Archive for April 2011

CTLCV rolls out Connections newsletter linking transportation/environmental issues

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

CTLCV is rolling out a new e-letter called Connections to provide brief updates on transportation news, issues, policies and legislation that impact your quality of life here in Connecticut.



Greenwich agrees to pay $200,000 penalty over raw sewage releases

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

The town of Greenwich has agreed to pay a $200,000 penalty under a settlement with state and federal officials over the release of raw sewage.



Westport preserve is ‘natural’ way to memorialize Paul Newman

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

The town and the Aspetuck Land Trust, a regional environmental nonprofit organization, on Sunday will officially open the Newman Poses Nature Preserve, safeguarding the site of one of Paul Newman’s daugher’s youthful forays into open space.



Connecticut Green Lodging Certifies 30th Hotel

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

The Connecticut DEP and Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism announced today that 30 hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts are participating in the Connecticut Green Lodging program.



Futtner’s Family Farm Honored At State Capitol

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

Futtner’s Family Farm was recently featured as part of an exhibition at the state’s Legislative Office Building celebrating the successes of Connecticut’s Community Investment Act.



Q&A with Steven Reviczky: Chief has eyes on boosting farms

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

“There needs to be a lot better effort to educate local regulatory officials, and in some cases, state regulatory officials, on the importance of farming and agriculture, and that there are certain inherent smells, odors and activities associated with farming that local regulations ought to take into consideration.”



Connecticut legislative panel OKs Route 11 toll bill

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

A legislative committee has decided that tolls should be used to pay for the completion of Route 11.



New England Energy Expo slated for May in Groton $100

Apr 28th, 2011 | By

The 18th Annual New England Energy Conference and Exposition will focus on “New England Energy Policy: What Are We Trying To Achieve?” on May 17 and 18 at the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa. Read more here: The Day – New England Energy Expo slated for May in Groton | News from southeastern Connecticut.



Energy co-chairs try to revive tiered electric generation tax

Apr 27th, 2011 | By

The co-chairs of the legislature’s Energy Committee Wednesday introduced a scaled-back version of their plan to tax electricity producers on the basis of how the power is generated, but their new proposal drew little enthusiasm from legislative leaders and the Malloy Administration, The Connecticut Mirror reports.



Wilton High School is officially solar

Apr 26th, 2011 | By

On the roof of the school now are 68 290-watt panels that will produce just under 22,000 kilowatt hours a year, the Wilton Bulletin reports.



Transition Initiatives Gathering and Workshop May 13-14, New Haven

Apr 25th, 2011 | By

The Transition Talk Training is a one-day course in how to give an effective talk on Transition, designed for people in a Transition Initiative to help them connect with people and groups in their community, raise awareness, and invite their neighbors to come together to take action. Tell them you read about it in CT Environmental Headlines!



Volunteers sought for horseshoe crab tagging in Fairfield

Apr 25th, 2011 | By

As part of a census of horseshoe crabs in Long Island Sound, being led by Dr. Jennifer Mattei of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, the Maritime Aquarium is seeking volunteers to help attach census tags to horseshoe crabs as the crabs come up out of the water to spawn at Calf Pasture Beach.



Oxford Greens Zone Change Proposals Raise Eyebrows

Apr 25th, 2011 | By

If approved, the proposed changes would lead to proposals to build multifamily homes in the village.



Conn. maritime industry seeks harbor dredging

Apr 25th, 2011 | By

HARTFORD, Conn.—Traffic at Connecticut’s three deep-water ports has been declining due to the weak economy and harbor-clogging sediment that the maritime industry says is driving away the largest ships. William Gash, executive director of the Connecticut Maritime Coalition Inc., a trade group, says Providence and other nearby ports are luring business from shippers who see

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Can ‘Green’ Still Lead to ‘Gold’? | GreenBiz.com

Apr 25th, 2011 | By

Dan Esty, who along with Andrew Winston wrote the 2006 book “Green to Gold,” a highly regarded treatise on corporate environmental strategy, has just published a sequel.



State Rep. Roy named to national environmental committee

Apr 25th, 2011 | By

State Representative Richard Roy (D-Milford) has been appointed by Speaker of the House Christopher G. Donovan (D-Meriden) to serve on the National Council of State Legislature’s Environment Committee.



Connecticut College makes list of top green colleges

Apr 24th, 2011 | By

Connecticut College has earned a spot on The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 311 Green Colleges,” an annual guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible green colleges. “This honor recognizes Connecticut College’s long history of environmental leadership and commitment to sustainability,” President Leo I. Higdon Jr. said. “As the College moves into its second century, we

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Commission orders CT-based gas trader to pay $30-million fine

Apr 24th, 2011 | By

Brian Hunter, the Calgary natural gas trader who rose to stardom at hedge fund Amaranth Advisors LLC before it collapsed in 2006, has been ordered to pay a $30-million fine for market manipulation. The penalty stems from charges in 2007 against Connecticut-based Amaranth, Mr. Hunter and fellow trader Matthew Donohoe. The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory

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Danbury Hospital generates power

Apr 24th, 2011 | By

Danbury Hospital’s cogeneration plant, which recently went on line, uses a 4.5 megawatt turbine fired by clean-burning natural gas to generate electricity.



Glastonbury’s green efforts to get boost, rewards

Apr 24th, 2011 | By

The town of Glastonbury is one of only 14 Connecticut towns to qualify under a $4.17 millon grant from the U.S. Department of Energy intended to help residents reduce energy use by 20 percent by the year 2020.