DEEP: Connecticut Greenways Council

Connecticut Greenways Council

Members of the Connecticut Greenways Council are appointed by the Governor and the leaders of the General Assembly. Their duties include advising and assisting in the coordination of state agencies, municipalities, regional planning organizations and private citizens in voluntarily planning and implementing a system of greenways; providing assistance to state agencies, municipalities, regional planning organizations and private citizens in the technical aspects of planning, designing and implementing greenways, including advice on securing state, federal and nongovernmental grants; advising DEEP on selection of CT Recreational Trails Program grants; and establishing criteria for designation of greenways.  Many Council members have had direct experience with trail and greenway development, and they can provide valuable insight into the development of successful local and regional projects.

Council Members

Lois Bruinooge - Executive Director, The Last Green Valley
Stacey Stearns - CT Horse Council & Water Trails
Robert Dickinson - South Windsor Walk and Wheel Ways; Bike Walk CT
R.Bruce Donald (Chair) - Tri-State Coordinator, East Coast Greenway
Joe Hickey - CT Forest & Park Assoc.
Jamie Lintner - Eversource Energy
William D. ONeill - East Coast Greenways Alliance (former Chair)
Rista Malanca - Naugatuck River Greenway
Michelle Eckman - CT Audubon Society
Gwen Marrion - Bolton Trails Committee

Laurie Giannotti (DEEP Liaison) - Ex-Officio Member
Anna Bergeron, DOT Planning Division - Ex-Officio Member

Council Member Contact Information  (PDF)

Council Meetings

The CT Greenways Council meetings are open to the public. The Council meets at 9:30 am on the 2nd Monday of each month (except August, and December) at  the offices of VHB, Inc. located at 100 Great Meadow Road Suite 200, in Wethersfield, Connecticut.  Conference call option is available. Conference Call in Number: 1 (605) 472-5814. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 663-681-285, followed by the # key

The 2019 meeting dates are:

January 14
February 11
March 11
April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August no meeting
September 9
October 15
November 12
December no meeting

Event Dates:

May 31 - CT Greenways Day

October 24 - CT Trails Symposium 

Archive of meeting minutes

For further information about the Connecticut Greenways Council, contact Laurie Giannotti, DEEP Liaison to the Council at:

79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT  06106
(860) 424-3578
(fax) (860) 424-4070

Content last updated October 8, 2019