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.
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2022 Open Space Plan
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.
Coastal Resiliency Assessment
The Town of Greenwich, Connecticut engaged in the Greenwich Coastal Resiliency Assessment motivated by the desire to assess its town-owned facilities and infrastructure vulnerabilities, assess vulnerability to septic systems, and expand its ability to address hazards caused by coastal flooding and sea level rise (SLR). The goal of this assessment was to review the vulnerabilities from coastal flooding and use that data to guide future priorities. The assessment provided Town officials additional understanding of the anticipated changes from a changing climate and how best to support that transition to retain the value of ecological and community assets.
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!
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
- 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