Archive for April 2013

Elm City Cycling Updates New Haven’s Bike Maps

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

The City of New Haven last issued a bike map nearly a decade ago, when average gas prices were less than $2.00 a gallon, and a little known State Senator named Barack Obama had just won a Senate seat to represent the State of Illinois.

But since then, New Haven has undergone a cycling and livable streets renaissance, with the City passing the first Complete Streets policy in Connecticut. Click for more on this story from Mobilizing the Region and TSTC.org.



‘Smart Growth America’ report urges Winsted to target millenials in development efforts

Apr 20th, 2013 | By

Smart Growth America’s assessment of Winsted has arrived, and the town could be poised to cash in on economic trends. However, the report notes that Winsted needs to make better use of the town’s existing assets.



CT’s FuelCell cogen device to power Hartford Hospital

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

Danbury’s FuelCell Energy Inc. will install one of its 1.4-megawatt alternative-energy power generators to light and heat Hartford Hospital. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from Hartford Business.



Bill McKibben to Receive 2013 Gandhi Peace Award 7 p.m. April 18, New Haven

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

Promoting Enduring Peace believes that Bill McKibben’s work in greatly increasing awareness of the global impact of the consequences of environmental irresponsibility is in close alignment with our mission, and we recognize him as a Peace Hero in the struggle for a sustainable world peace. Bill McKibben is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign

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Analysis Shows Mixed Progress on Connecticut’s Transportation Funding Priorities

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

A new Tri-State report finds Connecticut making mixed progress on its planned transportation infrastructure investments. TSTC analyzed the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s $4.26 billion 2012-2015 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to understand what types of projects the state intends to prioritize over the period and to determine how the state’s priorities have, and have not, shifted from previous years. For more on this study, click on this Environmental Headline.



Millstone reactor operator positive for alcohol

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

A senior reactor operator at the Millstone Power Station tested positive for alcohol near the beginning of his shift last night and was immediately suspended. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Millstone reactor operator positive for alcohol | News from southeastern Connecticut.



MDC resumes work on W. Hartford sewer leg

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

The Metropolitan District Commission has restarted work on a new line to link hundreds of West Hartford homes and businesses to its sprawling regional sewer network. For more on this story, visit: MDC resumes work on W. Hartford sewer leg | HartfordBusiness.com.



Harbor Watch receives grant from state

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

Harbor Watch received a boost by the state this week in the form of a $38,165 grant to help with a project that will expand its shoreline tracking effort to assist in the elimination of bacteria sources identified in 2012. For more on this story, visit: Harbor Watch receives grant from state – Thehour.com: Business.



6 CT schools collect good ‘green’ marks

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

Six Connecticut colleges and universities are featured in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges” for their “green” commitment through curricula and infrastructure. For more on this story, visit: 6 CT schools collect good ‘green’ marks | HartfordBusiness.com.



Connecticut needs statewide water plan before diversions are allowed

Apr 18th, 2013 | By

A bill proposed by State Rep. John Hampton, D-Simsbury, would place a moratorium on all water diversion projects until a statewide water plan is developed and implemented. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Jeffrey McCutcheon and Andrew Silva in The Hartford Courant.



Bill McKibben to Receive 2013 Gandhi Peace Award 7 p.m. April 18 | Promoting Enduring Peace

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

Promoting Enduring Peace believes that Bill McKibben’s work in greatly increasing awareness of the global impact of the consequences of environmental irresponsibility is in close alignment with our mission, and we recognize him as a Peace Hero in the struggle for a sustainable world peace. Bill McKibben is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign

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‘Investments in Connecticut Agriculture Strengthen Our Economy:’ Malloy

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

$816,706 in competitive, matching grants have been awarded to expand Connecticut’s $3.5 billion agricultural industry. The investments are made through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture’s Farm Transition Grant and Farm Viability Grant programs and will assist farms, agricultural nonprofits, and municipalities increase production, promote Connecticut Grown products, and create jobs.



$10 million awarded to clean up brownfields in Connecticut

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

Just over $10 million in loans and grants has been awarded to remediate nine brownfields located throughout the state. Clinton, Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, Vernon, Waterbury, and Watertown will use the funding to clean up the polluted properties and redevelop the sites for affordable housing and mixed use development.



Storrs Center Sustainability Praised by State Energy Commissioner

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

Connecticut DEEP Commissioner Dan Esty toured the new Storrs Center, taking time out to praise the Mansfield Downtown Partnership for its commitment to building an environmentally sound and energy efficient community that should be a model for other towns to follow.



High Court To Hear Wind Farm Project Case

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

A proposal to build Connecticut’s first wind farm in the state’s Northwest Corner has been blowing around for several years. Now an appeal brought by a citizens’ group that opposes the project will be heard by the state Supreme Court in coming months.



Workshop message: ‘You can’t have a community without trees’

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

With observances of Earth Day blossoming around the region all month long, people interested in helping to preserve the state’s forests and nurturing their own trees got advice firmly rooted in reality at a program, “Roots to Branches,” co-sponsored Saturday by the town’s Forestry Committee and the Connecticut Audubon Center at Fairfield. For more on

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Princeton Review Releases 4th Annual “Guide to Green Colleges”

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com), in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools (www.centerforgreenschools.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), today released the fourth annual edition of its free guidebook saluting the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” For more on this story, visit:

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Lyman students make their own biodiesel fuel

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

As one of 19 Connecticut comprehensive high schools hosting a regional vocational-agriculture center, Lyman Memorial High School draws students from 13 different towns. Students in the agriculture program learn about “the science and technology behind agriculture,” according to the center’s website (lebanonagscience.yolasite.com), and can choose among courses focused on plants, animals, natural resources and mechanics.

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Lyme Land Trust Creates 437 Acre Preserve

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

An acquisition of land from Lyme Selectman Peter Lord and his wife Diana has expanded Lyme Land Trust grounds in Hadlyme to create The Banningwood Preserve, a forest refuge open to the public.



Read the Merritt Parkway Trail Alliance Newsletter

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

Will you join us in supporting the Trail as a recreational and public health amenity, an alternative way to experience and appreciate the Merritt Parkway, a critical link in the East Coast Greenway and a non-motorized transportation alternative for communities? Click on this Environmental Headline for more from MPTA.