Protect the Environment

Environment

Greater New Haven is known for its beautiful parks, open spaces, and shoreline. Even within our densely-settled core city, public parks comprise 17% of the total land area — a proportion slightly higher than that of other core cities known for their extensive park systems, including Boston, Minneapolis, and Philadelphia.

Transportation alternatives and short commutes can lead to a healthier environment and a happier workforce. Greater New Haven has fewer commuters traveling 30 minutes or more per day (29%) than the New York (55%), Boston (46%), Bridgeport (37%), Providence (32%), and Hartford (30%) metropolitan areas. However, many residents who rely on public transportation face lengthy reverse commutes to suburban jobs.

More recent data has been compiled in the Greater New Haven Community Index 2016 and Valley Community Index: Understanding the Valley Region. 

Learn about the nonprofits working to protect and preserve the environment in our community: 

Our mission is to Keep Farming, Feed People, and Build Community. Our primary focuses are to maintain a historic farm using organic practices, to share our fresh produce with those who would otherwise not have access to it, and to build community through farm-based education and events.     
To encourage and promote horticultural programs and education; To organize, coordinate and support all efforts and activities concerned with the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Edgerton Park.
The mission of Connecticut Fund for the Environment and its program, Save the Sound, is to protect and improve the land, air and water of Connecticut and Long Island Sound.  We use legal and scientific expertise and bring people together to achieve results that benefit our environment for current and future generations.
New Haven Land Trust manages 50 community gardens, operating in every neighborhood, and 6 coastal nature preserves covering approximately 80 acres in the City of New Haven. Our mission is to engage people in the stewardship and cultivation of the land for a healthier community and environment.
The Friends of the Ansonia Nature Center, Inc., (FANCI) is a non-profit organization that was incorporated in 1993. The mission of FANCI is to support the staff, programs, and the missions of the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center (ANRC), and the Redwing Pond House Preschool (RWPH). Our group is sustained by a dedicated group of volunteer...
The mission of URI is to foster environmental stewardship and human development by promoting citizen participation and community action through education, institutional cooperation and professional guidance, and to carry on any and all activities as may be helpful or appropriate to the foregoing goals and purposes.
Purpose:Environment and Human Health, Inc. is a nonprofit  organization committed to improving  public health and to the reduction of environmental health risks to individuals.Our mission is:1. To conduct research to identify environmental harms affecting human      populations.2. ...
To protect water quality throughout the region by acquiring ecologically significant watershed land and by educating citizens as to how they can help preserve the environment and open space on watershed land.
Common Ground's mission is to cultivate habits of healthy living and sustainable environmental practice within a diverse community of children, young people, adults, and families. We accomplish this mission through: The nation's oldest environmental public charter high school, creating the ne...
Our purpose is the preservation and protection of natural resources in Shelton, Connecticut, and the acceptance or purchase of land and its maintenance for the public benefit.
The Mission of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust is to conserve agricultural and natural lands and to encourage land stewardship in Hamden, Connecticut for the benefit of today's community and as a legacy for future generations. 
To engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system that promotes economic development, community development and sustainable agriculture. 
The mission of the Watershed Partnership is to promote healthy, sustainable communities and watersheds in harmony with the environment through education, advocacy, and technical assistance.   We envision healthy, sustainable communities of beauty and vitality that enhance the quality of life and provide opportun...
1000 Friends of Connecticut is a statewide organization whose mission is to promote and shape growth to ensure a prosperous economy, a healthy natural environment, and distinctive, integrated and attractive communities while promoting opportunities in education, housing, transportation, and employment for current and future generations.
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.  Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.How do we achieve this mission and visio...
The mission of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is to protect the natural character and environmental health of the entire Housatonic Watershed for this and future generations. 
The Community Fund for Women and Girls promotes social and economic advancement for women and girls through strategic philanthropy, grants, advocacy and collaboration.    A component fund of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, the Community Fund for Women & Girls is a permanent endowment focusing...
New Haven Farms promotes health and community development through urban agriculture.  The Farm-Based Wellness Program provides free cooking, nutritional, and agricultural education to participants referred from healthcare providers in New Haven for 16-20 weeks during the growing season. After each session, participants take ho...
The mission of Channel 3 Kids Camp is to provide fun year round-opportunities to children of all abilities, families, & communities through educational & recreational programs that promote diversity, acceptance and environmental appreciation.  
To inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through education, research, and exploration.
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) protects forests, parks, walking trails, and open spaces for future generations by connecting people to the land. CFPA directly involves individuals and families, educators, community leaders, and volunteers to enhance and defend Connecticut's rich natural heritage. CFPA is a private, non-prof...
To restore the Quinnipiac River and its watershed for the health and enjoyment of the citizens and communities along its reach, and to educate students, families, individuals, businesses and governments to be informed stewards of the river.
WWF's mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals, including endangered species; promoting...
To promote resource conservation, creativity, education and community engagement through material reuse, art, waste reduction, recycling, composting and zero waste strategies.
The primary purpose is the education of government officials, community leaders, economic development agencies and nonprofit organizations on best practices of redeveloping brownfield sites, which would be beneficial to the community.
The Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS) conserves Connecticut's environment through science-based education and advocacy focused on the state's bird populations and their habitats. At the core of our belief is a deep appreciation of our state's natural areas and its wildlife. Our vision is to serve as a portal to th...
The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable trail access for mountain bicyclists, and to maintaining the trails on which mountain bikers ride. NEMBA supports the conservation of open spaces and is committed to educating mountain bicyclists to ride sensitively and resp...
The North Branford Land Conservation Trust (NBLCT) acquires and preserves open space in our town and environs. We promote the conservation of land and its natural resources.  We protect and sustain the natural state of these lands as well as historic buildings and sites for the benefit of the community and to protect, enhance and maintain t...