(Pictured L-R Sara Harris, Matthew Mandell, Pippa Bell Ader, Dawn Henry, Jim Marpe, Christine Meiers Schatz, Ralph Chetcuti)
Westport is one of the first Connecticut municipalities to achieve certification as a Sustainable CT community. The town met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for the prestigious bronze certification.
Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that supports and recognizes sustainability action by Connecticut communities, was launched in 2017. In its application for Sustainable CT certification, the Town of Westport demonstrated significant achievements in actions in nine sustainable impact areas ranging from thriving local economies and vibrant arts and culture to clean transportation and diverse housing. Westport successfully completed actions included implementation of resources to support local businesses, arts and creative culture, transportation systems from zero emission vehicle chargers at Town Hall to our public transit system, benchmarking and tracking energy usage, the Green Day sustainability event, and the voluntary registry for people with disabilities.
First Selectman, Jim Marpe stated, “So much of what we do here in Westport is about being a sustainable community that is proactive to outside factors. My office and the RTM has committed to being Net Zero by 2050. As the first Connecticut town to pass a legislative resolution to this commitment, I am pleased that Westport can be recognized for all that we do to be prepared for the next generation. Congratulations to Sustainable Westport for completing the application and to the many town staff, non-profit organizations and other volunteers who have worked diligently to implement the policies and procedures that made this award possible.”
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