Stamford, Connecticut is the economic downtown of a regional economy that competes globally and generates opportunity – and tax revenue – for the entire state. It has been the home of The Business Council since 1890 and is today the home of more than half of our members.
Stamford has been inhabited and economically successful for more than 3 centuries – which means most of our infrastructure was built during earlier generations. Over the decades, Stamford has adapted, modernized, and upgraded to meet the needs of its residents, its service providers like Stamford Hospital, and its business community.
The Stamford 2030 District is the latest example of this community’s decisionmakers’s willingness to adapt to changing circumstances. Stamford is the sixth 2030 District in the U.S. and the first in tri-state and New England.
The Connecticut Fund for the Environment and The Business Council of Fairfield County began working with key corporate leaders and experts in energy efficient architectural design in early 2013, to explore the potential of a 2030 District in Stamford. It immediately became apparent that, with many older buildings, in an expensive energy market, facing climate change, sea-level rise and more severe weather events, property owners faced a choice. They could reinvest in the city’s commercial and multi-family housing stock and continue to reap the benefits of a great geographic location or they could simply try to maintain a status quo, in effect, accepting inevitable declines in utility and value.
They chose investment. As a private-public cooperative venture, every founder is participating voluntarily. There are no mandates or sanctions – only a shared interest in reducing our impact on the environment, adapting to changed climate conditions, reducing our operating costs and making our enterprises more resilient.
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