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Here Comes The New Haven Composting Man

Apr 24th, 2014 | By

Domingo Medina wants to bike up to your house and take away your old banana peels. He’d also like to charge you $8 for the privilege. Medina said the project recently got Connecticut state approval, as long as the compost is not sold. It must be used for New Haven Farms and, if there’s surplus,

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Bridgeport School Is A Green Leader

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

Communities around the country – and in Connecticut – are building greener educational institutions as a more efficient way of reducing energy costs. “Our experience in Connecticut is that cities and towns are very interested in their education facilities being green,” said Hartford-based architect Jim LaPosta. LaPosta was the principle designer of Bridgeport’s Fairchild Wheeler

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Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

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Legislative Panel Approves Wind Turbine Regulations on 4th Try

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
Windmills on the horizon in Providence, Rhode Island. (photo: cjzurcher)

A long-running dispute over how to regulate power-generating wind turbines in Connecticut ended Tuesday when a legislative committee finally approved new rules that will end a nearly three-year stalemate on the issue.

Wind energy businesses were fearful of more delays, warning failure to approve the regulations this time around could kill chances for moving ahead with wind turbines in this state.



Connecticut River Watershed Study Will Assess Impacts of Extreme Rain Events

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
Muddy sediment empties into Long Island Sound from the Connecticut River after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (NASA Earth Observatory)

A team of Yale researchers will lead a five-year, $3 million study to determine whether an increase in extreme rain events is affecting the transport of dissolved organic matter through the Connecticut River watershed, a phenomenon they say could alter the chemical composition and water quality of the watershed and Long Island Sound.



Himes leads talk of renewable energy for Earth Day

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

While Earth Day is a celebration of our planet, the day casts light on things that threaten our home; things like climate change and energy scarcity. For dozens of local conservationists and energy wonks who crowded Greenwich’s Audobon Center Tuesday afternoon, among them U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th), Earth Day was also about finding solutions to those problems. For

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Climate Change: Climate change Affects State, But Legislative Answers Stalled

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By
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176 bills on climate change were introduced in the 113th Congress, including 108 that address global warming and other climate change factors. But 68 bills would “hinder climate action,” including 45 that would curb the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.



Rockfall Foundation announces $25,000 in grants

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

The Rockfall Foundation has awarded its 2014 major grant awards to two environmental projects, focused in Middletown, the lower CT River, and along the Middlesex County shoreline.



Hydroponic Gardening Growing in New Haven

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Whalley Avenue in the Westville neighborhood of New Haven isn’t exactly an agricultural hot spot, but self-described environmentalist Brad Armstrong hopes to change that. Urban Seed in New Haven is Armstrong’s creation. He’s hoping to build hydroponic garden systems that can be used at homes and restaurants across the city. “It’s a form of container

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CL&P launches Home Energy Reports program

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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Beginning this week, more than 340,000 Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) customers will be automatically enrolled in a new, free energy-saving service called Home Energy Reports, an Energize Connecticut initiative.



Connecticut is currently revising its Wildlife Action Plan

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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Participation by conservation partners, academic institutions, and the public is the key to making the revised Plan an effective tool for conserving Connecticut’s diversity of wildlife resources for future generations.



Happy Earth Day 2014

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
A red tail hawk enjoys the view of Connecticut shoreline in the Short Beach area of Branford, April 19, 2014. (photo: Christopher Zurcher, Environmental Headlines)

Our planet is at a turning point. The massive global migration underway now from countryside to cities will demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years.

If the right investments are made now, this unique opportunity will be the catalyst for dramatic changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.



DEEP announces new and expanded recycling web pages

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

DEEP has published updated web pages that may be useful for your business or government agency in improving management of solid waste and increasing reuse and recycling at your work site or throughout your town or city. These improved web pages are consistent with DEEP’s focus on transforming the way our state manages solid waste

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Connecticut introduces two new brownfield redevelopment champions

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Connecticut now has two new brownfield redevelopment champions — Mark Lewis at DEEP and Tim Sullivan at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).



Op-ed: For CT business leaders, every day is Earth Day

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and his new Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee recognize that investing in energy efficiency is not only good for individual Connecticut businesses, it boosts economic growth for the state. Indeed, energy efficiency can be considered an economic driver. A 2009 economic analysis by Environment Northeast concluded that $1 invested in

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Forum: Climate change increasingly costly for Greater New Haven

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
A rain storm in 2012 prevented many commuters from finding a dry route to their homes after work. (photo: cjzurcher)

The impacts of climate change are increasingly costly for the New Haven region and the world. In New Haven, we’ve recently seen Hurricane Irene and the 2011 Halloween nor’easter that dumped heavy snow; an August 2012 torrential rain that dumped 2.1 inches in less than an hour, then October “Super Storm” Sandy. And in 2013 Blizzard Nemo hit. Then, 2014 saw the arrival of arctic vortex that created a much harsher winter and drove up heating bills. UI just announced plans to spend $100 million to cut back trees in the area to prepare for future storms, both of which will cost residents more but are especially hard on those with fixed incomes.

While the challenge is daunting, there are many great very doable solutions available. We just need to move on them. Now.



2014 Sound Futures Fund Grant Program Announced

Apr 22nd, 2014 | By
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The program, which was created by the Long Island Sound Study through its federal and state partners, is managed by NFWF. Further information, including the request for proposals, is available on NFWF’s Sound Futures Fund grant page. The deadline to apply is May 22.



Connecticut’s nuclear plant can use warmer water

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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The Millstone 2 plant may use water as warm as 80 degrees Fahrenheit, up from 75 degrees, said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is considering a similar request for Millstone 3.



Committee Poised To Approve New Wind Turbine Regulations

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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Lawmakers and state officials are optimistic they have finally struck the right balance in deciding where wind turbines in the state should be located.



Riding the rails through the ruin of Connecticut — Chris Powell

Apr 21st, 2014 | By
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Reading the governor’s press releases, Connecticut might think that preservation of farmland and prevention of “suburban sprawl” are compelling issues. Riding the train from Greenwich to Hartford gives a contrary impression. Thanks to Amtrak, such a trip is still possible for those who can deal with the bumps, shuttered washrooms, and clogged toilets.