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Part nature, part nurture for Live Green Connecticut chief

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

When the fifth Live Green Connecticut Food & Music Festival kicks off at Taylor Farm Park in Norwalk the weekend of Sept. 13-14, 5,000 attendees — the same number as in the previous four years — can expect to experience environmentalism as practiced with gentle persuasion. Other such fairs are ripe with hemp products and greener-than-thou

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USDA Funds Bio-Energy Research in Central CT

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a non-profit economic development organization based in East Hartford, Conn., was awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to work on Phase II of a project that will determine the feasibility of implementing an alternative fuels facility in rural north-central Connecticut. USDA Rural Development provided $53,000 for CCAT

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Conn. community tries recycling food waste

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

Connecticut has struggled for years to cut its amount of trash by increasing recycling. It turns out food waste and other organics account for the single biggest category of trash and about a third of the waste stream. Finding new ways to deal with food waste has been a slow go – but that might

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‘You gotta love it,’ farmer says of his job

Aug 1st, 2014 | By

Hunts Brook Farm is not certified organic, but is a “Farmer’s Pledge Farm.” This means the farmers have signed a pledge with the Connecticut branch of the Northeast Organic Farming Association stating that they will follow “ecologically sound” principals in farming, but that the farm does not face inspection. For more on this story, visit:

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Nature Conservancy begins fish passage plan on Falls River in Essex

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

Work has started along the Falls River on a fishway that will benefit such migratory fish as alewife and blueback herring, as well as migrating American eel and other resident fish. The work at the privately owned Tiley-Pratt dam will open the way for fish to access to an additional 2.5 miles of river, as

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Courant Editorial: State should help move houses out of storm surge’s way rather than shore them up

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

The program will do little to address the larger issue of how coastal communities deal with the effects of climate change.



Land trust terminates contract for bird sanctuary; property owner ‘disappointed’

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

In Connecticut, the Norwalk Land Trust is scrapping a plan to create a public bird sanctuary. The $1 million contract would have preserved an environmentally-sensitive coastal property. But the plan’s controversy proved too much for the land trust. The Norwalk Land Trust said in a statement that its decision to rescind the contract was made

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CL&P proposes significant increase on utility bills

Jul 31st, 2014 | By
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Are you a CL&P customer? Your bill could be increasing by as much as 60 percent by the end of this year! CL&P says it is proposing the increase to cover a gap related to past storm damage.



Collins gets Green Party slot in run for 38th District seat

Jul 31st, 2014 | By

Waterford resident Bill Collins has won ballot access as the Green Party candidate for 38th District state representative seat, according to a Waterford Green Party press release. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Collins gets Green Party slot in run for 38th District seat | News from southeastern Connecticut.



REVIEW: Sun Power: How Energy from the Sun Is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet | Aaron Goode

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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A review of the book Sun Power: How Energy from the Sun Is Changing Lives Around the World, Empowering America, and Saving the Planet is written by Aaron Goode who writes, “Williams passes along lessons learned from two decades of peddling solar home systems (SHSs) in India, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and other far-flung parts of the developing world….”



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Jul 30th, 2014 | By

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White House Issues Bold Climate Change Warning

Jul 30th, 2014 | By
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Putting off expensive measures to curb climate change will only cost the United States more in the long run, the White House said Tuesday.



New Canaan joins green building initiative

Jul 30th, 2014 | By

New Canaan has joined nearly 90 Connecticut municipalities in a program aimed at encouraging businesses to become more energy efficient, following Town Council approval July 16. Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy, or C-PACE, facilitates loan financing for clean energy improvements to commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners who then receive private capital up front for the

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New Haven chosen for clean FuelCell Energy power plant

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Information regarding the projects, which consist of two 2.8 MW DFC3000 fuel cell power plants to be installed at different sites within the UI service territory, was released on April 30 and identified Bridgeport as one location with the other to be named at a later date.



Revised Survey Map, Zoning Map Amendment Filed for Satan’s Kingdom LLC’s Proposed Zone Change

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Satan’s Kingdom, LLC has filed a revised survey map and revised zoning map amendment for its proposal to change 30.386 acres of Canton land along Route 44 from residential to Industrial. The proposal will likely be set for a public hearing at the Sept. 17, 2014 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The revisions are largely technical in

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Bridgeport getting new train station

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Bond Commission to Approve Funds for Engineering and Design of Barnum Station



Program launched to help those on shoreline prepare for severe weather/flooding

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

“Shore Up CT” Provides Low-Interest Loans to Elevate Homes and Businesses – Apply Now at www.ShoreUpCT.org



New Waterbury line advocate takes the driver’s seat

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today commended Metro North Railroad for the appointment of a new Waterbury Branch Line advocate, a person who will be responsible for improving service on the line. Mike Donnarumma was named District Superintendent on the New Haven Line, with a particular attention paid to the Waterbury Branch Line. Donnarumma, who lives in

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Governor approves funds for repair of south branch of Park River channel

Jul 29th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced that $4.6 million for repairs and improvements to flood control infrastructure that protects hundreds of homes and properties along the South Branch of the Park River as it flows through the towns of Newington, West Hartford, and Hartford were approved at a meeting of the State Bond Commission.



Habitat Change Threatens Connecticut’s Birds; Sound Conservation Management is Crucial to Recovery

Jul 29th, 2014 | By
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Connecticut’s wide diversity of bird species is diminishing and is at risk of continued declines as habitats throughout the state suffer from neglect caused by a lack of conservation management. Connecticut Audubon Society has released its annual State of the Birds Report to serve as a guide, a warning, and a call to action.

The declining population of Bobolinks in Connecticut can be addressed with proper land management.