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NEW: Smiley Unveils 14 Environmental Commitments for Providence

Monday, April 14, 2014

 

Mayoral candidate Brett Smiley unveiled 14 environmental commitments he pledged to fulfill as Mayor of Providence on Monday, setting the goal of making Providence one of the greenest cities of its size in the nation.

Smiley’s list of commitments comes just one week before Earth Day, which will be celebrated on April 22. Smiley plans to spend Earth Day participating in cleanup activities throughout the city, and he has already been heavily involved in the Neighborhood Planting Program, planting dozens of trees in multiple Providence neighborhoods.

“As Mayor, I will work to make Providence one of the greenest cities of its size in the nation," said Smiley. "We must lead the way towards a green future, adopting best practices in energy conservation, reducing the city's waste stream, creating and improving additional green space and generating green jobs.”

Smiley continued, “With action on climate change stalled at the national and international level, mayors in the United States and around the world are increasingly taking matters into their own hands. Mayor Taveras and the Office of Sustainability have made environmental protection a priority, and I will bring it to the next level. I will implement policies that dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work to enlist my fellow Rhode Island mayors in this critical effort."

Smiley went on to say, “I strongly believe economic development and environmental protection go hand in hand. I will work to make important quality of life improvements including upgrading our parks, promoting more farmers' markets and making Providence a safer city in which to walk, run and bike.”

Smiley’s 14 Environmental Commitments for 2014

1 . Brett Smiley will work to make Providence one of the greenest cities of its size in the nation, benchmarking against common measures of success and closing the gaps. He will hold himself and everyone else in city government accountable by issuing annual progress reports.

2. On his first day in office, Brett will sign the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, recommitting Providence to hit international carbon reduction treaty targets and take a number of specific steps to reduce greenhouse gases. He will also work to encourage the rest of Rhode Island’s mayors to sign the agreement (currently, only Mayor Taveras and Mayor Avedesian have signed)..

3. Brett will join the World Mayors Council on Climate Change, an alliance of committed local government leaders on climate change, pushing for stronger international action. Taken together with C40 Cities, an international organization of ‘mega-cities’ taking action on climate change, the World Mayors Council is leveraging real progress through sharing best practices and bringing a powerful bottom-up political voice to this important topic.

4. Brett will cut the use of energy and water by city government, including the school system, by 20% by the end of his first term.

5. Brett will expand the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative citywide. (Green and Healthy Homes is a city pilot project to weatherize the homes of low income residents, resulting in significant reductions in energy use, lower utility costs for residents, and new, good paying jobs for residents.)

6. Brett will reduce the waste stream by 20% through expanding recycling to include mattresses and other bulk items and by increasing composting citywide.

7. Brett will ensure that the planned bike share program--now in the process of getting off the ground--will be successfully implemented and sustained as part of a broader effort to make Providence a safer and easier place to walk, bike and run.

8. Brett will work to implement a regional stormwater utility district to properly care for our storm water infrastructure and further protect Narragansett Bay.

9. Brett will aggressively work for more public transit options, included increased train routes to Boston and the Airport and funding for streetcars in Providence.

10. Brett will submit and advocate for a new municipal ordinance requiring new residential and non-residential developments to include permeable driveways and parking areas in order to reduce storm-water runoff.

11. Brett will develop a Green Job Corps, enlisting area businesses, utilities, educational institutions and trade unions. The Green Job Corps will train people for green jobs and provide hands-on experience through work that improves the city’s overall energy efficiency in all sectors, including the residential one, and attracts companies in the energy conservation business.

12. Brett will create new green space and improve the use of existing space by building new parks, improving the maintenance of existing parks, expanding community gardens and farms through the Lots of Hope program, and providing more active recreation opportunities.

13. Under Brett’s leadership, the Tax Assessors Office and Water Supply Board will allow people to opt-in to receiving and paying bills electronically, reducing waste, saving money, and improving the experience of the residents.

14. Brett will put in place incentives for proposed new development to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

Smiley will release a detailed environmental and quality of life plan, as well as a transportation plan, in the coming months.

 

Related Slideshow: Rhode Island’s Highest Paid Mayors and Managers

The Rhode Island Department of Revenue's Office of Local Government Assistance, for the past 23 years, has conducted an "annual salary survey" of municipal positions in the state.  

Below are the salaries reported for chief executives -- Mayors or Town Managers ranked by municipalities (with the position) in 2012, from lowest to highest.   According to the survey, the amount "does not include fringe benefit data."  

Positions appointed are indicated with an (A); positions elected are marked with an (E).  

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#33 Central Falls

Chief Executive Pay: $26,000 (E)

Finance Director: $87,125
 
Planning Director: $66,625
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#32 Richmond

Chief Executive Pay: $51,500 (A)

Finance Director: $56,706
 
Planning Director: $50,218
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#31 West Greenwich

Chief Executive Pay: $60,866 (A)

Finance Director: N/A
 
Planning Director: $52,412
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#30 Cumberland

Chief Executive Pay: $67,799 (E)

Finance Director: (Vacant -- PT)
 
Planning Director: $70,250
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#29 Warren

Chief Executive Pay: $70,000 (A)

Finance Director: $62,424
 
Planning Director: $52,020
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#28 North Smithfield

Chief Executive Pay: $71,289 (E)

Finance Director: $71,235
 
Planning Director: $58,394
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#27 North Providence

Chief Executive Pay: $75,000 (E)

Finance Director: $52,000
 
Planning Director: $62,098
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#26 Johnston

Chief Executive Pay: $75,000 (E)

Finance Director: $95,000
 
Planning Director: $69,746
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#25 Lincoln

Chief Executive Pay: $78,677 (E)

Finance Director: $80,610
 
Planning Director: $67,709
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#24 Woonsocket

Chief Executive Pay: $80,000 (E)

Finance Director: $90,000
 
Planning Director: $82,750
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#23 Cranston

Chief Executive Pay: $80,765 (E)

Finance Director: $96,425
 
Planning Director: $75,247
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#22 Bristol

Chief Executive Pay: $81,162 (E)

Finance Director: N/A
 
Planning Director: $78,438
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#21 Tiverton

Chief Executive Pay: $83,900 (A)

Finance Director: N/A
 
Planning Director: Vacant
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#20 Pawtucket

Chief Executive Pay: $84,253 (E)

Finance Director: $82,000
 
Planning Director: $72,269
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#19 Hopkinton

Chief Executive Pay: $89,000 (A)

Finance Director: $73,043
 
Planning Director: $51,816
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#18 Charlestown

Chief Executive Pay: $93,000 (A)

Finance Director: N/A
 
Planning Director: $67,546
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#17 New Shoreham

Chief Executive Pay: $95,146 (A)

Finance Director: $85,058
 
Planning Director: N/A
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#16 Warwick

Chief Executive Pay: $100,000 (E)

Finance Director: $118,249
 
Planning Director: $97,648
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#15 Smithfield

Chief Executive Pay: $100,940 (A)

Finance Director: $77,250
 
Planning Director: $65,920
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#14 Jamestown

Chief Executive Pay: $106,957 (A)

Finance Director: $82,426
 
Planning Director: $71,481
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#13 Burrillville

Chief Executive Pay: $110,520 (A)

Finance Director: $80,000
 
Planning Director: $80,000
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#12 North Kingstown

Chief Executive Pay: $111,394 (A)

Finance Director: $82,442
 
Planning Director: $82,442
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#11 Westerly

Chief Executive Pay: $117,305 (A)

Finance Director: $106,088
 
Planning Director: $76,812
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#10 West Warwick

Chief Executive Pay: $120,000 (A)

Finance Director: $91,357
 
Planning Director: $69,000
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#9 Coventry

Chief Executive Pay: $122,000 (A)

Finance Director: $97,150
 
Planning Director: $83,884
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#8 Providence

Chief Executive Pay: $123,762 (E)

Finance Director: $140,000
 
Planning Director: $85,098
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#7 East Providence

Chief Executive Pay: $125,000 (A)

Finance Director: $112,210
 
Planning Director: $97,350
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#6 Portsmouth

Chief Executive Pay: $126,000 (A)

Finance Director: $95,819
 
Planning Director: $78,382
 
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#5 East Greenwich

Chief Executive Pay: $131,005 (A)

Finance Director: $96,255
 
Planning Director: $77,835
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#4 Newport

Chief Executive Pay: $135,000 (A)

Finance Director: $120,799
 
Planning Director: $100,531
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#3 Barrington

Chief Executive Pay: $143,977 (A)

Finance Director: $106,194
 
Planning Director: $75,716
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#2 Middletown

Chief Executive Pay: $147,350 (A)

Finance Director: $97,025
 
Planning Director: $89,436
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#1 South Kingstown

Chief Executive: $153,853 (A)

Finance Director: $119,610
 
Planning Director: $93,181
 
 

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