Greenwich Earns Certification as a Sustainable Community


Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei announced that the Town is among the inaugural list of communities certified under the Sustainable CT program, a statewide initiative under the aegis of Eastern Connecticut State University.

Greenwich is certified as a Silver community, the highest level of recognition of the Town’s efforts to promote sustainability by employing efficient, resilient and inclusive best practices. Greenwich is one of four communities in Connecticut to receive the Silver designation.

“I am pleased that the environmental stewardship of the Town, working with various partners is being recognized,” said First Selectman Tesei. “The Sustainable CT designation illustrates the proactive role the Greenwich community has taken to preserve and protect not only our global environment but our local and regional environments as well. The Town looks forward to continuing to advance those efforts.”

Twenty-two municipalities met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for certification, according to Sustainable CT. All towns demonstrated significant achievements in nine sustainability impact areas ranging from thriving local economies and vibrant arts-and-culture to clean transportation and diverse housing. In addition, the towns had to address diversity, inclusion and equity when implementing sustainability actions. The certification submissions went through a series of rigorous reviews by independent experts and Sustainable CT partners.

“Congratulations to our 2018 certified Sustainable CT communities,” said Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, which administers the program. “We are inspired by your leadership and eager to share your accomplishments in building efficient, thriving, and resilient communities.”

With input from municipal leaders across the state, Sustainable CT was developed under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. The program is independently funded, with significant support from three Connecticut philanthropic foundations. The founding funders include the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation, and the Common Sense Fund.

Greenwich and other certified communities will be recognized on October 30 at the Annual Convention of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, followed by additional local and regional recognition events in the coming months. For more information, visit sustainablect.org

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