Meet Clean Water Action's Connecticut Team


“We believe that the challenges of reaching 2050 goals — and interim targets along the way — will require fresh thinking, ambitious action, and a new level of leadership…Connecticut’s next-generation climate change response must be integrated and must transcend government’s ordinary role by engaging citizens, business and institutions as full partners.”

— Recommendations to the Governor Malloy's Climate Change Council, 2015.


Clean Water Action is building on our strengths in energy, water, and public health to advance state climate policy and help communities build strength in the face of climate stresses.

Our CT Advisory Council:
  • Andy Bauer, Chair, Portland Clean Energy Task Force
  • William Dornbos, Director and Senior Attorney, Acadia Center
  • Maureen Hart, Executive Director, International Society of Sustainability Professionals
  • Mark Mitchell MD, MPH, Mitchell Environmental Health Associates, National Medical Association
  • Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy
  • Tom Swarr, sustainability engineer
  • Don Watson, FAIA, architect and FEMA subject matter expert on resiliency

Our Funders:
  • Barr Foundation
  • Common Sense Fund
  • Connecticut Green Bank
  • Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
  • Hampshire Foundation
  • John Merck Fund
  • New England Grassroots Fund
  • SAFER States
  • Lawson Valentine Foundation
  • and generous contributions from the community

We’re mapping a path to 100% renewable energy for Connecticut including expanded access to solar by allowing co-op style development - while being careful that clean power infrastructure does not threaten open space, habitat, or natural resources. We continue to support Connecticut’s amazing Clean Energy Task Forces in their work.

We’re bringing our advocacy skills to Connecticut’s water planning process by addressing toxic pollution in our waterways and advocating for stronger water conservation through sustainable landscape design and efficient technologies.

We’re drawing out the connection between climate change and public health risks like asthma and vector-borne diseases, and reaching out widely to involve the public health community in climate policy.

And we’re getting toxic chemicals out of more and more products through negotiation with major corporations and recent legislative wins to ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products and to regulate pesticide application at schools and playgrounds.

Download our "Healthy Waters, Healthy Communities 2015-2016" brochure.

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press conf 12.jpgClean Water Action interns and staff at a press conference for the Clean Water Rule


Let's Get Rid of Toxic Flame Retardants

We have a great opportunity to create momentum  to ban the sale of a big group of toxic flame retardants in consumer products but we need your help!  Together with our allies Earthjustice and Consumer Federation of America, Clean Water is working to get comments submitted in support of a petition asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban children’s products, furniture, mattresses and electronic containing toxic organohalogen chemicals.

Click here to get rid of toxic flame retardants today!

Clean Water Action awards leaders in environment and public health

Hartford, CT - Clean Water Action presented awards to three exceptional leaders in areas relating to environment and public health at their annual event on October 16th at the Riverfront Boathouse.

Clean Water Action Awards EthicalChem for Green Chemistry Innovation

Dan Socci, CEO, EthicalChem, was presented with Clean Water Action’s Innovation Award. The award was designed to highlight the use of safer chemicals through green chemistry innovation by a Connecticut company. EthicalChem uses high-performance, plant-based chemistry in a variety of applications effectively and without toxic chemicals.    
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10/22/2015 - 09:18

Get Toxic Chemicals Bill Right

As a parent and an advocate, I am very concerned about toxic chemicals in our homes and workplaces. I am tired of hearing about the barrage of chemicals that we are unwillingly exposed to on a daily basis. I am especially concerned to know about the links between exposure to toxic chemicals and a variety of health problems such as cancer, hormone disruption and harm to the developing brain. Many of these chemicals are persistent, meaning they stay in our bodies and the environment.

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Connecticut a leader in microbead phase-out, cleaner environment

During its special session June 29, the Connecticut legislature passed a number of items as budget implementers. Two of these are of particular importance to our environment and the health of our citizens - a strong law banning plastic microbeads used in cosmetics and personal care products, and enhanced notification prior to a pesticide application on school grounds, along with restrictions on the use of pesticides on municipal playgrounds.

Microbeads, or polyethylene microspheres, are tiny beads of plastic that are used as abrasives in over 100 personal care products such as toothpaste and face scrubs. Sizes range from one millimeter to as small as a blood cell. A single product may contain as many as 350,000 plastic microbeads.

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New England Currents | Fall 2015

New England Currents
fall 2015 edition

Clean Up On All Aisles! Mind the Store Campaigns Mounting Victories

Clean Water Action and Mind the Store campaign partners are celebrating some big victories made possible in part by Clean Water Action members — thank you!

The campaign was launched to secure commitments from the nation’s largest retailers to replace toxic chemicals with safer alternatives in every day products such as couch cushions, cosmetics and children’s toys. The targets include the top 10 largest retailers in the country like Walmart, CVS, Home Depot, Target and Walgreens — all companies whose decisions can lead product manufacturers and the chemical industry to shift to safer chemicals.

Throughout New England, Clean Water Action hosted events with local volunteers, delivered letters to store managers, organized call-in days, and conducted in-store research on toxic chemicals in products on store shelves.  Read more

Please Join us for Clean Water Massachusetts' 21st Annual Celebration on Saturday, October 24th | 3:30-6:00PM

Congregational Church of Weston
130 Newton Street, Weston, MA 02493

Featuring an hors d’oeuvres reception, an awards ceremony, silent auction and celebration of victories and progress towards a healthy and sustainable world!

For more information and tickets visit this page

Tell Babies"R"Us That Every Baby Deserves Healthy Gear

richfield_babies_r_us.jpgA new report found outdated, toxic products on Babies”R”Us store shelves. Products purchased at Babies”R”Us stores across the U.S. were screened for toxic flame retardant chemicals and six products failed the screening. Babies”R”Us competitor, Buy Buy Baby has banned seven toxic flame retardants in all products.

Tell Babies”R”Us CEO David Brandon to put babies health first.

The August 2015 Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Connecticut Newsletter

Big wins on pesticides and microbeads!

This legislative session, the Coalition was thrilled to support two bills that will safeguard our environment and the health of Connecticut residents - a strong law banning plastic microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products, and enhanced notification prior to a pesticide application on school grounds, along with restrictions on the use of pesticides on municipal playgrounds.    

This is huge!

Help us keep the momentum going with a gift today!

New England Currents - Summer 2015

New England Currents
summer 2015 edition

New England Wants Clean Energy Now!

New England Wants Clean Energy Now
Communities across New England are fighting for clean energy. Despite a utility-backed push to expand gas pipelines and suppress solar power, states are making progress and building powerful coalitions to fight for a low-carbon, economically just future. Read more

Interns Make Our World Go Round!

Clean Water Action’s internship program provides a great opportunity for young people to learn the skills of environmental organizing while making meaningful change. Here we’ve shared interviews with Ayanna Hampton and Rachel Fricke who joined the Clean Water Action Massachusetts team for their winter/spring semester and a profile of Nicole Harrison from the Rhode Island team. Thank you Ayanna, Rachel and Nicole! Read More

A Huge Victory for Our Water in Connecticut and Across the Nation

Hartford - Today the Obama administration released its long awaited Clean Water Rule. The rule closes loopholes that have left the drinking water sources for nearly 2 in 3 Connecticut residents at risk of pollution and destruction. Today's release of the Clean Water Rule is the culmination of more than 12 years of advocacy by Clean Water Action, its members, and its allies.

Clean Water Action's Connecticut Director, Anne Hulick, released this statement:

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