- 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 Board that issued the first comprehensive plan of its kind in the state. CSI and the Office of Sustainability have implemented a series of resiliency and sustainability initiatives, including redistributing 4,295 excess meals throughout Hartford, facilitating a $5 million-dollar LED streetlight retrofit, and implementing Virtual Net Metering and Renewable Energy Credit contracts. CSI, in implementing many of these planning and developmental goals and initiatives, has created a broad and dynamic group of stakeholders from communities throughout Hartford; a model which could be replicated throughout the region.
Click here to access the Hartford Climate Stewardship Initiative’s website.
Click here to access a copy of Hartford’s Energy Improvement District Comprehensive Plan.
- 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 25 years as it completes the execution of its long-term energy plan and reaches its net-zero goal.
- 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 and stewardship of this important natural resource, and has executed many innovative initiatives, including the recent completion of The Coventry Lake Management Plan and the annual ‘State of Coventry Lake’ public forums.
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The Town of Rocky Hill received CRCOG’s 2016 Regional Sustainability Award for the Town’s partnership with SolarCity for a Ground-Mounted Solar Photovoltaic Generation System. The 3.9 MW solar energy farm will consist of approximately 13,000 ground mounted solar panels. This green redevelopment effort will turn a vacant parcel of land with highly restrictive development potential into a municipal asset—one that will reduce municipal energy consumption and related costs significantly and will produce over 90,000,000 kWk of clean, renewable energy over its renewable 20 year contract period. In addition to using the most recent cutting-edge solar technology, Virtual Net Metering and the Zero Emissions Renewable Energy Credit program, the project showcased the importance of initiative, perseverance and collaboration to successfully overcome an extensive array of obstacles and challenges.
The Town of Mansfield received CRCOG’s 2016 Regional Sustainability Award 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 work include: forming a bicycle advocacy group that will spearhead the development of the recommended Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan; drafting a Complete Streets policy; working on affordable housing updates to the Town’s zoning regulations; launching a new economic development section of the Town’s website; and establishing a climate change committee.
Click here to access the Plan.
- 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 Connecticut River District, which require high density development; and incorporates New Urbanist design principles. It incentivizes renewable energy use; explicitly authorizes urban agriculture; embraces Completes Streets; encourages maker spaces; and so much more.
Click here to access the Code.
- 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); and stuffed animals. Collection boxes and trailers are typically located at transfer stations and bulky waste facilities, but can also be set up at schools, fire stations and other municipal locations. Participating towns are paid $100 per ton of textiles recycled, and will enjoy the added benefits of saving on disposal tipping fees and reducing their environmental impact by recovering more textiles (up to 95% can be reused or repurposed).
Additional information, including copies of resulting contracts, can be found on the Capitol Region Council of Governments’ website. Visit Bay State’s website for news stories and examples of other successful recycling programs in Massachusetts.
- 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 completed a 35-acre state-of-the-art synthetic turf cap and one megawatt Solar Electricity Generating Facility (Solar EGF) atop the Hartford Landfill. “It is the first project in New England to marry a synthetic turf landfill cap and a solar energy facility,” said David Bodendorf, senior environmental engineer for MIRA. The final phase of the project included a 3,993-panel solar energy facility that can generate enough electricity to power about 1,000 homes when operating at full capacity.
“We are proud that the Hartford Landfill earned this prestigious award,” said Craig Lapinski, Vice President at Fuss & O’Neill. “This project demonstrates the potential for combining landfill closure with the production of clean renewable energy. The Hartford Landfill stands as an exciting example for other communities across the nation.”
MIRA and Fuss & O’Neill’s winning entry can be found on SWANA’s website at https://swana.org/Awards/ExcellenceAwards/2015Winners.aspx.