Support For Your Town
SCT offers support for municipalities, including information on registering for the program, creating a sustainability team, and applying for certification.
Equity: Sustainable CT provides numerous resources to help towns complete their equity toolkits and effectively reach out to their communities. If you are interested in working with an equity coach at no cost, please send an email expressing interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trainings and Events: Sustainable CT maintains a calendar and listing of upcoming events related to sustainability around the state. Check it out!
Community Match Fund
Sustainable CT’s Community Match Fund is an innovative program that provides fast, flexible funding and support for engaging your community on wide-ranging sustainability projects. Eligible projects receive dollar-for-dollar matching funds from Sustainable CT. Watch highlights of inspiring Community Match Fund projects on CPTV’s “Re:source:ful – Growing Sustainable Communities.”
Anyone in a Sustainable CT registered municipality can participate in this program to implement highly visible projects to improve their communities. Municipalities, nonprofits, community groups, schools, libraries, and individual residents can all propose projects and double their impact with our match funding.
We currently have special, targeted resources available for projects dealing with composting and energy (efficiency & renewable). And don’t forget that towns can align projects to gain Action Points toward certification – a win-win!
If you have an idea to make your community more sustainable, equitable, and vibrant, contact our Community Outreach Manager, at email@example.com.
Detailed program information and eligibility is available here.
Check out past and current projects in our Community Match Fund flipbook.
Sustainable CT Fellowship Program
The Sustainable CT Fellowship Program places highly qualified student fellows across the state’s nine Councils of Governments (COGs) to assist with the uptake and implementation of Sustainable CT during the summer months. Fellows assist cities and towns within the COGs’ territories and assist on COG projects that align with Sustainable CT goals. They are here to help you!
Sustainable CT is open to all cities and towns in Connecticut. The program is voluntary, and participation is free. A community can join Sustainable CT at any time.
- Pass a resolution. The resolution states your municipality’s intent to participate in Sustainable CT, designates your municipal Sustainable CT contact person (an elected official or municipal employee), and establishes a Sustainability Team to help implement program actions. You may use or edit Sustainable CT’s resolution template, or you can write your own. Passage of a resolution does not commit your municipality to seeking certification in any given year.
- Register your community on the Sustainable CT website. This should be done by your town’s designated Sustainable CT contact person.
- Alyssa Norwood, Program Manager, Certification & Innovation
firstname.lastname@example.org – 860-465-0297
- Jenna LaFleur, Program Assistant, Administration
- Jessica LeClair, Program Manager, Community Engagement & Outreach
email@example.com – 860-465-0258
- Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director
firstname.lastname@example.org – 860-465-2813
- Jim Hunt, Communications Manager
email@example.com – 860-465-0254
Office: 372 High St. Willimantic, CT 06226
Mailing Address: 83 Windham St. Willimantic, CT 06226
Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities. An independently funded, grassroots, municipal effort, Sustainable CT provides a wide-ranging menu of best practices. Municipalities choose Sustainable CT actions, implement them, and earn points toward certification.
Mission: To foster inclusive, resilient, and vibrant Connecticut municipalities that provide opportunities for all to thrive by: providing a menu of sustainability actions that build local economies, support equity, and respect the finite capacity of the environment; offering technical assistance to help advance sustainability initiatives; and recognizing and certifying municipalities for their achievements.
Total Participating Municipalities: 123 registered, 64 certified
Check out the map of participating communities here!
Why Should You Participate?
Sustainable CT and CRCOG
Sustainable CT partners with the Capitol Region COG and the other COGs in the state to facilitate regional planning of sustainability initiatives, communicate and track progress, and provide towns with overarching frameworks to achieve sustainability goals. Strengthening this partnership expands the statewide network of sustainability professionals and stakeholders, which is critical to inspiring the changes needed to make our communities sustainable.
CRCOG Registered Municipalities
Andover, Avon, Bloomfield, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Enfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Hartford, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, Marlborough, New Britain, Newington, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, South Windsor, Stafford, Suffield, Tolland, West Hartford, Wethersfield, Windsor, Windsor Locks, Vernon
CRCOG Certified Municipalities
Bronze: Avon (2020), Bloomfield (2019), Bolton (2020), East Hartford (2019), Hebron (2018), Manchester (2019), West Hartford (2018), Windsor Locks (2020)
Silver: Coventry (2019), Glastonbury (2018), Hartford (2018), Mansfield (2019), New Britain (2020), Simsbury (2019), South Windsor (2019), Wethersfield (2020), Vernon (2019).