The Durham Board of Selectmen passed a resolution in December 2017 to join Sustainable CT to become certified as a Sustainable CT community, and the Sustainability Team is gearing up.
First Selectman Laura Francis said in a statement all residents who would like to join members of the Clean Energy and Sustainability Task Force and town staff on the Sustainability Team should contact her office.
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.
“Sustainable CT communities shall strive to be thriving, resilient, collaborative, and forward-looking,” Francis said. “They shall build community and local economy. They shall equitably promote the health and well-being of current and future residents, and they shall respect the finite capacity of the natural environment.”
The mission of Sustainable CT is to provide municipalities with coordinated, voluntary actions to become more sustainable; to provide resources and tools to assist municipalities in implementing sustainability actions and advancing their programs for the benefit of all residents; and to certify and recognize municipalities for their ongoing sustainability achievements.
Points are awarded for completing actions in the following categories: thriving local economies; well-stewarded land and natural resources; vibrant and creative cultural ecosystems; dynamic and resilient planning; clean and diverse transportation systems and choices; efficient physical infrastructure and operations; strategic and inclusive public services; healthy, efficient and diverse housing; inclusive and equitable community impacts; and innovation action.
Volunteers are needed for working groups, administration, planning and coordination. There is room on the team for those widely or narrowly focused, those who have limited or unlimited time and have little or vast experience or expertise.
Sustainable CT also provides opportunities for grant funding to help communities promote economic well-being and enhance equity, all while respecting the finite capacity of the natural environment. The program is designed to support all Connecticut municipalities, regardless of size, geography or resources. Sustainable CT empowers municipalities to create high collective impact for current and future residents.
Interested residents should call the Office of the First Selectman at 860-349-3625 or email Francis at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.sustainablect.org.
— News Release