Mansfield is Among the First in the State to Join Sustainable CT
On January 22nd, the Mansfield Town Council voted to join Sustainable CT, an exciting new initiative to support Connecticut's cities and towns. The statewide initiative, created by towns for towns, includes a detailed menu of sustainability best practices, tools and resources, peer learning, and recognition.
The Sustainable CT platform supports a broad range of actions, such as improving watershed management, supporting arts and creative culture, reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy, implementing “complete streets” (streets that meet the needs of walkers and bikers as well as cars), improving recycling programs, assessing climate vulnerability, supporting local businesses, and providing efficient and diverse housing options. There is no cost to participate and communities will voluntarily select actions that meet their unique, local character and long-term vision. After successful implementation of a variety of actions, municipalities will be eligible for Sustainable CT certification.
Betsy Paterson, former Mayor of Mansfield, chaired a group of municipal leaders that created the program's initial framework. "Sustainable CT was designed to meet the needs of all communities," said Paterson. She will continue her involvement with the program by assisting Mansfield in its certification efforts.
The initiative was developed under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University in partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. Three Connecticut philanthropies - The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation, and the Common Sense Fund – have supported the program's development and launch.
"We are thrilled that Mansfield has passed a resolution to join Sustainable CT. The program builds on many current success stories in our communities to create and support more great places to live, work, and play," said Lynn Stoddard, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy. "We are looking forward to working with the Town as they pursue Sustainable CT certification."
For more information on Sustainable CT see the program’s website: www.sustainablect.org.