It is easy for people and businesses to live green, once somebody shows them how to do it. While there is a lot of information in print and on the web, having people to talk to and events to attend helps immensely, as it puts a human face on the living green issue. Fortunately in Connecticut, there are organizations with people who are eager and qualified to help those who want to learn about living green.
University of Connecticut, Office of Environmental Policy
31 LeDoyt Road, U-3055
Storrs, CT 06269
The Eco-Husky UCONN program at the University of Connecticut has been helping the university and its many campuses go green, and promotes green living for students, faculty and employees. Eco-Husky also does a lot of community outreach to help homeowners, businesses and organizations who want to learn more about how to become green. Going green, like so many other things, begins at home, and Eco-Husky UCONN started with making the nearly 900-acre campus at Storrs its test case. Making that massive facility more sustainable and friendly to the environment has been a major but increasingly successful operation, and as such has been a great laboratory and learning opportunity not just for the faculty and students, but also for the public – and their elected representatives.
Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter
645 Farmington Ave.
The Sierra Club went green long before the term was created, and the Connecticut chapter continues the Club’s longstanding efforts to educate the public about doing what is right for the environment and the ecology. The Club sponsors many activities and programs, including nature hikes. These educational hikes are free to the public (and to their dogs, provided they are on a leash and all “messes” are cleaned up as the walk progresses). Walkers are not allowed to smoke or use cell phones, but are encouraged to engage in ecologically and environmentally educational conversation with guides and Club members.
There are also “urban outings” and other programs directed at city dwellers and students to help them understand what can be done to make the environment where they live more green. The Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club also has a “Sungevity” program that offers free information and advice on going solar, which will result in a donation being made to the Sierra Club for any home or business owner who uses the service to install solar panels and equipment. The Sierra Club is also “taking on” genetically modified foods (GMOs) and offers information on the dangers of GMOs and what can and is being done to combat this threat to the environment and to human health.
Clean Energy Finance And Investment Authority
845 Brook St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
The Connecticut Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority not only offers a wealth of information about clean energy and how to get it, but also organizes events and will even send out a speaker to clubs, organizations, schools, companies and municipalities that want to learn more about how to go green and “clean.”
With an office in Stamford as well as its headquarters in Rocky Hill outside of Hartford, the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority has extended its coverage area. In addition to sending out speakers, it will also send out energy assessors to businesses, schools and municipalities to advise them on what can be done to turn off the switch to fossil fuel-driven power and replace it with one that connects to clean energy. The Authority also has people who can help make it happen reasonably by finding low-interest, long-term private capital.
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