Climate-Smart Cities™ Metro Providence

Green infrastructure for climate equity and resilience


Rhode Island is highly vulnerable to the impacts of a changing climate and is projected to face rising seas, more intense storms and precipitation events, and warmer days over the next several decades. With aging infrastructure and an economy dependent on a healthy Narragansett Bay, strategic action is needed now for Providence and its neighboring cities.

The Trust for Public Land’s national Climate-Smart Cities™ program is providing key planning and decision-making support to help the region take strategic action on climate change through green infrastructure. Together with municipal and community partners from six Rhode Island cities (Providence, Central Falls, Pawtucket, East Providence, Cranston, and Warwick), we’re bringing cutting-edge science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) planning, and innovative design to prepare the entire region for a climate-resilient future with a particular emphasis on investments for underserved populations and integrated water management solutions.

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Our Climate-Smart Cities™ process bring together a team of experts to research, design, and build the infrastructure and tools that help increase our resilience to climate change. Our strategy is to: