Archive for November 2011

Alaskan community revives legal bid for global warming damages

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

A native American community in remote Alaska this week revived legal efforts to hold some of the world’s largest energy companies accountable for allegedly destroying their village because of global warming. The so-called “climigration” trial would be the first of its kind, potentially creating a precedent in the US courts for further climate change-related damages

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Campaigns Advisor – End Water Poverty at WaterAid

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

In this new role, and for one year only, you’ll be working as an Advisor for End Water Poverty campaign members around the world to ensure we make the most of our membership of the Sanitation and Water for All partnership. You’ll be at the heart of the campaign to reverse the political neglect of

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WMO: 2011 one of hottest years on record | Top News | Reuters

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

The world is getting hotter, with 2011 one of the warmest years on record, and humans are to blame, a report by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Tuesday. It warned increasing global average temperatures were expected to amplify floods, droughts and other extreme weather patterns. “Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally

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Best Buy: Lessons Learned On Energy Efficiency — Webinar Today

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

Join Blueprint for Efficiency and Kris Bowring to discuss what Best Buy is doing in the energy efficiency space. From their annual Energy Efficiency Summit with utilities, to research on customer behavior, Best Buy is taking a holistic approach that is yielding new perspectives on the challenges and opportunities around energy efficiency in consumer-facing industries

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Kyoto protocol ‘will be on life support’ after Durban summit | guardian.co.uk

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

One of the most respected environmental research centres in the US has written off the chances that the UN climate summit in Durban will extend the life of the world’s only legal climate change treaty in any meaningful way. The future of the Kyoto protocol – which commits countries to reducing global warming pollution –

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Natural Gas Civic To Be Sold in CT

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

BuildingCTGreen reports that according to the Hartford Business Journal, Honda will start selling its natural gas powered Civic in Connecticut as part of a major rollout of the alternatively fueled vehicle throughout the United States. Connecticut was among the initial test markets for other alternatively fueled vehicles, such as the electric cars Chevrolet Volt and

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Conte Refuge adds 80 acres in Chesterfield to ‘conservation mosaic’

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced Monday that is has partnered with the Nature Conservancy to add an 80-acre parcel in Chesterfield to the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The Conte Refuge was established in 1997 to conserve and protect the abundance of native plants and wildlife that thrive in the

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Solar Proposal for Sewer Plant Heads to Wetlands Committee

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

A proposal in the works for months to partially run Newtown’s wastewater treatment plant on solar energy must receive a wetlands permit before construction can proceed. The Inland Wetlands Commission is scheduled to officially accept the application Tuesday morning. For more on this story, visit: Solar Proposal for Sewer Plant Heads to Wetlands – Newtown,

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Connecticut Audubon Society to Develop Conservation & Management Plan for Aspetuck Land Trust’s Trout Brook Valley Preserve

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

The Aspetuck Land Trust announced plans in October this year to work with the Connecticut Audubon Society to develop an adaptive management and conservation strategy for the Trout Brook Valley Preserve. The objective is to gather information to help ALT maintain Trout Brook Valley in a natural state while simultaneously supporting its public use goal encouraging passive recreational use and enjoyment of the property. Click on this environmental headline to read more on this story from Twan Leenders, Conservation Biologist with the Connecticut Audubon Society.



Insurers Win First Round of Climate Change Coverage Litigation

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

The Virginia Supreme Court recently issued its much anticipated opinion in Steadfast Insurance Company v. The AES Corporation, the first climate change coverage case to be decided, and affirmed the lower court’s judgment declaring that Steadfast had no duty under the CGL policy issued by it to defend its insured, AES Corporation, against climate change

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Conn goes underground for new geothermal system

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

In a space on Tempel Green about two-thirds the size of a football field, Connecticut College is creating a subterranean showpiece for its environmental sustainability programs.



Yale professor sports fuel cell retrofit

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

Marian Chertow, an associate professor of industrial environmental management at the environment school, drives a Toyota Highlander SUV that has been retrofitted as a fuel cell car as part of a nationwide pilot program run by Toyota to test its hybrid vehicles. For more on this story, visit: Environment school professor sports green ride | Yale

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Concern Over ‘Green’ Land Use Proposal

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

If approved, the so-called “Green Area restrictions” would mean that lots of 7,500 square feet must leave 35 percent of that space unpaved and undeveloped. Advocates of the restrictions say they’re designed to yield a “greener” Greenwich, and that preserving open space—even in small pockets—boosts property values. For more on this story, visit: Concern Over

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Committee approves new regulations on dams and streamflows

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

A legislative committee today unanimously approved regulations for the amounts of water that must be released from dams to maintain ecologically healthy flows in all the state’s rivers and streams.



Turning ‘green’ buildings into greenbacks

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

In South Wilton, office buildings continue to turn deepening shades of “green.” At Monday’s regular Board of Selectmen’s meeting, Lee Wilson of Wilton Properties LLC, described the retrofits to three of his properties, which have “substantially reduced the carbon footprint” and led to significant energy savings. For more on this story, visit: Turning ‘green’ buildings

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Hosp. of Central CT moves toward energy efficient lighting

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is investing nearly half a million dollars to switch to energy efficient lighting at its two campuses and off-site facilities, a move that is expected to reduce the health care organization’s utility costs and pay for itself in just over four years. For more on this story, visit: Hosp. of

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Middlebury-based Positive Energy sells customers to new power supplier

Nov 30th, 2011 | By

A story in the subscription only Waterbury Republican American says “… the sale agreement includes a clause prohibiting ResCom from competing with Public Power in Connecticut for three years, which means Positive Energy also cannot market the company here over that time.”



‘Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream’ asks ‘Where do we go from here?’

Nov 29th, 2011 | By

Do you wonder where in the world we’re heading? Are you concerned about environmental problems, social justice, building community? If you can answer “yes” to any of those questions, then you are cordially invited to a symposium entitled “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” to be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Deep River

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Cancer Center receives LEED nod

Nov 29th, 2011 | By

Over Thanksgiving, the Smilow Cancer Hospital became the first Yale health care facility to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. Though the hospital received the lowest of LEED’s four certification levels — the “certified level” — the hospital’s president and CEO, Marna Borgstrom, said it is unusual for health care facilities to receive

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Weston Students Can Earn $35K for Going Green

Nov 28th, 2011 | By

Students at Weston High School can earn some serious green while trying to make their school a greener place. Connecticut Light & Power has announced a Live Green-Win Green contest open to all high school students who reside in the utility company’s service area. The contest was put in place by the utility to build

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