Stamford is one of the first Connecticut municipalities to achieve certification as a Sustainable CT community. The town met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for the prestigious Silver certification.
Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that supports and recognizes sustainability action by Connecticut communities, was launched last year and announced its first group of certified towns this week. In its application for Sustainable CT certification, Stamford demonstrated significant achievements in actions in nine sustainable impact areas ranging from thriving local economies and vibrant arts and culture to clean transportation and diverse housing. Stamford successfully demonstrated 30 actions, only possible because of their commitment to things like energy-efficiency, brownfield redevelopment, affordable housing, and cultural assets.
“I would like to thank the evaluation team and the support of the Board of Representatives in achieving Silver certification,” noted Mayor David Martin, “I am proud of the work the city has undertaken and am looking forward to working within the city and our partners to go to the next level.”
Thomas Madden, Director of Economic Development, “This recognition reinforces the policies and programs the city has undertaken to make the city more sustainable and resilient. The award allows the city to highlight to current and future companies that we are preparing for a changing world and the city is working to be a “Complete Communities” that address issues for residents and businesses.
Sam Gordon, Stamford resident and Program Manager of Innovate Stamford led this effort as part of his final project capstone project with Green Mountain College. “Stamford is a leader in triple-bottom-line sustainability and resiliency. It was humbling to learn so much about Stamford’s work both at the city level and through partnerships with local organizations and programs, such as Stamford 2030 District, Stamford Downtown Special Services District, The Ferguson Library and the Mill River Park Collaborative” said Gordon.
"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.
Stamford and other certified communities will be recognized on October 30th 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 www.sustainablect.org.