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.

For frequently asked questions on our equity requirement click here.

Sustainable CT Actions: Embracing Equity


  • Action: 1.1 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. Successful completion of this action is required for all levels of certification.
    • 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.

    • For Gold Certification, you must complete the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit for at least four Sustainable CT actions that you are submitting for certification. 
  • Action: 1.2 Participate in Equity Training
    • 1.2.1 In this action your community sends a small delegation of municipal representatives (one elected official, one higher level municipal staff member (management and/or director-level), and one resident serving on your Sustainability Team) to attend a three-part equity training series offered by Sustainable CT. To complete this action your community may also support equity training for a cohort of at least three municipal staff and/or elected municipal officials (this would be a training other than the Sustainable CT sponsored training). Sustainable CT trainings are open to the public and free of charge, see further details below.

    • 1.2.2 In this action your community supports equity training for municipal staff (including Board of Education employees and Board members) and/or elected municipal officials. The training must be "live" (whether in person or virtual). Municipal attendees must attend the same training. Actions 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 are not required for Bronze or Silver certification, but you must successfully complete at least 1.2.1 OR 1.2.2 for Gold certification.
  • Action: 1.3 Develop and Adopt a Statement on Equity: With this action your community will promote community cohesion and representation by creating and adopting a shared vision for equity in your municipality. This action is only required for Gold 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. Watch a short video to learn more about the Equity Coaching experience.

CT Town Equity Reports

Reports featuring disaggregated CT town data on social and economic well-being and equity.


Equity Trainings

Sustainable CT is pleased to offer three, three-part virtual equity workshop series. These events provide a comprehensive framework of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI). Attendance at all three sessions of a series is required. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate equity considerations into their Sustainable CT initiatives. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance at each series is capped at 35. Attendees may not mix and match sessions between series. All sessions run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST. This will be a live training series and will not be recorded. Please only sign up if you intend to participate for the duration of each session.

The Winter 2023 series will include the following sessions: Equity 101, Everyday Anti-Racism for Leaders, and How to Have Conversations about Race.

Winter 2023 dates: January 31, February 22, March 14

The Spring 2023 series will include the following sessions: Managing Unconscious Bias, Race, Racism, and White Supremacy, How to Change Someone's Mind.

Spring 2023 dates: March 28, April 25, May 23

The content of our Summer Virtual Equity Training Series will be determined based on the expressed interest of Sustainable CT stakeholders. A survey will be performed in early 2023 to identify topic areas. You may register for this series now to hold your place or wait until the topic areas have been identified.

Summer 2023 dates: June 14, July 12, August 3

Attendance in any of these workshop series is eligible for points under Action 1.2 Participate in Equity Training.

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

We are grateful to the following supporters of Sustainable CT equity work.