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HARTFORD RECEIVES HIGHEST SUSTAINABILITY RATING AMONG CT CITIES

HARTFORD RECEIVES HIGHEST SUSTAINABILITY RATING AMONG CT CITIES

HARTFORD, CONN (October 30, 2018) – Today Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Sustainable CT has given Hartford its highest rating for sustainability: Silver Certification.  The City accepted this award at the Annual Convention of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.  Hartford joins just four other Connecticut communities – Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, and Stamford – in attaining this certification.

“We’re working on many fronts to build a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable city, and this recognition from Sustainable CT is an important affirmation of the work we’ve done thus far,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The Certification recognizes the hard work of our Climate Stewardship Council, our Office of Sustainability, City departments like Public Works and Development Services, City boards and commissions, non-profits, and grassroots advocates.  As the federal government abandons its environmental responsibilities, we’re determined to do everything we can to be a leader in local sustainability and environmental stewardship.”

In recent years, the City of Hartford has prioritized environmental sustainability.  In 2016, a community-led Climate Stewardship Initiative drafted a Climate Action Plan, which was adopted by the City Council earlier this year. In 2017, the Mayor’s Office launched a grant-funded Sustainability Office, which works with community stakeholders to integrate sustainability into all City decision-making.  Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that supports and recognizes sustainability action by Connecticut communities, was launched last year.

In its application for the Sustainable CT Certification, the City demonstrated significant achievements in nine areas, including clean transportation, resilient planning, diverse housing, and vibrant and creative cultural ecosystems. Among other initiatives, the City’s has implemented Complete Streets, encouraged healthy food networks, promoted environmentally-friendly development through its zoning code, and prioritized equitable outcomes though extensive community outreach.

“Congratulations to our 2018 certified Sustainable CT communities,” said Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, which administers the program. “We are inspired by your leadership and eager to share your accomplishments in building efficient, thriving, and resilient communities.”

About Sustainable CT: With input from municipal leaders across the state, including several from Hartford, Sustainable CT was developed under the auspices of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University. The program is independently funded, with significant support from three Connecticut philanthropic foundations. The founding funders include the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation, and the Common Sense Fund.

For more information, visit www.sustainablect.org or www.hartford.gov/climate, or follow @hartfordclimate on Twitter.

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