Archive for September 2013

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Sep 19th, 2013 | By

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SCSU goes green on new science building

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Southern Connecticut State University’s $49 million science building will have rooftop solar panels and be LEED certified, the New Haven school said today. SCSU will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for the 103,600-square-foot building, which is designed to meet requirements for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED-Silver certification and will have a pitched roof to

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Recycler hit with Clean Water Act lawsuit

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Norwich, Conn.-based Shetucket Iron & Metal Co. Inc. is being sued in U.S. District Court in Connecticut by three environmental groups who content that stormwater runoff from 20-foot high piles of scrap at Shetucket’s facility is contaminating local waterways.



Scientists work to preserve the Connecticut River

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Three scientists at TNC — Rose Paul, Kathryn Kennedy, and Kimberly Lutz — are front and center in considering the Connecticut River, making sure all the components of biology and ecology, as well as usages for recreation and energy, are measured in what’s best for the river. And that’s key to creating a model of

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The Positive Economics Of Solar Energy |

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

There’s little dispute about the reliability and environmental benefits of solar. If you have a southern exposure on your roof or property, you may be able to realize financial benefits as well. The cost of solar panels has dropped over 75% in recent years. This fact along with an installation company that is betting on busy and cost effective installation crews in our town, will provide even more savings than you could get on your own without Solarize Newtown.



Main Street Power to Install Solar on Two Bridgeport Schools

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Main Street Power Co., in partnership with MS Solar Solutions Corp., an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Morgan Stanley, today announced the start of construction on rooftop solar arrays for two schools in the Bridgeport Public Schools district.



Conn. business owner sentenced over hazardous site

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

A former Windsor Locks business owner has been sentenced to five years in prison for leaving behind hazardous waste at his onetime work site and failing to pay his former employees for months. For more on this story, visit: Conn. business owner sentenced over hazardous site – Connecticut – Boston.com.



Yes, the new commuter rail guy’s name is pronounced ‘roadie’

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Under state law, Malloy is responsible for appointing four of the new council’s 15 members, one of whom must be the chief elected official of a municipality located on an operating or proposed rail line. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from the CT Mirror.



U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. Vermont’s lone nuclear power plant (pictured above) will close in 2014, and the country’s oldest reactor, Oyster Creek in New Jersey, will retire by 2019.



BJ’s withdraws plan to build store in Norwalk

Sep 19th, 2013 | By

“Over the past several weeks we have heard concerns raised by neighbors and others about our proposed development. The developer and BJs want to review those concerns to see if they can be reasonably addressed before deciding our next steps,” read the statement released by the communications firm representing the company and property owner. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from The Hour of Norwalk.



Connecticut school district is launching single-stream recycling program

Sep 17th, 2013 | By

Bridgeport Public Schools is launching a single-stream recycling program at each of its Connecticut schools and administrative offices to teach students real life skills, encourage staff to manage resources, and reinforce that everyone can reduce energy consumptions and air and water pollution. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut school district is launching single-stream recycling

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Our View: Lobster ban isn’t long-term solution (Norwich Bulletin editorial)

Sep 17th, 2013 | By

For the first time, there is a ban on lobster fishing in Long Island Sound. The intent — to allow the lobster population to grow — is good. The results are uncertain. From an economic point of view, local lobster prices will rise, but the ban — which runs through Nov. 28 — will hit

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Blumenthal backs bill to make manufacturers more energy-efficient

Sep 17th, 2013 | By

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is backing an effort to get a piece of legislation passed that would provide new federal funding for manufacturers looking to upgrade to more energy-efficient technology, as well as for improved efficiency standards for federal buildings and new construction. For more on this story, visit: Blumenthal backs bill to make

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“Coping with Climate Change: Arctic Thaw” PBS Newshour Sept. 16-18

Sep 16th, 2013 | By

Melting ice in the Arctic is beginning to affect the daily lives of residents of the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and beyond. >From the impact on local businesses and native traditions to the seafood we enjoy, the changes caused by climate change in the Arctic are rippling out far beyond the region. The consequences are the subject of a series of reports on PBS NewsHour both on air and online.



Harbor dredging a benfeit to all not just boaters

Sep 16th, 2013 | By

We have long touted Norwalk’s connection to the sea possessed as we are with one of the finest, protected harbors on Long Island Sound. Keeping that in mind, it was good to hear that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract to complete the final phase of dredging the city’s harbor. For more

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Chipotle Promotes Self, Better Farming Practices With (‘Eerie’) Video

Sep 16th, 2013 | By

The fast-food chain Chipotle has produced a beautiful, haunting animated video that depicts industrial-scale farming as a scourge of the animals and people who inhabit the commons.



Climate panel at Yale focuses on local responses

Sep 16th, 2013 | By

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy was one of six climate change experts who sat on a panel hosted by the Yale Climate and Energy Institute on the future of Connecticut and New England in the era of global warming. While the tone of the event was grim, the panelists suggested many possible solutions to mitigating the local effects of climate change, and those in attendance reacted positively.



Picket Tar Sands Financier TD Bank Saturdays

Sep 14th, 2013 | By

Roughly every other Saturday there is picketing at TD Bank locations around CT in protest of their investments in the Keystone XL pipeline.



Nature calendar: East Shore Festival Sept. 15 in New Haven

Sep 14th, 2013 | By

The East Shore Festival takes place TODAY 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 15, Woodward Avenue, New Haven. Check it out!



Parking spot dining in New Haven

Sep 13th, 2013 | By

There are hundreds of parking spaces in New Haven and now one has been converted into a terrace for a new restaurant, Meat and Company on Crown Street.