Action Alert: Hearing in Senate Finance!

Help us pass legislation for EE this year!

Thank you to everyone who advocated for the Climate Change and Ocean Protection Workforce Development & Education Program bills last week. There’s another hearing on these bills – this time in the SENATE Finance Committee – this Thursday, May 18.

These bills are RIEEA’s key legislative priorities and we need your help to get them passed! Help us advocate for $1 million in funding to provide our youth with the skills and knowledge they need to be competitive in the growing green and blue economies:

  1. Learn more about these bills here.
  2. Sign our petition here.
  3. Submit written testimony – as a PDF by 5pm Wednesday if possible! – to Please cc Chair DiPalma and Sen. Lawson at and, and us at Your testimony should include your name, viewpoint (support/ against), and the bill numbers (S-551 / S-558). To help you get started, check out this 1-page info sheet with details.
  4. If you would like to testify in person, please arrive in the State House hearing room (Room 211) no later than 5pm to sign up with the committee clerk. We will be there to assist you. Plan to speak directly to the committee and try not to just read notes.
  5. Call your state senator (identify them here and find their contact information here) and encourage them to support the 2023 Climate Change and Ocean Protection Workforce Development & Education Program Acts (S-551 / S-558). Be sure to speak about your personal experience, either as a provider or educator or as a participant in this type of programming. It really makes a difference!
  6. If you have any questions or need any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Jeanine at jsilversmith(at)rieea(dot)org.


It is only when people speak up that real change can happen! Join with us to make sure that our emerging workforce is prepared for the growing green and blue economies.

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