On October 24th, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability hosted its first Dream Green EcoDesign Finalist Showcase, an event highlighting the competition’s four exceptional finalists. Selected from an impressive batch of 26 applicants, these four finalists moved the audience with their dedication to a cleaner, greener, and healthier Hartford. The projects addressed a wide array of issues, ranging from stormwater management, urban gardening, and vacant lot redevelopment. The four finalists, from the Chrysalis Center, the University of Connecticut (2), and the University of Hartford, each had just seven minutes to present on their project and answer questions from the three esteemed judges.
Dozens of Hartford residents, students, and officials attended the pitch session at the Trinity Action Lab for a chance to cast their vote for their favorite “pop up” project for the City of Hartford. Attendees also had the chance to munch on light refreshments and utilized the composting services provided by Blue Earth Compost.
After hard deliberation, the judges finally made their decision to choose the University of Hartford’s “5 Corners: Live. Work. Play” group, comprised of group members Nabila Ahmed, Brian Gonzalez, Alexis Hoff, Katie Scanlon, Patrick Spichal, and Professor Seth Holmes. The winning team will now be awarded a $1,000 prize, and will be able to work with the City’s $2,500 budget to implement their project. Check out the slide below to get a peek at what the project will looks.
Residents can expect to see progress begin within the next year, following further developments at the adjacent Swift Factory. Stay tuned and sign up for our newsletter for more updates. A big thank you to our sponsor, the Connecticut Institute of Resilience and Climate Adaptation, for supporting a greener Hartford. We look forward to seeing the development of this project and wish our best to the other applicants and finalists!
For more information on the winning project, visit ArchDaily.