Archive for November 2010

Rell backtracks from rail cuts

Nov 30th, 2010 | By

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has backed away from eliminating $5 million for Metro-North Railroad branches that go to New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury.



Byram River advocates welcome N.Y. grant

Nov 30th, 2010 | By

Byram River backers are hoping a recent New York state grant will help in the river’s ongoing cleanup.



Wallingford trash site upgrade finally in the works

Nov 30th, 2010 | By

WALLINGFORD — Upgrades to the town’s trash transfer station on Pent Road that were first discussed more than five years ago may now finally be coming to fruition. Mayor William Dickinson Jr. said Wednesday that the $300,000 upgrade is expected to be complete sometime this spring. via Wallingford trash site upgrade finally in the works

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Downtown Crossing raises concern from residents

Nov 30th, 2010 | By

As the New Haven Board of Aldermen gears up to officially sign off on a project to restructure a major downtown roadway, two aldermen registered community concerns with city officials that only one party will benefit from the transformation: Yale University.



Town To Help Land Trust With Talcotville Gorge Purchase

Nov 30th, 2010 | By

The town has agreed to spend $5,000 to assist the Northern Connecticut Land Trust with closing costs in its bid to acquire 26 acres in Talcottville Gorge from the John Talcott family for use as open space. via Town To Help Land Trust With Talcotville Gorge Purchase – Courant.com.



Avon Land Trust Founder honored by Governor

Nov 30th, 2010 | By

On Nov. 22, Governor M. Jodi Rell inducted 11 members of the Class of 2010 into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.Joined by leaders of the state’s veterans’ community, Governor Rell will formally induct the Class of 2010 during a public ceremony at 5 PM in the Atrium of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

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Union of Concerned Scientists urging green shipping for the holidays

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

This holiday season UCS urges consumers to use their consciences to invoke the consciences of others to send a message to shoppers, shippers, and retailers to get more efficient delivery trucks on the roads.



Greenwich Land Trust Annual Meeting Dec. 2

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

Learn about the completion of the stabilization of the historic Shell Island Tower Thursday, Dec. 2 at the Greenwich Land Trust’s Annual Meeting at the Round Hill Club.



GE, DuPont, Zurich Chase $135 Billion Climate Markets

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

Connecticut-based wind-turbine manufacturer General Electric Co., Seed maker DuPont Co. and insurer Zurich Financial Services AG are devising products to help the world adapt to climate change, a potential $135 billion-a-year market by 2030.



Project aimed at keeping Eightmile River and its tributaries sparkling

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

A local conservation group will use nearly $40,000 in federal aid on a mapping program that will identify inadequate stormwater retention devices along the Eightmile River watershed.



Young scientists starting early

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

Sterling Community School Principal Vince Agostine said science is no longer a subject elementary school teachers try to squeeze in. Instead, it’s becoming a class where curriculum directors, principals and teachers are driving content specifically to bolster more interest. via Young scientists starting early – Norwich, CT – Norwich Bulletin.



The Remarkable Arrival of the Cave Swallow

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

The Cave Swallow story ranks as one of the most incredible in the annals of Connecticut bird distribution. Essentially, a species unheard of in New England during most of North American ornithological history is now not only a regular arrival here; it’s arrivals are predictable almost to the day. via Talking Nature with Greg Hanisek

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Local Environmental Groups To Be Thankful For This Holiday

Nov 29th, 2010 | By

Nobody knows how many environmental organizations there are in Connecticut, but there are a lot, and the vast majority of them don’t get the attention and recognition they deserve. Here are a few under-appreciated environmental groups to be thankful for this holiday.



Rail cut plan a train wreck, critics insist

Nov 28th, 2010 | By

A proposal by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to cut Metro North commuter train service on the New Canaan, Danbury and Waterbury branch lines is likely to run off the rails, The Bristol Press reports.



Project hopes to restore chestnut trees

Nov 28th, 2010 | By

Litchfield Hills Audubon Society Treasurer John P. Baker said a partnership with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation has begun to bear fruit. The Waterbury Republican-American reports.



Siting council steps cautiously into wind decision

Nov 28th, 2010 | By

The Connecticut Siting Council, best known for deciding where cell towers are placed, is about to tackle its first wind-power proposal, one that has already generated considerable controversy in Prospect.



Billion-Dollar Transmission Project Anticipates Power Weaknesses | Hartford Business

Nov 28th, 2010 | By

In early December, Northeast Utilities will break ground on its five-year, billion-dollar transmission project aimed at moving power around southwest New England cheaper and easier. The Hartford Business Journal reports.



Bridgeport Hospital launches $6.6 million green energy project

Nov 28th, 2010 | By

Bridgeport Hospital has received a $6.6 million loan from the Connecticut Health and Educational Facilities Authority CHEFA to finance a comprehensive energy efficiency project at its one-million-square-foot Grant Street campus.

The work will be completed during the next year by Siemens, the international electronics and electrical engineering firm.



Things to be thankful for: Polar Bear Habitat; But Let’s Keep Shell Out

Nov 27th, 2010 | By

Things to be thankful for: On Wednesday, Nov. 24, the Obama administration designated 187,157 square miles (approximately 120 million acres) in Arctic Alaska as a ‘critical habitat’ for polar bears threatened by disappearing sea ice due to climate change. Read more of this story.



NYC ideal for nation’s largest bike sharing program

Nov 27th, 2010 | By

New York City’s DOT is about to issue a request for proposals for the largest bike-share program in the U.S., following Denver, Minneapolis, and Washington, DC — all of which have installed large scale bike share programs.