The Greenlove Foundation has announced that a water bottle filling station (with an attached water fountain) has been installed at Fort Adams State Park just in time for Newport Folk Festival.

The Greenlove Foundation was founded in loving memory of Kendra Bowers. Her favorite summer event was to attend the Folk Festival with her sisters and family.  Kendra’s family is excited for the installation to occur just in time for the Folk Fest.  The installation is part of Greenlove’s environmental initiatives to help protect and save our Earth and environment.

The Fort Adams water station is an outdoor model which includes a water bottle filling station and a regular water station.   Like the water station installed at Rogers High School during Earth Week, it contains a filter “reducing aesthetic chlorine taste and color, particulate class I, and lead” according to ELKAY, the manufacturer.

ELKAY claims that the filtered water bottle filling stations remove lead beyond the level required for their NSF/ANSI 53 certification.” It contains a filter “reducing aesthetic chlorine taste and color, particulate class I, and lead” according to ELKAY, the manufacturer.   ELKAY claims that the filtered water bottle filling stations remove lead beyond the level required for their NSF/ANSI 53 certification.”

The unit was placed at the Visitor’s Center and replaced a nonworking water fountain.  Tourists, employees, Sail Newport campers, visitors, bikers, etc. are seen frequently filling their water bottles. With the help and support of our State Representative, Lauren Carson, and DEM’s cooperation, Greenlove was able to install a unit at a place that was dear and close to Kendra.

The first water station installation occurred earlier this spring at the Charleston Aquarium in Charleston, SC as a result of a generous specific donation.    Currently, the station in Charleston reflects that over 10,000 bottles have been consumed without a purchased disposable one since the installation.   The second water station was installed during Earth Week at Rogers High School, and the third unit was installed last week at Ft. Adams just in time for the Folk Fest.

The Greenlove Foundation was founded in memory of environmentalist, Kendra L. Bowers, a Newport resident who was fatally injured in a skiing accident at the young age of 19.   Kendra was passionate about protecting our environment and cherishing our Earth and its natural beauty.  Her life goal, as stated in her words, was the “preservation and protection of our land and its resources.”   To continue Kendra’s legacy, the Greenlove Foundation was recently founded in hopes of inspiring others to lead more environmentally responsible choices.

Greenlove’s Foundation is focused on three key initiatives.   The first initiative includes the installation of water bottle filling stations in public schools, parks and recreational areas.  Having grown by the ocean, Kendra was a champion for water conservation and strongly opposed the use of plastic water bottles.    Installing water bottle filling stations, a growing trend, in public schools, parks and other venues was an obvious choice to pursue.  Water bottle filling stations are a positive and excellent solution to keep millions of plastic bottles out of our landfills, neighborhoods, roads, and oceans not to mention their contribution in reducing carbon emissions and oil consumption.   It takes approximately17 million barrels of oil a year to produce disposable water bottles in the USA.

Plans for future projects include financial contributions that support engaging our youth in environmental stewardship, such as a college scholarship for a student pursuing environmental studies.    Also, one of the foundation’s goals is to give a young girl of limited means the opportunity to attend a sleep away summer camp at Singing Eagle Lodge (SEL) located on Squam Lake in the idyllic White Mountains of NH, a place that had an enormous environmental impact on Kendra as a young camper.    For more information on our initiatives and to learn more about our foundation and our inspiration, Kendra, please visit our website, www.greenlovefoundation.org.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).