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Connecticut: New Haven City Government (A Former EPA CARE Project)

The summary and links below provide a description and documentation of a New Haven, Connecticut project that received a Level II CARE Cooperative Agreement in 2005. These case studies serve as historic references, and conditions since the project was funded may have changed.

The resources developed for this project provide communities with information about ways that other communities have addressed environmental issues. Communities can use these project results to reduce environmental impacts, understand risks and become stewards of their own environment.


The New Haven City Government
New Haven, Connecticut
EPA Region 1

The City of New Haven is the recipient of a citywide Level II CARE Cooperative Agreement. This cooperative agreement builds on a community-based air toxics project EPA Region 1 has previously done in New Haven. It is the only applicant that is a City Government. The City of New Haven will use CARE funding to expand the existing air toxics initiative into a more comprehensive air, water, and land stewardship program.

The New Haven City Government will undertake separate efforts related to air, water, and land. In efforts to improve air quality, New Haven will focus on the criteria pollutants of ozone and particulate matter (PM), along with air toxics. It will mainly target diesel-powered on and off-road vehicles for emissions reductions, promote renewable power sources for community purposes, and encourage residential densities and land use patterns which reduce local vehicle miles traveled. With respect to water, the City seeks improvements to upstream wastewater treatment facilities and statewide regulation of non-point sources of pollution. New Haven will educate residents and institutions on ways to limit their uses of harmful treatments, and will promote alternative land use development patterns to protect salt marshes and wetlands from inappropriate development. Land preservation is their third area of focus. New Haven has identified the ability to preserve valued landscapes as "critical to the overall environmental health of the city." Consequently, it will pursue funding to acquire more than 200 acres of land, support community garden programs, and promote the value of urban forestry and tree programs through intensive community education and citywide urban tree improvement programs.

Established CARE Partnership: The Connecticut State Department of Environmental Protection; Environment Northeast; the New Haven Environmental Justice Network; New Haven Urban Resources Initiative, Inc.; Connstep, Inc.; Yale University; Schooner, Inc.; the City of New Haven Department of Health Community Service Administration; the New Haven Ecology Project Inc.; the New Haven Land Trust, Inc.

See New Haven’s Green Map with a description of CARE.

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