What: Tour the LEED Gold certified New Fire Station at 121 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk
When: April 9, 2015 @ 5 pm
Presented by: The Connecticut Green Building Council, The B.E.S.T. Program at Norwalk Community College and the Mayor's Office Energy and Environment Task Force
Presentation of project:
David Pacheco, Principal, Pacheco Ross Architects, Voorheesville, NY
Peter Etzel, V.P. of Operations, Newfield Construction, Hartford, CT
Learn to make a remarkably simple and tasty yogurt cheese called labneh, a quick, easy and economical farmhouse ricotta and a delicious lemon and honey dessert cheese that is great for stuffing French toast or filling crepes! Learn all about raw vs pasteurized milk, the type of equipment you will need, the best ingredients to use, where to buy the best ingredients and how to safely make, season and store your own artisan cheese. Click here to register.
*Price includes a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all materials for the class, each cheese making demo and tastes of the 3 cheeses made: ricotta over croccantini with aged balsamic drizzle, labneh with garlic olive oil and herbs over crostini and the dessert cheese topped with organic fig marmalade.
A lifelong artist and an organic farmer and cheese maker for over 20 years, Carol Lake is a passionate educator that uses her art, farming and cheese making to encourage others to see the beauty of the natural world around them. “Basic, simple foods are what we have thrived on as a species for hundreds of generations”, she says. “It’s time to bring back that instinctual knowledge of simple things, like how to make cheese from good, fresh milk and other pronounceable ingredients.” Carol thoroughly enjoys teaching others how to avoid some of those very pitfalls, and shows us just how simple and cost effective it is to eat delicious, homemade artisan cheese!
Alina Lawrence is an olive oil educator, speaker, consultant and owner of Olivette, boutique olive oil tasting rooms in Darien, CT and Westport, CT. Alina received her training and certification in olive oil sensory analysis from the National Organization of Olive Oil Tasters (ONAOO) in Imperia, Italy and The Robert Mondavi Institute at the University of California at Davis. Alina grew up in Europe; and from a young age, she started spending time in the kitchen with her grandmother making everything from scratch.
There, in her grandmother’s kitchen she learned to appreciate quality food made from locally sourced, artisan ingredients!
On March 5th at 6:30 pm, at The Carriage Barn Arts Center, located on 681 South Ave., New Canaan,
Connecticut, Steve Conaway of the Greenwich Land Trust and The American Chestnut Foundation will tell the story of the blight that decimated billions of trees and efforts to restore a blight-resistant American Chestnut to its native woodlands. Last November, Steve led an initiative to plant hundreds of American Chestnut saplings in a sanctuary at the GLT.
Interested in learning about the latest trends in the recycling industry? Join NERC's 2014 conference for top-quality speakers, engaging sessions, and networking opportunities.
The upcoming 2014 Conference—The New Era of Recycling—offers plenary and concurrent sessions designed to provide you with the information needed to understand the recycling markets of seven materials (paper, plastics, tires, glass, steel, organics, and electronics). Click on the Agenda for more details on speakers and session schedules.
When: November 6 – 7, 2014
Registration: Deadline to register, October 31, 2014. Click here to register.
By Heather Burns
There's nothing quite like helping to make history, but even so, getting my kids up and at 'em at 6:30 am on a Sunday was as difficult as expected...yet more than worth it.
MetroNorth trains bound for the City were packed with Connecticut business leaders, students, environmental groups and concerned citizens all donning teeshirts, hand made costumes and/or signs telling their climate story. As the train picked folks up along its stops, a sense of community, collaboration and solidarity grew between strangers.
In fact, an estimated 400,000 people took to New York City streets for the people's climate march -- that's four times the number anticipated. Aside from the A-listers you'd expect -- like Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Sting and Leonardo DiCaprio -- were top corporate executives from IKEA, NRG Unilever and members of We Mean Business, a "coalition of organizations working with thousands of the world’s most influential businesses and investors that recognize that the transition to a low carbon economy is the only way to secure sustainable economic growth and prosperity for all."
In fact, even Bristol Massachusetts district attorney, Sam Sutter, who dropped criminal charges against the fisherman who blocked a 40,000 ton delivery of coal heading to the Brayton Point Power Plant, joined in and provided Amy Goodman of Democracy Now with an interview.
What's this tell me? The Seas of Change are here; and not just because a bunch of hippies showed up to storm the streets. Business and political leaders, affluent individuals, religious groups, healthcare providers, youth, entrepreneurs, policy makers and celebrities all care about the issue.
In the wise words of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, "This is our world, this is our planet earth. It is a very small planet," "If we cannot swim together, we will always sink. There is no Plan B, because there is no Planet B."
The Passive House Academy from Brooklyn, NY is offering Certified Passive House Consultant & Designer Course!
This seven-day course is aimed at ALL Building Professionals including Architects, Engineers, Contractors and Builders.
Assembly Location: Central Park West, between 65th and 86th streets.
Enter on 65th, 72nd, 77th, 81st, or 86th street.
In 2010 - 2011, I had the pleasure of working with Jeff on the development of the American Sustainable Business Council. He was on his way out from Seventh Generation and on to bringing his vision of sustainable contraception and women's reproductive health - SUSTAIN - into being.
Check out this inspiring conversation on Bloomberg.
What: 2014 Annual Meeting with guest speaker Fabien Cousteau, French aquatic filmmaker and oceanographic explorer.
When: Sunday, September 28th 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Ridgefield Public Library, Ridgefield, CT
RSVP: 203-787-0646 x104 or email@example.com by September 21st
For more information and directions, click here.
The Green Harbors Project is an initiative that is aiming to address and solve urban harbors environmental challenges that lead to habitat degradation and the loss of biodiversity, as well as human health concerns. Dr. Anamarija Frankic, director of the Green Harbors Project and founder of the Biomimicry LivingLabs, as well as an internationally-recognized researcher, professor and leader in the field of biomimicry, is leading a team of students from UMass Boston that is focused on designing and testing greener products and solutions that imitate nature to mitigate and restore our urban harbors. The team has established Biomimicry LivingLabs across the world, including Zadar, Croatia as well as many sites around Massachusetts, including Savin Hill Cove, Nantucket, Wellfleet, Mystic River, Neponset River and Pier 5 in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
The Green Harbors Project is a community oriented effort with local businesses stepping in to help. Here in Massachusetts, for example, Spencer-based FLEXcon, a manufacturer of engineered films and pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, has donated materials so that the team can design and test a solution that will prevent biofouling—one of the many environmental issues the team is tackling as part of the Green Harbors Project. Fouling is the accumulation of unwanted organic material on solid submerged surfaces such as the underside of boats, pilings, nets and other harbor infrastructure. Not only are removal costs very high, but the materials that are used (such as formaldehyde) are detrimental to the environment and humans alike. Dr. Frankic and her team are working to create sustainable alternatives.
Who: Audubon CT
What: Lighthouse Point Park Migration Festival Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies
When: Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (No Rain Date)
Where: Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, CT
For more information on this event including the schedule of activities, click here.
The central Connecticut area will soon be home to a
new form of transportation that looks to revolutionize the way Connecticut residents commute. Projected to be finished in early 2015, Connecticut Fastrak will administer a swift ride for those who choose to utilize public transportation to get to their destination of choice. Stretching all the way from Waterbury to Hartford, this contemporary system will make travel in the area more convenient for all, and likely boost local economies with more folks having an opportunity to explore areas of the state they might not have had the chance to previously. CT Fastrak is a form of Transit Oriented Development (TOD), which is described by the CT DOT as, “A strategy to increase economic competitiveness through improved quality of life, reduced traffic congestion, lower transportation costs for households, improved air quality, reduced costs for providing city services, and growth management.”
On July 17th, CT Greenscene was invited to see what progress had been made on the Fastrak. Led by CT DOT’s Mike Sanders, we began in downtown Hartford, passing by many of the stations (Flatbush Ave., Sigourney St.) that are under construction. As you can see from the following photos, they are very modern looking and would appear to be quite comfortable. Having the opportunity to get out and walk around at a few of the stations was incredible. Simply seeing the signs with the map of stops, where the ticketing kiosks would be, and even the benches, helped me envision what the what this project is aiming to look like.
What: The Westport Electric Car Club has been invited to exhibit club-member owned EVs at the prestigious “Sunday in the Park” Concours and Gathering of the Marques at the Historic Festival presented by Lime Rock Park. This is the first time EVs will be featured in the 32-year existence of this event.
The Lime Rock Concours d’Elegance exhibition occurs each year on Sunday of Labor Day Weekend as a part of the Historic Festival. The Concours is expected to feature up to 250 cars, augmented by another 750 collector cars. It has gained renown as the premier vintage racing and concours event on the East Coast since 1983. The honored guest this year is Sir Stirling Moss and the honored collector is Ralph Lauren who will be displaying 5 of his collector cars.
When: Sunday, August 31
Where: Lime Rock Park
For ticket information click here.
For more information on The Westport Electric Car Club, please reach out to these resources with any questions:
“This will be such an important day. I’ve heard so many stories from people about their memories as kids going to Pleasure Beach. Now, those people can bring their own kids there to create new memories. I know I will.”
-- Mayor Bill Finch
Ø WHAT: Media access to Opening Day of Pleasure Beach
Ø WHERE: Water Street Dock (near Port Jefferson Ferry dock), 1 Ferry Access Road, Bridgeport, CT (ONLY MEDIA WILL BE PICKED UP AT THIS LOCATION)
Ø WHEN: Saturday, June 28, 2014. There will be two departures. One will leave at 10 a.m. and return at 11:30 a.m. The second will depart at 11:35 a.m. and return at 1 p.m.
Ø WHO: Mayor Bill Finch, community members and members of the public visiting Pleasure Beach for the first time in nearly two decades
"The reopening of Pleasure Beach points to a long term commitment by a variety of stake holders at the local, state and federal levels to work collectively and represents our first phase of success. It shows that multiple use in a sensitive area can be successful led by Mayor Finch's vision"
-- Ted Grabarz, Sustainability Director
For more information on Pleasure Beach, click here.
What: Come along on a series of family-friendly rambles through the woods in centrally-located Berlin, CT.
We will explore the conservation areas that the town is working to preserve for their natural beauty, ecology, and outdoor-recreational value. The Town of Berlin’s open spaces boast a system of trails connected to, and running along, sections of the CFPA Blue-Blazed Metacomet Trail, part of the New England National Scenic Trail.
This hike will feature an easy stroll along a wide, level path that runs parallel to the Mattabesset River in the northeast corner of the town. While exploring the edges of the trail in late June we should expect to find some interesting early-summer wildflowers.
These rambles are for adventurous explorers of all ages—babies in backpack carriers or slings are welcome. Please come prepared with clothing appropriate for the conditions and please bring along water and snack foods for your family. Tools for getting closer to the action (binoculars, hand lens), capturing the moment (cameras, video recorders), or making notes and sketches (field notebooks, pencils) can be helpful, but please leave rock hammers, "bug catchers," sample containers, and your pets at home.
When: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where: Beckley Quarry (Kensington/Berlin, CT)
Meet at the trailhead at the end of the unmarked gravel drive at 540 Wethersfield Road, Berlin, CT. Please carefully parallel park on the left side of the driveway to allow access for nearby residents and local farmers. Pre-registration is recommended. To learn more and sign-up for the hike, please contact your American Red Cross First Aid/CPR-trained, Connecticut Forest & Park Association-WalkCT Family Guide volunteer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: The Westport Farmers’ Market (WFM) wants you to fall in love with your kitchen again. While creating a thriving local hub for seasonal food, WFM has arranged for 19 of the top area chefs, mixologists, and butchers to do delicious, live recipe demonstrations featuring fresh, local foods found each week at the market.
Learn how to use locally grown and produced, seasonal ingredients found at the market to prepare fresh, easy meals for your family. The season kicked off with the Staples High School Culinary Arts team, then Sugar & Olives “ramped” up the demo with their pickled ramp recipe and tutorial, followed by a lesson in how to properly harvest ramps.
Attend these free events and receive recipe cards to prepare the featured dish at home using the same market ingredients. Every chef demo will feature a local chef or food professional who supports the local food culture and the WFM.
When: Each Thursday, June 19th-November 6th between 10:15 and 11:00 am
Where: 50 Imperial Ave. Westport, CT
Visit the Westport Farmer's Market every Thursday from 10:00 am-2:00 pm
It all started with a massive clean out of toys from the basement. “We’d heard on the news that lead paint had been detected in all Thomas the Tank Engine toys,” says Jim Barber, co-founder of Luke’s Toy Factory. “My son, Luke, was a huge fan of Thomas so he had a hard time letting them go.” Barber also noticed that every toy he picked up was made in China, “That day, I knew there had to be a better way to make healthy toys that are made in America,” Barber says.
Today, Sandy Hook residents Jim Barber and his son Luke are gearing up to launch their own line of non-toxic toys made from a mixture of plastic composite and saw dust from furniture manufacturing, eliminating the need for paint and making them a more sustainable option.
A corporate photographer by trade, Barber says, “It was tough to find injection molding companies that would take us seriously enough to work with us.” “We had to search high and low for American based companies that were innovative enough to give a new material a try.”
But they succeeded – and have been instrumental in bringing consciousness to companies who previously hadn’t considered sustainability. “The companies we are working with value innovation and understand that sustainability is where business must go,” Barber says. Along the way, Luke’s Toy Factory is creating a sustainable manufacturing eco-system that will keep jobs local and money flowing back into the community. “There’s a perception out there that large corporations are only in it for the money and they don’t care about the environment, but there are people working in these companies who do,” Barber says. And we’ve been lucky enough to find them.
Following a successful KickStarter campaign, Luke’s Toy Factory will begin production of its first line of toys this summer. You can pre-order a fire truck on their website.
WHAT: “What is Passive House Design?” by Tomas O’Leary
WHERE: The Mercy Center, 167 Neck Rd., Madison, Ct 06443
WHEN: Wednesday, June 18th, 5:30 -7:30 pm
HOW: Register by contacting: email@example.com
FOR: For those interested in learning more about high performance buildings and homes, including architects, designers, contractors & building tradespersons and anyone in the general community with a passion for energy responsible design and building.
The presentation is also accredited by the American Institute of Architects and offers attending AIA members (1) continuing education unit (CEU).
Photo caption/credit/copyright is: P. Campus AIA
What: The CTGBC Green Homes Committee has selected multiple homes open for the Spring 2014 Green Homes Tours. The selection of homes on tour includes substantial renovations, new construction homes, and homes under construction or renovation. A homeowner or representative from the design or installation team will be on hand at each home to explain the design and operations of the home.
When: Saturday, June 14th from 12:00 noon til 3:00 pm
Where: Click here to see a complete listing of all homes on the tour.
Register for FREE here.
Questions? Contact Joanna Grab at firstname.lastname@example.org
By: Elizabeth Kim
Orginally posted: Stamford Advocate
Social entrepreneurs in Connecticut will soon have a way to merge good deeds with corporate-style capitalism.
The state legislature this week passed a bill that enables the establishment of benefit corporations. Also known as b-corps, such companies take on the mission of helping society or the environment while also carrying out the traditional corporate goal of maximizing profits.
The law, which will go into effect after it is signed in the fall, makes Connecticut the 26th state in the country to recognize b-corps as a corporate structure. Neighboring and nearby states like New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have all enacted b-corps legislation.
Among those who welcomed the news of the bill's passage on Monday was Bryan Nurnberger, the founder and president of Simply Smiles, a Norwalk-based nonprofit that sells fair-trade coffee to help indigenous coffee farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Upon establishing the coffee-selling arm of his business, he elected to incorporate the company in New York. To operate in Connecticut, he said he had to apply for a special exception from the state.
Nurnberger said he plans to transfer his incorporation to Connecticut as soon as the law takes hold.
"It's simplicity for us," he said, who spoke on the phone from an Indian reservation in South Dakota.
Simply Smiles started selling coffee in the fall of 2013. To date, its sales have resulted in 30,000 meals, he said.
Danbury business lawyer Hillel Goldman, who represents Nurnberger, said they'll likely be the first b-corp to incorporate in the state when the law becomes active in October.
"This idea is one that's really been pushed by entrepreneurs who want to make a difference," said Goldman, who testified in favor of the legislation for the Connecticut Bar Association's business section. "Unlike traditional corporations where the fiduciary duty of the officers and directors is to maximize shareholder profit, the fiduciary duty for officers and directors in a benefit corporation is to maximize the dollars going to the organization's social mission."
While it may not have been a trailblazer on b-corps, Connecticut is being touted as the first state to introduce of a so-called "legacy preservation" option. The clause gives b-corps that have been in business at least two years the choice of locking in their social mission in perpetuity.
What: Please join us for MetroPool's Annual Board meeting and a special presentation: "A Vision for Sustainable Development in the New York-Connecticut Region.”
An unprecedented bi-state collaboration of cities, counties and regional planning organizations came together three years ago to launch the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Initiative. Funded with a $3.5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant to integrate housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning, the Consortium’s goal is to reposition the New York-Connecticut region to fully harness its innovation capabilities in a competitive global environment, build on its strong foundation of energy efficiency, and become as equitable as it is efficient. Three years of collaborative planning has resulted in an agenda to create more sustainable and equitable economic growth.
Partners in the Consortium and guest speakers, Dr. Floyd Lapp, Executive Director, South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA) and Elizabeth Cheteny, Commissioner of Planning, City of White Plains, will offer reflections on the planning phase of the Sustainable Communities Initiative Program as well as insights into the major challenges and opportunities that may be ahead as the important work of implementing the plan begins. Specific attention will be given to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) and to rethinking the Westchester Avenue corridor.
When: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
677 Washington Blvd
Stamford, CT 06901
Networking and refreshments to follow.
Register for the meeting by Monday, June 9, 2014. Attendees need to present photo identificationat the reception desk upon arrival.
What: The 2700 square foot passive solar house includes a 5.5 kW solar electric system, solar hot water panels and tank, radiant floor heating and hydronic baseboards, a stunning Tulikivi masonry stove and energy recovery ventilator, LED lighting, Energy Star appliances with condensing clothes dryer, Mitsubishi air to air heat pumps and triple pane windows.
Great care was taken in the construction using prefabricated wall panels, double stud wall construction, insulated concrete form foundation, salvaged stone for outside walls, concrete floors with acid-free eco-stain and water-based sealer, and natural materials are used throughout the house.
When: July 12th, any time between 12 noon and 3pm
Where: Sandisfield, MA
For tour information, call 860 693 4813
For tickets ($15), call 860 623 5487
After the tour visitors are invited to swim in a nearby freshwater lake or bring their canoe or kayak to another uninhabited beautiful lake and/or take a guided hike to a secret small uninhabited lake.
At 7 PM that evening the Sandisfield Arts Center will be the site of a gourmet dinner including wine and prepared by a well-known chef. It will be followed by a concert showcasing magnificent music and professional voices singing arias, duets and trios from well-known operas.
Non-refundable tickets and maps for the tour and outdoor activities can be purchased by going online to www.pace-cleanenergy.org and click on Events. Tour tickets may also be ordered by sending $15 per person to PACE, Donna Grant, 128 Melrose Rd., Broad Brook, Connecticut, 06016 or email:email@example.com. Information should include the ticketholder's phone number, address, and email address.
To order $25 tickets for the gourmet dinner and live concert at the charming nearby Sandisfield Arts Center go online to www.sandisfieldartscenter.org
Foraged Fields offers all natural and organic lotions, makeup, skincare and beauty products. Sourcing their ingredients from untouched local areas as much as possible while still being sustainable and their countrywide ingredients from like minded small businesses, this family run local business is bringing together natural ways of living with modern conveniences. Can't even pronounce some of the ingredients on your skincare products? The majority of toxins in our bodies comes through our skin; stop putting on chemicals! Euphoria is a common side effect.
For more information about Foraged Fields and it's products, visit www.ForagedFields.com
Who: Audubon Connecticut & Menunkatuck Audubon Society
What: Spring is a busy time in the bird world, with millions of birds making their way to northern breeding sites, after a warm winter in Central and South America. Migration is such an important- and impressive- event in the animal world, that bird enthusiasts like Audubon Connecticut throw a festival in its honor.
Join us for guided bird walks, live birds of prey programs and various family-friendly activities.
When: Saturday, May 10, 8am-3pm
Where: East Rock Park, New Haven, CT
For more information on this event and Audubon CT click here.
Who: The Essex Land Trust and Robert Rocks
What: Robert Rocks will present on the historical evolution of our landscapes from forests to field, and back to forests. He will speak about the great die-offs of elm/chestnuts/hemlocks, and help us envision how climate change, invasive species, and land use practices will determine our forests of the future.
When: May 13th at 7 p.m.
Where: The Essex Library
For more information on this event click here.
BUN LAI, world renowned chef, national James Beard Award semi-finalist and proprietor of New Haven, CT’s Miya’s Sushi, serving innovative sushi from sustainable and locally obtained and foraged flora and fauna, including invasive species.
JOE ROMAN, conservation biologist, researcher and educator, award-winning author, and founder/editor ‘n’ chef of the courageous culinary website, Eat the Invaders: Fighting Invasive Species, One Bite at a Time.
What: An eclectic evening of conversation, master chef demonstration and adventurous eating to benefit The Rockfall Foundation’s environmental education grants
When: Tuesday, May 13th 6-9 p.m.
Where: Chapman Hall - Middlesex Community College
For more background on Bun and Joe: click here .
Donation per guest: $50. Table (6 guests): $300
To make your reservation online: click here.
To download a mail-in reservation form: click here.
Congressman Jim Himes
CT Fourth District
Chief Financial Officer
Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority (CEFIA)
Energy Committee Chair and Board Member
Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC)
Stewart J. Hudson
What: Looking for solutions to the climate crisis? Join us for an exciting discussion of the issues and solutions to carbon pollution that save money and help save the planet, including one of the most important breakthroughs in green building design and operation—a new approach to financing clean energy investments through state and federal green banks.
When: TODAY ~ Tuesday, April 22nd ~ 2:00 pm
Where: Audubon Greenwich Kimberlin Center 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT
Celebrate Earth Day with a Guided Trail Walk after the event!
Refreshments Will Be Served
Join Slow Food Shoreline for an afternoon discussion to help plan your 2014 garden, Sunday May 4th from 1-4PM at the Luck & Levity Brewshop, 118 Court St in New Haven.
Come to learn some basics, discuss common issues, and receive tips on planning ahead for preservation. Seasoned experts, weekend garden warriors, and beginning gardeners are all welcome. Bring your extra seeds and seedlings, and swap for new favorites with other gardeners. The event is free to all. Click here to register.
Responding to the explosive need for professionals in the environmental field, Sacred Heart University has expanded its scientific curriculum to include an interdisciplinary graduate degree in environmental science and management (ESM). It is grounded in the sciences, and will introduce students to the complex interactions between the living and non-living portions of the environment, and the dramatic role that human activity has on the future of our natural resources.
ESM’s curriculum is heavily based on case studies and problem solving, involving intensive team work among the classes. Modern environmental analysis and assessment methodology are used extensively. Students will be engaged in a holistic, systems approach to learning, while balancing the economic and ecological issues of natural resource sustainability and pollution prevention. With employment in the environmental industry projected to grow exponentially in the coming years, graduates from Sacred Heart’s ESM program will be well-prepared for careers as managers, analysts, consultants and scientists in areas including field work and research, as well as work in environmental organizations, conservation groups, private industry and government agencies.
The ESM degree is affiliated with the Professional Science Master's (PSM) Initiative, which is committed to programs providing advanced professional training in interdisciplinary or emerging careers in applied science and mathematics. One of only 190 PSM programs in the U.S., Sacred Heart's ESM degree will prepare students directly for the best professional opportunities in the field. For further information, contact Andrea Lamontagne, assistant director of Graduate Admissions at 203-365-4748 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.