The City of Hartford’s Office of Sustainability and Hartford Climate Stewardship Initiative implement projects related to the City’s Climate Action Plan. We work on initiatives related to energy, food, waste, waster, landscape and transportation. All projects are designed with our shared values of improved public health, economic development and social equity.
From an urban tree spa to transit equity, tree appreciation, and more, Hartford Has It this year! We’re proud to see the incredible climate action and community engagement in Hartford, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Did you know that Hartford has a growing energy and innovation ecosystem? This year, world-class startups participated in Upward Lab’s Smart Buildings program, bringing with them world-class technology and ideas to reduce costs associated with energy use in buildings and more.
While hearing about Hartford’s recent environmental initiatives, you might have wondered how it compares to cities nationwide. Are other cities developing and implementing similar plans? How are other communities approaching climate action, resilience, and clean energy? According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) newly released 2019 city scorecard, Hartford stands out dueContinue reading Hartford goes toe-to-toe with cities nationwide!→
As Hartford prepares to update the City’s ten-year plan in 2020, we’re looking to celebrate the past and present and plan for the future. Read on to discover more about the update to our roadmap for the city…
May 2020 Update: We’re back with a final water feature, recognizing the great work that has happened with Retain the Rain. As part of our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Long Island Sound Futures Fund grant, we’re working on increasing awareness about the importance of our local waters and the greater Long Island Sound watershed.Continue reading Let’s Be Water Wise! (Updated May 2020)→
Happy Earth Day, Hartford! We’re so excited to celebrate Earth Day 2019 with you, and there are so many great things to share. Check out our Bright Green Hartford initiative or our newly released 2017 – 2018 Annual Report to learn more about the sustainable work done by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and grassroots organizations across theContinue reading Happy Earth Day 2019!→
The Hartford Advisory Commission on Food Policy held its annual Community Food Security Awards on Wednesday, March 28th. Recognizing leadership in local food justice, the awards highlighted Hartford’s organizations and individuals improving the well-being of residents and visitors.
ASHES TO ASHES The race is on to save our Ash trees! The Emerald Ash Borer first reared its green head in Connecticut in 2012, and has the potential to infest and kill nearly 10,000 trees in Hartford alone, and millions across the state!
Last fall, the City of Hartford established an Energy Improvement District (EID), which can be used to enter into contracts, to buy or lease energy facilities, to increase energy efficiency, and to make it easier and cheaper to do business in Hartford. The board, which consists of nine voting members and five non-voting members, includes residentsContinue reading Energy Improvement District Adopts Comprehensive Plan→
This week, the City of Hartford’s Office of Sustainability will be continuing its series of resident climate action meetings. Hosted on 2/15 at 5:30, the meeting will be held at KNOX’s site at 75 Laurel Street in Hartford.
Good news! The City of Hartford was among pioneering cities and towns that recently joined Sustainable CT, a new statewide initiative to support environmental progress in Connecticut’s cities and municipalities.
Have you noticed areas in our parks that look like they have not been mowed in a while? Low mow zones are planted with meadow plants instead of traditional turf, saving valuable staff time and money on lawn maintenance while absorbing runoff and providing habitat for wildlife. They reduce usage of fuel and equipment, whichContinue reading Growing Instead of Mowing in Hartford’s Parks→