Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Connecticut Energy and Sustainability Program Manager

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Some big wins in the Connecticut legislature, and more work to do!

May 17, 2018

In the final days before the end of the 2018 session, the Connecticut General Assembly passed Senate Bill 9 and Senate Bill 7, two bills that we mobilized to support.

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Connecticut's Legislative Session 2018: The Same, Only Different (Hint: Good Things are Possible)

March 1, 2018

As the legislative session opens in Connecticut, the lay of the land looks the same as last year, except with some promising differences that are largely the results of grassroots action taken by our members and allies.

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Beyond the Crisis: Learning Our Way Forward

October 24, 2017

It's clear that there’s a need for fresh thinking about the politics of energy in Connecticut.

Protecting the Connecticut Green Bank

October 3, 2017

After countless false starts and impasses, Connecticut’s bipartisan budget still contains a catastrophic flaw: it raids $10 million per year from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and $13 million from the CT Green Bank, both big enough money grabs to disable these critical institutions. 

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Protect EPA

March 22, 2017

In the 1970s, 88% of American children had elevated levels of lead in their blood. Today that number is less than 1%.  Bald eagles, once nearly extinct, have made a dramatic comeback.  The US has cut air pollution 70% while our economy has tripled.  

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Building Clean Energy in the Nutmeg State

December 14, 2016

Clean Water is determined to hold onto clean energy progress in the Connecticut, and to begin a strange new political era with vision and mojo.  We are gearing up by visiting and celebrating some of the state’s most exciting clean energy installations -  and making a party of it.

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Legislative Session 2016: Building Momentum and Making Gains in CT!

May 10, 2016

This short 2016 legislative session has been amazing, exhausting, productive, and heart-breaking all at once.

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Urban Planning in the Age of Climate Change

May 3, 2016

Climate change touches everything, including the conditions for human settlements on the land.  In Connecticut, our single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is transportation.

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Breaking Through on Shared Solar

March 18, 2016

When it comes to rooftop solar, Connecticut has been burning through goals and incentive budgets to install over 150 MW of panels, a few at a time.

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Clean Water - The Underpinning of Daily Life

May 28, 2015

Near my home, the Scantic River is a magnet for paddlers, hikers, foragers, picnickers - an oasis between the suburbs of Enfield and Somers, Connecticut.  A new pub on its shores, Powder Hollow Brewery, now makes craft beer from our local waters.