Long-time friends, Congressional champions, loyal members and volunteers, Board leaders, allies and former staff gathered in Washington, DC last fall as part of a year of celebrations marking the Clean Water Act’s 40th anniversary. We put together an abbreviated list of Clean Water Fund and Clean Water Action’s accomplishments for that event, but our best years are by no means behind us.
In fact, 2012 and 2013 have brought many additional important victories for our health and
environment. Our environmental health coalition won new laws in Minnesota to protect infants and children from formaldehyde and BPA. We’ve advanced water conservation in Texas with a new law preventing homeowner associations from banning water efficient landscaping. We’ve helped dozens of cities and towns in California to ban plastic bags and/or foam foodware. Plans for two proposed new coal-burning power plants in Michigan have been scrapped, creating new opportunities for renewable energy and economic growth. And that’s just some of what we’ve accomplished together in the past two years.
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Tuesday, August 29th 2012
Clean Water Fund is coordinating outreach for this innovative effort to help residents of 14 towns save energy and save money on their utility bills. Clean Water Fund and a corps of recent college graduates are working closely with municipal leaders and local volunteers to help communities come together around the goal of helping 10% of households cut their energy use 20% over a 3 year period.
Connecticut residents want to protect ourselves and those we love, preventing harm especially to babies and young children. Our homes and our bodies should be safe from unwanted and dangerous intrusion. But there's a toxic problem putting our health at risk.
Parents, often moms, bear the brunt of finding safe products for their families. Connecticut has been a leader in banning toxic chemicals but we need the federal government to take action too! The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 will ensure the products we use every day are free of chemicals that make our kids sick.
On Wednesday, August 10th, we will ask our Senators to join the brigade. Join us at Bushnell Park in Hartford to write letter and cards to our Senators! Contact Anne Hulick or Susan Eastwood for more information!
By contributing to Clean Water Fund through your workplace, you may pledge a small amount in each paycheck to be automatically deducted. Your donation will support Clean Water Fund's work to ensure a safe and health environment for all people, now and for the future.
Diesel engines emit a mixture of particles, metals and gasses including over 40 "hazardous air pollutants" as classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. Diesel pollution can trigger asthma and cause lung cancer, stroke, and heart attack, contributing to 21,000 early deaths a year. Nationally, diesel exhaust poses a cancer risk that is 3 times greater than the combined risk of all air toxics assessed by EPA. Diesel exhaust is particularly dangerous because it is emitted at ground level - just where people breathe it in1 .
April 15th , 2009 10:30-11:30am, Minuteman Park, Hartford (directions below)
Tired of wondering how much toxic BPA you ate for dinner? Frustrated that the federal government has failed to take the most basic step of phasing out this hazardous, unnecessary substance from food and beverage containers?