Archive for April 2012

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Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Environmental Headlines spends a lot of time culling environmental news, but we also spend a lot of time culling environmental events for our new, even more popular, Connecticut Environmental Events Calendar that some organizations pay to be on because they know it’s one of the most popular pages on the site. Seeing as it’s the

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Rain sparks river herring run up Mianus River

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

GREENWICH — Last weekend’s rain not only helped water a dry earth, it also sparked a massive one-day rush by river herring through the fishway at the Mianus River dam. “There were so many fish that they were falling out of the chute,” Michael Aurelia said about the scene last Monday as 46,000 herring fought

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Tool to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential of Contaminated Sites · Environmental Management & Energy News

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Companies have a new way to determine the feasibility of on-site renewable energy, after the EPA launched a tool to test vacant and contaminated land for solar and wind energy potential. The alternative energy “decision trees,” developed by the EPA and the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), give landowners, communities and

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‘Walkability’ seen askey development focus

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

STAMFORD — Densely developed urban centers as well as spread-out suburbs will falter if urban planners neglect a better balance between automobile traffic, transit, and pedestrians, Regional Plan Association President David Kooris said. For more on this story, visit: ‘Walkability’ seen askey development focus – StamfordAdvocate.



Nearing deadline, WPCA hires plant supervisor

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

STAMFORD — The Water Pollution Control Authority has hired a plant supervisor, satisfying state environmental requirements and filling a critical leadership void in operations at the sewage treatment plant. For more on this story, visit: Nearing deadline, WPCA hires plant supervisor – StamfordAdvocate.



Sound Friendly Yards green in more ways than one

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Group is encouraging lawn care that avoids pollution of waterways Liz White describes the landscaping surrounding her year-old waterfront home on Masons Island as “a work in progress,” from the wooded edge to the rock garden, from the native grasses and shrubs buffering the shoreline to the organically treated lawn and pesticide-free ornamental trees. Specifically,

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Looks like an onion skin, but it could be electricity

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Faced with statewide data that showed food waste is, by far, the largest component of waste material that could be composted but instead is dumped in the trash, last year the legislature at the behest of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection took bold action to change that. For more on this story, visit:

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Transportation is CT’s largest green jobs employer

Apr 30th, 2012 | By

The transportation and warehousing industry is Connecticut’s largest employer of green jobs, but the state is helping construction and energy catch up. After years of politicians and public figures talking about how they are creating jobs that benefit the environment and promote sustainability, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in March came out with hard

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Apr 30th, 2012 | By

Environmental Headlines spends a lot of time culling environmental news, but we also spend a lot of time culling environmental events for our new, even more popular, Connecticut Environmental Events Calendar that some organizations pay to be on because they know it’s one of the most popular pages on the site. Seeing as it’s the

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Hopeful signs for Connecticut river herring: Threatened alewives, blueback herring may be on rebound (video, photos)

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

It’s a bit too early in alewife and blueback herring spawning season and too many questions remain for river watchers to call the remarkable herring runs they’re seeing in some parts of the state this year a comeback, or even the start of one. The New Haven Register reports.



Franklin Elementary School, Stratford, is looking for science volunteers

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

The Science Committee at Franklin Elementary School in Stratford, CT is looking for a few volunteers who would be willing to help us out with our first annual Science Career Day! We are a K-6 school and we would like to invite guest speakers into each of the grade levels at some point during the

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CT Greens vote Dr. Jill Stein at State Convention

Apr 29th, 2012 | By

Portland, CT — The Green Party of Connecticut  voted for Dr. Jill Stein to be their Presidential Candidate at their State Party Convention on Saturday, April 28, in Portland, CT. Running against comedienne-actress Rosanne Barr for the nomination,  the CT Green Party announced that Stein, the Harvard educated medical doctor, received 80% of the vote

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Long Island Sound Watershed Partnership Announced

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

Jay T. Mar, Connecticut State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced the inception of the Long Island Sound Watershed Partnership. Long Island Sound (LIS) is one of 28 designated estuaries of national significance in the U.S. The LIS Watershed begins at the headwaters of the Connecticut River on

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Vinti Singh: Saying goodbye to a Bridgeport reborn

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

I hope one day I can say I was there to see Bridgeport come alive again. I moved to the city about a year and a half ago, and I was one of the first tenants to move into developer Phil Kuchma’s new apartment building on the corner of Fairfield Avenue and Lafayette Circle. I

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Welcome To Westport, Where They Recycle In Ways You’ve Never Seen (or maybe you have)

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

As CBS 2’s Lou Young found out on Thursday, the town of Westport thinks it has a cure for that particular type of “separation anxiety.” On recycling day you’ll notice something probably a lot different from the way it works at your house. “Everything goes in one place now. It’s great!” resident Carol Dulce told

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State Senate passes Route 11 bill

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

Tolls option, busway intact; legislation moves on to House Hartford – The state Senate voted 22 to 14 late Thursday night on a bill that would allow E-ZPass-style tolls on the future second half of Route 11 to help finance the long-stalled project. For more on this story, visit: The Day – State Senate moves

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UConn Commissions Fuel Cell Power Plant

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

UConn officials, along with representatives of UTC Power and the Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, commissioned a new fuel cell power plant at UConn’s Depot Campus that will supply the campus with clean and efficient energy, cooling, and heating for years to come, UConn Today reports.



More companies follow Burger King’s cage-free lead

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

Burger King, the second-largest fast-food chain in America, announced yesterday it will go cage-free by 2017. It seems they will not be the only company making ethical choices for animals. A report this week from the Humane Society of the United States titled, “Crammed Into Cages” notes several chains will be making the cage-free switch.

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Busway Opponents Hijack Tolling Bill | CT News Junkie

Apr 27th, 2012 | By

Sen. Andrew Maynard, proponent of a bill to put tolls on Route 11, said he felt like he was trapped on the bus from the movie “Speed” after discussion of his bill was hijacked by a debate on the New Britain-to-Hartford busway project.



Oil Palm Surging Source of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Apr 26th, 2012 | By

Continued expansion of industrial-scale oil palm plantations on the island of Borneo will become a leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 unless strong forest and peatland protections are enacted and enforced, according to a National Academy of Sciences study. The study, conducted by Yale and Stanford researchers, found that about two-thirds of lands

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