Providence, Rhode Island

As part of the Partners for Places Equity Pilot Initiative, the City of Providence is undertaking an intensive nine-month process to strengthen relationships with low-income communities and communities of color that are most susceptible to incurring impacts from climate change and other environmental hazards. In the Spring of 2017, at the conclusion of this work, NLC's Leadership in Community Resilience program will provide funding and support for an 'Equity and Engagement Workshop' in Providence, RI. The goal of the workshop is to transition the Equity Pilot work form process to implementation. It will leverage ideas, resources, and relationships to build social resilience and ensure these communities are prepared for the impacts of climate change. The city has also joined the Compact of Mayors, committing to benchmarking and reducing local greenhouse gas emissions.

Threats and Hazards

State of Rhode Island natural hazards include severe storms, winter storms and extreme cold, flash floods, coastal flooding, and occasional tropical storms. Rhode Island is a high risk location for future natural disasters and is ranked second in the nation after Florida, according to CoreLogic's Natural Hazard Risk score. Social hazards include low to median income and concentrated poverty in neighborhoods with greater flood risk. According to the National Climate Assessment, sea level increased 1.2 feet over 100 years (1901-2012). "Sea level rise of two feet, without any changes in storms, would more than triple the frequency of dangerous coastal flooding throughout most of the Northeast."