Climate Leader Designation (PILOT)
Sustainable CT is excited to pilot a special Climate Leader designation in 2022, celebrating municipalities that are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions while saving money, improving public health, and building community. Find more information about this optional designation and supports available to your city or town.
Climate Leader Designation Overview
Sustainable CT is excited to pilot a special Climate Leader designation in 2022, celebrating municipalities that are reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions while saving money, improving public health, and building community.
The pathway to become a Climate Leader is straightforward:
- Any town certified, or that successfully applies for (re)certification in 2022, is eligible to apply for the designation.
- Sustainable CT has identified a suite of actions that will help communities control and reduce their emissions.
- A city or town can complete any of these high-impact actions and achieve a total of at least 140 points to become a Climate Leader.
We’re here to help. Our many resources are available to any registered town, whether pursuing the Climate Leader designation or not; stay tuned for informational webinars on certain relevant actions and climate change impacts; we have no-cost assistance programs that line up with climate-impact actions; and our Community Match Fund program may also be able to support related projects.
Right now, we’re focusing on slowing climate change by focusing on greenhouse gas emission reductions. We know that resilience is important too. We hope to build a resilience component to the Climate Leader designation in future cycles. If you have thoughts on how to do this, please reach out to [email protected].
2022 is a pilot year for the Climate Leader designation. We’re going to learn a lot in 2022 and make adjustments to the designation in 2023. We want to hear from you! Let us know what’s working, what’s not, or your other ideas on how we can improve Sustainable CT. Contact us at any time at [email protected].
You’ll be able to apply for Climate Leader designation from your municipal dashboard by this spring. We’re looking forward to recognizing you for your leadership!
No-Cost Assistance Opportunities
Sustainable CT offers a variety of no-cost assistance programs intended to help communities complete actions, and we have several that line up with the actions included on the Climate Leader Designation page. Some of these resources include:
Community Match Fund Support
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.
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.
Sustainable CT is currently offering a Climate Change/Energy Amplifier Fund as part of the Community Match Fund. The Climate Change/Energy Amplified Fund supports energy efficiency, renewable energy, and greenhouse gas emissions reducing projects.
Climate Leader Webinar Series
Sustainable CT is hosting multiple events to help communities achieve Climate Leader designation. See below to register for our lineup of upcoming webinars or to watch event recordings.
- Tracking Solid Waste Generation in Your Community - June 14th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Statewide Resources to Manage Woodlands and Urban Forests - May 17th, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Using Green Energy to Connect and Strengthen Your Business Community - May 5th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: Embracing Earth Day with Project Drawdown - April 22nd, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
- Navigating Connecticut's New Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Programs - March 31st, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- Benchmarking Your Town's Energy Use - March 3rd, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- Introduction to SolSmart - February 17th, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.