Archive for July 2011

Out with the OLD and in with the NEW: Single-Stream Recycling Begins in Farmington, CT

July 25, 2011

By Liz Dolphin, Assistant Town Planner, Town of Farmington, CT Education is the first step in a successful recycling program, and thanks to a grant from Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Community Catalyst Fund, the Town of Farmington, CT is off to a great start as it enters the new era of single-stream recycling.  The Community Catalyst [...]

Welcome to the Ringwood (NJ) Community Garden!

July 25, 2011

By Amy Jolin, President, Eat Local Thanks to a generous grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, Eat Local, Inc. was able to purchase lumber, fencing, water barrels, and soil for a large, beautiful garden in the wooded and rocky soils of Ringwood, NJ.The project started in 2010 as a charity garden organized by Girl Scout [...]

A Busy Year for Spencer-Van Etten Middle School’s Greenhouse Program

July 22, 2011

By Brenda J. Anderson, Spencer-Van Etten Middle School The 7th and 8th grade students in my Greenhouse Program (GHP) at Spencer-Van Etten (S-VE) Middle School in Spencer, NY, plan big .  The students in this hands-on integrated elective continued their work from previous years of promoting Green Education in their building, district and community in a variety [...]

Ahead of the Curve: Watervliet, NY Adopts a Cutting-Edge Climate Action Plan

July 22, 2011

 By Mayor Mike Manning, Watervliet, NY I’m happy to report that the Watervliet, NY, City Council has adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The Plan, made possible by a $2,500 grant from the Community Catalyst Fund, creates a framework for increasing the effectiveness of the Watervliet Sustainability Working Group (WSWG) by monitoring and evaluating the [...]

Community Catalyst Fund Supports Municipal Green Team Development in Westchester County Villages

July 22, 2011

By Dani Glaser, Green Team Spirit “To hit the climate challenge ahead of us we need to make changes now.  Our village governments need to set an example for our communities, and this change starts from within. Our village green teams will help change the culture, and this training will help us do that.”
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A Community Harvest in Mansfield, CT

July 20, 2011

By Dr. Beth T. Gankofskie, Food Service Director Mansfield Public Schools With support from the Community Catalyst Fund, Southeast Elementary School’s Garden Project started last summer (2010), has continued through to this spring (2011), and will continue through the summer. The garden is a raised bed measuring 20 feet by 24 feet with a surrounding [...]

Thumbs up to Governor’s Thumbs Down

July 6, 2011

    Roger Stephenson, APR Vice President for Programs         Clean Air-Cool Planet agrees with Governor Lynch’s veto of SB154, the Shoreland Protection Act, which had been amended by the House as part of the House leadership’s repeated attempts to repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in New Hampshire. The Governor’s [...]


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