Are you interested in eating more locally grown food, living more sustainably and reducing your carbon footprint? The Hartford Sustainability Map is a great free resource to help you find exactly where and how to do that in Connecticut’s capital city. This interactive map displays in visual form some of the the city’s “successes” in all six categories of our Climate Action Planning process: energy, food, green space, transportation, waste, and water. The map allows you to find anything from electric vehicle charging stations to bike racks to public parks to LEED certified buildings. You can turn layers on and off, to do things like find the nearest bus stop to the farmers’ market – and then click on links to get the hours for the farmers’ market so you can plan that perfect evening picnic.
The map was created with the help of Trinity College Professor Jack Dougherty’s Data Visualization Seminar. Thanks to their programming, the interactive map highlights existing Hartford area sustainability infrastructure and can easily be updated to reflect future accomplishments. We hope the project will spur on continued data collaboration among Hartford’s many grassroots organizations and institutions and be a model resource for other cities and communities. Go forth and explore!