Avory Brookins

Environment Reporter

Avory started as Rhode Island Public Radio's environment reporter in April 2017.  Before joining the station, she was a general assignment reporter at Wisconsin Public Radio. Previously she reported on health, science and the community for Philadelphia's public radio station, WHYY.

Avory is a Philadelphia native and proud Temple Owl.

When she's not reporting on the environment, she loves listening to K-pop, watching K-dramas, and researching Korean culture.

Steve Szydlowski / The Providence Journal

Rhode Island’s Energy Facility Siting Board decided Tuesday morning during a hearing to exclude from evidence resolutions from 35 cities and towns opposing a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville.


City of Boston

Boston’s Chief Resilience Officer is warning that people of color are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. 


Avory Brookins / RIPR

Members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe protested Saturday against their tribal water being sold to Invenergy, the developer of a natural gas power plant that still needs approval from state officials. 


Ryan Blanding / Flickr

Invenergy, developer of a proposed natural gas power plant in the Town of Burrillville, filed a motion Tuesday claiming resolutions opposing the project from nearly all Rhode Island cities and towns are irrelevant to whether the plant is needed.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

The Town of Burrillville is preparing to testify at evidentiary hearings later this month against Invenergy, developers of a proposed natural gas power plant.

NOAA

Local environmentalists are worried allowing commercial fishing within the boundaries of a marine national monument 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod would harm the area's ecosystem and biodiversity.   

Arthur Morris / VIREO

The Block Island Wind Farm now has a wildlife tracking station aimed at helping researchers learn more about offshore flight patterns of small birds and bats that are likely to become endangered or extinct in the foreseeable future unless federal action is taken. 

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust and opponent of a proposed natural gas power plant in the same town, has officially announced his run for governor of Rhode Island. The Democrat made the announcement via email on Tuesday. 


Avory Brookins / RIPR

Paul Roselli, president of the Burrillville Land Trust, is expected to challenge Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo in a Democratic primary in 2018.


Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management

The Narragansett Indian Tribe will serve as a backup water supplier for a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 

Avory Brookins / RIPR

As my tour guide, Bill Eccleston, and I walked through the dirt, twigs and puddles of the George Washington Wildlife Management Area in Burrillville, we heard a bird call above us. 

Neil Pearson/Save The Bay

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island have received a $19 million federal grant to study how man-made and natural climate changes are affecting ecosystems in Narragansett Bay.


Avory Brookins / RIPR

Jane Goodall, renowned chimp expert and conservationist, spread her message of hope for the environment during a lecture Tuesday in front of nearly 5,700 people at the University of Rhode Island.


National Hurricane Center

Forecasters predict Hurricane Jose will slowly weaken to a tropical storm as it moves up the coast, although Southeastern New England is still not in the clear.

Morton Arboretum via AP

Ash trees in New England and across the country are at risk of extinction because of a foreign beetle known as the emerald ash borer.  


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