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.
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
Why Should You Participate?
Sustainable Capitol Region
The Sustainable Capitol Region Initiative was formalized in 2009 by the CRCOG Policy Board. The mission of the initiative is to develop and support integrated, regional approaches to planning, projects and investments that will promote vibrant, healthy communities, protected natural resources and open spaces, equitable access to opportunities and an economically competitive Capitol Region to serve all our citizens today, and in the future.
Capitol Region Green Clearinghouse
This microsite serves as a resource center for our member towns to easily access information to help make their communities more vibrant and sustainable. Information is organized across six topic areas, including Access and Mobility, Affordable Housing, Economic Growth, Environment, Food Security and Green Infrastructure. Access the Clearinghouse to find: Best Practice Reports, Plans and Toolkits, Model Codes and Regulations, An Events Calendar, Government and Private Funding Sources and Local Implementation Projects.
Sustainable CT and CRCOG
Sustainable CT partners with the CRCOG 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
Avon (2020), Bloomfield (2019), Bolton (2020), East Hartford (2019), Hebron (2018), Manchester (2019), West Hartford (2018), Windsor Locks (2020)
Coventry (2019), Glastonbury (2018), Hartford (2018), Mansfield (2019), New Britain (2020), Simsbury (2019), South Windsor (2019), Wethersfield (2020), Vernon (2019).
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
email@example.com – 860-465-0297
Jenna LaFleur, Program Assistant, Administration
Jessica LeClair, Program Manager, Community Engagement & Outreach|
firstname.lastname@example.org – 860-465-0258
Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director
email@example.com – 860-465-2813
Jim Hunt, Communications Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org – 860-465-0254
Office: 372 High St. Willimantic, CT 06226
Mailing Address: 83 Windham St. Willimantic, CT 06226