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.