The job of helping Rhode Island’s transportation sector achieve its goals of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 required a master’s degree and supervisory experience.

But when applications closed June 30, only seven people applied to be the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s (RIDOT) supervising environmental planner.

The plan does not require an emissions reduction analysis in determining what projects the state should tackle, said Emily Koo, senior policy director and Rhode Island program director for the Maine-based Acadia Center.

“So it makes really broad sweeps of weighing things,” she said. “There has to be an analysis in order for there to be factored criteria — so maybe this person can do that.”

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