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Earth’s New Mass Extinction: The Unnoticed Cost of Increased Consumption


Sixty percent of the world’s species have been lost in less than 50 years, and almost nobody noticed. How could this alarming and cataclysmic destruction of over half of the Earth’s species go almost completely unnoticed? The current news cycle is exhausting.  In November, on the day that the World Wildlife Fund released their bi-annual […]

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CT Legislative Recap: Areas of Progress and Missed Opportunities in 2017


With the 2017 Connecticut legislative session behind us, it’s time to reflect back on what happened this year in the realm of conservation, environmental protection, and public health.  As a whole, this session was marked with some disappointment from environmental groups and consumer advocates across a spectrum of issues, but there were some noteworthy areas […]

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CT Legislative Update and Perspectives on Environmental Advocacy in the New Year


Connecticut has historically been a nationwide leader on environmental protection and public health issues, and activists in Hartford are working to make this another important year for our state.  The 2015 Connecticut legislative session has been underway for just over a month and state legislators have already raised a over a dozen important pro-environment bills to […]

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How to “Farmers’ Market” In 5


Farmer’s Markets have become very popular. From young to old, hipsters to food junkie’s, people have been embracing the local farmers markets. Stats  by the USDA revealed that over the past five years the number of farmers’ markets in the United States has jumped from 4,685 in 2008 to 8,268 in 2014; that’s a 76 […]

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CCE in Albany: Lobbying on the Budget


Yesterday, CCE staff went to Albany to discuss our budget priorities with members of the New York State Assembly and Senate. I just wanted to take a minute to share some of CCE’s priorities with you, so you know what are fighting for in Albany during the budget process.   And just so you know where we […]

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Disposable Bags & the NYS Budget


Over the last few decades, the issue of disposable bag pollution has become a global concern.  Plastic and paper bags have become ubiquitous, and are taking a toll on our environment and our economy.  According to the EPA, between 500 billion and a trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year, and each of those […]

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Bring Your Own Bag in the Village of Mamaroneck, NY


As of April 1st, 2013, there will be no more disposable plastic bags offered at check-out counters in the Village of Mamaroneck. Last July, Mamaroneck Village became the second municipality in Westchester County, NY to ban disposable bags, after the City of Rye banned plastic bags in December, 2011. Both Rye and Mamaroneck, which lie […]

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