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.

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The Providence City Council has passed an ordinance discouraging shoppers from single-use paper or plastic bags. 

Avory Brookins / RIPR

Rhode Island lawmakers will hear public testimony Thursday on a bill that would put teeth into Rhode Island’s carbon emissions reduction goals.


First The Storm, Now The Cleanup... Again

Mar 13, 2018
John Bender

The third winter storm this month knocked out power to tens of thousands of residents and businesses, closed schools and state offices, and dropped more than foot of snow in some parts of Rhode Island and the South Coast. Blizzard conditions were confirmed in some areas, including Newport.

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

As of Wednesday morning, National Grid had restored to power to many customers in Rhode Island and the South Coast who lost it during the storm. After a high of more than 27,000 homes and businesses in the dark, the utility reported just 4,439 still lacked power in Rhode Island by 10 a.m.

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Friday is the last day for public comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to open up New England waters to offshore oil and gas drilling. 

Lynn Arditi / RIPR

In New Bedford, city officials have unveiled a draft plan to expand business opportunities for the city's lucrative port.


Wenley Ferguson / Save the Bay

Rhode Island’s ocean-facing beaches escaped most of the damage from last weekend’s storm, but some sand dunes eroded during high tides made higher by the Nor'easter.


Joanna Lee Osborn / Flickr

Coastal officials are concerned about how beach erosion after this weekend’s storm could impact nearby development. 


Avory Brookins / RIPR

An estimated 300 people attended a public meeting in Providence Wednesday on the Trump administration’s plan to drill for oil and gas off the East Coast.

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Federal regulators will be accepting written comment from Rhode Islanders Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s proposal to drill for oil and gas off the coast of New England.

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A New England carbon emissions reduction program could generate more than $7 billion by 2030 for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy, according to a new report, "Cooler Together," released Monday by a national environmental advocacy group.


Hannah Barkley / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have released a study that found ocean acidification could weaken coral skeletons by up to 20 percent by the end of the century.


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The Rhode Island Convention Center Authority will buy more than half of its power from a local renewable energy company by the end of this year. 


American Wind Energy Association and Special Initiative on Offshore Wind

The American Wind Energy Association, a wind industry trade group, has released new underwater footage from around the Block Island Wind Farm.


Northeast Fisheries Science Center / NOAA

Is the scallop fishery well-managed? Most people, including scallop fishermen, scientists, and environmentalists, had the same answer: yes. 


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