The Town of West Hartford is committed to Creating a Culture of Conservation. Energy and environmental resources are an important part of everyday life, and it’s our responsibility to be good stewards of those resources for the future. Whatever your age or role – student, teacher, staff, parent, community member, town employee – everyone can contribute in some way, everyday.
West Hartford has a long history of environmental stewardship and conservation. In January 2005, we were one first towns to pledge to become a CT Clean Energy Community, a program of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (now the Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority). Through this program, West Hartford committed to voluntary clean energy purchases of 20% by 2010. In September 2012, The Town renewed its pledge to this program, which was expanded to include both clean energy and energy efficiency goals. In December 2012, West Hartford also became one of the first municipalities to "opt-in" to the state-approved C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) program, a tax-lien financing program which allows business owners access to affordable financing for energy upgrades in their buildings.
The Town also joined to the U.S. EPA Community Energy Challenge and signed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. West Hartford continues to have one of the highest residential clean-energy sign-up rates in the state, allowing the Town to earn "points" towards free solar PV systems. We have an active Clean Energy Task Force and a part-time Energy Specialist staff position. All of our schools participate in an annual Energy Conservation Challenge to see which can save the most electricity and win the trophy!
West Hartford strives to lead by example and do our share to reduce our environmental footprint.
Guess What? The Town of West Hartford earned a $15,000 Bright Ideas grant from the CT Clean Energy Communities program for:
- a part-time Energy Specialist staff position
- 1,769 homes (7% of community) participate in residential programs
- an annual district-wide conservation challenge for schools
- benchmarking of both Municipal and Board of Education buildings
The money will be used to pay for an LED street lighting pilot. West Hartford owns over 6,000 street lights.