Notice water bottle filling stations popping up across Newport County? Those were likely donated and installed by The GreenLove Foundation over the last few years.

Members of the Board of Directors from The Greenlove Foundation (Kathy Bowers, Mary O’Connor, and Linda Picken)  joined Ryan Belmore today on What’sUpNewp Radio Edition on AM 1540 WADK Newport to chat about the foundation, its mission, the installation of water bottle filling stations, environmental scholarships, summer camp experience, and more.

The Greenlove Foundation was established in memory of Kendra L. Bowers, a passionate environmentalist who tragically lost her life at the young age of 19 in a skiing accident. Kendra was an active environmental science student at UVM; her life goals were the “preservation and protection of our land and its resources”. Known also as the “green police” among family and friends, Kendra was blessed with a beautiful voice. She was a choir member and acapella singer at St. George’s School and a member of the Zest a capella group at UVM. Kendra lived by the “recycle, reduce, re-use” mantra. Kendra’s vision was to encourage others to admire and enjoy the natural beauty of the Earth and to teach the importance of protecting and saving our land. She reminded us to live our lives, to be spontaneous, to love and to be kind.

The Greenlove Foundation was founded to continue Kendra’s legacy, to fulfill her life dream of protecting and taking care of the Earth, to make a difference and contribute to a healthier Earth.

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Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here -

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at and 401-662-1653.