Cheshire Earns Bronze Sustainability Certification!

Congratulations to Republican Team members: Doug Noble, Bill Stanley, Linda Blackburn

Sustainable CT honors these four newly certified communities for a broad range of sustainability accomplishments:

Cheshire, Durham, Litchfield and Milford met high standards to qualify for bronze-level certification. The highest level of certification currently offered is silver.

Certified communities demonstrate significant achievements in at least eleven sustainability impact areas, ranging from community building, thriving local economies and vibrant arts and culture to clean transportation and diverse housing. In addition, certified municipalities address issues of belonging, equity, diversity and inclusion when implementing sustainability actions. Sustainable CT provides free coaching and a virtual equity classroom to help municipalities with issues related to equity and racial justice.

“Sustainable CT Certified communities are models for all forward-looking local governments,” said Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). “These municipalities have shown great leadership in completing many actions that increase sustainability will also saving money, promoting health, and deepening residents’ connection to community.”

What did it take to receive certification?

  1. Complete the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit for Action.
  2. Grant Proposal for Site Assessment or Clean-up - Ball and Socket.
  3. Develop Implement and Maintain an ongoing buy local campaign.
  4. Provide Watershed Education.
  5. Open Space Plan: Developed Cheshire's Plan of Conservation and Development.
  6. Provide Education to Residents on improving pollinator habitat. Create pollinator gardens and educate the public about the important of pollinators.
  7. Include arts and culture in publicly available municipal marketing.
  8. Farm-friendly zoning practices.
  9. Historical Inventory: Develop spreadsheet with town historical assets, history and educational material.
  10. Host at least one electric vehicle charging station for public.
  11. Conduct a bicycle education program.
  12. Convert Town Owned Decorative Street Lights and Exterior Park Lighting.
  13. Choose one or more target sectors in which to implement a food scraps recovery or food waste prevention program.
  14. Hold a Sustainability Event.
  15. Grow Sustainable and Affordable Housing Options.

This was a significant achievement.