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No-Cost Assistance Programs


Sustainable CT is excited to provide a variety of no-cost assistance programs to communities working on Sustainable CT actions. We’ve tried to keep the requirements to access these opportunities low, but be sure to review what is needed before you apply. If you have any questions about the programs or eligibility, contact [email protected].


Professional Engineering Support to Verify Energy Star Certification

Sustainable CT is pleased to partner with Eversource Energy and United Illuminating to provide free professional engineering support to registered Sustainable CT communities within the utility company service territories. Registered towns in these service territories may request this support to verify Energy Star building certification for municipal and Board of Education buildings that have an Energy Star score of 75 or higher. This documentation can be used to earn certification points under sub-action 7.3.1 Achieve High Energy Performance for Individual Buildings. Take advantage of this free opportunity by sending an email expressing your interest to [email protected].

If your community needs assistance with benchmarking and/or utilizing the Energy Star Portfolio Manager program, Sustainable CT has partnered with UConn’s SmartBuildings CT to provide support. For more information see Benchmark and Track Municipal Energy Use. 
 
Actions Targeted:

Participating Partners:

  • Eversource Energy

  • United Illuminating
     

Free Technical Support: Support Zero Emission Vehicle Deployment

The CHEAPR Administrator, The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), in efforts to promote the new CHEAPR Relaunch, can assist towns with implementing Sustainable CT action Support Zero Emission Vehicle Deployment, sub-action 1: sponsor or host a ZEV promotional event or education workshop with a community partner or third-party. CSE is available to give presentations as part of an event to interested audiences. CSE could also suggest other speakers as well to be part of an event. Please email [email protected] of your interest.

Action Targeted: 

Participating Partners:

  • Center for Sustainable Energy

Get Started on Streamlining Solar Permitting in Your Community

Sustainable CT is pleased to partner with the Great Plains Institute and Cadmus to offer technical assistance to a communities to pursue recognition in the national SolSmart designation program. SolSmart recognizes local governments that have taken steps to address barriers to solar energy and provides no-cost technical assistance to accelerate the development of local solar energy markets. Through this no-cost assistance program, technical service providers will assist communities that are registered in Sustainable CT to lay out a path to achieve Bronze designation in the SolSmart program. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted: Streamline Solar Permitting for Small Solar Installations

Participating Partner:

  • Great Plains Institute

  • Cadmus

Host a Community Resilience Building Workshop

Host a Community Resilience Building Workshop in your community to complete Action Assess Climate Vulnerability (10 points). Municipalities may also submit your workshop report for Action Implement Your Own Sustainability Action for an additional 10 points. Letters of interest will be accepted on a rolling basis. Workshops will take place before March 24, 2023. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted:

Participating Partner:

  • The Nature Conservancy

Work with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach

Work closely with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach to apply the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit to another program action to satisfy Action Optimize for Equity (10 points). More information on this resource is available.

Action Targeted: Optimize for Equity


Benchmark and Track Municipal Energy Use

Sustainable CT is pleased to partner with Eversource Energy, United Illuminating, and the University of Connecticut’s SmartBuildings CT program to provide energy benchmarking and tracking support to registered Sustainable CT communities within the utility company service territories. Municipalities will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis. More information on this resource is available.

Actions Targeted:

Participating Partners:

  • Eversource

  • United Illuminating

  • University of Connecticut's SmartBuildings CT

CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program

The CDFA Brownfields Technical Assistance Program is made possible by a grant from the U.S. EPA and is intended to provide technical assistance and resources on brownfields redevelopment financing. Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) and partners provide resources and expertise related to revolving loan funds, tax credits, tax increment finance and other effective financing tools.

Action Targeted: Support Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites

Participating Partner:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FREE Technical Support: Wasted Food Solutions for Businesses and Institutions

Center for EcoTechnology (CET) helps people and businesses save energy and reduce waste. CET works with municipalities as they encourage their businesses, their schools, and their community to implement wasted food diversion programs, ultimately supporting the adoption of a Sustainable CT Food Waste Reduction Campaign. In Connecticut, CET helped reduce wasted food at a number of K-12 schools and universities by implementing technology solutions, facilitated food donation from supermarkets, and helped launched multiple composting programs.

CET’s no-cost assistance includes an overview of all appropriate solutions for reducing wasted food, and guidance to implement the solutions that make the most sense for businesses and institutions. CET’s Wasted Food Solutions program also includes Connecticut-specific resources for wasted food diversion.

Contact Center for EcoTechnology at 888-813-8552 or [email protected] to arrange free technical support.

Action Targeted: Develop a Food Waste Prevention and Food Scraps Recovery Campaign

Participating Partner:

  • Center for EcoTechnology

FREE Technical Support: Encourage Smart Commuting

CTRides will assist towns with implementing the Sustainable CT Action Encourage Smart Commuting, including providing review of municipal telework policies and providing free consultative support on best practices.  Please contact Ed Perzanowski, Director of Business Engagement and Program Services at 860.263.5775 or [email protected] to arrange free technical support.

Please also feel free to view CTRides’ webinar series on telework strategies during COVID.

Action Targeted: Encourage Smart Commuting

Participating Partner:

  • CTRides