Archive for January 2013

How Pocket Green Space Can Transform a State Capital

Jan 31st, 2013 | By

The EPA sponsors an innovative planning program designed to help bring more green infrastructure and green building practices to our country’s state capitals, making them simultaneously more environmentally resilient and more beautiful. This week some state and local leaders and civic-minded folks took part in a forum on strong communities in Hartford. Click on this environmental headline for more from The Atlantic’s Place Matters.



McDonald’s to Use Eco-Labeled Fish

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

Recently, McDonald’s USA announced that it would become the first national restaurant chain to serve fish sporting an eco-label from the Marine Stewardship Council at all of its locations across the country.



Connecticut program helps fund clean energy upgrades

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority launched the Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (C-PACE) late last week. The program is designed to provide commercial and industrial building owners with low-cost, long-term, upfront financing for adding renewable energy projects to their buildings. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut program helps fund

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Glastonbury: Programs on the environment

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The environment takes center stage at the Connecticut Audubon Center at Glastonbury over the next few weeks. For more on this story, visit: Glastonbury: Programs on the environment – Courant.com.



Hurricane Sandy’s damage to Connecticut bird habitats studied

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The Connecticut Audubon Society is planning to study how Hurricane Sandy’s significant damage to shoreline nesting habitats will affect endangered birds, and whether it could benefit some of them. For more on this story, visit: Hurricane Sandy’s damage to Connecticut bird habitats studied- The Register Citizen.



CVS to pay $800,000 Penalty and Correct Violations Under Agreement with DEEP

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a comprehensive settlement with CVS in Connecticut under which this major national pharmacy chain is paying penalties of $800,000 for violations of the state’s hazardous waste management regulations and recycling laws found at seven CVS stores in Connecticut.



White Mountain National Forest featured on newest U.S. quarter

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The U.S. Forest Service announced the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire is honored on an America the Beautiful Quarter released recently by the U.S. Mint. The 800,000-acre White Mountain National Forest also includes the 34-mile-long Kancamagus Scenic Byway with one of the most beautiful routes through New Hampshire’s White Mountains. A trip across the Kanc, as locals refer to it, includes rushing rivers, a covered bridge, breathtaking vistas and possibly a glimpse of an elusive moose. The byway connects with the White Mountain Trail to make a loop.



Case Study Calls for Greater Investments in Local Innovation to Fight Climate Change

Jan 29th, 2013 | By

The Center for Social Inclusion has released the second installment in its series of case studies examining how local communities are creating local solutions to fight climate change.



Oil Tanker Runs Aground In New Haven Harbor. No damage.

Jan 28th, 2013 | By

An oil tanker ran aground Monday evening in the New Haven Harbor, authorities said. Read the story and get updates in The Courant here: Oil Tanker Runs Aground In New Haven Harbor – Courant.com.



Tweed New Haven Airport to install fences

Jan 28th, 2013 | By

The Federal Aviation Administration says it’s working with officials at Tweed New Haven Airport to install fences to enclose the entire airport property, four months after a small Learjet air ambulance struck a deer during takeoff.



CT to help building owners sell power

Jan 28th, 2013 | By

Residential and commercial developers planning on installing renewable energy at their properties have hit a roadblock erected by Connecticut’s regulators and utilities seeking to prevent landlords from becoming mini-utilities unto themselves. Click on this environmental headline for more more about this story from Brad Kane of Hartford Business Journal.



Northeast Faces Stark Choice on Climate Pollution | NYTimes.com

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

Cap-and-trade programs are designed to lower emissions gradually by reducing the cap and the allowances that are available. Polluters get flexibility in cutting emissions by being able to trade allowances among themselves. The idea is to achieve the reductions at the lowest cost through market forces rather than through direct regulation. But of the four

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Remember Broadwater? LNG terminals sit idle off Boston’s North Shore.

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

Check out this Boston Globe story about two LNG terminals built off the North Shore of Massachusetts (at a combined cost of $750 million) several years ago that are now sitting completely idle because of shifts in the LNG market.



Fifth graders, Redding Land Trust trust collaborate on signs

Jan 25th, 2013 | By

A collaboration between fifth graders at John Read Middle School and the Redding Land Trust continues to enrich a local nature preserve with the upcoming installation of an informational sign in the Saugatuck Falls Natural Area.



Make a new year’s resolution to subscribe/contribute to the Headlines.

Jan 24th, 2013 | By

Hello, If you are one of the 3,500 or so unique visitors to this site, thank you for visiting the Headlines. If you are one of the 1,500 regular visitors of this site from Connecticut who likes keeping up on what’s going on with regard to environmental news in the state, then please consider doing

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CT among worst 2012 LEED states

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

Connecticut ranked among the last of all U.S. states in constructing buildings to top environmental standards, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Connecticut ranked No. 38 of the 50 states in the total square footage per capita certified in 2012 under the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program. For more on this

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DEEP Announces $360,000 in Funding to Seven Municipalities for Purchase of New Diesel Vehicles

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

With improved fuel economy, the replacement trucks will save taxpayer dollars, and the pollution controls on these vehicles will help Connecticut achieve its clean air goals. The funds are from a settlement of a case involving environmental violations with American Electric Power Service Corporation, Columbus, Ohio and are required to be used to reduce diesel emissions in heavy traffic areas in environmental justice communities.



Gunntown Recognized on Connecticut Freedom Trail

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

“This is a story of human freedom and human dignity,” said Len Yannielli, community outreach director for the volunteer committee that maintains the 39-acre park. “It has a lot of features of the Hollywood chase scene, except it’s in the Revolutionary period.”



Gov. Malloy proposes Bioscience Innovation Act

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed the Bioscience Innovation Act which, over ten years, will establish a $200 million fund to strengthen Connecticut’s bioscience sector.



First Nest Ever Discovered of One of the World’s Most Endangered Birds

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

  Stresemann’s Bristlefront by Ciro Albano – NE Brazil Birding. Photo may be used with credit. (Washington, D.C., January 17, 2013) The first known nest of one of the world’s rarest birds – the Critically Endangered Stresemann’s Bristlefront – has been discovered in Brazil. Of perhaps equal significance is that strong evidence of active nestlings

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