NEW BRITAIN – New Britain was recognized for achieving Sustainable CT silver certification for the fall season.
Silver is the highest level of certification currently offered by Sustainable CT and New Britain is one of five Connecticut cities or towns to achieve this.
“In New Britain we have successfully found ways to make our community more efficient and sustainable,” Mayor Erin Stewart said. “It is an honor to be recognized for the work we have done to enact sustainability measures and for what we’ve been able to accomplish. New Britain will remain devoted to maintaining and increasing our efforts to become more sustainable. We are proud to be a community that others can look to as an example in our state.”
To qualify for the silver-level certification, New Britain met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments ranging from inclusive community building and thriving local economies to diverse housing. The city has seen the redevelopment of Columbus Commons, increasing affordable housing by 59 units, and having a Bike Rodeo Initiative to improve commuter transportation.
The city is one of only two municipalities to receive both bronze and silver certifications in one year.
“It’s wonderful to see the city achieving this prestigious designation for our sustainability work. Under the mayor’s leadership we’ve made great strides not only becoming more fiscally responsible, but also more environmentally sustainable,” said Mark Moriarty, the New Britain’s director of Public Works and leader on the City’s Sustainable CT application.
Sustainable CT is a statewide initiative that inspires and supports communities in becoming more efficient, resilient and inclusive. The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University manages the program and it includes actions that help towns and cities build community connection, social equity and long-term resilience.
“Congratulations to our newest Sustainable CT certified communities,” said Lynn Stoddard, executive director of the program. “They join a growing number of certified towns and cities that are demonstrating municipal practices that make our communities more inclusive, healthy, connected and strong.”