Archive for April 2013

Environment Committee Wednesday, April 17, 2013 – Agenda

Apr 17th, 2013 | By

Environment Committee MEETING AGENDA Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:30 AM IN OUTSIDE HOUSE CHAMBER OF THE CAP I. CONVENE MEETING II. REMARKS BY THE CHAIRS III. COMMITTEE BILLS FOR APPROVAL 1. Substitute for S.B. No. 816 (RAISED) (File No. 184) AN ACT CREATING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY REGIONAL COMPOSTING FACILITY SITING AND THE INDIVIDUAL

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Bioscience and Next Gen CT plans will foster innovation and create jobs: Gov. Malloy

Apr 16th, 2013 | By

(HARTFORD, CT) – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy released the following statement on the Next Generation Connecticut and Bioscience Connecticut initiatives passing out of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee earlier today: “I would like to commend Co-Chairs Sen. John Fonfara and Rep. Patricia Widlitz and members of both parties on the Finance, Revenue and Bonding

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First ever LEED Gold Certification for Norwalk Community College

Apr 16th, 2013 | By

The new building and renovations at NCC was designed for the Nursing & Allied NCC North Elevation from Commons at NightHeath program, science laboratories, faculty offices and a fitness facility. The project started construction in February 2010 and in one and half years, the project was completed and opened its doors for the 2011 Fall Semester.



NY Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin to keynote 22nd Annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit, April 26

Apr 16th, 2013 | By

NEW HAVEN, CT – Today, Save the Sound announced that prize-winning New York Times climate blogger, journalist and author Andrew Revkin will be the featured speaker at the 22nd annual Long Island Sound Citizens Summit on April 26. This year’s summit will take place at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. In the aftermath of

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Bryan Hurlburt appointed Farm Service Agency Executive Director

Apr 16th, 2013 | By

State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt has been appointed Farm Service Agency State Executive Director by President Obama. He was recommended by Sens. Blumenthal and Murphy and Rep. Courtney after an interview process coordinated by Sen. Blumenthal’s office with state agricultural leaders.



Wind turbine battle erupts again in Fairhaven, Mass.

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Underneath the giant wind turbines in Fairhaven the whirring sound is unmistakable. And even in the closest neighborhood, just over one thousand feet away, you can still hear it. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from ABC6.



New environmental haiku from Donna Fleischer

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Visit the site for new environmental haiku from Connecticut poet Donna Fleischer. Visit Environmental Headlines.  



Barnard School students make positive environmental impact

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Composting is just one of the initiatives that led to Barnard’s nomination for a National Green Ribbon Award, explained Marjorie Drucker, the instructional integration leader. Click on this Environmental Headline for more of this story from The New Haven Register.



How to make Connecticut roads safe for pedestrians

Apr 15th, 2013 | By

Each year since 2008, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign has published a report, Most Dangerous Roads for Walking, using three years of data to map the location of each pedestrian death. Route 1 has been Connecticut’s deadliest road in every report.



Connecticut’s native birds are struggling to survive

Apr 13th, 2013 | By

Spring birds are arriving in Connecticut. Eastern phoebes returned recently, and before the end of April we’ll be seeing and hearing barn swallows, tree swallows and purple martins.



Connecticut officials order clean-up of former English Station power plant in New Haven

Apr 13th, 2013 | By

Two decades after New Haven’s English Station power plant stopped producing energy for United Illuminating, state officials have ordered the owners to conduct a massive cleanup of the property, which is contaminated with hazardous PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls.

Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story from The New Haven Register.



Americans Support Expansion of Renewable Energy, Surveys Show

Apr 12th, 2013 | By

by Henry Auer —  Public opinion surveys in the U. S. show that more than two-thirds currently think there is solid evidence that the earth is warming. The surveys find the public supports expansion of renewable energy. A majority of Republicans among survey respondents are included in this supporting class. One survey reports that Republicans

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UT’s Mandyck named Chair of World Green Building Council Advisory Board

Apr 12th, 2013 | By

John Mandyck, chief sustainability officer, UTC Climate, Controls & Security, has been named chair of the World Green Building Council Advisory Board, expanding the organization’s commitment to the green building movement around the globe.



Stonington Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday

Apr 12th, 2013 | By

The Stonington Highway Department will host a household hazardous waste collection from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its facility on Alpha Avenue. For more on this story, visit: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Saturday – Government – Stonington-Mystic, CT Patch.



Shore Publishing Summer Photo Contest open to residents of certain shoreline towns, not New Haven

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

The Shore Publishing Giveaway (The “Contest”) is open to legal residents of Connecticut from the following towns: East Haven, North Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Killingworth, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Essex, Chester, Deep River. For more on this story, visit: Contest – Zip06.com.



State of CT’s environment – not so good

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

There’s not much to celebrate in the Council on Environmental Quality‘s 40th annual report on the Connecticut environment. Aside from a few small improvements, the overall state of things is status quo at best punctuated by backsliding in key areas. The Council acknowledged in its opening that: “Connecticut’s environment is resistant to improvement,” laying the

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Yale Forum on Climate Change – Question on the Future of Fracking | Between The Lines

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

Excerpts of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies’ panel discussion on climate change: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., assistant professor of atmospheric chemistry at Yale, and Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale School of Forestry’s Project on Climate Change, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus



Simsbury Land Trust’s April events

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

This month, the Simsbury Land Trust will host the organization’s Annual Membership Meeting, hold a presentation about dinosaur fossils in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and organize a Stewardship Work Day. To register for any of the following programs or get more information, contact the Simsbury Land Trust at (860) 651-8773 For more on this story, visit:

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Fight not over for Mass. turbine foes

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

Residents who want a Cape Cod town’s wind turbines torn down said Wednesday that a major setback a day earlier won’t end efforts to remove machines they consider health hazards. For more on this story, visit: Fight not over for Mass. turbine foes – Connecticut Post.



JCS Construction uses geothermal wells in CT project

Apr 11th, 2013 | By

JCS Construction Group, Inc. has broken ground on 409 Greenwich Avenue, a three-story, 12,000 s/f mixed-use building on the corner of Greenwich Avenue.