MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES NEW SUSTAINABILITY OFFICE TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
HARTFORD, CONN. (March 3, 2017)- Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the city has obtained three grants totaling $350,000 to create a Sustainability Office within the Office of the Mayor, at no cost to City taxpayers. These grants will allow the City to hire a full-time sustainability coordinator for 22 months, as well as a green infrastructure specialist for 12 months. The Sustainability Office will finalize and implement a citywide climate action plan addressing energy, food, land use, transportation, waste and water. Its aim will be to advance the city’s economy, improve public health and quality of life, and promote social equity while ensuring that Hartford becomes a global leader in environmental stewardship.
“I’m incredible grateful for these generous grants from the Partners for Places Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA),” said Mayor Bronin. “We are working to position Hartford to be a model of sustainability by safeguarding our natural resources, investing in renewable energy, identifying innovative ways of dealing with waste, and improving our city’s green infrastructure.”
“As the community foundation for Greater Hartford, the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is dedicated to supporting efforts that create healthier, safer and more vibrant communities.” said Linda J. Kelly, president of the Hartford Foundation. “We share the city’s commitment to ensuring that all members of Hartford’s community have access to healthier lifestyles and enjoy cleaner air and water.”
CIRCA Executive Director, James O’Donnell, echoed this sentiment, “There really is no better way to enhance the resilience of a city’s rain water management system to the effects of climate change than to invest in green infrastructure to reduce the amount of water that needs to be handled. This approach also enhances the environment in the city for its citizens and visitors. I look forward to seeing the results of the Mayor’s initiative replicated in other parts of the state.” CIRCA is a partnership of the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the University of Connecticut.
In 2016, the city kicked off a Climate Stewardship Initiative, which is a joint effort of the Office of the Mayor and the City of Hartford Climate Stewardship Council. The applications for the funding being announced today grew out of this initiative, which has unified businesses and residents in efforts to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change. More information about the Climate Stewardship Initiative can be found at www.hartford.gov/climate.