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Mayor Bronin’s Office of Sustainability is partnering with organizations across the state and country to help you save money on utility bills, get free resources and tools, and win prizes.

Through Bright Green Hartford, you can sign up for a rain barrel, energy audit, make a pledge to conserve water – and even win prizes!  

Looking for April activities and events? Take part in one of over thirty events in town hosted by a dozen community organizations! Jump down to the Earth Month calendar of events. No matter what you’re looking for this Earth Month, Hartford Has It! 


1. Win prizes: Take the water pledge!

FaucetFrom April 1 -30, the Wyland Foundation is teaming up with the City of Hartford and communities across the nation for a water conservation challenge. Take the pledge to reduce your water use, and register to win prizes! The grand prize winner – chosen from all the cities that participate – will receive a year’s worth of paid utility bills. One lucky nonprofit will even win a car!
Sign up today at www.MyWaterPledge.com.

2. Get free water: Join Retain the Rain!

Retain the RainThe City of Hartford Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is giving away free rain barrels, which can help you capture and store rain water for later use on your gardens and plants. To get things started, the first 50 people to sign up at www.HartfordClimate.org/RetainTheRain will be invited to receive a free rain barrel at our first 2019 distribution event on April 27th. However, this is just the beginning. There will be plenty of opportunities to get rain barrels and other green infrastructure materials this year, so be sure to register in advance. Quantities are limited, and unfortunately, no deliveries.

3. Save money: Ask for an energy audit!

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The Connecticut Green Bank, Posigen, and the City of Hartford are collaborating to help you evaluate your home’s energy use, reduce energy consumption, and save money. You can even explore the possibility of a solar installation with the Solar for All program!

Applications for the Solar For All program are being taken now, so homeowners are encouraged to contact PosiGen today at 203-416-6518 or 1-866-PosiGen.


4. Get Rewards for Green Commuting!

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Driving less does more than you know! Visit the Drive Less CT Challenge and learn more about making Hartford (or Connecticut) cleaner, greener, and healthier by reducing the number of cars on the road.

Try a greener way to commute and earn rewards. Log green trips on https://www.drivelessct.com/ or app and earn and redeem points for restaurant coupons, retailer discounts, and tickets to shows & attractions.


How Are We Offering So Many Programs?

Mayor Bronin with the Youth Service Corps and Eversource employees at an LED lightbulb swap. 
Mayor Bronin with the Youth Service Corps and Eversource employees at an LED lightbulb swap.

The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is grant-funded, and charged with implementing projects related to Hartford’s Climate Action Plan. We are partnering with the Wyland Foundation, the CT Green Bank, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, CTRides, Center for Latino Progress, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a special community outreach effort featuring cost savings to residents, and environmental benefits.


Interested in Learning More?

These are just a few opportunities that are available to Hartford residents. There are lots of great April activities happening in our parks, recreation centers, and across the community; find our Earth Month Calendar below (or download the Summary List). You can also check out View from the ParksMyRec, Hartford.com, our Twitter feed, or our newsletter for other activities year round. 

Looking for services? The March 2019 Housing Fair Packet and the One Hartford Resident Guide are great resources that compile standard services available to Hartford residents. 

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*The Hartford Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is funded in part by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Long Island Sound Futures Fund. The views contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.