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Fairfield Seeking Volunteers for Bike/Ped Committee 

Aug 15th, 2014 | By

The Town of Fairfield is seeking volunteers to serve on a Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. The Board of Selectman is seeking nine members to serve on this permanent committee. For more on this story, visit: Fairfield Seeking Volunteers for Bike/Ped Committee  – Bike Walk Connecticut.



Beaches, Parks Closed after heavy rains

Aug 14th, 2014 | By

East Beach at Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, Gay City State Park in Hebron along with Compo Beach and Burying Hill Beach in Westport are closed because of poor water quality. For more on this story, visit: Beaches, Parks Closed | NBC Connecticut.



Municipal Grants available for Aquatic Invasive Species Control on Inland Waters

Aug 14th, 2014 | By

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced the availability of funding for projects aimed at managing and reducing aquatic invasive species on inland waters of Connecticut.



UBS Backs Away From Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
From left to right: Vic Lancia, Nick Katkevich, Carmen Cordero, April Scheller, Colin Bennett, Ben Martin, Dan Fischer, Anthony Sorge. (contributed)

UBS, the world’s third top funder of mountaintop removal in 2011, has taken steps demonstrating its commitment to significantly reduce financing of the mining practice.

In the summer of 2013, members of the campaign were arrested during a protest at UBS’s Knoxville, Tenn., office. Shortly afterwards, four members of the Connecticut-based group Capitalism vs. the Climate blocked the entrance to UBS’s North American headquarters in Stamford, Conn., and were arrested.



DEEP Grant Program Aims to Replace or Remove Inefficient Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
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As part of an overall effort to address public health and environmental issues raised by the use of Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has announced a grant program that offers a financial incentive for the removal or replacement of older, less efficient units. Click on this Environmental Headline for more on this story.



Fellowship to help CT Audubon Society bring climate change educate to schools

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
Eckman being honored with the Tamar Chotzen Audubon Educator of the Year award during a meeting of the National Audubon Society Board of Directors at Audubon's Corkscrew Sanctuary in Naples, Florida, Jan. 29, 2011. The prestigious award, named for a pioneering Audubon education leader, has been bestowed annually since 2006. It recognizes outstanding commitment, professionalism and accomplishment in Audubon conservation education.

Connecticut Audubon Society’s education director, Michelle Eckman, has been selected as one of 26 recipients of a prestigious international fellowship to develop a climate change curriculum for high school freshmen in New Haven, with a goal of expanding the curriculum to high schools throughout the state.



CTLCV Endorses 15 in Races for General Assembly Seats

Aug 14th, 2014 | By
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Wednesday, the bipartisan Connecticut League of Conservation Voters (CTLCV) named its first slate of endorsed candidates for election to the Connecticut General Assembly in the November 4 elections.



Plans To Build Power Plant in Oxford Resurrected

Aug 13th, 2014 | By

Plans to build a gas power plant on the northern town line are being resurrected despite some opposition. Competitive Power Ventures is proposing to build a 805-megawatt facility on an approximately 20-acre site in the Woodruff Hill industrial complex. “The growth that Oxford is having now, and will have in the near future, will be

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Connecticut power plant cited for 3 minor safety violations

Aug 13th, 2014 | By

Federal inspectors cited the state’s nuclear plant on Tuesday for three minor safety violations, including a worker who inhaled radioactive material. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it found three violations of “very low safety significance” in a quarterly inspection of the Millstone Power Plant on June 30. For more on this story, visit: Connecticut power

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Save the Sound completes Plainville asphalt project

Aug 13th, 2014 | By

Connecticut environmental advocate Save the Sound completed work on a 4,000-square-foot porous pavement this month, preventing rainfall from entering the stormwater management system. For more on this story, visit: Save the Sound completes Plainville asphalt project | HartfordBusiness.com.



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Aug 11th, 2014 | By

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New Haven, state officials create ‘urban oases’ in 4 city parks

Aug 9th, 2014 | By

“Urban oases” at four city parks were designated at a ceremony Friday, in Beaver Ponds Park, West River Memorial Park, Dover Beach Park and East Shore Park. “Oases and refuge are going to be the beating heart of nature in the middle of New Haven,” U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said at the ceremony in

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Sharlach proposes transit authority

Aug 9th, 2014 | By

Phil Sharlach of Wilton, who is running for Connecticut State Senate in the 26th District, submitted the following on transportation issues facing Connecticut. “… I propose the New York-Connecticut Transportation Authority. The NYCTA is an all-encompassing approach to resolve Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure crisis. The NYCTA will be an independent, non-governmental entity formed by New York

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What’s happening at Farm Creek in Rowayton?

Aug 8th, 2014 | By

Anyone who has driven through Rowayton recently and seen the “No House in Farm Creek” signs can attest, there are residents with strong feelings regarding the fate of this property. For more on this story, visit: Farm Creek | Rowayton, CT | newcanaandarienmag.com.



Homely but Valuable: Don’t Pull that Weed!

Aug 7th, 2014 | By

It’s a dilemma: Some of the plants we call homely weeds, beneficial insects call home-or dinner, or incubator. I was reminded of this when a visitor recently remarked, “You’re growing all the stuff I pull out.” He was looking at the patch of gone-by milkweed. The milkweed family, I said, is the only one that

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Yankee Gas Breaks Ground on First Large-Scale Natural Gas Expansion Project in Connecticut

Aug 7th, 2014 | By
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Residents and businesses in Wilton will soon be able to make the switch to clean-burning, affordable natural gas. Yankee Gas is installing a new natural gas pipeline, making Wilton the first community in the state to partner with a utility through Connecticut’s Comprehensive Energy Strategy.



CTLCV releases 15th Annual Legislative Scorecard

Aug 6th, 2014 | By
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The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters has released its 2014 Environmental Scorecard, the latest in a 15-year series of documents which rate Connecticut’s state legislators by the votes they have cast on key environmental bills.



UIL Purchases $20 Million LNG Facility in Milford

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

UIL Holdings Corporation announced the purchase of a 14.6 million gallon liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage facility and related assets in Milford, Connecticut from subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, Inc. for approximately $20 million. UIL purchased the assets through its subsidiary on July 31, 2014. The Milford facility is operated by The Southern Connecticut Gas Company,

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Real Action On Climate Change, Melissa Everett, Enfield

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

Connecticut has been a national leader in clean energy programs and policies. Let’s show that Connecticut is a leader in bringing out smart, creative people to New York City, and then engaging them in the exciting work of transforming our state’s energy system town by town. For more on this story, visit: Real Action On

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Letter: Building processing plant on Mt. Parnassus open space is inappropriate

Aug 6th, 2014 | By

The area around the Harris open space property on Mt. Parnassus has a long history of land preservation. As far back as 1933, Capt. George Comer did “give, grant, bargain, sell and confirm” the land bordering the Harris property to the state of Connecticut. This land was given to the state of Connecticut for the

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