Archive for December 2010

First Day 2011 features Polar Plunge to benefit community gardens, parks and more

Dec 30th, 2010 | By

Celebrate First Day 2011 with the New Haven Land Trust and the Elm City Parks Conservancy from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan 1, featuring the 11th annual Polar Plunge to benefit parks, community gardens, and environmental groups.



Another go-round for Preserve

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

After Planning Commission Chairman Robert McIntyre called the meeting in the woods to order and instructed the group to ask only site orientation questions until the next public hearing, the hiking tour of the site began.



300-Year-Old Colonial Settlement Site To Be Preserved In Connecticut

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Groton, CT — The Groton Open Space Association (GOSA) has purchased a 63-acre tract in the Poquonnock uplands of Groton with a loan from The Conservation Fund. The acquired parcel will be open to the public for passive recreation, and will function as an outdoor classroom for all ages, providing opportunities for historical and natural

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A step forward on green energy in Bridgeport

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

In discussing a burgeoning plan to turn waste into clean energy, Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said we have no energy policy and the state raids the energy conservation fund all the time.



Glastonbury looks to purchase 55 acres

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

GLASTONBURY — The town is looking to add to its open space inventory while forming a greenway in the process. Town Manager Richard J. Johnson recently announced that he had reached an agreement to purchase a 55-acre parcel known as the Yanaros property. via 55 Acres: Glastonbury looks to purchase 55 acres – Courant.com.



Manchester Sewer Plant Upgrade Subject Of Hearing Jan. 4

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

A proposed major upgrade of the town of Manchester’s wastewater treatment system will be the focus of a public hearing on Jan. 4.



Neighbors resist plan for Colebrook wind farm

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

BNE Energy’s plan to build a wind farm in rural Colebrook is running into strong opposition by some residents.



Wilton joins ‘green’ challenge

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

A new initiative to help Wiltonians reduce their energy use is underway. The goal of the program, the Connecticut Neighbor-to-Neighbor Challenge, is to help residents achieve a 20% energy reduction goal, according to Paula Byrdy of Wilton Go Green. via Wilton joins ‘green’ challenge | Wilton Bulletin.



Solar industry in Connecticut pins its hope on Malloy

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

The solar industry’s future is dependent on a sound, long-term energy policy and industry experts are looking to Gov.-elect Dan Malloy to push for the creation of a solar renewable energy credit, or SREC, program in Connecticut.



The Register’s Nature Calendar

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

From a New Year’s Day Hike in Hamden to First Wednesday Walks with the New Haven Bird Club, walks in Osbornedale State Park, a talk with Dr. Robert DeCandido at a meeting of the Menunkatuck Audubon Society, the History of New Haven Bird Club with John Triana. The New Haven Register has a nice nature

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Milford hires company to save money on schools’ energy costs

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Late last week Milford town administrators agreed to hire Energy Education Inc. to monitor the use of heating oil, natural gas and electricity in the 14 school buildings after a company representative promised savings of $6.5 million over the next 10 years. via Milford hires company to save money on schools’ energy costs – Connecticut

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2011 Transportation agenda: Find a way to pay for it.

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

The first transportation problem Gov. Dan Malloy and the General Assembly must solve in 2011 is financial.



Easton Turns Down Saddle Ridge Plan

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Easton’s Planning and Zoning Commission, after months of debate, denied Saddle Ridge’s application to build affordable housing in a public watershed. The decision came after five public hearing sessions in which dozens of residents spoke in opposition to the plan, which would have required changes to the town’s zoning regulations, housing density and conservation and

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Christmas Bird Count, snow and all, doesn’t disappoint

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Sunday’s Stratford-Milford Christmas Bird Count went on despite the weather forecast.



Protecting Natural Flows in Our Rivers and Streams

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

CTLCV is urging members of the legislative Regulation Review Committee to pass the streamflow standards and regulations scheduled for a vote on Tuesday, Dec. 21. Citizenz’ calls to legislators would be timely.



Salazar Announces >$19M in Grants for Coastal Wetlands; CT not on the list

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Ken Salazar announced recently the award of more than $19 million to support 24 conservation projects benefiting fish and wildlife on more than 5,900 acres of coastal habitats in 12 states not including Connecticut.

The grants will be matched with $21M and will be used to acquire, restore or enhance coastal wetlands and adjacent uplands to provide long-term conservation benefits to fish, wildlife and their habitat.



Learn more about Solar Energy: The technology, the cost & the incentives Jan. 8

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

If you’ve been thinking about adding solar power, solar hot water heating or solar pool heating to your home or business, this free seminar Sat. Jan. 8, will provide you with some answers to your questions.



Bridgeport Holiday Inn Receives >$280G Incentive Check

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Bridgeport Holiday Inn’s participation in the Energy Opportunities and Energy Conscious Blueprint Programs paid off — energy improvements made will save the business 9,830,463 kWh or $124,555.00 annually.



A reader writes about problems with leased solar panels

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Have you had problems with pidgeons or squirrels nesting and under your solar panels? A reader wants to know ….



Activists say Obama gave lump of coal to polar bears

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Government avoids listing the polar bear as ‘endangered’ as that would protect areas rich in oil and gas.