities for stewardship of the Bay and the environment, public access to the shore, and climate adaptation. 

The Town has partnered with Save The Bay and the Eastern RI Conservation District on stormwater projects throughout town, including the installation of green infrastructure and training town staff on green infrastructure maintenance. It has adopted a single-use plastic bag ban and promoted access to the shores of Narragansett Bay. 

The Town has championed the Kickemuit River Restoration Project with the Bristol County Water Authority, and has created the most visionary, ambitious plan for coastal climate adaptation with its Market to Metacom initiative, which calls for the relocation of homes and businesses from a flood-prone area of town to a higher-elevation area that can accommodate redevelopment. 

The Warren Town Council and town staff, especially Town Manager Kate Michaud and Director of Planning & Community Development Bob Rulli, have stepped up to address Warren’s environmental and climate challenges head-on. They deserve recognition.

*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.