Posts Tagged ‘ Sustainability ’

SDAT completes its rounds in Bridgeport

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

The sustainability experts who set out to provide broad assessments to help frame future policies and sustainability solutions in the city of Bridgeport, have completed their rounds.

While the bones of a great city are there, Bridgeport has an image problem.

How to fix? “Convene the mavens.” Transform the Neighborhood Revitalization Zones and equip neighborhood leaders and City Hall to work with public. And continue to read more ….

Manchester Livable Neighborhoods Program Encourages Residents To Take Charge

Sep 20th, 2010 | By

The plan of action in the town’s Livable Neighborhoods program spans the spectrum of grassroots involvement. Chapters in the program workbook cover tree planting, crime prevention, litter removal, historic preservation, collaborative home improvement and how to plan a block party, among others. “We’ve become a society that expects government to take care of everything,” according

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Seven writers weigh in on whether Hartford is a dead city or not

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

Hartford isn’t dead. Like Sleeping Beauty, it just looks dead. Hartford doesn’t need a prince, but bold-thinking women and men to wake her. It is shameful and, frankly, unsustainable, for the capital of our wealthy state to be one of the country’s poorest cities. What caused the coma? Ignoring Hartford’s financial interdependency with the suburbs;

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Sustainability Design Assessment Team meeting in Bridgeport Today through Weds

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

The Sustainable Design Assessment Team’s “outsider” perspective will provide the city with “objective professional expertise free from any hidden agendas or political context,” according to Joel Mills, director of the American Institute of Architects’ Center for Communities by Design. Bridgeport was one of seven communities chosen this year for the Sustainable Design Assessment Team program.

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Four F&ES Students from Developing Countries Named Compton Fellows

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

New Haven, Conn. — Four Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) students have been named Compton International Fellows for 2010-2011 by the Tropical Resources Institute. The Compton Fellows chosen this year are all first-year candidates for master’s degrees in environmental management. They each received $11,250 from the Compton Foundation, which has enabled F&ES students from developing

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SUBWAY Recognizes Partners for Sustainability Efforts

Aug 23rd, 2010 | By

Milford, Connecticut-based SUBWAY, which has made a commitment to make its restaurants and global operations more environmentally responsible, presented Sustainability Awards to three vendors at its recent annual convention in Chicago.

The companies recognized are: Pactiv’s PWP Industries of Vernon, California; Matosantos Commercial Corp. of Vega Bajam, Puerto Rico; and Closed Loop Recycling of Smithfield, Australia.

Closed Loop undertook a recycling initiative in Australia which saw 130,000 tons of materials removed from the waste stream to be later recycled and remanufactured.

Is This Tomato “Sustainable”?

Jul 27th, 2010 | By

According to the label, this tomato traveled all the way from Canada to a New Haven “sustainable” farmers market. It was for sale inside a box that read, “Native Hot House Tomatoes / 3 for $2.00 / Each for $0.75.” Same goes for the cherries on sale at Beinecke Plaza on the Yale campus last

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Editorial — Important Lessons on Sustainability

Jul 15th, 2010 | By

It is necessary that we teach our young people the importance of living in a sustainable way, that they be impressed with the need to measure the impact they have on the environment. It is imperative that these lessons become so deeply entrenched that they pass them on to yet another generation. We must give

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‘DIRT! The Movie’ — with Reception, Exhibitors & Panel Discussion, 6 p.m. Weds. July 14, Greenwich

Jul 12th, 2010 | By

6 p.m.: Local Wine & Cheese Reception with Guest Exhibitors; 7 p,m,: Film Screening (83 min.) & Panel Discussion about Dirt! The Movie. Come for an evening and leave with a new appreciation for soil, writes Jeff Cordulack of Audubon Greenwich. You may have never heard of the film, but once you’ve seen it, you

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Seeing City (Hartford) Sites Sustainably

Jul 7th, 2010 | By

It is not a bike race. It is a bike ride. It is not a foot race. It is a walk. Actually, organizers say it is: “an anti-sprawl, pro-fun, pro-sustainable-city, anti-pollution, anti-couch potato, pro-bicycle, pro-pedestrian event.” The 2010 Discover Hartford Bicycle & Walking Tour, the third in recent years, will be held Saturday, September 11,

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Community-supported agriculture: Promoting local animal farms

Jul 6th, 2010 | By

“Buying local is now a big business, and going green is getting even bigger,” said David Finn, owner of Eagle Wood Farms, who says his is one of the largest pig farms in the state. The farm breeds and sells cows and pigs for meat, as well as auctioning South African boar goats.

Organic Farmer Helps Local Farm Plow Ahead

Jul 1st, 2010 | By

Annie Farrell, an expert in organic farming who manages the 75-acre Millstone Farm in Wilton, came to Fairfield Wednesday night to help residents create an organic teaching farm in Fairfield.

Himes Welcomes Oregon Rep. Blumenauer for Discussion on Pro-Growth Transportation Strategy for Southwest Connecticut

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

On Sunday U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) welcomed Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Chair of the Livable Communities Task Force, to Norwalk for a discussion with area experts on developing and implementing a pro-growth transportation strategy for Southwest Connecticut. Blumenauer is a nationally-renowned expert in smart growth transportation policies. “Transportation plays a major role in quality

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IBM, Esty Environmental Partners Spearhead Sustainability Innovators Initiative

Jun 25th, 2010 | By

“Finding the right strategic response to the sustainability imperative is a core competitive challenge for companies,” said Dan Esty, Esty Environmental Partners Chairman and Hillhouse Professor at Yale University. “Companies that meet this challenge will find new ways to reduce risks and costs, achieve growth through innovation, and enhance the value of their brand. Through

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On the path to sustainability

Jun 12th, 2010 | By

As global population surges toward 9.1 billion people by 2050, Western diets rich in meat and dairy products will become unsustainable, according to a United Nations Environment Program’s report released earlier this week. The report was prepared by the International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management, drawing on dozens of smaller studies. It notes that agricultural

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Survery finds majority of Connecticut companies adopting green business strategies

Jun 9th, 2010 | By

Despite a slow-growing post-recession economy, the majority of Connecticut businesses have embraced sustainable business practices and most view their return on investment in green initiatives in terms other than dollars and cents. Upfront costs and lack of knowledge are the two primary obstacles companies face in their efforts to go green. That’s according to the

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Climate and Sustainability: Moving by Degrees live conference on the Web 11a-8:30p ET, June 9, 2010

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

Climate and Sustainability: Moving by Degrees is a national, interactive, day-long symposium that brings the nation’s top scientists, policymakers and business leaders together with reporters from public radio and commercial stations from around the nation. Join the conference live on the Web. Watch streaming video from the day-long symposium, and participate in interactive discussions with

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Where We Live: Blazing the Trail to Smart Growth (Audio)

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

Forty years ago, downtown Portland, Oregon was losing residents and businesses to housing developments, shopping malls, and business parks in the suburbs. Sound familiar? But then Portland made a series of decisions: They decided not to build a new freeway. They decided to eliminate a freeway along the Willamette River. And then they went to

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CBIA To Release Sustainability Survey At Sustainability Conference; CTEH readers get member discount

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

CBIA will release results of its 2010 Sustainability and Connecticut Business Survey at the 4th annual Sustainability Conference at the Hartford Marriott the morning of June 9. The survey examines how businesses are adopting environmental and social responsibility, to what extent, and at what cost or benefit. I spoke with Adam Ney at Super Green

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Build bike lanes in Connecticut

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Bike paths The governor should commit to the East Coast Greenway Few investments address as many problems at once as multi-use trails. Trails provide a means to combat obesity, climate change and dependence on foreign oil. They enhance quality of life, reduce transportation costs and spur economic development (witness the bike shops, restaurants and guest

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