Archive for November 2012

CL&P to use helicopter to string new transmission lines

Nov 30th, 2012 | By

Towering more than 80 feet above ground, Connecticut Light & Power’s (CL&P’s) transmission wires carry high-voltage power across southern New England.  In an effort to strengthen the region’s power grid and reliability the company will be stringing new transmission lines in Waterford, Connecticut next week.  But unlike traditional cable-pulling work on the ground, these wires

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DEEP to lose $1.45M to state budget cuts

Nov 30th, 2012 | By

State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials are working to decide how best to implement Gov. Dannel Malloy’s latest round of budget “recisions” — which for the DEEP total $1.45 million. For more on this story, visit: DEEP to lose $1.45M to state budget cuts – The Middletown Press : Serving Middletown, CT.



Will Congress Cap Charitable Deductions? An alert from the Land Trust Alliance tells the story

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

Suddenly, opinion leaders across the political spectrum (like Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) and the Washington Post Editorial Board) have lined up behind Mitt Romney’s proposal for a cap on itemized deductions — as low as $17,000 for all taxpayers. The effect on the charitable giving could be devastating. The average taxpayer who itemized

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State Holds First Of Two Information Sessions On Reducing Phosphorus Pollution

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

Facing strict new federal rules to reduce the amount of phosphorus from leaching into water supplies, state environmental officials held the first of two presentations Wednesday on ways to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff and sewage plant discharges. The meeting, at the headquarters of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, drew about 100

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Millstone gets certifications enabling trainees to use GI Bill

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

Millstone Nuclear Power Station owner Dominion Resources Inc. today signed an agreement with the Connecticut Department of Labor certifying two apprenticeship programs at Millstone, paving the way for military veterans participating in the training to apply for federal GI Bill benefits. For more on this story, visit: Millstone gets certifications enabling trainees to use GI

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Fairfield Audubon sanctuary hiring teacher-naturalists

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

The program provides K-12 students outdoor, hands-on, inquiry-based education experiences which are fully integrated into their curriculum. The goal is to help create a deeper, long-term commitment to conservation, as well as contribute to the health and academic success of our state’s children. The new program explores four habitat types: woodland, freshwater marsh, meadow and

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CT Transit gets fuel cell for clean energy; New Haven facility on tap

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

A United Technologies stationary fuel cell is providing CTTRANSIT’s Hartford bus maintenance and storage facility with clean and reliable power. Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced a $5.7 million Federal Transit Administration grant for the planning, purchase and installation of similar technology at the New Haven bus maintenance and storage facility.



Protect Mystic Connecticut’s historic Coogan Farm from development

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

A plan to save the 371-year-old Coogan Farm in Mystic will protect 34 acres of heritage farmland and create a vital aesthetic and physical link to Mystic Seaport, Mystic Aquarium and the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. For more on this story, visit: Protect Mystic Connecticut’s historic Coogan Farm from development – Courant.com.



The Rise of the Sharing Communities

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

As the sharing economy picks up momentum, its reach has become global. In cities and towns around the world, people are creating ways to share everything from baby clothes to boats, hardware to vacation homes. There are also groups emerging that consciously identify with the big-picture sharing movement. These groups focus on education, action and

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Connecticut’s first comprehensive energy strategy is up for comment

Nov 29th, 2012 | By

The state’s first comprehensive energy strategy is up for comment. It’s well worth reading, and responses are important. Here’s the link to the DEEP site: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=4120 Written comments will be accepted on or before December 14, 2012, by 4:30 p.m., and can be electronically filed using the DEEP <http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=4120&q=493990 electronic filing system. Written comments can

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Three Connecticut Entities Named To ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

The Toxics Action Center released its annual “Dirty Dozen Awards” Tuesday, naming three Connecticut companies among the 12 worst polluters in New England. The action center has issued the awards for the past 25 years, targeting companies that the regional nonprofit considers to be a threat to public and environmental health. Click on this environmental headline for more on this story from Toxics Action Center and CT News Junkie.



Connecticut Reaps Public Health Benefits from Wind Energy: Environment Connecticut

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Environment Connecticut has released a report that shows that New England’s current power generation from wind energy avoids 720 tons of smog-causing and 1,370 tons of soot pollution annually, a significant benefit for public health in Connecticut, a state heavily affected by air pollution.

The report outlines how today’s wind energy in New England is delivering results for the environment and for public health. Click on this environmental headline for more of this story.



2012 Green Coast Awards tonight in Stamford!

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

2012 Green Coast Award Winners Announced: Wednesday, November 28th 5:30pm Grand Restaurant & Lounge 15 Bank Street, Stamford For more on this story, visit: 2012 Green Coast Awards.



Hearing on Ridgefield open space plan set for 7:30 p.m. today, and Dec. 12

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

A public hearing on the plan is set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Town Hall, and a Town Meeting on Dec. 12. But the Conservation Commission, which wants to spend $825,000 of commission money on the 29-acre plot, will not make any allowance for a cell tower on the land. For more on this story,

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Running big-draw server farms on fuel cells, solar and wind | MNN

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Server farms use a lot of energy. How much, exactly? According to CNN, more than the entire auto industry does in producing cars and trucks. If the Internet were a country, it would be in fifth place for using energy and producing greenhouse gas. Now some big server users are trying to turn their amp-guzzling

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Connecticut DEEP honors 19 businesses, individuals for protecting environment

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

State regulators honored 19 Connecticut businesses and individuals Monday for their efforts to help protect the environment. Recipients of the GreenCircle awards included companies from Madison, Milford and Old Saybrook, as well as a Wallingford resident. The awards were presented during a ceremony at the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection headquarters here. For

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Southington Folks Offered Help Planting Rainwater Cleansing Gardens

Nov 28th, 2012 | By

Rain gardens, built in a depression to trap rainwater runoff and direct it back into the groundwater, should be something people should consider next season, Town Manager Garry Brumback told the town council Monday night. For more on this story, visit: Southington Folks Offered Help Planting Rainwater Cleansing Gardens – Courant.com.



Pioneering study shows evidence of loss and damage

Nov 27th, 2012 | By

Doha, 27 November 2012. For the world’s most vulnerable communities, loss and damage related to climate change is a reality today. A new study draws evidence of loss and damage from five case studies conducted in Bangladesh, Bhutan, The Gambia, Kenya and Micronesia. The findings provide empirical insights into the limits of adaptation and the

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Connecticut, 4 other states funding surplus exchange website

Nov 27th, 2012 | By

Connecticut is one of five Northeastern states funding a new website designed to allow businesses, communities, institutions and organizations to facilitate swaps of usable or surplus materials and prevent them from being thrown away. Click on this environmental headline for more from the New Haven Register’s Luther Turmelle.



CERC: Recycling Worth $746 Million, 4,800 Jobs to Connecticut Economy

Nov 27th, 2012 | By

Three-quarters of a billion dollars and 4,800 jobs. That’s the impact that recycling is making on Connecticut’s economy in 2012, according to a study by the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. And since 2006, recycling has been worth nearly $5.17 billion to the state’s economy as measured in total sales, said the study, commissioned by the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority. Click here for more from CERC.