Community SustainabilityOur economic development efforts positively impact the local community environment and quality of life.
Community Sustainability seeks economic development that also benefits the local environment and quality of life. It focuses on environmental and economic sustainability, urban infrastructure, social equity and municipal government. Sustainable communities manage their human, natural, and financial capital to meet current needs while ensuring that resources are available for future generations. When planning development projects, civic engagement and responsibility, ecological integrity, economic security and social well-being are all driving considerations.
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NHS 2023 Gardening Classes
Rachel Ziesk, Advanced Certified Master Gardener, returns to Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven to teach her highly anticipated Organic Gardening series.
I Heart My Home CT is a cost-free, one-stop-shop to make home improvements for health, comfort, energy savings, and lower utility bills.
“I support NHS of New Haven because NHS has shown itself to change with the times, adjusting its development model and building practices.”
OUR IMPACT ON OUR ENVIRONMENT
Graduates of our program are change-makers; publishing books, leading workshops, and helping make solar power more available to New Haveners.
We have taught hundreds of people how to maintain their home, save energy, and practice healthy, sustainable gardening and landscaping.
We’ve installed over 30 storm water management systems, diverting water from the overtaxed municipal system and preventing pollution from entering our rivers and the Long Island Sound.
EVERYONE DESERVES A HEALTHY HOME
Did you know the air quality in your home and your community affect your health? At NHS we make every effort to foster environmental stewardship, so all our neighbors can be healthy and thrive.
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SUSTAINABILITY STARTS WITH UNDERSTANDING
Our sustainability classes show you how to save money and create a healthier environment for you and your loved ones. Learn about: Organic Vegetable Gardening; Home Energy Savings; Pesticide-Free Landscaping and more.
YOU CAN BE AN ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER
Participants in our Environmental Leadership Program learn about climate change, healthy soils, pollution prevention, and sustainable building and gardening practices. Then they learn how to effect change in the areas that matter most to them.
Doreen Abubakar is a social entrepreneur and advocate for Newhallville’s Learning Corridor. As a regular NHS volunteer, she joined the Board of Directors in 2018.
The West River Watershed Coalition & New Haven Energy Task Force meet monthly at NHS’ Learning Lab. We’re building more coalitions for sustainable living.
REDUCE POLLUTION WITH A RAIN GARDEN
A rain garden diverts water than runs off your roof away from the municipal storm water system and into a garden filled with water-tolerant plants. This prevents runoff from flowing into the sewer system, polluting our rivers and oceans. Rain gardens also allow rain and snowmelt to seep into the ground, where it is naturally filtered before returning to the groundwater table.
Why does groundwater matter?
In times of drought, plants (trees, flowers, agricultural crops, garden vegetables) need an extra source of water. A full groundwater table can support plants during a drought. A depleted groundwater table leads to saltwater contamination, resulting in less food for people and wildlife.
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