There is strong momentum to accelerate sustainability practices in Connecticut. As a result, local and regional representatives from Connecticut’s 169 towns and cities along with key agencies and businesses helped develop Sustainable CT which will launch in November. The Advisory Committee adopted this concept of sustainability, “Sustainable CT communities strive to be thriving, resilient, collaborative and forward-looking. They build community and local economy. They equitably promote the health and well-being of current and future residents. And they respect the finite capacity of the natural environment.”
Created by towns and for towns, Sustainable CT will be a voluntary certification program to recognize Connecticut municipalities for making their communities more vibrant, resilient and livable. It includes approximately 55 best practices along with opportunities for grant funding. Towns may choose which actions they will implement to achieve differing certification levels. The program is designed to support all Connecticut municipalities, regardless of size, geography or resources.
AdvanceCT’s Municipal Services VP, Courtney Hendricson, served on the Local Economies Working Group, chaired by Patrick Carleton, Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Council of Governments, and Thomas Madden, Director of Economic Development in Stamford. The task of the Working Group was to identify actions that towns can take to advance sustainability. As a working group, we helped to define actions municipalities can take to create or enhance economic development that fosters energy-efficient and clean-powered commercial and industrial buildings, supports local products and businesses, increases local jobs and revenues and promotes environmental and community well-being. This working group included economic development, buying local, brownfields, commercial buildings, etc.
The official launch of Sustainable CT will occur at the Annual Convention of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities at the lunchtime session on Tuesday, November 28th. Visit www.sustainablect.org for more information, urge your municipal CEO to register for the program and encourage local organizations in your town to serve on your municipality’s Sustainability Team, the group that will help implement actions to achieve certification.