Environment

2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award Winner

The City of Hartford received its second Regional Sustainability Award—this time for the City’s comprehensive efforts to leverage environmental sustainability to dramatically improve community resilience while improving the local economy, public health and social equity.
Notable achievements, guided by the Mayor’s Climate Stewardship Initiative (CSI), include: the creation of a fully grant-funded Office of Sustainability; the creation and adoption of a Climate Action Plan that is steeped in local and national best practices; and the establishment of an Energy Improvement District […]

New England’s Knowledge Corridor Partnership


New England’s Knowledge Corridor Partnership — formerly the Hartford-Springfield Economic Partnership — was founded in September 2000 with the support of the governors of Connecticut and Massachusetts. NEKC is an interstate collaborative of 28 regional economic development, planning, business, tourism and educational institutions with a shared interest in advancing the region’s economic progress. The area transcends political boundaries, comprising New Haven, Hartford, Middlesex and Tolland counties in Connecticut and Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties in Massachusetts. The region is linked […]

2016 Regional Sustainability Award Winner

The Town of Mansfield received CRCOG’s 2016 Regional Sustainability Award in early June for Mansfield Tomorrow: Plan of Conservation and Development. This comprehensive POCD has created a unified vision for the Town and its Planning and Zoning Commission, and establishes a framework for promoting sustainability and the incorporation of best practices. An extensive stakeholder engagement process helped lay the foundation for the significant, measurable progress that has already occurred in the eight months since the Plan’s adoption. Highlights of implementation […]

Sustainability Issue Briefs

Produced as part of the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor project, each two-page brief focuses on an important issue (Housing, Transportation, Food Security, Environment, Land Use, Climate Action or Green Infrastructure) and its role towards creating more sustainable communities. The summary documents provide: an overview of the topic and why it is important; related issues and trends; how progress is measured; action steps to support change; and links to additional information.
Click here to access the Climate Action brief.
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Capitol Region Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (2014-2019)

With funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), CRCOG developed a Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan update for its thirty member municipalities. (The agency has since expanded its membership to include thirty-eight communities.) This plan builds on the existing Pre-Disaster Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan of 2008, and was intended to: identify natural hazards likely to affect the Capitol Region and its residents; assess vulnerabilities to these hazards; and set forth mitigation strategies that will reduce the loss of life […]

Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities (2012 Edition)


Produced by the American Farmland Trust and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, Planning for Agriculture is a “primer and introductory toolkit for planners and municipal officials” that will help inform efforts to preserve and protect local agriculture in Connecticut. The guide defines the fiscal, economic, environmental and recreational benefits of agriculture; prompts towns to reflect on how well they are planning a future for agriculture in their communities (it includes a checklist for gauging how supportive of agriculture […]

One Region, One Future


As the culmination of a three-year HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Consortium generated its action agenda, One Region, One Future for the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor bi-state region. The recommended actions listed in the document are hoped to move the region toward a connected, competitive, vibrant and green future. The Agenda outlines not only the actions that need to be taken, but also which partners are best suited to take up the charge.
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2016 Regional Sustainability Winner

The City of Hartford received CRCOG’s 2016 Regional Sustainability Award in early June for Zone Hartford—a transformative, citywide form-based code that prioritizes environmental sustainability. The new zoning regulations take the City’s vision for sustainable development to the all-important implementation stage—offering a comprehensive blueprint for other communities to consider as well. The Code: prioritizes the reduction of the City’s carbon footprint and resilience; creates a typology of building and street types to compliment Hartford’s historic fabric; establishes overlay districts, including TOD […]

Local Government Climate Adaptation Training Module

EPA has released a new online training module to help local government officials take actions to increase their communities’ resilience to a changing climate. The training explains how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, such as providing safe drinking water and managing the effects of drought, fires and floods. It describes how different communities are already adapting to climate-related challenges and provides examples of effective strategies that have been implemented in cities and […]

Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations

CRCOG’s innovative booklet of Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations equips towns with model regulatory language covering ten specific topic areas, including Energy Conservation and Alternative Energy (with a focus on solar, geothermal and small wind energy, solar access protection, energy-efficient lighting and green roofs). The project, funded by a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, also included the creation of renderings to help communities visualize the physical impact of implementing the regulations. The visualizations were created for urban, suburban […]

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