RIACC works to educate, empower, and network Rhode Island’s conservation commissions in their mission to advise and act locally in building sustainable communities through developing environmentally sound land, water and resource policies, and encouraging eco-inspired innovation in technology and development generally.
The Rhode Island Association of Conservation Commissions (RIACC) is a non-profit, grassroots organization devoted to fostering cooperation and coordination of municipal conservation commissions on a regional and statewide basis. Realizing that conservation commissions often work in earnest but in isolation from each other, RIACC was developed to fill an important niche in Rhode Island’s conservation community by creating an avenue whereby the state’s municipal conservation leaders can come together to address common concerns, develop best management practices, and speak with one voice to collectively address the environmental issues which impact every community.
Since its inception, RIACC has been representing these commissions while working with kindred organizations and public agencies to address a host of environmental issues that directly affect our local communities and clearly reflect our global situation. The association functions as a catalyst to state and local lawmakers enacting stronger conservation legislation (e.g., 2004 Environmental Advocacy ActRIGL Chapter 45-51).