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Summer Training and Support from Sustainable CT


Join Sustainable CT in June, July, and August for a combination of learning and support sessions designed to meet the needs of all towns. These include: one-on-one support to your town, trainings focused on applying for certification, Sustainable CT Basics webinars, equity trainings, technical support webinars on action implementation, and opportunities for you to give us input on new actions and developing Gold level certification. Please check this page often for updates and registration links. All events will also be listed in our events calendar.


Free One-on-One Support



Support Focused on Applying for Certification


Register for Sustainable CT "Office Hours"

Register for Sustainable CT “Office Hours” - Drop in with specific questions. Everyone is welcome; priority will be given to those submitting for certification by the August 25 deadline.


Webinar: Strengthening Your Sustainable CT Application


To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click the link above.

Are you applying for certification under this summer’s August 25 deadline? See samples of great submissions and learn some tips for strengthening final Sustainable CT applications.

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Virtual Meeting: Conversation on Recertification


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Sustainable CT certification lasts for 3 years. Are you applying for recertification in 2021? Learn about changes to the program that have occurred since 2018 and our anticipated timeline for releasing 2021 program updates. Share your experiences related to the impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable CT action implementation and offer input to shape the 2021 program.

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Your Input on New Actions


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This workshop is an opportunity for towns to learn about new actions and action revisions that Sustainable CT is working on for the upcoming certification cycle and then provide input on the actions being developed. As a program created for towns by towns, we will use this space to summarize new action/revision ideas and then open the floor to towns so we may learn about what works, what doesn't, and any additional ideas and feedback that the program may benefit from.

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Webinars on Sustainable CT Basics


Sustainable CT 101


To listen to a recording of the webinar, please click the link above.

What is Sustainable CT, how will it help your town, how to get started. 

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Community Match Fund 101


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What is the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund? How can you get funding for sustainability projects in your town? 

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Virtual Equity Classroom and Equity Webinars


Virtual Equity Classroom and Equity Webinars

Learn about a comprehensive framework of belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BEDI). 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.

  • July 8, 15, and 22, 9 a.m. - This class has reached capacity; we regret that we cannot accept additional registrations. Please check back for additional equity training events to be posted soon.

Technical Support Webinars on Implementing Sustainable CT Actions


Sustainable CT: Understanding C-PACE with the CT Green Bank


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Learn how to earn points under Sustainable CT action 1.6.

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SMART Way to Reduce Trash: While Saving Money and the Environment


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Save Money and Reduce Trash” (SMART) is a strategy that charges residents for waste disposal, based on the amount thrown away. Learn how SMART works, hear from peer municipalities that have implemented SMART, calculate key metrics on your community’s waste generation, and earn points for your efforts in Sustainable CT under actions 7.5 and 7.6.

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Free Municipal Energy Tracking/Benchmarking Services


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Learn about the value and importance of benchmarking and tracking energy use in your municipal buildings and schools. You'll hear from Amy Thompson, energy specialist contractor to Eversource and Avangrid, who is available at no cost to all CT towns to help your town: establish and maintain Energy Star Portfolio Manager accounts for municipal buildings, initiate an automatic data feed from your utility accounts into Portfolio Manager, and understand how this data can inform your next steps to reduce energy and save money through Energize CT program offerings. Eligible for points under Sustainable CT actions 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3.

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Assessing Your Community’s Housing Needs


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Under a new Connecticut law (Conn. Gen. Stat. 8-30j), every municipality must prepare a plan to increase affordable housing, beginning in 2021. Join Sustainable CT, Partnership for Strong Communities, the Regional Plan Association, Fairfield County’s Center for Housing Opportunity and municipal representatives for an informative presentation on creating affordable housing plans. Learn more about assessing your community’s housing needs generally, as well as how those efforts can earn your community points through Sustainable CT’s housing action 8.1. Additionally, as part of Regional Plan Association’s work to provide the Connecticut Department of Housing with an affordable housing community plan and process guide, we also invite you to participate in a conversation on what guidance would be most helpful in developing these assessments and plans.

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Creating a Brownfields Inventory


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Brownfields are sites that are unused or underutilized because of contamination or the reasonable perception of contamination. This workshop will discuss the process of remediating and redeveloping brownfield sites, beginning with how to create a brownfields inventory, eligible for points under Sustainable CT action 1.1.1.

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Success Stories on Supporting Arts and Culture from Sustainable CT Communities


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Learn from your municipal peers about exciting arts and culture projects related to Sustainable CT actions 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4. Discussion topics include: a brief overview of Sustainable CT Category 3 Vibrant & Creative Cultural Ecosystems and support available from DECD Office of the Arts, as well as highlights from New Britain's Bee Bridge, Torrington's artist relocation program, New Haven's development of cultural equity plan, and Manchester's Art Commission/ art initiatives.

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  • Tamara Dimitri - CT Office of the Arts

  • Stacey Zackin - WORK_SPACE

  • Chris Silver - Town of Manchester

  • Adriane Jefferson - City of New Haven

  • Martin Connor - City of Torrington

  • Mark Moriarty City of New Britain