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Green Living Resources–State & Local

CT Clean Energy Options

Support clean energy by purchasing a portion of your electricity from renewable sources.

CT Department of Environmental Protection
Check out the DEP website’s section on household alternatives, including recipes for mold and mildew remover and homemade shampoo, as well as recommendations for planting natural pest repellents in your garden.

CT Native Trees and Shrub List
Plant native species to enhance wildlife habitat right in your backyard. CT wildlife has evolved to use native plants for food, cover, and shelter; when we grow non-native species, we lessen natural habitat for native animals. This great resource includes four pages of native trees and shrubs, as well as contact info for 54 nurseries which supply them. Want to attract summer songbirds or wild turkeys? Find out what they eat!

Tell your child’s school about this learning initiative focused on energy efficiency and clean, renewable energy. Free professional development workshops and lesson materials are available for PreK through Middle School. Funded by the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund.

HazWaste Central Homepage
Got household hazardous waste from everyday products used in your home, garage, yard, or garden? Bring it down to RWA’s headquarters on Saturday mornings from May-October for safe disposal.  It’s free! Opening Day for the 2013 season: May 18. Here’s a list of accepted items:

Home Energy Solutions
For a $75 “copay,” get: a blower-door test which pinpoints drafts and air leaks in your home (which are then professionally sealed!); installation of up to 25 energy-efficient CFLs; a “kitchen table wrap-up” where the technicians review the work that was done in your home and tell you about additional resources that can help you save energy and money; and more.

New Haven Office of Sustainability
City residents: Sign up to have a tree planted in front of your home for free!

Smart Living Center
Part home improvement showroom, part science museum, part resource center. Go for a hands-on visit (M-F 10-6, Sa 10-4) or attend a seminar on solar power or window efficiency.



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