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Bristol Recognized For Being More Efficient, Resilient and Inclusive

Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that inspires and supports communities in becoming more efficient, resilient, and inclusive, announced its 2020 fall certified communities this week.

Bristol met high standards in a broad range of accomplishments to qualify for the prestigious Silver-level certification – the highest level of certification currently offered. In its application for Sustainable CT certification, Bristol demonstrated significant achievements in actions in nine sustainable impact areas ranging from inclusive community building, thriving local economies, and vibrant arts and culture to clean transportation and diverse housing.

“The City of Bristol is proud to be among 19 Connecticut municipalities to be recognized this fall for achieving Sustainable CT certification, and one of only 5 to have achieved Silver,” stated Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.

“The Sustainable CT initiative allows our Energy Manager, David Oakes, to work across department lines to identify savings and opportunities to work more efficiently,” stated Ray Rogozinski, director of Public Works. ‘He and Public Works Analyst, Lindsey Rivers put together several sustainable programs including the Outdoor Classroom initiative, a collaboration with the Bristol Public Schools, that helped qualify us for Silver.

“The collaboration among several City departments was integral in helping Bristol achieve Silver-level certification,” stated David Oakes, City of Bristol Facilities & Energy Manager.

“Congratulations to our newest Sustainable CT certified communities,” said Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director, Sustainable CT. “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,”

Sustainable CT has seen strong momentum and growth as a valuable, high-impact program. One-hundred twelve municipalities have registered for the program, representing 80% of the state’s population. Collectively 61 municipalities, over 35% of the state’s communities have earned Sustainable CT certification. Certification lasts for three years, with submissions rigorously evaluated by independent experts and other Sustainable CT partners.

The program is managed by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University and includes actions that help towns and cities build community connection, social equity, and long-term resilience.

Bristol will be recognized, along with all spring and fall 2020 certified communities, at the Annual Convention of Connecticut Conference of Municipalities in December. For more information, visit www.sustainablct.org.

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