Judee Burr

Judee Burr is a freelance writer, farmer and activist living in Providence, RI, originally from Coventry. She works at Freedom Food Farm in Massachusetts, serves on the Environmental Council of Rhode Island and the board of Groundwork RI, organizes with Standing Up for Racial Justice RI (SURJ RI), and thinks a lot about building an equitable and just environmental movement. She may be spotted playing tennis around the city or eating the vegan reuben at AS220. She writes about sustainability, science and culture.

Extreme Weather: Challenges to local farming in a fast-warming region

Warming temperatures in the Northeast come with shifting seasons, more intense storms and more rainfall – and farmers in RI are noticing. Kathan Teepe is the farm manager and founder of Sweet Pea Farm in Charlestown, where she grows vegetables and flowers. “I’d say I’m less concerned about the heat and more concerned with extreme […]

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More Parking, Wider Roads, Bigger Houses and Yards? How Outdated Laws Get in the Way of Sustainable Community Planning

When a representative from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) asked the audience how we’d gotten ourselves to the clean transportation listening session, most people raised their hands to “driving here alone in a car.” Including me. The meeting was convened to help RIDOT, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Office […]

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Six Months After Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico At the Intersection of Racial Injustice and Climate Change

    Elizabeth Yeampierre’s words about climate change could aptly be applied to systemic racism. “I think it is all overwhelming,” she said, at a talk titled From Puerto Rico to Rhode Island: Raising Voices for Climate Justice. “We need to respect that what is happening right now is the manifestation of years and years […]

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A Year Later: Progress on the 1,000 MW Clean Energy Goal for RI

In March 2017, Governor Raimondo announced a statewide goal to install 1,000 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy by the end of 2020. One thousand megawatts, or one gigawatt, of clean energy is equivalent to covering 1,000 average-sized IKEA stores with solar panels or installing 167 wind turbines offshore. It’s a 10-fold increase over the amount […]

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Abilify MyCite – The Ethics of Digital Drugs in Mental Health Treatment

    For the first time, the Federal Drug Administration has approved a drug that tracks when you’ve taken it. This digital drug is called Abilify MyCite, a sensor-equipped version of the Abilify drug that is already used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar and depression in adults. The digital sensor is made by a company called […]

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Can Rhode Island “Bounce Back” after Disasters? A New Climate Resilience Strategy Is in the Works

  Shaun O’Rourke wakes up thinking about Rhode Island. He was hired in summer 2017 as the director of stormwater and resiliency at the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), an agency that uses creative financing mechanisms to build, maintain and improve state infrastructure, including green infrastructure projects, at a low cost. Soon after O’Rourke joined […]

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One Year Later: Rhode Island’s Local Movements for Climate Action Fill the Federal Void

    I stood within a sea of black umbrellas outside the Louvre. We held them at arm’s length toward the cameras – black circles emblazoned with white letters spelling the words “Fossil Free Culture” as the French police watched closely. We called for the Louvre to divest, for society to divest, for the international […]

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