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Sustainability

The Town of West Hartford strives to be sustainable – working to solve economic, environment, and social (equity) challenges, address climate change, and build a thriving, resilient community for all. These are global problems requiring global solutions, but local action can have a big impact.

The Town of West Hartford does not have a Sustainability Office or Department.  Many different departments lead sustainability initiatives with the ultimate goal of sustainability being a shared responsibility, embedded into everyday decision-making and operations. The Sustainable West Hartford Commission advises Town Council and to works to advance sustainability through education, action, and collaboration with the Town, the West Hartford community, and beyond.

This website is designed to help people more easily locate information about Town sustainability initiatives, learn how to take action themselves, and find resources to get started. Everyone can play a role in creating a more Sustainable West Hartford. After all, it is Our Town, Our Planet, Our Future.

Featured News & Initiatives

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Earth Day Family Festival, April 20, 2024 12-4PM

The Sustainable West Hartford Commission is hosting an Earth Day Family Festival on April 20, from 12PM-4PM in Blue Back Square. The goal of the celebration is to foster a sense of community engagement and environmental awareness. 

Fair Trash Reduction

West Hartford’s Morley Neighborhood is participating in a CT DEEP-funded voluntary pilot program to divert food scraps and move towards a unit-based-pricing (UBP) model for trash collection. This pilot has been extended through June 10, 2024, at which time the Town Council will vote on taking the program town-wide in the fall.

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Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities. West Hartford is currently a Silver-certified community. In August 2024, The Town of West Hartford will be submitting an application for Gold!

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! 

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
 

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.