Archive for February 2014

State Celebrates Successful First Year of Commercial Clean Energy Financing Program

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s “Green Bank,” the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, says it has celebrated the successful first year of its nationally-recognized Commercial and Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE program. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from CEFIA.



Secretary Kerry’s Global Warming Initiative: by Henry Auer

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

In Indonesia Kerry spoke recently on the critical nature of the problem of worsening global warming, and on the importance of reaching international accord to limit further emissions. He is personally committed to making global warming be a central theme in U. S. diplomatic efforts. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from global warming expert Henry Auer.



Boucher: Protect Connecticut’s Open Space Permanently

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

An important bill to preserve lands under the control of the DEEP and the Department Of Agriculture will help protect Connecticut’s open space by permanently preserving state lands of high conservation value: Boucher.



Register 30th Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference by March 1 and save $10!

Feb 28th, 2014 | By

Saturday, March 15, 2014 8:30am – 4:45pm followed by post-conference reception Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT Full details here.



UTC to Invest Billions in Research and Facilities, Build New Pratt Headquarters

Feb 27th, 2014 | By
United Technologies has announced billions of dollars in UTC research and development, and facilities and capital expenditures around the state over the next five years.

The announcement $500 million in aerospace research, development and manufacturing and up to $4 billion in research and other capital expenditures in Connecticut, according to Malloy, who met with CEO Louis Chenevert to discuss the agreement.



Mattress Recycling Council requests streamlined mattress recycling fee collection process in Connecticut

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Last week the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) submitted a request to Connecticut regulators to simplify the fee collection process required by Public Act 13-42. Enacted in 2013, the law authorizes mattress retailers to collect a fee that will fund the recycling of used mattresses discarded in the state. For more on this story, visit: Mattress

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Efforts underway to give more Connecticut residents access to solar power

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Efforts to give a broader group of Connecticut residents access to renewable energy for their homes are underway in the state legislature.



Audubon Connecticut seeks Director of Development

Feb 27th, 2014 | By

Director of Development, Audubon Connecticut (Greenwich, Connecticut).



A letter to James Hansen regarding his draft paper

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

A letter from New Haven-based Promoting Enduring Peace board member Stanley Heller to James Hansen regarding his draft paper “Renewable Energy, Nuclear Power and Galileo: Do Scientists Have a Duty to Expose Popular Misconceptions?”



DOT Wants Residents’ Ideas For Connecticut’s Transportation System

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

What do Connecticut residents want their highways, airports, ferry lines and railroads to look like in the future? State transportation planners are visiting Bridgeport, New London and Hartford this week to get public opinion for the TransformCT long-range strategic guide. For more on this story, visit: DOT Wants Residents’ Ideas For Connecticut’s Transportation System –

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Complete streets, share-the-road and commuter trains top CTBPAB Annual Report

Feb 26th, 2014 | By

The Connecticut Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board Annual Report is a must-read for anyone riding a bicycle or driving a car in Connecticut. It addresses *all* aspects of pedaling including traffic, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, environmental and health aspects to putting places on trains where commuters can put their bikes. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Connecticut faces big shifts on energy, recycling, Klee says

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

If Robert Klee is daunted by the challenge that lies ahead as the state’s next Department of Energy and Environmental Protection commissioner, he doesn’t show it. The agency’s former chief of staff under then-Commissioner Dan Esty, Klee views his pending ascendancy to DEEP’s top job as an opportunity to remake Connecticut at a historic juncture.

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Conn. considers ban on natural gas wastewater

Feb 25th, 2014 | By

A year after approving a massive expansion of natural gas use in Connecticut, state lawmakers are considering a ban on storing or recycling wastewater generated as a byproduct of gas exploration. Environmentalists back several bills intended to eliminate any possibility that Connecticut will be exposed to wastewater produced when chemical-laced water used to fracture underground

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How New England’s dependence on natural gas is causing a pipeline traffic jam

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Which would you rather do: heat your home, or turn on your lights? That’s a choice made every day on New England’s natural gas pipelines, and the answer is always the same. Heating homes is given priority. It’s a decision that makes sense given the number of other fuels available to generate electricity — coal,

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Plan to cull Block Island deer postponed

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

A plan to cull deer on Block Island has been postponed. Town Manager Nancy Dodge says they are putting off the culling until the fall or next winter. In the meantime, she says she hopes the state law can be changed. For more on this story, visit: Plan to cull Block Island deer postponed –

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Connecticut Sea Grant Announces 2014 Grant Recipients

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Connecticut Sea Grant at the University of Connecticut announces four new grants totaling $ 491,750 to researchers in Connecticut for the years 2014-2016. These grants will fund research projects focusing on the ecosystems and natural resources of Long Island Sound and Connecticut’s shoreline communities. For more on this story, visit: READER SUBMITTED: Connecticut Sea Grant

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In Supreme Court Challenge To Colebrook Project, Lawyers Argue About Wind

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Is wind a fuel? That question consumed much of the arguments Friday at the Connecticut Supreme Court during its consideration of a challenge to the controversial construction of two wind farms in Colebrook by BNE Energy. The answer to this largely procedural question has the power to slow or stop construction of the wind farm.

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The Dart: Stamford gardener preserves history, and a banana tree

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Even though there’s snow on the ground and freezing temperatures outside, Sam Billings is thinking about greener pastures. Billings manages the greenhouse and vast gardens at the Treetops estate near Mianus River Park on the border of Greenwich, and is preparing for an incredible spring season. “I’m working to install about two acres of gardens,”

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CT environmental community watches as Klee takes helm of DEEP

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

Early in his second week on the job, Robert Klee, Connecticut’s new interim commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, admitted that during his first week on the job he had called his predecessor, Dan Esty – once. “We joked about – you have my number, but you don’t need to use it,”

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Early Registration for the 30th Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference Closes March 1

Feb 24th, 2014 | By

The 30th Annual Connecticut Land Conservation Conference takes place from 8:30am to 4:45pm Saturday, March 15, 2014 It will be followed by post-conference reception at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT For full details, visit http://www.ctconservation.org/2014-Conference.