Conservation

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The Greenwich Conservation Commission is an advisory board set up under State Statute and local ordinance to assist the Town with planning and management of its natural and cultural resources.


2022 Open Space Plan 


Open Space Plan 2022

Protecting open space is a long term endeavor that is embarked upon because this is how we maintain the valued natural attributes of Greenwich. The 2022 Open Space Plan directly identifies pertinent traits associated with desirable open space and the 133 parcels that meet these criteria. The plan also outlines potential strategies to acquire protection of the land. Success of this plan will be determined by the collaboration of the Town’s conservation, parks, planning, and financial stewardship commissions, and the Representative Town Meeting.

2022 Open Space Plan (PDF) 


Coastal Resiliency Assessment 

 

The Greenwich Coastal Resiliency Assessment analyzes the impacts of Sea Level Rise (SLR) on the Town of Greenwich with a specific focus on municipally owned and managed facilities, and four tidally impacted ponds and their surrounding recreational facilities (Mill Pond Park, Bruce Park, Binney Park, and Greenwich Point Park).

About the project: Greenwich Coastal Resiliency Assessment and Plan

Greenwich engaged with the Princeton Hydro Team to assist in evaluating the Town’s public properties and infrastructure vulnerability from Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise scenarios. The project scope also included identifying threats to coastal areas serviced by on-site sewage disposal systems. The Team provided prioritized and recommended strategies to protect or upgrade town assets to increase resilience to coastal storm damage, flooding, and sea level rise; and engaged the Town of Greenwich on coastal resilience and ecological health. The project had an additional focus on the effects of tidal migration on the four Town owned tidal pond complexes: Binney Park Pond, Bruce Park Pond, Eagle pond, and Mill Pond. The outcome of the effort was the development of a Coastal Resiliency Assessment and Plan and Tidal Ponds Evaluation Report.

The two public meeting sessions were held and focused on the findings of the evaluations and provided an opportunity for residents to gain a greater understanding of the challenges that the Town is confronting with Coastal Flooding and Sea Level Rise.

Archived Video & Audio Public Meeting Recordings

Part 1

Part 2


The Town of Greenwich, in partnership with Waste Free Greenwich and the Center for EcoTechnology, challenges local businesses to reduce food waste through prevention, rescue and recycling by participating in the Greenwich Food Matters Challenge!

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In the Greenwich Food Matters Challenge, we worked with Waste Free Greenwich to help local businesses adopt a variety of food-saving measures. This video was made possible through a contract between the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and CET.

To apply for the Greenwich Food Matters Challenge and for full details, visit: https://www.wastefreegreenwich.org/greenwich-food-matters-challenge 

The Conservation staff works daily and regularly attends meetings with:

  • Board of Selectmen's office
  • Health
  • Inland Wetlands
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Public Works
  • Planning and Zoning

Environmental Organizations the Commission Works With

Commission members and staff serve as liaisons to numerous local, regional, and state environmental organizations including:

  • Audubon Greenwich
  • Connecticut Envirothon Program
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Fairfield County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Friends of Greenwich Point
  • Greenwich Land Trust
  • Greenwich Green and Clean
  • Greenwich Historical Society
  • Land Conservation Coalition of Connecticut
  • League of Conservation Voters
  • Mianus River Watershed Council
  • Soundwaters