DEEP: Earth Day at the State Capitol

DEP Celebrates Earth Day at the State Capitol

In the four decades since the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, Connecticut has made great progress in cleaning up our air, water and lands, preserving open space and protecting wildlife.  This 40th anniversary is a time to highlight our state's environmental progress, while recognizing the critical challenges that we still face.

Earth Day on April 22 will be a special occasion and we look forward to celebrating it with you at the State Capitol and at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.

The following events will take place on Thursday, April 22, 2010. The afternoon will also be filled with special guests and special presentations.

Youth Forum with the General Assembly’s Environment Committee
10 a.m., Legislative Office Building

Displays by DEP and Environmental Organizations
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Legislative Office Building Concourse & Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol

Quinnipiac River Watershed Association Photo Exhibit
All day, State Capitol, South Lobby

DEP Vehicle Displays
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., William A. O’Neill Armory

Tours of Bushnell Park with Urban Forester
11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Leave from LOB Concourse

Make a Statement (Videotape Your Views on the Environment)
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., State Capitol, Legislative Office Building

Premiere of Connecticut Earth Day Movie
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol

Panel Discussions
Old Judiciary Room, State Capitol
  • Why Go Green: How Sustainable Practices Benefit Business, Homeowners and Us All (11:45 a.m. -12:45 p.m.)
    Moderator: Bob Wilson, WTNH-TV
    • Bill Duesing, Executive Director, Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut
    • Jack Hoscheit, Vice President, Environmental Sustainability, Aptar Group
    • Michael Trolle, BPC Green Builders LLC
    • Paul J. Vitello, Director, Environmental Sustainability, United Technologies Corporation

  • Making Room for Everyone and Everything: The Intersection of Landuse, Wildlife and Natural Resources (1:30 – 2:30 p.m.)
    Moderator: Steve Grant, freelance environmental journalist and former outdoor reporter, The Hartford Courant
    • Cory Chadwick, Geospatial Educator, Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)
    • Jenny Dickson, Supervising Wildlife Biologist, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
    • Adam Whelchel, Director, Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy – Connecticut Chapter

  • Major Issues of the Next 10 Years: What are the Challenges as We Head to Earth Day 50? (3:15 – 4:15 p.m.)
    Moderator: Duby McDowell, Duby McDowell Communications and former reporter, WFSB-TV
    • The Hon. William Finch, Mayor, Bridgeport
    • Stewart J. Hudson, President, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
    • Mark Mitchell, M.D., President, Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice
    • John Warner, President, Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry
Earth Day Reception Hosted by Environmental Organizations
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., State Capitol

DEP Commissioner Amey Marrella will welcome guests for the premiere of a special Earth Day 40th anniversary movie produced by DEP in cooperation with the Corporate Media Center at Middlesex Community College.

Following the movie there will be panel discussions on key environmental issues and a look at the challenges we face in the next 10 years leading to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

For further information, please call 860-424-4100.

 Content Last updated on April 13, 2010