Archive for October 2009

ConnDOT Announces Support for Merritt Parkway Greenway Trail – Regional Plan Association

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

When addressing an audience of bicycle and pedestrian advocates gathered for the Fairfield County/East Coast Greenway/Bicycle & Pedestrian Summit last week in Stamford, Connecticut Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Al Martin  formally announced the department’s willingness to explore developing a 37.5 mile multi-use path within the state-owned Merritt Parkway right-of-way. via ConnDOT Announces Support for

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Trash-burning plant due for ‘green’ upgrade | www.MyRecordJournal.com

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Ownership of the Wallingford waste-from-energy facility, built in 1989, is scheduled as of July 1, 2010, to revert to Covanta Energy, a New Jersey-based multinational corporation that has served as the facility’s operator since the early 1990s. At that point, Covanta officials say, the facility will fall under the aegis of the company’s Clean World

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Milford Garden Club receives prestigious environmental award – The Connecticut Post Online

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

The Milford Garden Club was recently awarded the prestigious Laura Wetmore Conservation Bowl for the May Market of 2009, where the club promoted conservation and environmental awareness. via Milford Garden Club receives prestigious environmental award – The Connecticut Post Online.



FuelCell Energy Of Danbury Expands S. Korean Deal — Courant.com

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Danbury-based FuelCell Energy Inc. said it has expanded an existing deal with a South Korean power provider that will use the Connecticut company’s hardware to manufacture fuel cell stacks. The South Korean company, POSCO Power, also closed on its previously announced purchase of $25 million in FuelCell Energy common stock at a purchase price of

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City offers $500G to make houses energy-efficient – The New Haven Register

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

NEW HAVEN — Mayor John DeStefano Jr. and the Livable City Initiative announced Thursday the creation of a $500,000 fund aimed at helping city homeowners pay for energy-efficiency upgrades. via City offers $500G to make houses energy-efficient- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut.



EU can’t agree on how much climate aid to give – The Connecticut Post Online

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

BRUSSELS—European Union leaders failed to agree Friday on how much to give poorer nations to counter the effects of a warming climate—squandering the last chance that global greenhouse gas talks in December will produce real results. EU leaders pledged to pay their “fair share” into an annual global fund for developing nations—but didn’t say how

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See Gina McCarthy’s Keynote Address at Connecticut Energy Conference | CTLCV

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Former Commissioner of Environmental Protection Gina McCarthy returned to Connecticut earlier this month as keynote speaker for the 2009 What’s the Deal? energy conference, sponsored by the Connecticut Power and Energy Society and CBIA. via Connecticut League of Conservation Voters: See Gina McCarthy’s Keynote Address at Connecticut Energy Conference.



Cancellation of Open Space November Meeting | Collinsville CT.org

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

The Collinsville Open Space Preservation and Acquistion Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, November 2, 2009 has been cancelled. The next regular meeting will be held on December 2, 2009. via Cancellation of Open Space November Meeting | Collinsville CT.org.



Connecticut Delegation Members Secure Funding to Protect Open Space in Simsbury

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Thursday, Sens. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) joined Representatives Chris Murphy (CT-5) and John Larson (CT-1) to announce that Congress approved and President Obama is expected to sign into law $1.415 million in funding to protect the Tulmeadow Farm in Simsbury. via Connecticut Delegation Members Secure Funding to Protect Open Space in Simsbury.



Living In – Oxford, Conn. – How Green Is Their Valley – NYTimes.com

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Keep Oxford Green, a political action committee, sees new residents as helping to build the town’s tax base. But its members are troubled by proposals to add high-density condos, apartments and trailer parks, which tend to be more affordable by nature. Ed Carver, a co-founder of the group, said the town would be better served

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A Bid to Cut Emissions Looks Away From Coal – NYTimes.com

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Last month, the Energy Department announced $44 million in grants to develop the technology, known generally as carbon capture. Among them was $1.72 million for Praxair, a chemical company based in Connecticut that operates two plants near Houston that make hydrogen for use in oil refineries. via A Bid to Cut Emissions Looks Away From

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Westport Wins Environmental Grant – WestportNow.com

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Westport has been awarded a $6,000 grant to educate residents about the importance of proper septic system maintenance and management and its environmental impact on rivers, streams and Long Island Sound. via Westport Wins Environmental Grant – WestportNow.com – Westport, Connecticut.



Obama signs law; Norwalk Harbor gets $1.4 million – The Hour

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

The city will receive more than $1.4 million in federal money to continue maintenance dredging of Norwalk Harbor, according to Congressman Jim Himes. via Obama signs law; Norwalk Harbor gets $1.4 million – Norwalk News – The Hour.



Hurting farmers await aid; state says checks are coming – Norwich Bulletin

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Most Eastern Connecticut dairy farmers would rather be minding their herds than worrying about what might not be in their mailboxes. But that is their lot for now. via Hurting farmers await aid; state says checks are coming – Norwich, CT – Norwich Bulletin.



Drilling to begin in Scofieldtown Park – The Connecticut Post Online

Oct 31st, 2009 | By

Contractors will begin drilling groundwater monitoring wells in and around Scofieldtown Park in Stamford Monday. via Drilling to begin in Scofieldtown Park – The Connecticut Post Online.



Event: 2009 Organic Harvest Celebration & Annual Meeting, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 7, in New Haven

Oct 30th, 2009 | By

CT NOFA’s Annual Meeting also includes an indoor Farmers’ Market and Potluck Lunch. An Organic Harvest Celebration is the theme of CT NOFA’s Annual Meeting. The public is invited to shop at the Farmers’ Market, share the delicious potluck lunch and hear from keynote speaker Marydale DeBor. This event will take place from 10 a.m.

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First Micro Wind Farm on a College Campus To Go Online at Quinnipiac University This Fall

Oct 30th, 2009 | By

Twenty-five vertical-axis wind turbines, cylindrically designed and noiseless units based on a recent patent, are being installed this month at Quinnipiac University’s York Hill Campus in New Haven, Connecticut, as the centerpiece for Centerbrook Architects’ program of sustainable design strategies there. Centerbrook Architects and Planners is based in Centerbrook, Connecticut. The turbines represent the first

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DEP To Fund Projects To Control Highly Invasive Plants

Oct 30th, 2009 | By

Supplemental Environmental Project funds to be used to fight mile-a-minute vine in Newtown and New Milford, fanwort in Litchfield and Morris, and water chestnut in Hartford The Department of Environmental Protection has announced funding for four projects designed to control several highly invasive non-native plants. The projects in the towns of New Milford and Newtown

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US EPA issues first test orders for pesticide chemicals to be screened for effects on endocrine system

Oct 30th, 2009 | By

EPA has issued the first test orders for pesticides to be screened for their potential effects on the endocrine system. Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that interact with and disrupt the hormones produced or secreted by the human or animal endocrine system, which regulates growth, metabolism and reproduction.



Stormwater Management Including Discharges from Newly Developed and Redeveloped Sites | NPDES | US EPA

Oct 30th, 2009 | By

EPA is proposing to disseminate a survey to owners, operators, developers, and contractors of developed sites, owners and operators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s), and states and U.S. territories, which is designed to inform a rulemaking to strengthen stormwater regulations and to establish a comprehensive program to reduce stormwater from newly developed and

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