Archive for August 2009

Grocers and Refrigerator Companies with New England Presence Chill for the Environment | US EPA

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

(Boston, Mass. – Aug. 28, 2009) – EPA’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership announced its 2009 partner awards this week, and the awardees included Whole Foods, Hill Phoenix and Supervalu, the parent company of Shaw’s Supermarkets and Star Market. All three companies have a significant presence in New England states. via Grocers and Refrigerator Companies with

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Cornwall Tower Discussion | Litchfield County Times

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

CORNWALL – A meeting last week in Cornwall pitted Verizon Wireless and its team of engineers, experts and lawyer against a crowd of 30 apprehensive residents who questioned the company’s representatives on health issues, environmental impacts and potential for alternative locations and technology in reference to two proposed sites for a new cell tower. via

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Yale University Gets High Marks for ‘Green’ Efforts

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Yale University was named one of the top 20 “coolest schools” for its sustainability efforts by Sierra magazine, and appeared on TreeHugger’s list of the 10 greenest colleges in the United States. via University Gets High Marks for ‘Green’ Efforts.



School district receives Green Circle Award | Plainville Citizen

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Plainville Community Schools has earned the Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Circle Award for a number of eco-friendly initiatives currently in place throughout the school district, according to Plainville Superintendent of Schools Kathleen Binkowski. via School district receives Green Circle Award | Plainville Citizen.



Letter – Making Chemicals Safer – NYTimes.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Regulations are being written, and we hope they will enable the “worst of the worst” chemicals to be phased out quickly and efficiently. If states like California and Maine can create robust and comprehensive “green chemical” policy, we can circumvent the failed federal regulatory system. The writer is the environmental health advocate and staff attorney

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‘Non-GMO’ Seal Identifies Foods Mostly Biotech-Free – NYTimes.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Alarmed that genetically engineered crops may be finding their way into organic and natural foods, an industry group has begun a campaign to test products and label those that are largely free of biotech ingredients. via ‘Non-GMO’ Seal Identifies Foods Mostly Biotech-Free – NYTimes.com.



Teens plant and prosper from two community vegetable gardens – The Connecticut Post Online

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

A green initiative from the White House has taken root at the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich called the Young Gardener’s Program, helped along by an enterprising high school student with a green thumb, Sara Bakrow. via Teens plant and prosper from two community vegetable gardens – The Connecticut Post Online.



Niantic River Appreciation Day includes regatta | TheDay.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Waterford – About 120 kayakers and volunteers last week participated in a Niantic River kayak regatta, which included praises from CT Atty. Gen. Richard Blumenthal for the work of the local group Save the River, Save the Hills in working to preserve Oswegatchie Hills and prevent pollution in the river. via Niantic River Appreciation Day

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Stamford WPCA selects Aecom, HDR for waste-to-energy project review – The Advocate

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

STAMFORD — As public scrutiny of the city sewer agency’s multimillion dollar waste-to-energy project continues, a committee has chosen auditors to review the plan’s technical and financial feasibility. via Stamford WPCA selects Aecom, HDR for waste-to-energy project review – The Advocate.



Guilford’s Plan of Conservation and Development – Guilford Courier

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

What did the 2002 plan accomplish and what are the results of the action items recommended seven years ago? via Guilford’s Plan of Conservation and Development – Guilford Courier.



Busy gov takes time to tour 200-year-old orchard – The Bristol Press

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Rogers Orchards is celebrating two centuries in town, having survived natural disasters, weather fluctuations, several financial panics and recessions and the Great Depression. And it is still run by the descendants of Chauncey Merriman, who started the farm in 1809. via Busy gov takes time to tour 200-year-old orchard – The Bristol Press.



New England Green Pastures Awards Winners | Lancaster Farming

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Six outstanding family run operations have been named Dairy Farms of the Year for 2009 by the New England Green Pastures program, including Square A Farm, which is run by Shawn McGillicuddy, of Lebanon. via New England Green Pastures Awards Winners | Lancaster Farming.



Helping nature while learning skills: Youth spend summer building a nature trail in Veterans Memorial Park | Bridgeport News

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Joseph Martinez got a taste of the real world this summer. The 17-year-old participated in the Student Conservation Association’s (SCA) four-week program to build a nature trail behind the Discovery Museum in Veterans Memorial Park. via Helping nature while learning skills: Youth spend summer building a nature trail in Veterans Memorial Park | Bridgeport News.



A proper ending to a very bad idea | TheDay.com

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

The state has done the right thing by abandoning its plans for a large ash landfill along the banks of the Shetucket River in Franklin. via A proper ending to a very bad idea TheDay.com.



Seven Myths About Alternative Energy : NPR

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

An alternative view of alternative energy from reporter Michael Grunwald. Some comments reflect surprise that NPR published this article, which seems to purport that Al Gore lied, and that the U.N. is wrong in some of its climate change assertions. via: Foreign Policy: Seven Myths About Alternative Energy : NPR.



Mass. College Opens Green Residence Hall | WWLP via Alternative Energy Retailer

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., is starting the school semester by unveiling a new student residence that features geothermal and solar thermal systems. via Mass. College Opens Green Residence Hall | WWLP via Alternative Energy Retailer.



Himes stays on course – The Connecticut Post Online

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Health care aside, the unassuming lawmaker so far has been a reliable Democratic vote on major social and policy questions in Congress. He backed party leaders on such issues as the $787 billion economic stimulus passed in February, a revamp of the credit card industry and an energy bill that would cap greenhouse gas emissions

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Audubon Hosts Katahdin Sheep | Voices

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

The Audubon Center at Bent of the River and Southbury Land Trust will house 14 Katahdin sheep and their guard donkey, Jink. They will remain for a period of two to three years while their owner attends graduate school at the Yale School of Forestry. via Audubon Hosts Katahdin Sheep | Voices.



Finance Board Considers Parker Point Purchase – Valley Courier

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

Last week the Board of Finance once again discussed options and listened to citizens’ opinions as it considered its next steps in the possible town purchase of open space property at Parker Point Road. The members present agreed to consider specific action by the finance board at its Sept. 17 meeting. via Finance Board Considers

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CRRA suspends plan for ash landfill :: Coventry Today

Aug 29th, 2009 | By

FRANKLIN – Officials from the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority have decided to suspend indefinitely its plans for a proposed ash landfill in Franklin. via CRRA suspends plan for ash landfill :: Coventry Today.