This page is an additional resource for both landlords and tenants on transportation, recycling, and landscaping. These resources provide more options for reducing your carbon footprint and saving money. Please click on any links that interest you. All logos and pictures are linked to their respective websites and blurbs below provide aggregate information regarding the subject.
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zipcar is a car-sharing program with hubs around the country. It is easy to sign up and there are two different plans for users:
Occasional driving: $70 per year, $25 one-time application fee, driving rates starting at $8.50/hr and $69/day
Monthly driving: $7/month, $25 one-time application fee, driving rates starting at $8.50/hr and $69/day
With every plan: gas, insurance, and 180 free miles per day are all included
Please click here to learn more about how to sign up and find cars near you!
goNewHavengo is a sustainable transportation coalition that encourages healthier, cleaner, and cheaper travel in the Greater New Haven Area. Each year this organization hosts a car free month in September and encourages commuters and other members of the community to cut down on their driving.
Their website has an extensive resources page with tabs for employers, commuters, parents, and businesses who need bike racks. Click here to check out their resources page and learn more about cheaper, more sustainable options for getting around the city. Looking for a bike and bus map to get around the city? Click here for another great goNewHavengo resource.
New Haven Bike Share is a public transportation system. There are stations set up throughout New Haven and users can take a bike from any station to use as a mode of transportation throughout the city. Users can pay as they go, by the day, month or year. Biking as a mode of transportation is good for the environment and is a healthy alternative to driving! New Haven Bike Share is coming soon. To add your opinion on where stations should be located and for updated information click here to visit the New haven Bike Share website.
CTtransit is the Connecticut Department of Transportation-owned bus service that runs in metropolitan areas throughout the state.
CTtransit New Haven operates over 22 local routes. A majority of the routes operate 7 days a week, and connect with other bus services in Meriden, Waterbury, Wallingford, Milford, and the lower Naugatuck Valley areas, as well as with the New Haven Line and Shore Line East rail services. Click on the New Haven Line or Shore Line East links to receive more information on train times. You can also set up email and text alerts for the New Haven Line to get up-to-date information on train times and delays on the lower left-hand side of the webpage.
Trip Planner from CTtransit:
Click here to figure out how to get to your desired location from your current location, with a variety of route options.
How to Purchase Passes and Tickets:
Click here to learn more about where to buy passes and tickets for the bus. There is a location in New Haven near the Green for purchases, but you can also buy a multi-ride pass online. Be sure to allow 5-7 business days for the pass to arrive. Tickets can also be purchased with cash aboard the bus.
The Yale Shuttle is a free mode of transportation offered to students and the public. This service runs year-round with the exception of holidays, and provides both day-time and night-time routes. You can track the Yale Shuttle with the TransLōc Real-Time Tracking app, so you know where the shuttle is at all times. Click here for more information about the Yale Shuttle.
SeeClickFix allows the New Haven public to voice their concerns about the community, such as potholes and light outages. In addition, you can request a bike rack through this program to share with your neighbors. Tenants, please note that some landlords may be willing to get a bike rack for the building. All you have to do is ask! Click here to learn more about SeeClickFix and download the app today.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycle...It's the Law! Recycling is mandatory in the state of Connecticut no matter where you live nor what type of building you live in. Click here to learn more!
Recycling conserves resources, limits emissions, reduces the need for landfills, and actually saves the city money. It costs the City of New Haven $87.50 to dispose of a ton of garbage versus $36.80 per ton of recycling. This amounts to a net savings of $50.70 per ton when items are diverted to recycling.
Call Public Works (203-946-7700) to schedule recycling services for your home or to check the pickup time or date of your services.
Single stream recycling is offered by Public Works and is the easiest way to recycle. No more sorting is necessary and your one bin is picked up once a week.
Plastics with recycling numbers of 1-7 should be placed in your bin along with glass, paper products, metal cans, and other materials.
Be sure to flatten boxes, uncap bottles, and clean off food residue.
Town Recycling Center:
260 Middletown Ave, New Haven, CT
Open Monday - Saturday 9 am - noon
This center takes both regular recycling and E-waste (electronic waste).
DO NOT recycle hazardous waste, yard scraps, or food waste. Hazardous waste is handled at HazWaste Central located at 90 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT and is open Sunday 9 am - noon.
Compost bins for yard scraps, kitchen waste, and other organic materials are available through Public Works. Call the number listed above for more information.
For more information on residential recycling, please click here.
View the NEW Connecticut recycling list here
Urban Resources Initiative has partnered with the city of New Haven's Parks, Recreation and Trees Department to plant more trees throughout New Haven. Trees cool down your yard and apartment as well as clear the air. They also increase the property's value. Anyone can request a tree by going to their website and filling out an online form.
Grow your own vegetable garden! Growing your own food is healthy and good for the environment. Creating a garden on your lawn helps reduce pollution from lawn mowers and lawn care products. Here are some tips to make your home vegetable garden environmentally friendly:
Use all-natural compost OR make your own compost from vegetable scraps
Use soaker hoses or drip irrigation instead of sprinklers to save water
Here are some plant suggestions for getting started:
There is also the option of getting a plot in a community garden or starting your own community garden! Click here to go to the New Haven Land Trust website and learn more about the community gardens and how to apply for a plot or your own.
House plants are easy to care for and good for the environment! There are numerous health benefits to keeping house plants such as cacti, succulents, aloe vera.
House plants such as these require only a little water once a week and sunlight in order to thrive, therefore they are easy to care for. Additionally these house plants are good for the environment because they require little water, and help clean the air by removing toxins and emitting oxygen.
Still wondering how to make energy efficiency work for you? Curious to see if making changes actually makes a difference financially? Check out these articles for more information on how others have created more energy efficient living spaces and how it's made a difference for the environment.