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Capitol Region Green Clearinghouse

This clearinghouse provides tools examples and best practices on sustainability topics such as green infrastructure, transit & mobility, affordable housing, food security and more. 

The Clearinghouse is now live at

Preview Clearinghouse Videos on Sustainable Capitol Region's YouTube Channel:

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Sustainable Capitol Region

Developing and supporting integrated, regional approaches to planning, projects and investments that will promote vibrant, healthy communities, protected natural resources and open spaces, equitable access to opportunities and an economically competitive Capitol Region to serve all our citizens today, and in the future.

Tools for Towns:

CRCOG Model Sustainable Land Use Regulations


Smart Growth Guidelines for Sustainable Design and Development


Mary Ellen Kowalewski, AICP
Director of Policy and Planning

Emily Hultquist, AICP

Principal Planner and Policy Analyst


CRCOG Social Media Policy


Conference Panel Presentations

Community Forum Presentations


  • CRCOG Bike Friendly Communities

    Sustainable communities enable individuals to travel by a variety of modes:  walking, bicycling, transit, or motor vehicle.  Learn how your community can become a Bicycle Friendly Community.

  • Connecticut Climate Change - Connecticut’s climate change initiative is lead and directed by the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change (GSC).  The GSC is made up of leaders from key state agencies including the Departments of Environmental Protection, Public Utility Control, Transportation, and Administrative Services, the Office of Policy and Management, and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund. 
  • Regional Plan Association - Regional Plan Association is America's oldest and most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy group. Now in its 86th year, RPA prepares long range plans and policies to guide the growth and development of the New York- New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan region. RPA also provides leadership on national infrastructure, sustainability, and competitiveness concerns. RPA enjoys broad support from the region's and nation's business, philanthropic, civic, and planning communities.
  • Gaining Ground Information Database - A research library intended to be Ground Control for practical and scholarly explorations of innovative land use laws, regulations, and practices. The Gaining Ground Database is a project of the Land Use Law Center's Joint Program of Land Use Studies through which it conducts programs outside New York State in conjunction with institutional partners such as university departments, nongovernmental organizations, and state and federal agencies.
  • Day Hill Corporate Area:  Transit Development Guidelines:  Existing development in the Day Hill Road corridor in Windsor, and in many other suburban areas of the region, is auto-dependent and difficult to serve with bus transit.  The guidelines in this brochure were developed to highlight best practices in transit-oriented development and to provide guidance for future developers who would like to build in a way that supports transit.  Paper copies of this document are available.  Contact Emily Hultquist,, if you would like a quantity of these brochures.


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