Overview of Sustainable CT (SCT)

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!

Benefits of Participating in the Program:

  • Community Engagement
  • Economic Benefits
  • Funding and Other Resources
  • Innovation
  • Inspiration
  • Partnerships
  • Peer Learning
  • Recognition
  • Striving for a Sustainable Future
  • Track Data

Impacts of the Program in Local Communities:

  • Cost Savings
  • Climate Resilience
  • Community Building
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Equity
  • Greenhouse Gas Reductions
  • Health and Wellness

Connection Between SCT and NVCOG

Sustainable CT hires student Fellows for the summer months and places them with councils of governments (COGs) to assist municipalities and the COGs with sustainable actions and projects. Sustainable CT partners with the Connecticut COGs to facilitate regional planning of sustainability initiatives, communicate and track progress, and provide towns with overarching frameworks for sustainability goals. This connection helps to expand the state-wide network of sustainability professionals and stakeholders, which is key for pursuing environmental action at both the local and state levels. Sustainable CT provides the guidelines and support, and COGs facilitate the local connections for their municipalities. A key element of sustainability is collaboration and, the SCT program would not be successful without it!

NVCOG Registered Municipalities

NVCOG Certified Municipalities

Bronze: Bristol (2018), Cheshire (2021), Waterbury (2020), Woodbury (2019)

Silver: Bristol (2020)

SCT offers support for municipalities, including information on registering for the program, creating a sustainability team, and applying for certification.

Events and Webinars:  

On the website, SCT maintains a calendar of events and training related to sustainability across the state. You may also use the upcoming and recorded webinars and presentations as a resource as well.  

Equity:

Need help with an Equity Toolkit? Check out the related resources available from SCT here or connect your town with an Equity Coach! 

Example Brochures, Flyers and Resources from NVCOG Towns:

Sustainable CT Fellows 

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! 

Meet the 2021 Sustainable CT Fellows

Community Match Fund (CMF)

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. 

Municipalities can use the CMF to fundraise forprojects that align with Sustainable CT actions, which can help them to earn points towards certification. Sustainable CT will also support you in crowdfunding to engage your community and raise the project funds. They’ve partnered with Patronicity, a crowdfunding platform that helps with project coaching, matching grant program management, and placemaking consulting. Find out more.

CMF Contact Information

Have an idea to make your community more sustainable, equitable, and vibrant? To get started, read more here or contact Abe Hilding-Salorio.

Abe Hilding-Salorio, Community Outreach Manager

hildingsalorioa@easternct.edu(860) 465-0256

CMF Participating NVCOG Municipalities

Bristol, Cheshire, Oxford, Thomaston, & Waterbury

NVCOG CMF Total, as of June 2021:  $55,426

Project Examples:

One of Bristol’s Outdoor Classrooms
Students at Bristol’s Community Gardens

Looking for more inspiration? Check out past and current Community Match Fund projects here. 

SCT Contact Info:

Office: 372 High St. Willimantic, CT 06226 

Mailing Address: 83 Windham St. Willimantic, CT 06226 

Please see the NVCOG Staff page for our staff contact information.

Last updated 8/5/21.