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   Meriden to Receive Electric Generating Plant
   House Recognizes Connecticut-Massachusetts Trail
   Winsted High School to Receive Solar Technology
   Focus the Nation Lectures are Spurring Environmental Action
   Septic System Overhaul Receives Financial Support
   Trail to be Constructed in Elmwood Area of West Hartford
   Seven Power Plants to be Built Throughout State
   Companies to Pay for Water Contamination
   New Campus to Incorporate Green Technology
   Alternative Energy Projects to Receive Funding
   Town’s Industrial Park Closer to Receiving Wind Power
   Active Oil Fined for Storing Contaminated Waste Oil
   Cornwall and Canaan to Receive Open Space
   Vernon School Oil Tanks Need Replacement
   Contract to Expire With Trash Plant
   Plainville to House New Biomass Power Plant
   Rates Cut by Connecticut Electric Supplier
   New Haven Supports Carbon Cap
   Wallingford to Invest in Energy Cooperative
   Protected Land to be Bought by State
   Land Needed for Wastewater Treatment
   Schools to Receive Energy- and Cost-Friendly Plants
   Norwich Looks to Clean Contaminated Plot
   Unwarranted Fines Levied Against Stamford
   Single-Stream Recycling Hits East Coast
   Hearing to be Held Regarding Wood-Burning Plant
   Board of Selectmen Approves Energy Conservation Committee
   Open Space Initiative to go to Referendum
   Fledgling Environmental Group Elects Officers
   EPA Recognizes Excellent Air Quality at Ridgefield Schools
   Clean River Project Receives Donations
   Redding Receives Community Development Award
   Green Room Project for i.Park
   Barrels Finally Removed From Contaminated Waterbury Site
   Building Standards Guide Energy Conservation Efforts
   New Legislation Sets Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap
   Reparations to be Paid for River Damage
   Coastal Trail to Receive State and Federal Funding
   Durham Residents Unfavorable to Proposed Grocery Store
   Glastonbury Bolsters its Eco-Friendly Dial-A-Ride Fleet
   Fairfield’s GE Energy sells $1 Billion in Wind Turbines
   United States Performs Poorly on Environmental Ranking
   Yale University Leader in Greenhouse Gas Reduction
   Green Cleaning Method to be Used in Milford Property
   New Eco Web site for Westport Residents
   Whole Foods to Discontinue Plastic Bags
   Bridgeport Power Plant Slated for Construction
   CECD to Conduct National Search for Brownfields Director
   What Was Won, What Was Lost
   State to Save Money and Increase Cleaner Greener Power
   Citizens Banks Announces Energy Efficiency Homeowner Loans
   National Law Firm Plans Eco-Friendly Office
   West Cornwell Store First in State to Retail Biodiesel
   One Fourth of U.S. Bird Species in Danger
   Direct Energy Launches Energy Contest
   Brothers Open Organic Restaurant
   Subway Takes Steps to Become More Eco-friendly
   Green Community Planned for Stamford
   Amenta/Emma Architects to Go Green
   Yale Opens Sustainable Café
   New Credentialing Organization Launched for Green Building Professionals
   How CT Legislators Vote on the Environment
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Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration

Dive the Depths of the World’s Oceans at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration


Billed as “Connecticut’s premier destination for entertainment and education,” the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration (www.mysticaquarium.org)certainly lives up to its claims.  Read more...
Take a Local Vacation

Take a Local Vacation at One of Connecticut’s Green Inns and Bed & Breakfasts


According to a 2007 Expedia.com survey, 35% (that's nearly one-third) of all Americans don’t use their allotted vacation days. If you’ve resolved to take your much-deserved time off, but are skeptical about the real benefit of carbon offsets and sustainable travel, you can still enjoy your time off without feeling guilty for polluting the planet. Go local!

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Connecticut's Passion for Horticulture

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Connecticut Embraces Its Passion for Horticulture with the Federated Garden Clubs


Established during the spring of 1929, the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut [http://www.ctgardenclubs.org/] is now made up of over 8,000 members and 152 clubs. Read more...
Busnell Park: Hartford's Often Overlooked Gem

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Bushnell Park - Hartford’s Often Overlooked Gem


"An opening in the heart of the city, to which citizens will naturally flow in their walks; a place where children play; a place for holiday scenes and celebrations; where rich and poor will exchange looks and make acquaintance through the eyes; a place of life and motion that will make us more completely conscious of being one people." Read more...
Painting Takes Priority: Creative Days at Weir Farm

Painting Takes Priority: Creative Days at Weir Farm

by Victoria Everman

Founded in 1882 and established as a National Historical Site, Wilton/Ridgefield’s Weir Farm is the only National Park Service Site dedicated to American painting.  Read more...
Meet Connecticut’s Rare Species during an Audubon Society Day Trip
Piping Plover Connecticut
Between long days at the office, running errands and after school activities, it is easier than ever to loose touch with the natural world. Not associated with the National Audubon Society (whose Connecticut branch was established in 1941), the Connecticut Audubon Society [http://www.ctaudubon.org/] has been working to “conserve [our local] environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats” since 1898, including 19 wildlife sanctuaries with over 2,600 acres of open space.

One of the many programs the CAS offers is exciting EcoTravel experiences, including local day trips. “Have you ever wanted to chase a rarity near Connecticut, but couldn't find directions, or were concerned about going alone? Here's your chance to join CAS EcoTravel Rarities Expeditions [http://ecotravel.ctaudubon.org/day.htm]. We'll provide the transportation, drivers, company, and experienced leadership.” Often hosting at least four day-long adventures a month, the CAS EcoTravel program includes everything from bald eagles, harbor seals, the rare osprey, hiking, biking and more. Read more...
Protect, Preserve, Enjoy Connecticut at Earthplace
Owl at Earthplace, Westport, CT
Visiting a museum can sometimes be boring for both kids and adults but many of us feel somewhat obligated to walk through. One private non-profit in Westport was established to help educate and preserve the local Connecticut environment; in turn, they have found a way to make appreciating nature a fun-filled activity for the whole family.

“Founded in 1958 and accredited by The American Association of Museums, Earthplace [http://www.earthplace.org/] maintains a 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, contains an interactive natural history museum, houses live wildlife for public viewing and hosts many public nature programs and events,” says their official website. You could easily spend a long weekend at Earthplace and you still wouldn’t be able to see everything this unique destination has to offer. Read more...
The Ultimate Outdoor Experience: The Appalachian Trail

No matter the weather, a walk outdoors can enliven the spirit and put our lives into perspective. If your local parks and green spaces just aren’t inspiring you anymore then a hike along the Appalachian Trail is just what the doctor ordered.

Completed in 1937 as part of the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail stretches through 14 states along the East Coast: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. The entire trail is a total of 2,175 miles and varies in elevation from 124 feet to 6,625 feet. Nearly 10,000 people have reportedly hiked the entire distance, which can take upwards of seven months to complete and cost nearly $6,000 for gear and supplies along the way. Read more...
Looking for a Green Getaway?

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By Carol Latter

Construction is set to begin on the most environmentally sustainable five-star hotel in North America. Located at Wyndansea Oceanfront Golf Resort, the $200 million luxury hotel will sit on 370 acres of property at Long Beach, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia and overlook more than three miles of rugged coastline.

The hotel will be built to the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED™) Gold standards. It will use renewable energy systems such as seawater geo-thermal exchange, tidal power and photo-voltaic energy. Wyndansea is integrating state-of-the-art  LEED sustainable design practices for its entire resort, including building structures, interiors, furnishings, pathways, roads and services.

The property is being developed by Marine Drive Properties Ltd., and was designed by Ron Lea of Folio Architecture. “This hotel will get the world’s attention and be a showcase for Vancouver Island,” says Lea. “We believe it will be one of the most sustainable hotels in the world and the premier golf resort on the west coast of North America.”
Lea and developer Elke Loof Koehler, CEO of Marine Drive Properties Ltd., are building the luxury hotel to embrace three core design values: sustainability, integrity, and spirituality.  “The vision for Wyndansea combines a sense of respect for a special place with the guiding principles of luxury and sustainability,” says Loof-Koehler.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a globally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

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A "Green" Connecticut Dining Experience
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By Jessica Wronowski

As the trend toward green living grows, more people are seeking foods that fuel the body, appease the mind and sustain the planet. This often translates to a healthy diet that emphasizes organic and local produce, while minimizing a dependence on meat and pre-packaged foods. The organic lifestyle, however, doesn’t have to chain you to the kitchen. In Connecticut, a number of dining options exist for those who desire wholesome options, but refuse to scrimp on taste. Each of the following restaurants begins with a philosophy and adds a big dash of creativity to cook up some truly inspiring, organic cuisine. AllGreen Magazine takes a close look at five Connecticut restaurants that strive to create savory, organic meals to help nourish the body and replenish the earth. Read more...