Interested in the steps that Hartford is taking towards achieving Green and Complete Streets? Then read this report recently released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about Hartford’s issues, strengths, challenges, and opportunities.
The report resulted from an award the City of Hartford received through the EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. That program was created in 2011 in response to communities around the country asking for help in achieving their desired development goals, improve their quality of life, and become more economically and environmentally sustainable.
In this program, the EPA selects certain communities annually to receive assistance from among five different categories, including (but not limited to) Creating Equitable Development, Sustainable Strategies for Small Cities, and Green and Complete Streets – which is the one Hartford applied for and received. The Green and Complete Streets toolkit, which included a workshop facilitated by a team from the EPA, helps communities develop strategies for greening their streets based on national models and case studies. During Hartford’s workshop in May, a group of key stakeholders representing multiple initiatives and departments that influence the city-wide implementation of Green and Complete Streets convened to identify community issues, strengths, challenges, and opportunities. This report draws from that meeting and other information provided to the EPA team, and will help Hartford grow, develop and strengthen its approaches towards establishing more sustainable streets.