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CT Lawmakers Set Environmental Agenda

Every year, the CTLCV Education Fund brings together lawmakers, advocates, policy experts, and the public for a day of panels and informational briefings about the most critical environmental issues facing our state. 

The 30th annual Environmental Summit took place on January 15 at Trinity College, which co-sponsored the event with the League of Conservation Voters. Speakers at the conference voiced major concerns over the impact of global warming, emerging hazardous pollutants like the chemical compounds known as PFAS, reducing transportation-related carbon emissions, Connecticut’s ongoing garbage disposal crisis and preserving Long Island Sound and this state’s forests.

In a packed hall of 330 attendees, many critical environmental issues were discussed that legislators will be considering during the current session of the Connecticut General Assembly, which opened February 5th. 

Attendees learned that protecting the state’s water supplies, eliminating toxic pesticides and continuing to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies are among the state’s top environmental priorities this year. Speakers were grouped together and given a specific topic to address. The topics included forests and carbon sequestration; plastics and recycling; greenhouse gas reduction; clean, equitable transportation; toxins and pollutants; Long Island Sound resiliency and youth climate priorities.

To watch the presentations or to read the submitted papers, visit

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