Environment

CRCOG/EPA Smart Growth Guidelines

In 2008, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish guidelines for sustainable design and development specific to the Capitol Region’s unique blend of urban, suburban and rural municipalities. Included are guidelines for incorporating high performance buildings and green energy production and supply into community design.
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The Municipal Primer: Your Guide to Creating a “Green and Growing” Community

Produced by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (now the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) as part of a municipal outreach effort, the Municipal Primer provides basic information and guidance on a wide variety of topics related to environmental protection. Its purpose is to inform municipal decision-makers about environmental issues, the potential impacts of their decisions, environmentally preferred alternatives, and potential permit or license requirements. The intent is to give municipal officials a tool that allows them to quickly […]

Wheels For Wishes & Wellness Donation Program


Wheels For Wishes & Wellness is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit vehicle donation program benefiting children’s hospitals in Connecticut. The car donation program offers a simple alternative to selling or trading in an unwanted vehicle and provides donors with free towing and a tax deduction. Cars are either auctioned for new owners to reuse, or they’re recycled into materials that can be used to make other vehicles. Learn more at connecticut.wheelsforwishes.org.

Patagonia Donations and Grants Available


Patagonia donates 1% of its sales to support environmental organizations around the world at the grassroots level in countries and communities where they have people on the ground. Grants, typically up to $12,000, are awarded to organizations working on action-oriented environmental projects that build public involvement and support and have measurable goals, objectives and action plans. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis at local stores and semi-annually (April 30 and August 31) at the company’s headquarters.
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The Center for a New American Dream Accepting Applications


The Center for a New American Dream is now accepting applications (through May 31, 2015) for its 2015 Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge Grant. New Dream will help teams raise funds for a project to improve their neighborhoods and will match funds raised by each selected team up to $2,000. The proposed project must be focused on building a local economy, greening your community, or be linked to a sharing system. It should be replicable in other areas around the country and […]

2017 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award Winner



The Town of Stafford received CRCOG’s 2017 Regional Sustainability Award for its energy project work, its strategic and extensive leveraging of solar and geothermal technologies and its long-range vision for a greener future. The Town’s Energy Advisory Committee was instrumental in guiding the community’s efforts to achieve record-setting energy independence, significantly reduce its carbon footprint, save tax dollars and promote operating efficiencies for the town and the board of education. Stafford is expected to save more than $24 million over […]

2016 Regional Sustainability Award Winners

The Town of Coventry was presented with CRCOG’s 2016 Regional Sustainability Award for the progressive work of the Coventry Lake Advisory and Monitoring Committee (aka CLAM). CLAM is an advocate for Coventry’s Lake Wangumbaug and its watershed, collecting, analyzing and sharing information to advise the Town of Coventry on best practices for preserving the lake and refining its value as a centerpiece of the community. The Committee has contributed significantly to the improvement of environmental quality through the protection, conservation […]

Zone Hartford Code

The City of Hartford also received CRCOG’s 2016 Regional Sustainability Award 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 and a […]

Textile Collection Program Rolled Out In Central Connecticut


With a master contract in place between the Central Connecticut Solid Waste Authority (CCSWA) and Bay State Textiles, nine CCSWA communities (Bloomfield, Bolton, Canton, Cromwell, East Granby, Enfield, Glastonbury, Manchester and Simsbury) have signed on to participate in a textile collection program. Acceptable items for recycling include: footwear (shoes, boots, sneakers, flip flops); clothing (tops, pants, undergarments, pajamas, coats); accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, pocketbooks, tote bags, belts, ties); linens (sheets, blankets, comforters, dish towels, table linens, throw rugs, draperies, placemats); […]

MIRA & Fuss & O’Neill Win National Award for Hartford, CT Landfill Project


The Materials Innovation and Recycling Authority (MIRA) and Fuss & O’Neill have won a SWANA Bronze Excellence Award in the category of Landfill Redevelopment. The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) awarded the Bronze Excellence Award to MIRA and Fuss & O’Neill for their entry: “Hartford Landfill State-of-the-Art Closure and Solar Electricity Generating Facility.” The award will be presented at SWANA’s annual conference, WASTECON, ® on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, in Orlando, Florida.
In 2014, MIRA and Fuss & O’Neill […]

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