environment & energy

Overview

The CRCOG region is home to an array of natural features that support the ecological health of the region and state, provide enjoyment and recreational opportunities to our communities and visitors, and protect our own health and wellbeing. CRCOG leads various initiatives and provides tools and resources to help its member municipalities protect critical resources and incorporate sustainability principles into everyday practice. Past and current efforts including helping the region: prepare for oncoming consequences of climate change, reduce greenhouse gas, mitigate natural hazards, and address stormwater. For our efforts related to brownfields assessment and remediation, check out our Economic Development page. 

NEW: CRCOG Report on Public Act 23-207, Municipal Tax Abatements for Recreational Trails available (February 2024). 

NEW: Recording available for the Monday, January 22, virtual meeting on Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan.

NEW: Draft Priority Climate Action Plan now available to view.

CRCOG INITIATIVES

Hazard Mitigation & Climate Adaptation Plan

CRCOG is updating the regional “Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (HMCAP)”.

Regional Climate Action Plan

CRCOG is developing a climate action plan, supported by the EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG), to reduce greenhouse gases in the region. 

Stormwater

In 2024, CRCOG will initiate a study to examine regional approaches to stormwater utilities. 

partnership with sustainable ct

CRCOG has partnered with Sustainable CT to facilitate regional planning of sustainability initiatives, communicate and track progress, and provide CRCOG municipalities with overarching frameworks to achieve sustainability goals. CRCOG assists in reviewing applications for certification and has hosted interns who help communities apply for certification. CRCOG has partnered with Sustainable CT on multi-community projects, including a recent affordable housing initiative.

As of January 2024, 13 CRCOG communities have achieved certification:

  • Silver: Coventry, Glastonbury, Hartford, Manchester, Mansfield, Vernon, and West Hartford
  • Bronze: Bolton, Granby, Marlborough, Rocky Hill, Suffield, and Windsor