Town of Fairfield News
2/4/2019 - Fairfield Celebrates Achievement as Top-Ranked “Sustainable CT” Community: Record of Activities Garnered Most Points Among 169 Towns
First Selectman Mike Tetreau and the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF) are pleased to announce that the Town of Fairfield held a special ceremony to celebrate its recent recognition as a top-ranked “Sustainable CT” municipality and to also highlight the many successful sustainable initiatives that have been put in place to build upon the health and resilience of the Fairfield community and natural environment.
The ceremony, led by First Selectman Tetreau and SFTF members Mary Hogue and Bob Wall, honored the numerous town officials, town departments and volunteer bodies who collaborated on Fairfield’s winning application last October for a “Silver certification” under the “Sustainable CT” initiative which awards certifications to Connecticut communities that voluntarily meet high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments. Over 40 people attended the ceremony that was held on January 18th at the Fairfield Museum and History Center.
Fairfield was one of just five communities statewide to receive the Silver certification, the highest designation that can be achieved based on points awarded for specific sustainability actions.
Sustainability “Deeply Woven” into Town Planning:
“For years, community sustainability and environmental preservation have been deeply woven into our Town’s long-term planning, yielding highly tangible results, including significant annual Town cost savings from use of renewable energy,” remarked First Selectman Tetreau at the ceremony. He continued, “We’re immensely pleased that these efforts have given us outstanding state-wide recognition – an honor that will only encourage us to redouble our efforts to keep Fairfield at the forefront of our State’s healthiest and most thriving communities.”
Other speakers at the event were Mark Barnhart, Director of Community and Economic Development who spoke about local economic impacts; Julie DeMarco, Director of Human Services who discussed initiatives helping senior and disabled residents; Kyran Dunn, Deputy Fire Chief who focused on climate vulnerability; and Bill Pollack, Fairfield Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee member who highlighted transportation diversity.
Fairfield’s application for Sustainable CT certification was compiled by SFTF members Mary Hogue and Bob Wall. Technical support for the application was provided by United Illuminating and University of Connecticut students under the direction of Dr. Amy E. Thompson.
Ms. Hogue said, “Town-wide collaboration and cooperation has been the secret to Fairfield’s success in designing and executing our sustainability initiatives. Bringing so many different parties to the table has made for a truly creative and goals-centered planning process and has also created many opportunities for contributions by individuals who might not have participated before in Town planning. In Fairfield, sustainability planning is genuinely top-down and bottom-up, which will continue to ensure that our efforts are responsive to the Town’s most urgent sustainability concerns.”
Activities Town-Wide Drive Fairfield’s Sustainability:
Fairfield’s successful Sustainable CT application details a broad spectrum of activities now underway, Town-wide, to enhance community quality and viability in areas ranging from clean energy and transportation to diverse housing, health of the local economy and vibrant arts and culture. The application can be viewed here.
Among the accomplishments cited:
- Building awareness of Fairfield’s rich history, cultural and recreation resources, and vibrant business centers, including the Town’s readily walkable downtown; and
- Assessing the potential Town-wide impacts of climate change; and
- Facilitating the greater use of home solar energy systems Town-wide via the Solarize Fairfield campaigns; supporting efforts by local businesses and nonprofits to tap state financing for energy efficiency improvements, and increasing use of renewable energy, including solar, in Town buildings; and
- Enhancing the preservation of the Town’s green spaces and beaches, and maintaining efforts to safeguard the health of Fairfield’s key waterways and watershed areas, including Mill River, Rooster River and Sasco Brook; and
- Sustaining and expanding Fairfield’s vital “tree canopy” and guarding against invasive species (plant, insect and aquatic); and
- Supporting the viability and use of local food sources, including community gardens; and
- Implementing “complete streets” policies to ensure and maintain Town roadways that offer safe and comfortable access for all users; promoting public transportation and greater use of electric vehicles, by both the Town and its residents; and
- Supporting recycling and composting by both the Town and residents, and encouraging smoke-free and tobacco-free public spaces; and
Assessing Fairfield’s housing needs, including the need for affordable housing; and
- Maintaining a robust communications infrastructure to keep Town residents informed and engaged regarding Town news and developments.
Many of Fairfield’s ongoing and planned sustainability projects are reflected in the Town’s Master Sustainability Plan which is now under development and details specific initiatives for safeguarding Fairfield’s natural and built environments, natural resources, and quality of life. The Plan can be viewed here.
About the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force:
The Sustainable Fairfield Task Force (SFTF), formerly the Clean Energy Task Force, provides support for Town practices and projects that can help Fairfield manage its growth to safeguard the health of its environment, ensure the reliability and economical use of its natural resources, and preserve the quality of life of its residents – today and for the future.
For more information, please contact Sustainable Fairfield Task Force
member Mary Hogue at 203-256-9802.
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day
Hazardous Waste Collection Day: Saturday, August 28, 2021
9am - 2pm at Veteran's Park - 909 Reef Road
The Town of Fairfield hosts its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on a Saturday in late August at Veteran's Park to provide you with the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste at no charge. Just load up your car and your car will be emptied for you. There's no need to get out of your vehicle. See more details below.
For information on disposing of hazardous waste all other times of the year, please visit our Hazardous Waste webpage.
What is Collected
Please click here to view a list of what household materials are accepted and which ones are not.
If you have only antifreeze, motor oil or automotive batteries, you can take them directly to the Transfer Station.
There is a specific traffic pattern for the Collection Day. There will be signage posted. Police and volunteers will also be on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
To access the site proceed as follows:
- From Old Post Road or Oldfield Road turn onto Rowland Road
- At the third stop sign turn right onto Edward Street
- Proceed to drop off site at Veterans Park
- Signage is posted and police and volunteers are on site to direct traffic and answer questions.
A few tips for transporting your hazardous waste to the collection site:
- Don't mix hazardous wastes. Keep waste in their original containers if possible.
- Keep hazardous waste away from children and animals.
- Don't smoke in the vehicle.
- For safety reasons, there will be no walk-in drop-offs on Collection Day.
Chemicals from around the home, workshop or garden shed may contain substances which are difficult to dispose of safely. Your effort will help protect our Town's environment and our region's water supply.
The Town needs volunteers from 8:30 - 11:30 or 11:00 - 2:00 on Collection Day. Volunteers will not be handling any hazardous waste. If you would like to volunteer please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.
For more information on Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day please contact the Solid Waste and Recycling Department.