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Building Equitable Communities with the Sustainable CT Framework



Equitable communities recognize the intrinsic value of each member and the need to connect with everyone, regardless of a person’s race, gender, age, or sexual identity.

Sustainable CT believes that our communities can thrive and truly be sustainable only when social equity is achieved; that people’s race, gender, zip code, etc. does not dictate their life outcome.

To build communities that embrace equity, Sustainable CT cities and towns will create a table where diverse relationships are welcomed and valued, where decisions are made collectively, and where success is measured by the variety of perspectives and experiences represented.


Sustainable CT Actions:  Embracing Equity  


  • Action 9.1:  Optimize for Equity: There is only required action in Sustainable CT: Action 9.1 Optimize for Equity. This action lays out a process by which any other Sustainable CT action must be completed. The process is outlined in the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit.

    • For Bronze Certification, you must complete the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit for one Sustainable CT action that you are submitting for certification.
    • For Silver Certification, you must complete the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit for at least three Sustainable CT actions that you are submitting for certification. 

  • Action 7.3:  Train Municipal Representatives: In this action your community sends a small delegation of municipal representatives (one seated elected official, one municipal staff, and one commissioner) to attend a three-part equity training series offered by Sustainable CT in 2020. Trainings are open to the public and free of charge, see further details below. This action is not required for Sustainable CT certification.

Hear from municipal and community partners about their experience with Sustainable CT's equity requirements and opportunities.


Sustainable CT Equity Supports:
Help for Your Community


Equity Toolkit:

In this step-by-step process we walk you and your community through an inclusive process of engagement and co-creation. Watch a short video to hear from municipal representatives about their experience using the Equity Toolkit.

Equity Coaching

Communities may work one-on-one with an Equity Coach at no cost for up to four hours. Watch a short video to learn more about the Equity Coaching experience.

Equity Trainings

Sustainable CT is offering two free, three-part, virtual equity classrooms that will provides a comprehensive framework of belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BEDI) in June and July of 2020. Attendance at all three class sessions is required. At this time our June Equity Classroom has reached capacity, though there is space available in our July Classroom. Register here.

Sessions will run 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on: July 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Attendees will be invited to join a Google Classroom to access bridgework to complement online trainings. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate BEDI considerations into their Sustainable CT applications. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance is capped at 30, so save your spot today.

Advancing equity increases the prosperity, health, and safety of the entire community. In order to transform structures, organizations, communities, and systems, community leaders and residents need an equity lens focusing on the unique experiences of marginalized identities including People of Color, LGBTQ+, and Immigrants. This highly interactive Equity Classroom provides:

  • A comprehensive framework and definitions of belonging, equity, diversity, inclusion (BEDI)

  • An overview of the value of BEDI, community engagement, and why representation is important

  • Practical strategies for advancing BEDI through inclusive town events, community dialogue, resident feedback, and town responsiveness.

Classroom leaders offer a variety of tools and teaching methods including graphic facilitation, visual imagery, theoretical models, small group dialogue, and kinesthetic interaction, to create a dynamic space that supports all types of learners.

Past Equity Training Materials:

Sustainable CT provided in-person equity trainings in 2019. To access presentation materials, please select the workshop title:

Equity 101

Everyday Anti-Racism

How to Have a Conversation About Race, Bias, and Equity