Archive for June 2012

New Rankings on Coutries’ Environmental Performance

Jun 7th, 2012 | By

Since 2000, Yale University and Columbia University have been ranking countries’ environmental performance, releasing their comprehensive results and trend reports every two years. Responding to the need for “rigorous, data-driven” measurements, the index is meant to “add to the foundation of empirical support for sound policymaking.” The universities, which have collaborated with the World Economic Forum, also wanted to create

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DEEP commissioner takes on solar industry

Jun 7th, 2012 | By

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Dan Esty is trading angry words with representatives of the solar industry. During a keynote panel Wednesday at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association’s Energy and Environment Conference, Esty talked about making the transition from public sector support for the residential solar photovoltaic installations to private sector

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Study to look at green spaces’ effects on crime in New Haven

Jun 7th, 2012 | By

Stacey Maples wants to see if there’s safety in, well, maples. For the next few months, the Yale University data mapping expert and a cross-section of groups from around the city will crunch numbers involving crime and local green spaces. The idea is to learn whether the presence of a community garden, a park or

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Sacred Heart students aid in tidal restoration

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

Sacred Heart University students led by Dr. Mark Beekey and Dr. Jennifer Mattei, associate professors of biology, and Twan Leenders, Connecticut Audubon Conservation biologist, recently participated in an ongoing effort to restore coastal grassland and inter-tidal habitat at Stratford Point in Stratford. For more on this story, visit: Sacred Heart students aid in tidal restoration

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State lures chemical firm mired In pollution disputes with $3M

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

When Tronox Inc. emerged from bankruptcy in February 2011, it said it would keep its headquarters in Oklahoma City, though with half as many employees as it had there when the company was spun off from Kerr-McGee Corp. in 2005, according to story in the Oklahoman.



Connecticut Must Leave Road Expansions in Rear-View

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

In advance of Connecticut’s 2010 gubernatorial election, Tri-State and several of Connecticut’s largest business, planning, and environmental groups called on the future governor to prioritize repair of existing roads and bridges, and support enhanced transportation options.



Connecticut Advocate for Rivers, Dr. Marc Taylor of Southbury, Dies

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

The rivers and waterways of this nation lost a great advocate Tuesday with the death of Dr. Marc Taylor of Southbury.



The Middletown council approved a $3 million bond for environmental cleanup

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

The common council has approved a plan to borrow $3 million to pay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for environmental cleanup at the OMO Manufacturing site on Walnut Street. The former factory building and city landfill near the Connecticut River is contaminated with lead, arsenic and PCBs. For more on this story, visit: The Middletown

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Manchester Cuts Ribbon on Latest Section of East Coast Greenway

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

The two-mile addition expands the walking/biking/running trail from Gardner Street to Porter Street.



Esty supports CT natural gas expansion

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

At the CBIA Environmental & Energy Conference in Waterbury Esty said he favors using more natural gas to heat Connecticut homes and businesses.



2 groups sue DEP over N.J. pullout from regional environmental initiative

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

Two environmental groups sued the state’s Department of Environmental Protection today (Weds. June 6) over New Jersey’s pullout from a regional “cap-and-trade” program last year.



Planners again OK zone changes for New Haven’s Downtown Crossing

Jun 6th, 2012 | By

It was a little bit of deja vu for the City Plan Commission Wednesday night, which once again put its stamp of approval on the zoning map and text change for the new BD-3 district after a “redo” public hearing. The vote at the special meeting puts the complex Downtown Crossing project back on track

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Branford transfer station gets 2.82-kilowatt solar system

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

BRANFORD — The town’s participation in the state’s Clean Energy Communities Program has helped it obtain a 2.82-kilowatt solar system for the transfer station. For more on this story, visit: Branford transfer station gets 2.82-kilowatt solar system – News – Shoreline Times.



Bike lanes 2.0: now or soon in a city near you

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Bike lanes, or painted stripes marking bicycle travel space on roadways, have been around … but some of the new ones are much more sophisticated than what we had ten or twenty years ago. For more on this story, visit: Bike lanes 2.0: now or soon in a city near you | Kaid Benfield’s Blog

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Summer storms wreak havoc for beach-goers (update)

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Norwalk area beach waterfronts are closed again Monday because of the heavy rainfall from over the weekend. There are concerns of swimmer safety with parasites and sewage lingering in Long Island Sound according to Calf Pasture lifeguard supervisor Joy Coreau. For more on this story, visit: Norwalk beaches remain closed – The Hour Publishing Company:

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CT Offers 33 ‘Eco-Friendly’ Hotels

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Residents and visitors to the Nutmeg State looking to take advantage of nearby eco-friendly lodging options are in luck–CTVisit.com has posted a list of Connecticut’s green hotels. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.



Stratford’s Long Beach Park restored to natural state (video)

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Stakeholders from as far as Washington, D.C., met at Long Beach Park to celebrate Monday morning a collaboration honored as a national model: restoration of mile-long Long Beach to a natural habitat. The barrier beach once had three dozen summer cottages. They were condemned years ago after a bridge linking the island to Bridgeport burned.

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Wallingford energy panel pleased by results of efficiency audit

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

Members of the town’s Energy Conservation Commission said they are pleasantly surprised by the results of an energy audit of several town buildings.



The Farmer’s Cow Wins Pineapple Award at 2012 Connecticut Conference on Tourism

Jun 5th, 2012 | By

What does a pineapple have to do with a farm in Connecticut? If it’s an award from the Connecticut Conference on Tourism, it means you’re a Tourism Ambassador. Earlier this month, Fort Hill Farms and The Farmer’s Cow, a group of six Connecticut family dairy farms that produces fresh, local milk and other locally-sourced products,

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Beyond Pesticides Conference videos available on YouTube

Jun 4th, 2012 | By

If you weren’t able to make the Beyond Pesticides Conference in the beginning of March, you can still enjoy some of the talks on Beyond Pesticides’ YouTube channel! Below: (note: the audio improves very early in the video. It begins not very well, but it’s not long before it is fixed) A keynote talk at

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