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Sustainability

The Town of West Hartford is committed to sustainability.

We strive to lead by example.

In today’s world, sustainability is not optional: we must push forward with a sense of urgency. Sustainability must be embedded into the everyday decision-making, actions, and operations of our Town and its citizens.

The Town does not have a specific Sustainability Office or Department. It is the shared responsibility of all departments and of all employees.

Many of the Town’s volunteer Boards & Commissions play a key role in our sustainability efforts.  In 2021, the Town formed a temporary Sustainability Advisory Group, which presented its final recommendations to Council committee on March 3, 2022. Consideration and implementation of these recommendations is ongoing.

The Town also collaborates with the broader community – seeking to educate, encourage, and enable residents and businesses to make their own sustainable choices.

Coming Soon!

Below, in alphabetical order, we list some sustainability topics that might interest you. For each topic, we will  provide a description of what the Town of West Hartford is doing, what you can do, and some resources to get started. 

If there are additional topics that you would like to see listed, please let us know by emailing: TownManager@WestHartfordCT.gov

  • Landscaping
  • Multi-Modal Transportation
  • Parks & Open Space
  • Pollinator Gardens
  • Recycling & Solid Waste
  • Solar & Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable CT
  • Trees & Forests
  • Water Conservation
  • Watershed Protection

Current Initiatives 

Sustainable CT Community Match Fund

Sustainable CT Community Match Fund matches dollar for dollar for local projects (up to $15,000) for qualifying projects that align with Sustainable CT’s goals and have a public benefit. Many local groups are using this fund and you should too! 

Sustainability CT Logo

Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to recognize inclusive, thriving, and resilient Connecticut municipalities. Sustainable CT provides a wide-ranging menu of best practices. Municipalities choose Sustainable CT actions, implement them, and earn points toward certification. West Hartford is currently a Silver-certified Sustainable CT community, the highest level available to date. Reports for all certified municipalities are available on the Sustainable CT website.

Heat Smart West Hartford

HeatSmart West Hartford is a year-long outreach program that assists residents in accessing the energy efficiency programs and incentives available through Energize ConnecticutSM. The HeatSmart team, consisting of local volunteers and energy experts, will offer educational presentations throughout the year to inform people about efficient heating and cooling choices. Sign up to participative in this town-sponsored energy program on the HeatSmart West Hartford website.

 

Sustainable development must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. 

- Our Common Future, Brundtland Commission Report, 1987

 

Sustainability Actions

Sustainable actions support the three pillars of Social Equity, Environment, Economy – also referred to as the three E’s, the triple bottom line, or the three P’s: People, Planet, Profits. 

 

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