Archive for August 2013

Downtown businesses say busway will create parking problems

Aug 31st, 2013 | By

There is a bus lane on Asylum Street in the Capital City that is expected to be part of the Connecticut Fasttrack Busway and that bustling street right in the heart of downtown Hartford.



Duke to stop burning coal at most of plant by 2018

Aug 31st, 2013 | By

Duke Energy has agreed to quit burning coal at its share of a power plant in western Indiana by June 2018 under a settlement announced Friday with environmental and citizens groups that also calls for the company to increase its investments in renewable energy.



Massive E. Lyme solar array under construction

Aug 31st, 2013 | By

Construction of a five-megawatt solar installation on 43 acres in East Lyme has begun, the project developer Middletown-based Greenskies Renewable Energy announced on Friday.



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Aug 30th, 2013 | By

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City of Bridgeport Recycling Rate up 67 Percent with Recyclebank Partnership, Single-Stream Recycling

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

Mayor Bill Finch announced that the City of Bridgeport increased its recycling participation rate by 67 percent as compared to the previous two-year period. The increase follows the City’s switch to single-stream recycling and the expansion of the Recyclebank rewards program citywide. A recognized leader in behavior change, Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future

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Iowa senator urges action on climate change at CCSU

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

Touring New England in an attempt to call all Americans to take action and join the fight to help slow climate change, Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg visited Central Connecticut State University Thursday. He was blunt when talking about the issue and the importance of combating it. “It is the defining moral challenge of this

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Gov’t reaffirms it will sell ex-lab island off NY

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

The federal government has reaffirmed it plans to sell Plum Island, finalizing the environmental review of the animal disease research site off Long Island, even though environmental regulators and some lawmakers say there’s not enough information about the effects of selling it. The General Services Administration and Department of Homeland Security issued what’s called a

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U.S. Bike-Sharing Fleet More than Doubles in 2013

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

The largest bike share in the United States is in New York City, where some 6,000 bicycles are available at 332 stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The program opened at the end of May 2013, and in less than 3 months hit 2 million trips. On busy days, each bike gets checked out seven times or more, a remarkably high borrowing rate. The city ultimately hopes to expand the program to other boroughs and grow to 10,000 bikes.



Budget Measure Would Cut Energy Costs For Families, Businesses, Officials Say

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

The state’s energy department has approved a significantly expanded three-year budget for electricity and natural gas conservation programs, a measure officials say will reduce energy costs for families and businesses. The programs are mainly funded by a small conservation fee on electricity and natural gas bills.



Aspetuck Land Trust’s Free Hikes Sept. 15, 21 and more

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

  Join one of Aspetuck Land Trust’s free September hikes!  Upcoming educational hikes include a Wild Mushroom hike and Hawk Walk with experts in their fields: September 15th–WILD MUSHROOM HIKE, Sunday, 9:30am-noon, Trout Brook Valley, Weston September 21st– HAWK WALK, Saturday 9:30-11:30am, Trout Brook Valley Orchard, Easton  (Members only – joining is fast & easy online!) For a complete list of

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States, groups demand EPA update 25-year-old source performance standards for residential wood heaters

Aug 30th, 2013 | By

Click on this Environmental Headline to read the letter from the CT Attorney General’s office stating that Connecticut along with six other states — Rhode Island, Vermont, Oregon, New York, Maryland and Massachusetts, as well as the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency of Washington State — plan to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for their lack of promulgating new source standards for residential wood heaters — under the clean air act.



Hyatt Invests Over $37M in More Than 200 Energy Efficiency Projects

Aug 29th, 2013 | By

When it comes to its supply chain, Hyatt’s achievements include implementing a Supplier Code of Conduct, which establishes the hotel chain’s standards for suppliers regarding social, governance and environmental principles. Other achievements include partnering with the World Wildlife Fund to evaluate its seafood purchases outside of the U.S.



Vermont Yankee: Aftermath … natural gas? | Times Argus Online

Aug 29th, 2013 | By

What if (employee-owned?) Vermont Yankee were converted to spin its steam turbine by burning natural gas to boil the water? This would economically justify extending the Vermont Gas Systems pipeline to deliver TransCanada’s Alberta natural gas to southeastern Vermont with widespread economic benefits. Required to host a derelict nuclear power plant and its lifetime nuclear

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Aug 29th, 2013 | By

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Conn. regulates snapping turtle trapping

Aug 29th, 2013 | By

The trapping of snapping turtles in Connecticut will now be regulated. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced Wednesday that new rules have been approved to protect the turtles from over-trapping and ensure the long-term viability of the state’s turtle population. For more on this story, visit: WTNH – Conn. regulates snapping turtle trapping

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Fairfield plans to use more solar energy

Aug 29th, 2013 | By

Ed Boman, the Assistant Director of Public Works, came to the Board of Selectman meeting Aug. 21, with his latest plans. They include putting solar panels on seven town buildings and signing Fairfield up for a state program that will encourage commercial building owners to use cleaner, cheaper energy.



The swallows are back

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

It’s either the best-kept secret or the latest bucket list item, or perhaps both, among local birdwatchers: the annual fall swarm of tree swallows along the southern Connecticut River. While the river is synonymous with eagles and other raptors during the spring thaw, every fall the migratory aerial insectivores steal the show. Between now and

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Asylum Street Merchants: Special Lane For Buses Bad Idea

Aug 28th, 2013 | By
Flower Street Pedestrian Bridge design proposal. (CT DOT)

If a redesign of downtown Hartford’s traffic system creates a bus-only lane down Asylum Street, several prominent retailers and restaurant owners say the buses will be jockeying for space with moving vans — because they’ll leave.



Many out-of-state companies win in state’s commercial renewable energy program

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

The long-awaited list of energy companies that applied for and won clean energy projects through the state’s revamped commercial renewable energy incentive program shows a hefty chunk of the work could send a lot of the money out-of-state. The program, known by the nicknames ZREC and LREC for zero- and low-emissions energy projects, is administered

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Area of low oxygen in Sound smaller this year than last

Aug 28th, 2013 | By

The area of seasonal hypoxia, or depleted oxygen, in Long Island Sound this summer appears to be significantly smaller than last year, but it’s too early — and there are too many year-by-year fluctuations — to call it a trend, Sound-watchers say. For more on this story, visit: Area of low oxygen in Sound smaller

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