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2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award Winner

The Town of Windsor Locks was a recipient of the 2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award for its long-term Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning, strategic assessment and implementation efforts that have collectively sparked the rebirth of its downtown commercial district. Windsor Locks lost its Main Street in the early 1960s due to some development missteps which devastated the Main Street commercial district. Since 2007, the Town has worked with its community to begin planning and redeveloping their Main Street. Key ingredients of […]

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 […]

2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award Winner

The Town of Avon was awarded a 2018 CRCOG Regional Sustainability Award for its novel and progressive regulatory solution to tie sound economic infill development with the implementation of proven sustainability measures. This new model regulation has already been put to good use to address a problem property within the town and provides an extensive menu of eligible sustainability tools covering energy, stormwater, water conservation, site design, land use, and agricultural preservation. While the town prescribed clear measures of sustainability, […]

Government Technology to Host CT Digital Government Summit

Mark your calendars!  The CT Digital Government Summit will be held on October 2, 2018 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.  The session is free to governmental professionals and will cover the following topics:

Innovation and Leadership
Digital Government Trends
Emerging Technologies
Cyber Security
Data and Analytics
Mobility and Citizen Engagement
Cloud Services

Click here for more information and to register!

UCONN to Host 2018 Invasive Plant Symposium

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) 2018 Invasive Plant Symposium will be held on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Student Union, University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  The theme of the symposium is: Invasive Plants in Uncertain Times:  Achieving More with Less.  The 9th biennial conference features national, regional, and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat. Click here for more information and to register.

2018 AARP Community Challenge Awards Announced

The AARP Community Challenge is awarding grants to fund quick-action projects — in areas such as housing, transportation, and public space — that spark change and build momentum toward improved livability for all residents. If your idea is big, no project is too small! Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand for larger projects. Applications are due May 16, 2018.
For the 2018 AARP Community Challenge, AARP will prioritize projects that aim to achieve […]

5th Annual Bicycle Festival/Show/Swap Meeting Scheduled for June 10th

The Wethersfield High School Bicycle Club is hosting its 5th Annual Bicycle Festival / Show / Swap Meet on Sunday, June 10th from 8-12:30.  The event includes all styles and vintages of bicycles. There is something for every cycling enthusiast, and a great place to swap, sell, or buy extra parts and bicycle-related items. Also, there are people showing off their bikes, sharing stories, and generally having a good time.
Riding groups, clubs, and organizations can also come to connect with folks in the cycling community.  Some groups […]

CRCOG to Host Public Forums for Capitol Region Complete Streets Plan

The Complete Streets Planning Team is holding an open house as part of a two-day Open Planning Studio. Come by reSET (1429 Park Street Hartford, CT) between 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM on May 16, or between 9:00 AM and 8:00 PM on May 17, to learn more about the study, explore our draft regional network map, provide input on the study, and work with experts on our team to draft conceptual plans for improvements to a corridor in the […]

Public Input Wanted on Preparing for Natural Hazards

The Capitol Region is active in planning for natural hazards mitigation to help reduce our vulnerabilities to natural disasters and enable our communities to minimize losses and recover more effectively when disasters do occur.   CRCOG is currently updating the Capitol Region Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.
We want to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete a survey – your input will help shape the plan.
Also, please attend one of the public workshops we will be holding throughout […]

CRCOG Announces Call for Regional Sustainability Awards Program Nominations

The Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) will again recognize member towns for policies, plans, programs and projects that help promote a more sustainable Capitol Region via its annual Regional Sustainability Awards Program. This year, CRCOG has teamed up with Sustainable CT and will award additional points to nominees who have registered to participate in the new, statewide certification program.
Have you already implemented Complete Streets, invested in brownfield remediation and development, encouraged business creation and growth, taken steps to […]