Archive for July 2011

Paddling, pig roast and music part of 2011 Kayak for A Cause

Jul 31st, 2011 | By

Eighty percent of proceeds from Saturday’s event will go directly to the those organizations. The remaining money will go to cover insurance, licensing and other costs related to holding the event, Showalter said. The most obvious change this year, according to Kayak for A Cause, was the beach party and food. Read more here: Paddling,

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Breaking: New Study Links Mountaintop Removal to 60,000 Additional Cancer Cases

Jul 31st, 2011 | By

Among the 1.2 million American citizens living in mountaintop removal mining counties in central Appalachia, an additional 60,000 cases of cancer are directly linked to the federally sanctioned strip-mining practice, Jeff Biggers of Common Dreams reports.



The scourge of ‘peak oil’: When demand for oil consistently surpasses supply, experts warn that our lives will look ‘very different’ | Al Jazeera English

Jul 31st, 2011 | By

Energy derived from oil reaches, quite literally, every aspect of our lives. From the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to how we move ourselves around, without oil, our lives would look very differently. Yet oil is a finite resource. While there is no argument that it won’t last forever, there is debate

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Innovative Washington Bridge Plan Embraced

Jul 31st, 2011 | By

Pending land-use ap­­proval, the result will be a Gray Organschi Architecture-designed suspension bridge over the Shepaug River about 400 feet upstream from Route 47.



Governor, local reps to tour Old Norwich State Hospital Aug. 15

Jul 31st, 2011 | By

State Representative Tom Reynolds D-42nd and State Senator Andrew Maynard D-18th will join Governor Dannel Malloy on a tour of the former Norwich State Hospital in Preston. The group will meet with the Preston Redevelopment Agency on August 15th to discuss proposed redevelopment plans and to tour the property. The site has vast potential for

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No farmland, no farmers’ markets

Jul 31st, 2011 | By

With increasing interest in fresher, more healthful foods, it’s no surprise that farmers markets are sprouting across the state faster than asparagus on a warm spring day. Connecticut now has well over 100 markets, from the gantlet of vendors along the sidewalk fronting New Haven City Hall to the circle of booths on New Hartford’s bucolic Pine Meadow Green.



North American Power launches wind energy offering

Jul 31st, 2011 | By

A South Norwalk electricity supplier is betting that Americans are willing to spend a little more for the electricity they use if it comes from a renewable source. Click on this environmental headline for more information about South Norwalk-based North American Wind Power’s latest investment!



Roxbury Land Trust Gets Grant

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

ROXBURY—With help from a matching grant from the state, the Roxbury Land Trust is working this summer to stabilize stonewalls at the historic 19th-century iron ore mining complex at its Mine Hill Preserve. Work at the site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, encompasses reconstruction of massive stonewalls in five areas, as

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Volunteer group collecting data on Pequonnock River

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

About 80 percent of the Pequonnock River consistently fails water quality tests, landing it a spot on the state’s list of “impaired waters.” Unlike many of the state’s major rivers, however, the environmental quality of the Pequonnock is often overlooked. But town leaders from Monroe, Trumbull and Bridgeport — the three towns through which the river flows — have agreed to participate in a regional effort to get the river removed from the state’s list of “impaired waters.” Vinti Singh of the Connecticut Post reports.



National Welding: Newington Wants State Money To Clean Up National Welding Site

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

The town manager is preparing to seek a state grant to clean up the blighted National Welding site, but at the request of the town council, the grant request will exclude any indication the town is willing to have housing built on the site. Town Manager John Salomone gave the council a draft of the

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Artists Canoe Underground To Explore Buried Park River In Hartford

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

Unexpectedly, the Park River, muddy, polluted and entombed, still inspires. Largely unnoticed today, except for the occasional guerrilla canoeist, the Park took on the name Hog River because of its dirty, smelly composition during the 19th century. By the time it was buried in the 1940s, it was little better than a flowing sewer. Rick Green of The Hartford Courant reports.



Roving Cyclists Help Fair Haven Grow | New Haven Independent

Jul 29th, 2011 | By

Tara Escudero and four other students and recent graduates are in New Haven this week as part of the New England Climate Summer, an internship program run by the Better Future Project, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit supporting an end to the burning of fossil fuels. Traveling by bike in small teams, student interns visit communities and work with local groups supporting sustainability and energy solutions, the New Haven Independent reports.



Envisioning Downtown Crossing: A Community Conversation and Workshop July 30-31

Jul 29th, 2011 | By

The New Haven Urban Design League, working with neighborhood groups, and members of the Yale Traffic Safety Group, the Downtown Wooster Square Management Team, the Environmental Justice Network, Elm City Cycling, the Congress for the New Urbanism, and others, is planning to hold a two-day discuss/design/sketch workshop on Downtown Crossing, which will be open to the public. Click on this environmental headline for more information.



Trash Giant Waste Management To Acquire Windsor-Based Oakleaf

Jul 29th, 2011 | By

Oakleaf, the trash services firm that was founded in East Hartford in 1995 and became one of the Hartford area’s fastest growing companies, will be acquired by industry giant Waste Management Inc. in a $425 million deal, the companies said Thursday.



Nature Conservancy Promotes Its Mission

Jul 29th, 2011 | By

The Na­­ture Conservancy of Con­­­necticut has a mission of global proportions. Though the state chapter maintains local focus, the environmentally protective agency is still part of a much larger operation with a concerted international reach. Read more here: Nature Conservancy Promotes Its Mission – The Litchfield County Times.



Why governments are on the hook to ensure clean, safe drinking water for all

Jul 28th, 2011 | By

Lack of access to clean water and sanitation is the number one killer of children in our world. A new report on diarrhea by the World Health Organization says that in the global South, a child dies every three and a half seconds of water-borne diseases.



Shoreline Bus Ridership Up 19%

Jul 27th, 2011 | By

Soaring gas prices combined with several other factors to boost ridership on the shoreline’s 9 Town Transit bus service by 19% during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011.

9 Town Transit Executive Director Joseph Comerford contributes the growth to expanded service hours and improved awareness of the service. “I think we’ve really gotten the word out that our service is not just for seniors, and we’ve expanded our hours to make commuting to work a real possibility.”



UConn picked to do turbine efficiency research

Jul 27th, 2011 | By

The University of Connecticut’s engineering department will participate in a 36- month advanced turbine technology research program being conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mansfield Today reports.



Connecticut Water Service buys Aqua Maine for $53.5M

Jul 27th, 2011 | By

Connecticut Water Service Inc. announced July 27 that it has reached an agreement to purchase Aqua Maine Inc., a public water utility serving more than 16,000 customers, or about 48,000 people, in Maine. The sale price is $53.5 million.



Propark Wins Green Parking Council Sustainability AwardSustainability Award

Jul 27th, 2011 | By

Propark America, has been recognized by the MetroHartford Alliance and the Hartford Business Journal as a 2011 Business Champion for Excellence in Sustainability, The Green Parking Council (GPC) recently announced.