By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff
With more than 100 tents and 225 demonstrators settled in at
, the community has instituted environmental practices such as recycling, composting and reusing utensils. Burnside Park
encouraged to reuse.
(Tim Faulkner/ecoRI News staff photos)
Not all ideas have worked out, such as a bike-powered cell phone charger that broke down pretty quickly, but the activists are committed to going green and would gladly welcome environmental upgrades such as a solar array to replace the diesel generator currently powering lights and computers.
Relying on donated food supplies, such as cases of water and soda in plastic bottles, make it hard to adhere to sustainable living. Disposable food packaging and styrofoam plates abound and single-sided printouts spew from the media center's busy printer.
But these occupiers do partake in the local food movement, subsisting on donated produce from community gardens, and drinking coffee and water from refillable decanters. Compact florescent light bulbs are used for lighting. Even with the gusty downtown wind, the park grounds stay somewhat clean thanks to morning trash pickups.
Air drying laundry at
Other occupy movements have adopted alternative energy sources. Solar panels are powering laptops in
Washington, D.C., and solar cell phone chargers are running in . New York City
New practices seem to be popping up daily in
, such as an organic gardening seminar that was held Friday. Providence
business must recycle, state law doesn't mandate recycling at outdoor events, such as road races or the Burnside demonstration. Rhode Island
But the Occupy Providence spokespeople say protecting the environment is a priority. When and if these protesters break camp, they promise to follow the carry-in, carry-our credo.
"There was a commitment early on that we are going to keep (
Burnside Park) in better shape than we found it," said Nick Schmader of . Warwick