What are PFAS–and why are they in the Farmington River?!

“PFAS.” It doesn’t mean much at first, but the more you read, the more worrying these four letters get–and unfortunately, they were recently released into the Farmington River. Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances–aka PFAS–are used in non-stick cookware, stain-resistant clothing, and in a kind of foam used to suppress jet fuel fires. The problem is that they’ve […]

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PRESS RELEASE: CFE/Save the Sound end-of-session report and comments on legislative victories

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 6, 2019   Contact: Laura McMillan – lmcmillan@ctenvironment.org Melissa Schlag – mschlag@ctenvironment.org CFE/Save the Sound end-of-session report and comments on legislative victories   NEW HAVEN, CONN. – At the end of the 2019 Connecticut legislative session, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound celebrates environmental victories and prepares to fight some […]

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NY Environment chairs ask Cuomo to champion Plum Island preservation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 16, 2019 Contact: Laura McMillan, 203-787-0646 NY Environment chairs ask Cuomo to champion Plum Island preservation Southold, New York – The chairs of the New York legislature’s environmental committee have sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo asking him to help save Plum Island. “Plum Island is an ecological and cultural treasure,” said […]

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Advocacy 101: JF, LCO, OFA, OLR…HUH?

The Connecticut legislative session started on January 9 and you’ve been lobbying your reps ever since. Phone calls, action alerts, letters, and rallies have propelled some great legislation forward out of committee, and stopped some bad bills in their tracks. Unfortunately, just because a committee supports a bill, doesn’t mean it will become law. It […]

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Your Lawn’s Big Impact On Long Island Sound

Too much nitrogen triggers rampant growth of algae that can kill fish, harm wildlife, poison shellfish people eat and undermine quality of life. Reducing our fertilizer use is an easy path toward cleaner, safer water. There are 4 easy ways you can help: #1 Keep grass clippings on your lawn: Grass clippings rapidly decompose, keeping […]

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It’s in the Bag

It’s small, useful, seemingly innocuous, and can be found everywhere. The plastic bag. Sadly, its ubiquity is having disastrous consequences for our waterways, oceans, wildlife…and maybe even our health. Over one trillion plastic bags are produced every year. From cradle to grave, their production, use, and disposal shapes our environment from the air down to […]

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Learning from Tri-State clean community energy experts

Local governments from Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are independently building opportunities to switch to clean energy: New York is one of the most active community solar markets in the country, with plans to stimulate another 1,000 MW in the near future Meanwhile Connecticut and New Jersey have launched community solar pilot programs–but they still […]

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Testimony 101: Shape the laws that shape your world

Your public servants are hard at work in Hartford shaping the laws that shape your world. Over the past few weeks, you’ve learned about Connecticut’s legislature and what it takes to be an effective citizen lobbyist. Now take a moment to learn how to write persuasive testimony to make government work for you. I’M JUST […]

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