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2020 Connecticut Olmsted Award to Presented to CFE/Save the Sound

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape

Architects (CTASLA) has presented its annual Connecticut Olmsted Award to

Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound.

The award, named after Connecticut native Frederick Law Olmsted, who founded the

modern landscape architecture profession in the 19th century, is given annually by

CTASLA to an organization or person from Connecticut who has employed the

principle of stewardship of the environment as a guiding force in their actions.

"Few organizations understand the economic, cultural, and natural benefits of Long Island Sound like the Connecticut Fund for the Environment and Save the Sound," said CTASLA president Oliver Gaffney, a landscape architect with New Haven-based TPA Design Group. "As a non-profit organization, they are committed to restoring and protecting all that impacts the region’s environment, including rivers and shorelines, wetlands and forests, the air we all breathe, and the waters of the Sound itself."

From offices in New Haven, Mamaroneck, and on Long Island, Connecticut Fund for

the Environment/Save the Sound leads environmental action across the Long Island

Sound region in a variety of ways — from legislative advocacy and legal action to

environmental monitoring, engineering projects, and training and resources for

communities. Together with tens of thousands of dedicated volunteers, activists, and

members in Connecticut and New York, the team fights climate change, saves

endangered lands, protects the Sound and its rivers, and works with nature to restore


CFE/Save the Sound is a pioneer in urban green infrastructure, installing rain gardens

and bioswales that have become a model for Connecticut communities. These

attractive, customizable, and pollinator-friendly green spaces protect neighborhoods

and city streets from flooding, filter pollutants from stormwater runoff, help recharge

groundwater, and can even provide habitat and food sources. Along our shoreline and

waterways, CFE/Save the Sound’s restoration projects have brought riverbanks and

coastal marshes back to vibrant life.

The award was presented by CTASLA during a February program at the State Capitol

on "Risk and Resiliency: Adapting to Connecticut’s Changing Climate," which attracted

landscape architects, legislators, planners, environmental activists, and interested

citizens. In accepting the award, CFE President Curt Johnson quipped that he and his

staff have been able to “stop bad things from happening to good land."

For more than 40 years CFE/Save the Sound has been ensuring that people can enjoy

the healthy, clean, and thriving "good land" here in Connecticut — which will also

benefit generations to come.

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