Archive for September 2013

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Sep 24th, 2013 | By

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The Instability of Sustainability: Student apathy’s detrimental effects on sustainability initiatives

Sep 24th, 2013 | By

There are many environmentally-friendly initiatives on campus to make our community more sustainable. Many of our buildings are Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certified; we have Sprout Garden which produces foods used in our dining halls and we have Sustainability Representatives who write grants for new programs. For more on this story, visit: The

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‘Clean Trades’ debuting at Norwich Tech

Sep 24th, 2013 | By

A two-year pilot program to introduce Connecticut students to career options in the green-energy field will be kicked off locally during a presentation from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Norwich Technical High School. The so-called Connecticut Clean Trades Program, which also includes students from Ella T. Grasso Technical High School in Groton, will

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Plan for new solar energy center

Sep 24th, 2013 | By

The state has taken another step toward lessening its dependence on fossil fuels. The project along with a wind farm in Maine is going to help the state comply with a federal mandate to have 20 percent of its electrical needs met with alternative energy by the year 2020.



NRC commissions study of cancer risk among populations near nuclear facilities

Sep 24th, 2013 | By

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission commissioned the study to determine whether to extend the study to other nuclear power plants and nuclear facilities.



Storrs Center celebrates grand opening

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

After thirteen years in the making, Storrs Center officially opened Friday. The original vision for The Mansfield Downtown Partnership was to create “a unique, authentic place with … caring businesses, that is pedestrian oriented, environmentally responsible, and the heart of the University and town.” This vision becoming a reality was the message of the President

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Join the Source to Sea Cleanup and Help Protect the Connecticut River System

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC) invites you take action this October by joining thousands of other volunteers across New England in the 17th annual Source to Sea Cleanup of the Connecticut River system—rivers and streams and their banks, as well as parks, boat launches, trails and more.



Un-Sound? Warm-water fish common in region’s waters

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

Thirty years ago, when detailed surveys of ocean life began in Long Island Sound, it was unusual for spot fish to find their way into trawling nets.

Today, it’s unusual if they aren’t present.



As ruling looms, sides form in cooling towers debate

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

A much-anticipated decision due Nov. 4 from the Environmental Protection Agency is not expected to settle whether the Millstone Power Station ultimately must construct cooling towers, massive concrete structures that environmental groups say would reduce the destruction of fish and other harm to the Long Island Sound ecosystem, but that others warn pose their own

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Mamaroneck Harbor: 7 sites still leaking bacteria, tests say

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By

The high bacteria counts in Mamaroneck Harbor came from more than just a grocery store and a yacht club with a broken sewer pipe. Seven more points were leaking sewage and high levels of fecal coliform and e. coli bacteria when volunteers for Save the Sound tested the water at 25 points over the summer,

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This is how we Draw the Line on Keystone XL

Sep 23rd, 2013 | By
Here is Bold Nebraska's solar-powered barn that is now standing in the route of the pipeline. (Photo by Mary Anne Andrei / Bold Nebraska)

After years of organizing, years of building strength in the movement and building resistance to the Keystone Pipeline — this weekend was really something to see. Thousands of people in hundreds of cities drawing one line to protect our future. But Sunday was also more than fighting the pipeline — it was also about showing the strength and power, and how people can overcome the corruption of the fossil fuel industry.



New Report: Coastal Communities Share Steps to Adapt to Climate Change

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

This study was undertaken to raise awareness of the best practices in leading North Atlantic communities. The case studies include Greenwich, Guilford, and Groton for the Connecticut section, but the idea is sharing strategies for climate change as communities on the North Atlantic seaboard struggle to plan as budgets dwindle. The ideas are innovative and cost-effective. New York City, for example, decided that boilers can now be placed on roofs instead of in basements. Click on this Environmental Headline for more about this new report.



Pataki lauds Astorino for New Rochelle sewer upgrade

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

Gov. George Pataki came to Tarrytown Friday to praise Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s environmental record, which includes $25 million in park improvements, a public-private partnership to clean up the Bronx River, and inclusion of bus rapid-transit on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. For more on this story, visit: Pataki lauds Astorino for New Rochelle

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Volunteer Long Island Sound cleanups in at least 26 locations this weekend

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

In 2012, Save the Sound’s Coastal Cleanup program brought together 2,450 volunteers at 57 cleanups over the course of the year. Together they removed 16,310 pounds of trash from nearly 60 miles of Connecticut beaches and riverfronts. Volunteers track the trash they pick up and report the findings to Save the Sound, helping Ocean Conservancy and regional partners like Save the Sound to not only tackle marine debris on the beach, but combat it at the source to protect our oceans and coastline. Data will be collected at all 43 of Save the Sound’s cleanups scheduled for September and October.



State to fund solar project in eastern Connecticut

Sep 21st, 2013 | By

Forecasting cheaper and more reliable power for state residents, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Friday the approval of two clean-energy projects, including a solar center in Sprague and Lisbon on property largely owned by Fusion Paperboard Co.



“Bike Corral” Debuts in Downtown New Haven

Sep 20th, 2013 | By
Melissa Bailey

The City of New Haven has converted one car parking spot into a “corral” of 16 parking spots for bicycles, in the latest effort to rethink on-street parking downtown.



Obama takes on coal with first-ever carbon limits; EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to address National Press Club, follow on Twitter

Sep 20th, 2013 | By

The Obama administration will press ahead Friday with tough requirements for new coal-fired power plants, moving to impose for the first time strict limits on the pollution blamed for global warming. Follow EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s 9 a.m. National Press Club conversation on Twitter #ActOnClimate



The Last Green Valley ranger shares knowledge of local rivers

Sep 20th, 2013 | By

On Sept. 13, Babcock Public Library hosted “Connecting the Drops: Source to Sea Through the Last Green Valley,” a presentation on the waterways and wild-life of northeastern Connecticut given by Last Green Valley Ranger Bill Reid. The presentation was organized by Pam McCormick as part of the Second Friday series, in which the library hosts

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Don’t sell Plum Island to a developer

Sep 20th, 2013 | By

Plum Island in Long Island Sound is a remarkable place, both ecologically and scientifically. It should be made into mostly a national wildlife preserve rather than be auctioned off. Federal wheels are in motion to sell it to the highest bidder, though valiant efforts are underway to stop the train. It’s a pity that the

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Follow EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy’s 9 a.m. National Press Club conversation on Twitter #ActOnClimate

Sep 20th, 2013 | By

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will discuss EPA’s priorities in addressing climate change at a National Press Club Speakers’ event on Friday, Sept. 20 at 9 a.m. Administrator McCarthy will highlight the Administration’s commitment to carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution and address the impacts of a changing climate. She will

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