Providence Journal Article: R.I. lawmaker, Brown University students craft bill on climate change

March 20, 2014

Atop two facing hills in Providence, mutual defeat has forged a partnership to address climate change.

On Smith Hill, Rep. Arthur Handy, D-Cranston, had tried for years to push bills through the State House to cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

On College Hill, the Brown Divest Coal movement failed to pressure the university to stop investing in the coal industry.

Now the two have united on the Resilient Rhode Island Act of 2014, a bill introduced last week by Handy and crafted with the help of students who got Brown to back the initiative. The bill seeks to mitigate the effects of climate change and to take steps to prepare for its effects.