One City, One Plan Chapter 12
Greening Hartford and Sustainable
Clean & Renewable Energy Management
Urban Design & Green Building
Goals & Objectives
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Transportation Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
Sustainability has become a wide-ranging term Water Resources
that can be applied to almost every facet of life. In 2006, the City of Hartford demonstrated its
Sustainable development can generally be commitment to green energy strategies and has
defined as development that meets the needs of already reached its goal by purchasing 20% of its
the present without compromising the ability of energy from renewable sources.
future generations to meet their own needs.
This concept can be applied to the environment, Clean and Renewable Energy
the economy and society as a whole. In the Management
worlds of conservation and development, the
term “green” is often used to indicate actions Status and Current Initiatives
meant to achieve sustainability– for example,
The most prominent of these initiatives is the Goodwin Memorial Library has installed a solar
green buildings, “going green,” the green
City’s participation in the Connecticut Clean photovoltaic system through the CT Clean Energy
economy, etc. Options program.
Energy Communities Program. This program,
run through the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund
Hartford has undertaken a number of green, or
(CCEF), enables cities and towns to both
sustainable, initiatives. The City has already
purchase renewable energy and earn credits
taken measures to improve the quality of the
convertible for new clean energy system infra-
environment and to promote sustainable devel-
structure. Credits may be earned by getting local
opment. It has also begun to identify future
households and businesses to enroll in the CT
strategies for accelerating the “greening” of
Clean Energy Options Program, having house-
Hartford. Hartford recently added a green sec-
holds or businesses install their own clean
tion to the City’s website: www.hartford.gov/
energy systems, and through the purchase of
green.htm where a growing list of energy saving
certified Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
efforts, links and photos are posted.
Once a municipality has earned a certain
These existing efforts and future strategies are number of credits, the CCEF will provide the
divided into the following seven categories: community with a free clean energy system
(solar photovoltaic, solar thermal or wind). CCEF
Clean and Renewable Energy Management
covers all costs associated with purchasing and
installing the new energy system, and assists the
municipality in choosing a suitable location for
the energy system.
awarded to the City was installed at the Good-
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win Memorial Library branch in April of 2009,
with an estimated installation value of roughly
$80,000. The City has earned an additional 2kW
of solar photovoltaic credits.
Upon enlisting in the Connecticut Clean Energy
Communities Program in 2006, the City of Hart-
ford committed to purchase at least 20% of its
energy from renewable power sources by the
year 2010: it has met this goal. Hartford is num-
ber four out of the forty-one participating com-
munities in terms of sign-ups for the CT Clean
Energy Options program.
The City of Hartford Advisory Commission on the
Environment (ACOTE), working in conjunction
with the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, has
also solicited proposals for projects that
promote renewable energy use in the City.
ACOTE will fund micro-grants of between $250
and $2,000 for community-based projects that
raise public awareness of renewable energy
usage. The type of projects envisioned for fund-
ing would focus on promotion of renewable
energy rather than physical construction or
acquisition of clean energy systems.
Goodwin Memorial Library Branch’s online solar
Hartford has already benefitted from being an As part of the renovated Mary M. Hooker
active participant in this program. Hartford Magnet School for Environmental Studies, solar
joined the Connecticut Clean Energy Communi- panels and wind turbines will be installed to
ties Program in 2006, and by 2009 had accrued allow students to observe and study clean and
enough credits to earn its first free clean energy renewable energy technologies. The City has
system. The 8kW solar photovoltaic system also worked with NetApp, an electronic storage
and data management firm, to implement data its participation in the Connecticut Clean Energy Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
solutions to save on data storage requirements Communities Program. By procuring more of its
and power consumption. Using an application energy from clean and renewable sources, the The City should strive to increase annually
called NetApp FlexVol, the City has achieved City would earn kilowatt credits that could be the percentage of its energy needs supplied
significant reductions in energy costs and con- converted into free clean energy system installa- by clean and renewable energy sources,
sumption. In addition, as part of the 2009/2010 tions like the new solar photovoltaic system at with an ultimate target of achieving 100%
Capital Improvement Plan, the City of Hartford is Goodwin Library. attainment from clean energy sources by
planning to improve temperature controls in the year 2030.
municipal buildings as a means of conserving
energy. Additional municipal building renova- As a medium-size city without its own munici-
tions, including the installation of new windows pally-owned power plant, the City of Hartford is
and the replacement of old and inefficient heat- quite limited in its ability to produce its own
ing systems, will also likely generate energy sav- clean and renewable energy. However, the City
ings for the City. can pursue a number of policies that promote
“home grown” electric power of a clean and
Goals and Strategies
renewable nature. First, obtaining new clean
Procurement energy systems via the Connecticut Clean Energy
Communities Program provides the City with the
The State of Connecticut has a stated of goal of
capability to generate its own power for limited
obtaining 100% of the energy used by state
internal consumption. Continuing to obtain
agencies from clean, renewable energy sources
these systems could enable the City to power a
by the year 2050. Since the City of Hartford is
number of municipal facilities at little or no cost.
ahead of schedule in transitioning to clean and
renewable energy sources for its energy needs, a The City should also encourage the installation
more aggressive timeframe could be in order. of renewable energy systems for commercial
The City should strive to increase annually the and residential properties. Through the CCEF’s
percentage of its energy needs supplied by clean On-Site Distributed Generation (OSDG) program,
and renewable energy sources, with an ultimate businesses may qualify for grants to help pay for
target of achieving 100% attainment from clean renewable energy system equipment and instal-
energy sources by the year 2030. lation. In addition, residential properties that
utilize renewable energy systems are already
In addition to the macro-level benefits realized Depiction of a fuel cell, similar to that being utilized
eligible for a property tax exemption on the
by this approach, the City itself would stand to at the Connecticut Science Center.
value of the energy generation system. The City
gain substantially from such a strategy through
should lobby the Connecticut General Assembly education by promoting energy conserva-
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to expand this property tax exemption to tion practices at Hartford schools. Have
commercial properties as well. individual schools “compete” against one
another to see which school can achieve
Any surplus energy generated by private and/or the highest level of energy efficiency.
municipal OSDG systems could potentially be Replace incandescent traffic signal lights
tied into the regional power grid and sold back and street lights with energy saving LED
to the electric utility companies, representing a lights. The lights will save taxpayers
potential new revenue stream for both the City about $13,000 per year due to increased
of Hartford and businesses within its borders. efficiency and decreased maintenance.
Efficiency Waste Reduction
The area of energy management in which the Status and Current Initiatives
City can have the greatest impact from public
policy implementation is energy efficiency. The The City contracts its solid waste disposal
following is a list of possible policies and actions services with the Connecticut Resources Recov-
An energy audit of municipal facilities should be that the City of Hartford could pursue to ery Authority (CRRA), which participates within
completed. improve municipal energy efficiency. the Mid-Connecticut Project Area. Solid wastes
are disposed of at Mid-Connecticut Refuse
Complete an energy audit of municipal
Derived Facility (RDF) trash to energy facility
facilities to determine where improve-
which is located at 300 Maxim Road.
ments can be made to increase energy
efficiency and develop a City-wide The former Hartford landfill, previously operated
energy management plan. under contract by the Metropolitan District, was
Retrofit municipal buildings with energy actually two landfills – a double-lined ash
efficient equipment and features, where disposal area and the main disposal area, which
appropriate and feasible. Ensure that received process residue and other bulky and
new equipment purchased meets appro- non-processible waste. The landfill has now
priate energy efficiency standards. been closed, having received its final delivery of
Raise energy usage awareness among waste on January 7, 2009. The revised closure
municipal employees and encourage plan approved by the Connecticut Department
appropriate energy conservation of Environmental Protection plan calls for the
Replacing Hartford’s traffic signal and street lights
practices in municipal office and facilities. installation of a state-of-the-art geomembrane
with LEDs will save energy and money.
Integrate energy efficiency with public cap for the entire 80 acre landfill, a process over-
seen by CRRA and expected to continue through The City has also participated in a one-year pilot Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
2011. The future of the site is unknown; one program through the National Recycling Partner-
possible reuse could be the development of a ship called “Go Green Use Blue.” This pilot
park and multi-use trails. program involved “single stream recycling,”
which allows all recyclable materials to go in one
The Mid-Connecticut Project has a container large bin rather than being separated. The
recycling facility, located at 211 Murphy Road, purpose of the pilot program was to make
Hartford, and a paper recycling facility, located recycling more convenient for residents and to
at 123 Murphy Road, Hartford. City sanitation increase recycling participations rates.
operations include residential curbside refuse
collection, curbside recycling, drop-off bulky The City has also started a Waste and Recycling
waste and drop-off leaf collection. Academy designed to educate people about the
rules and regulations behind Hartford’ waste The Hartford Landfill is in the process of being
Household hazardous waste collection is coordi- management efforts and strategies. capped.
nated through the MDC. Household hazardous
waste collections are conducted six times per Goals and Strategies
year and are hosted in different communities in
Hartford’s strategic approach to reducing solid
the region. Collection of household electronics
waste should be based on a five-tiered hierarchy
occurs on an annual basis in the downtown by
of disposal methods. This hierarchy, ranked
from the most desirable to the least desirable
The City has undertaken several notable waste methods of disposal, is as follows:
reduction initiatives to date. The Hartford Gold Reduction
– Leaf Composted Give Back Program takes Reuse
leaves collected from spring and fall pick-up, Recycling & Composting
composts them and makes the composted Incineration
material available to the public. In 2008, this Landfill
program provided 900 cubic yards of compost
The City should pursue an overall strategy of
back-haul for use by Hartford residents and
utilizing as many policies and actions that fall
community gardeners. The City’s electronic
within the categories of reduction, reuse, recy-
recycling (E-Waste) collection service provides
cling and composting so that the smallest
for both drop-off and curbside pick-up of elec-
amount possible of solid waste ends up at incin-
tronic waste for residents. The Mayor promotes single stream recycling.
erator and landfill facilities. Below are
Solid Waste Source Reduction composting program for City residents,
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Investigate “Pay-As-You-Throw” solid most likely in conjunction with individual
waste programs, and determine if such a neighborhood organization.
program would be feasible and desirable Continue the “Hartford Gold” leaf
in Hartford. composting program.
Consider adding a surcharge on the use Promote recycling city-wide through
of plastic bags by local businesses. various media forms, neighborhood
Develop a program of incentives to spur groups, schools, etc.
commercial and industrial solid waste Continue the Waste and Recycling
reduction efforts. Academy program as a means to educat-
Develop and promote a backyard com- ing Hartford residents about waste
posting program for City residents, most management rules and regulations.
Hartford provides free compost each Spring. likely in conjunction with individual Continue to support and promote CRRA’s
neighborhood organization. electronics recycling program.
Promote recycling in all City offices and
Solid Waste Reuse
In conjunction with the Connecticut Re-
Incineration and Landfill Usage
source Recovery Authority (CRRA) and
the Metropolitan District (MDC), work to Through the use of measures under the
develop a regional Waste Exchange Pro- previous three headings, minimize the
gram. amount of solid waste that is disposed of
Emphasize public education and promo- through incinerator and landfill facilities.
tion about reusable products.
Urban Design & Green Building
Continue to coordinate efforts with the
MDC on the collection of household Status and Current Initiatives
chemicals, cleaners, paint and other
By its very nature, Hartford’s urban design pat-
hazardous materials, which in turn could
tern is much more energy efficient and sustain-
able than other forms of development. With its
Recycling & Composting
high-density development patterns and mixing
Continue the “single stream” approach to of uses, the City makes much more efficient use
recycling as demonstrated in the recent of its land than traditional suburban develop-
Hartford now has single stream recycling “Go Green Use Blue” pilot program. ment or regional transportation corridor
Develop and promote a backyard “sprawl” development patterns. Hartford’s
emphasis on guiding and supporting new devel- able design elements in new construction Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
opment and the reuse of vacant properties in and renovations/expansions, such as:
the Downtown area, as well as established Passive solar heating
commercial corridors and neighborhood centers, Natural ventilation
promotes a form of urban design that efficiently Passive heat recovery ventilation
utilizes both the land and the infrastructure
resources of the City. Energy efficient building systems
Water conservation systems
New development in Hartford is also leading the Geothermal heating
way in sustainable design. The restoration of Require that all new commercial con-
Rendering of the Mary Hooker School
the historic Capitol Building at 410 Asylum Street struction 50,000 square feet or greater in
for mixed-income residences and commercial size must be at least LEED Certified Silver.
space includes many sustainable design Develop Green Building Guidelines and
elements, such as a green roof, low flow water incentives such as expedited site plan
fixtures, energy efficient heating and lighting permitting to encourage the development
systems and EnergyStar appliances. When reno- of "green" buildings without forcing exces-
vation of the building is complete, the building sive costs or other burdens upon develop-
will be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and ers, building owners or occupants.
Environmental Design) certified residential build- Require that all municipal buildings
ing in Connecticut. constructed 5,000 square feet or greater
in size must be at least LEED Certified
The Mary M. Hooker Environmental Studies Silver.
Magnet School will be the first LEED Gold project Over the next decade, complete a City-
in the Hartford Public School system. The Mark wide tree canopy assessment and
Twain House and Museum has also been targeted tree planting program to
renovated to LEED certification standards, and improve air quality, lower air tempera-
the new Connecticut Science Center has tures and enhance the aesthetics of
received a “Gold” level LEED certification. It is Hartford’s street system.
expected that many future development Revise the City’s existing zoning regula-
projects will also seek to attain at least some tions to provide for more green building
level of LEED certification. systems and components, such as rain
Rain gardens, or bio-retention basins, reduce storm-
gardens, green roofs and permeable
Goals and Strategies water runoff.
paving materials to help reduce storm
Provide incentives for including sustain-
water runoff. Goals and Strategies
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Natural Environment Maximize the value and utility of the
existing system of parks, recreational
Status and Current Initiatives facilities and open space resources
throughout Hartford, and add to the
As part of its 2009/2010 Capital Improvement
open space system as resources and
Plan, the City has allocated $250,000 over the
next ten years for the reforestation of City parks.
Emphasize the value of urban forestry
This spending is intended for replanting the
and tree programs for improving the
woodland areas of Hartford’s parks with appro-
City’s appearance, improving energy
priate tree species, as well as to support the
efficiency and air quality, providing wild-
development of at least one tree nursery in the
A tree canopy inventory is recommended life habitat and providing recreational
City. The reforestation project is only one com-
opportunities. Undertake efforts to
ponent of a broad parks and recreation improve-
monitor, maintain and enhance these
ments effort, which encompasses over $13.7
resources through tree improvement
million in capital spending over the next decade.
programs as part of the City’s mainte-
For the fifteenth year, Hartford has been named nance and capital planning programs
a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Continue to provide a variety of munici-
Foundation. This designation is available to pal protections for open space resources.
cities and towns that complete an application Maximize accessibility to all open space
and meet the following four criteria: resources.
Work with CRCOG and other municipali-
Must have some type of tree care
ties in the region to develop a long-term
ordinance regional vision for growth management
Must have a board, commission or and open space preservation.
department that addresses trees
Must have a community forestry Transportation
program with budget of at least $2 per
Status and Current Initiatives
capita, based upon the community’s
population The City of Hartford is currently engaged in a
Must have an Arbor Day observance and number of critical long-term transportation plan-
Open space protection is vital proclamation ning and design initiatives. The Hartford-New
Britain Busway, which is intended to link Down-
town New Britain with Downtown Hartford via a Goals and Strategies Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
dedicated busways using existing rail and high-
way rights-of-way, is presently in the final phase
Centralize the public transportation
of design. Operational planning for the Busway
system around Union Station, creating a
is also underway, and physical construction of
multi-modal transit center that includes
the Busway is expected to be completed by the
supportive, transit-oriented mixed use
end of 2013.
The proposed New Haven-Hartford-Springfield Continue to support and promote the
commuter rail service will bring many workers development of the New Haven-Hartford
directly into the center of Downtown Hartford -Springfield commuter rail service and
and remove vehicles from the interstate system the Hartford-New Britain Busway.
during peak traffic hours. The development of Place a strong emphasis on improving Union Station will become a multi-modal transit center
the commuter rail Fuel Cell Bus service will bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
alleviate traffic congestion on the highways and throughout the City.
improve air quality. In addition, a more robust Continue to work collaboratively with
utilization of Union Station will help support neighboring cities and towns, the Capitol
transit-oriented development around the Region Council of Governments and the
station, thereby promoting a more compact and State of Connecticut to evaluate and
energy-efficient use of this portion of Down- develop other regional mass transit
Continue to pursue the development of
As part of its 2009/2010 Capital Improvements various trails and greenways around the
Plan, the City has allocated $500,000 in grant City, with an emphasis on creating link-
funds from the Connecticut DEP for the develop- ages with regional and national trail
ment of the Park River Greenway from Newfield systems, and with connecting Hartford
Avenue to Hamilton Street. The Park River residents with employment centers both
North Greenway, to be developed in the future, in Hartford and in the surrounding
will run alongside a significant portion of the communities.
north branch of the Park River from the Univer- City Vehicles
sity of Hartford campus to Farmington Avenue.
Continue to transition the City’s fleet of
In some instances it will be rerouted to avoid
vehicles from gasoline and diesel powered The City is transitioning its fleet to CNG vehicles.
disturbing environmentally sensitive areas.
vehicles to ones that operate using alter-
native fuel sources such as natural gas, paint in Hartford’s housing stock. As part of the
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electric power or hydrogen fuel cells. 2009/2010 Capital Improvements Plan, the City
Investigate the feasibility of replacing has allocated $3.1 million over the next ten
older City school buses with buses that years to complete environmental surveys of all
use alternative fuel sources. municipal buildings; inventory all asbestos-
Supportive Public/Private Sector Initiatives containing materials, lead paint and suspected
mold conditions; prepare a management and
Encourage the development of additional
abatement plan; and abate the inventoried
Zipcar locations around the City, particu-
hazardous materials. The City has also allocated
larly in the Downtown, at the hospitals
$15 million in grant funds for asbestos and lead
and at the insurance company campuses.
paint removal and remediation at the Burgdorf
Encourage carpooling among employees
Building on Coventry Street.
in the Downtown area by offering
discounted parking rates for multiple
The City’s Department of Health and Human
occupant vehicles at Hartford Parking
Services coordinates a wide variety of programs
Healthy Hartford is a wellness campaign designed to Authority facilities.
aimed at improving the environmental and
promote healthy lifestyle choices. Encourage private use of hybrid fuel
public health of both the City and its residents.
technology vehicles by providing
These programs include lead poisoning preven-
discounted rates or preferred parking for
tion and lead abatement; food service regula-
such vehicles in the Downtown and at
tion; nuisance control; and public health educa-
tion. One of the public health education
Environmental Health programs is the Healthy Hartford Initiative,
which addresses issues of lead poisoning;
Status and Current Initiatives asthma; indoor air quality; outdoor air quality;
open space; brownfields; and environmental
The City of Hartford has undertaken a number of
environmental health initiatives. Health Infor-
mation programs on a variety of topics have
Goals and Strategies
been developed. City staff have increased
responsiveness to health safety and building Air Quality
code enforcement, and have continued Reduce the number of vehicles traveling
programs that address rodent control and emer- on Interstate 84 and Interstate 91 by
gency demolition issues. The City has also made focusing future investment on public
progress in addressing the presence of lead transit.
Evaluate the synchronization of traffic Public Health Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
signals in the City. Make improvements Continue to fund and support lead paint
where necessary to reduce the number abatement and remediation programs.
of intersections where vehicles are Work to provide lead-free “safe homes”
forced to idle for extended periods of for families impacted by lead poisoning
time. during remediation work.
Over the next decade, complete a City- Improve public awareness of asbestos
wide tree canopy assessment and targeted and asbestos-related health and environ-
tree planting program to improve air qual- mental issues. Dedicate community
ity, lower air temperatures and enhance development funds to removing or
the aesthetics of Hartford’s street system. remediating asbestos in residential
Water Quality structures as part of housing rehabilita-
Continue to work with the MDC on the tion efforts.
Clean Water Project to reduce sewage Continue public outreach, awareness and
Asthma can be caused and exacerbated by poor air
discharges into the Connecticut River and education programs regarding asthma.
completely overhaul the region’s sewer Continue data collection efforts under
system over the next decade. the Hartford Schools Asthma Initiative to
Continue to support the efforts of the accurately monitor and track asthma
Park River Watershed Revitalization cases.
Initiative and the Farmington River Support the efforts of the Hartford
Watershed Association to expand public Asthma Call to Action Taskforce to raise
awareness of the watershed boundaries awareness of asthma in the community
and to improve water quality within and to provide asthma management
Complete a comprehensive storm water Work with the State of Connecticut and
management plan for the city. private developers to identify and reme-
Resolve the issue of shared storm re- diate brownfields in the City to eliminate
sponsibility between the City and the potential environmental and public
MDC health problems and to return such
Use regulatory site plan review as a tool properties to active economic use.
to ensure storm water quality measures Reduce littering and illegal dumping
are implemented in new development. through aggressive enforcement and
fines for violators.
Ensure that the issue of environmental the MDC. In addition, as a heavily urbanized
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justice is a key consideration in future community with 100% of its residents served by
land use, development and policy public water, Hartford does not have an aquifer
decisions in the City of Hartford. area that is either used for drinking water or in
need of explicit protection. Hartford’s water
resources include the Connecticut River, the
Status and Current Initiatives Park River and the small number of ponds that
are scattered among the City’s larger parks. It is
Hartford receives its drinking water supply from important to continue to protect these
well outside of its municipal boundaries, cour- resources for environmental and recreational
tesy of the Metropolitan District Commission purposes.
(MDC). The City is served by the MDC’s West
Hartford Water Treatment Facility located on Flood control efforts along the Park River and
The MDC water treatment facility Farmington Avenue. This facility was con- the Connecticut River are also important compo-
structed in five stages between 1920 and 1960 nents of managing Hartford’s water resources.
and has the capacity to treat more than 50 mil- The City is continuing to address long-range
lion gallons per day (MGD). The sources of Hart- flood control infrastructure issues through its
ford’s drinking water are the Barkhamsted Res- Capital Improvements Plan, which includes
ervoir, located in the towns of Hartland and nearly $3.3 million in bond sales revenue for
Barkhamsted, and the Nepaug Reservoir located flood control projects. The City has also
in the towns of New Hartford and Burlington. requested $17 million in grant funds from the
These two reservoirs have a combined capacity State of Connecticut for flood control projects
of nearly 40 billion gallons. The water system in over the next ten years.
Hartford is a mature system, in which every
street in the City is served. There has been a Summary of Goals and Objectives
shrinking demand for water in recent years;
Goal 1: Promote green building practices.
from 1990 to 2000, the system-wide water de-
mand dropped from 66 MGD to 60 MGD. Objectives:
Promote LEED standards to address
Since Hartford’s drinking water originates from a
energy savings, water efficiency, carbon
distance of approximately 12 to 16 miles away
emissions reduction, and improved
from the City’s western boundary, the City does
indoor air quality.
not have direct protective jurisdiction over its
Develop Green Building and Green
drinking water supply; this responsibility falls to
Renovation Guidelines. Replace incandescent traffic signals & Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
Require that all new commercial con- street lights with LEDs.
struction over 50,000 SF and all new
Goal 3: Enhance environmental education efforts.
municipal buildings over 5,00 sf be LEED
Certified Silver. Objectives:
Provide incentives for including sustain- Create a city-wide anti-littering program.
able design elements. Work to educate residents about recycling.
Ensure that 60% of City schools and mu- Increase awareness of the watershed &
nicipal buildings score 75 or greater on water systems.
the EPA Energy Star benchmarking tool
Goal 4: Reduce waste.
Goal 2: Emphasize clean & renewable energy Objectives:
management. Evaluate Pay-As-You-Throw programs.
Consider a plastic bag surcharge.
Develop a backyard composting program.
Adopt a goal for the City government to
Require recycling in all City offices and
achieve 100% attainment form clean en- agencies.
ergy sources by 2030. Coordinate with MDC to collect & reuse
Complete an energy audit of municipal hazardous household materials.
buildings. Continue the following programs: Single
duce the City's annual energy use and Stream Recycling, "Hartford Gold" leaf
Greenhouse Gas profile by 20%, and composting program, Waste & Recycling
building energy expense by 10% by 2013. Academy.
Encourage employee energy conserva-
tion through a Conservation Awareness Goal 5: Improve stormwater management.
Encourage installation of renewable en-
Conduct a city-wide stormwater manage-
ergy systems for commercial & residen-
Complete the FEMA-mandated Dike
Retrofit municipal buildings with energy
Rehabilitation & Improvement Plan.
Resolve the issue of shared storm water
Promote energy conservation practices at
responsibility between the City and the
Utilize NEMO stormwater best practices. Objectives:
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Implement the NPDES Phase II storm Regulate the use of herbicides and pesti-
water management plan. cides in maintenance of municipal facilities
Goal 6: Manage the tree canopy. Fund Clean Water Projects.
Work with the MDC on the Clean Water
Objectives: Project and a comprehensive stormwater
Complete a City-wide tree canopy assess- management program.
ment and create a targeted tree planting Support the efforts of existing organiza-
program. tions to expand public awareness of the
Monitor, maintain, replace and enhance watershed boundaries and to improve
existing trees as part of the City's mainte- water quality within them.
nance plan. Use regulatory site plan review as a tool
Allocate money to maintain trees. to ensure stormwater quality measures
Promote the benefits of trees. are implemented in new developments.
Work with the State to evaluate expand-
Goal 7: Reduce environmental impacts.
ing DEP's Urban Fishing program to
Objectives: include Goodwin Park.
Conduct environmental reviews prior to Goal 10: Protect the Connecticut River.
Support Brownfield remediation. Objectives:
Goal 8: Improve air quality. Implement an environmentally sensitive
reuse plan for the landfill.
Objectives: Work the MDC on the Clean Water Pro-
Evaluate the synchronization of traffic ject to reduce sewage discharges.
signals to reduce idling. Utilize the river for recreation to help
Focus on public transit to reduce the increase awareness of water quality
number of vehicles traveling on the inter- issues.
state highways. Goal 11: Promote good urban design.
Protect identified floodplains and riparian
corridors by controlling development in Objectives:
these environmentally sensitive areas. Update design guidelines to promote rain
Goal 9: Improve water quality gardens, green roofs and permeable
paving to reduce storm water runoff.
Goal 12: Sustain public health. Greening Hartford and Sustainable Development
Fund lead abatement programs.
Remediate asbestos in residential struc-
Support initiatives to monitor, track &
Support the Healthy Hartford Initiative.
Reduce littering and illegal dumping
through aggressive enforcement and
fines for violators.
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