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$125K grant could breathe new life into Bristol brownfields site

Oct 14th, 2014 | By

Across the street from ESPN is a 17-acre site that Mayor Ken Cockayne called “dead property right now,” just scrub trees and brush on a partially polluted parcel at the doorstep to Lake Compounce. But if environmental studies underway now and set for completion next year find what’s expected — a few hot spots that

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Two Coyotes Wilderness School seeks Interim Marketing Director

Oct 12th, 2014 | By

Two Coyotes Wilderness School is looking for someone with a marketing and design background to fill in for our Marketing Director who is taking a short sabbatical for a month or two. Two Coyotes is a non-profit mentoring organization that helps children and families build relationships to nature, people and purpose. Two Coyotes helps children

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PSEG Power Connecticut to donate, install solar panels at Bridgeport libraries

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

PSEG Power Connecticut today announced that it has donated and will install approximately 1,600 solar panels at two of Bridgeport’s libraries – the main Downtown Burroughs-Saden Library, located at 925 Broad St.; and the North Branch Library, located at 3455 Madison Ave. For more on this story, visit: PSEG Power Connecticut to donate, install solar

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Bridgeport Council passes resolution to retire coal plant. PSEG to donate and install solar panels

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

Monday night, in a 17-1 vote overseen by Mayor Bill Finch, the Bridgeport City Council approved a resolution calling for a responsible and managed retirement of the Bridgeport Harbor Station coal plant.

“This is a huge step toward healthier air and cleaner water in Bridgeport,” said Onté Johnson, Bridgeport organizing representative of the Sierra Club.



Milford, Bridgeport microgrid projects get $5M from state

Oct 9th, 2014 | By

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that new microgrid projects in Bridgeport and Milford – which will help keep critical buildings and facilities in those two cities powered even when the grid goes down – have been awarded a total of $5.1 million through the second round of the innovative Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Microgrid Program.



DEEP head tours Middletown environmental, energy projects

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

City and state officials toured a half-dozen remediation, development and energy projects Wednesday. Robert Klee, commissioner for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, joined Mayor Daniel Drew, city planner Michiel Wackers and other city and state officials on a bus tour that began at city hall and wound through seven completed and ongoing

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Energy stance: Malloy embraces activism, Foley the market | The CT Mirror

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Ed Note: Unfortunately, as we have heard, Malloy sees natural gas as “cleaner.” The question is: How can we get him to invest in other forms of energy as robustly as he has invested in natural gas?  “Cheaper, cleaner, more reliable.” That mantra has guided the energy policy of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration since

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Greenwich Land Trust Combats Invasive Pests

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Greenwich Land Trust is also combating invasive pests by planting a special kind American Chestnut Tree. A pathogen wiped out four billion of these trees in the mid 1900s. “There’s been very long term, extensive efforts to breed resistance to the disease into the trees,” said Rutledge. “The Land Trust is going to be partnering

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Migrating swallows put poetry in motion over Old Lyme

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

With soft moon glow and the setting sun for footlights, tiny winged performers by the hundreds soared high overhead and low across the lapping waters of the Connecticut River, drawn to an aerial stage over Goose Island. For more on this story, visit: The Day – Migrating swallows put poetry in motion over Old Lyme

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7 Great Vistas for Fall Color

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Rumor has it it’s going to be a stellar year for fall foliage color. Thankfully, Nutmeggers don’t have to travel far north in New England to get a front row seat to the show. For more on this story, visit: 7 Great Vistas for Fall Color | Connecticut Forest & Park Association.



Conservation Commission cleans up Pequabuck

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

The Plainville Conservation Commission held its annual Pequabuck river cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 27. The area, which covers the south side of the West Cemetery on Route 177, has had significant flooding from a river that people have thrown garbage into. “We had a good sized dump truck,” said PCC Secretary Lisa Lozier in a

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Jackson Laboratory opens on UConn Health Center campus

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

The laboratory, located on the 16-acre University of Connecticut Health Center campus, is a state of the art $135 million research center that works to find the genetic causes of disease and the development of individualized plans of treatment. For more on this story, visit: Jackson Laboratory opens on UConn Health Center campus.



Coast Guard to aid oil spill clean-up in New Haven

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

The U.S. Coast Guard will assist in the cleanup of an oil spill at Mill River in New Haven this week after a report filed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection alerted them to the slick. For more on this story, visit: Coast Guard to aid oil spill clean-up | Yale Daily

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Uranium On The Brain: Inside The Vermont-Yankee Nuclear Power Plant

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

Nearly a third of the electricity generated in New England is produced by nuclear power from four plants — including Vermont-Yankee Nuclear Power Station, which sits on a picturesque bend in the Connecticut River, near Brattleboro, Vt. For more on this story, visit: Uranium On The Brain: Inside The Vermont-Yankee Nuclear Power Plant | WGBH

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Putnam Family Preserves 33 acres

Oct 8th, 2014 | By

One small piece of the Quiet Corner has been preserved forever thanks to the generosity of the Hayden family who recently donated a 33-acre woodland parcel in East Putnam to the Wyndham Land Trust. The land, part of a homestead that had been in the Hayden family for five generations, will now be known as

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Norwich gets report on Millstone emergency center

Oct 7th, 2014 | By

Dominion’s Millstone Nuclear Power Station is nearing completion of a $10 million to $20 million emergency response system this fall, mandated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the wake of the 2011 catastrophic failure of one Japanese nuclear power plant, while a second one weathered the major earthquake and tsunami. For more on this

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Long Lane Property Travels a Long, Winding Road Toward Rehabilitaiton

Oct 7th, 2014 | By

Far on the edge of campus, past the solemn stones of Indian Hill and the raucous houses of Fountain, under the plastic green of Smith Field and the brick walls of the Cady Building, the soil has shifted. A large remediation program is currently underway on the two parcels of land divided by Long Lane

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Did you know about 20,000 eagles, hawks and falcons fly over Audubon Greenwich each fall?

Oct 7th, 2014 | By

Did you know an average of 20,000 eagles, falcons and other raptors are counted by spotters as they fly over Audubon Greenwich each Fall? Come see it for yourself at the Quaker Ridge Hawk Watch!



Madison’s Salt Meadow Park opens, saving rare coastal forest

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

The opening of Salt Meadow Park recently was a small victory for Audubon Connecticut Director of Bird Conservation Patrick Comins. In the early 2000s, Comins said he assisted in stopping the development of a proposed 140-unit adult housing development on the land — a rare “coastal forest.” “Our coastline is highly developed, so (coastal forests)

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Hartford company plants over 900 flowers, trees, grasses at Seaside Park

Oct 6th, 2014 | By

Volunteers from Hartford design firm Stantec spent hours planting and sprucing up Bridgeport’s Seaside Park as part of a companywide day of service. For more on this story, visit: Hartford company plants over 900 flowers, trees, grasses at Seaside Park | HartfordBusiness.com.