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Stonington recognized as a certified sustainable community

Stonington -- The town has announced that it has been recognized by Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that supports communities in becoming more resilient, inclusive and efficient, as a certified community.

The Board of Selectmen had made working on Sustainable CT one of its priorities.

In a press release, the town recognized the work of Susan Cullen, its director of Economic and Community Development, and intern Ian Timmons in completing a comprehensive review of past and existing sustainable efforts in community.

Sustainable CT said Stonington demonstrated significant achievements in nine areas — ranging from thriving local economies and vibrant arts and culture to clean transportation and diverse housing, Stonington also had to address diversity, inclusion and equity when implementing sustainability actions.

Only 36% of the state’s communities have earned Sustainable CT certification.

“Sustainable CT Certified communities are models for all forward-looking local governments,” said Joe DeLong, the executive director of Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. “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.”

First Selectman Danielle Chesebrough said the town’s “next step is to explore the areas where we have gaps, where we can continue to improve as a community. As part of this, we need input from residents. We welcome new ideas and feedback.”

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