Rhode Island Chapter

Explore, enjoy, and protect the planet.



To explore, enjoy and protect Earth's wild places; to promote the responsible use of the Earth's ecosystems and resources; to protect and restore the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.


The Rhode Island Chapter

The 2000 Sierra Club members living in the Ocean State form the Rhode Island Chapter. The Chapter fights passionately to prevent and mitigate the effects of climate disruption and encourage a green economy in Rhode Island.

The Chapter's leadership consists of volunteers giving their time to make a difference. We encourage your involvement, beyond your active membership, in leading the effort to explore, enjoy, and protect our planet!



General email: chair@risierraclub.org
Office Phone: 1-740-4QUAHOG
Office Address: 42 Rice Street, Providence, RI 02907



Dana Goodman, Executive Committee, Chair

Dana is an artist and environmentalist with interests in environmental outreach, education, and sustainable behavior. She graduated Clark University with a Master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a focus on climate change and ocean acidification. She has made environmental documentary films, worked on coastal native species rehabilitation projects, has experience with wastewater permitting regulations, and, with the RI Audubon Society, helped grow participation in Walk to School Day. Her vision is to reconnect people with our natural environment through outings that foster appreciation, recreation and conservation action.

Contact: admin@risierraclub.org



Peter Galvin, Executive Committee, Treasurer

Peter has been volunteering with the RI Sierra Club since 2012, after retiring from his career with the Federal government dealing with science based legislation and regulations. Peter has a serious interest in climate change mitigation and adaptation, and heads the clubs efforts on that front. He authored Sierra’s Primer on Climate Change in Rhode Island.

Contact: conservation@risierraclub.org



Asher Schofield, Executive Committee, Secretary

Asher is a father of three and owner of the RI small business, Frog and Toad. He cofounded the Hope Street Merchants Association, putting fresh ideas into practice with regard to economic development and community building. Asher has helped create public arts initiatives and craft Providence's pilot commercial recycling program. He's been responsible for securing new tree planting, city bike racks, park benches, trash bins, and organizing cyclovias.  

Contact: info@frogandtoadstore.com



Jonathan Harris, Executive Committee, Transporation Issues Chair

Jonathan has been volunteering with the Club since 2007 and is a former chair of the Executive Committee. Johnathan chairs the Transprotation Working Group and acts as a watchdog to ensure walkable, bikeable streets are being considered by planners and developers across the state.

Contact: transportation@risierraclub.org



Abel Collins, Executive Committee, Political and Communications Committees

Abel has been with the Rhode Island Chapter since 2009. As the former Chapter Programs Manager, he worked tirelessly on bettering public transportation in Rhode Island, and on sheparding the Climate Change Resiliancy bill through the legislative process in 2014. Abel has also engaged members and non-members alike by leading outings that have ranged in purpose from birdwatching to learning the ropes of civic participation.

Contact: sustainabel@gmail.com



Robert Malin, Political Committee Chair

Robert has been volunteering with the Club since 2007. He brings years of experience as a free-lance videographer to the Club's social media outlets. Robert is concerned about the coastal erosion his community is experiencing first hand, the result of more frequent and severe storms due to climate change.

Contact: rhodysierran@gmail.com



Kirsten Maar, Energy Issues

Kirsten helps the club advocate its stance on energy issues. She has tirelessly set the record straight about off-shore wind, testifying at town hearings in support of the Deepwater Wind Projects and calling-out opposing bogus claims when they arise. She is also heading the Club's efforts to demand alternative options to the Algonquin Pipeline expansion which, if New England's 6 governors have their way, will lock New England into decades of continued fossil fuel energy use. 




Ben Jones, Regional Chapter Liaison

Ben has been volunteering with the Sierra Club since living in Missouri over a decade ago. He is a former chair of the RI Chapter currently helps coordinate the efforts of chapters in Southern New England. He believes getting people out exploring nature is the best way to turn them into stewards of the environment.

Contact: Ben@leftbrain.net

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