Business View Magazine | November 2019

21 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 S ustainable CT, a statewide initiative that inspires and supports communities in becoming more efficient, resilient, and inclusive, announced its 2019 certified communities this week. Thirty-two municipalities met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for certification. A program that empowers municipalities to create high collective impact for current and future residents, Sustainable CT is managed under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. Coventry, Guilford, Mansfield, Middletown, New Haven, Simsbury, South Windsor, Vernon and Windham have achieved Silver Certification, the highest honor in the program. Another twenty- three municipalities are being recognized with Bronze Certification: Ashford, Bethany, Bloomfield, Brookfield, Burlington, Cornwall, Darien, East Hartford, East Lyme, Essex, Groton, Manchester, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Saybrook, Portland, Scotland, Waterford, West Haven, Weston, Wilton and Woodbury. Certification lasts 3 years, with the state’s first cohort of municipalities certified in 2018. Collectively, forty-seven municipalities, over 27% of the state’s communities, have earned Sustainable CT certification. Certified communities span every county and include some of Connecticut’s largest cities and smallest towns. “We are thrilled to recognize a growing number of communities who are deeply committed to sustainability,” said Laura Francis, First Selectman of Durham and co-chair of the Sustainable CT Board of Directors. “These towns have shown great leadership in completing many actions that increase sustainability while also saving Communities Achieve Prestigious Sustainable CT Certification