Bethel Joins 50 Other Towns For Sustainable CT
BETHEL — The town has joined 50 other Connecticut communities in a program meant to promote sustainability.
The Board of Selectmen voted last week to join Sustainable CT, an initiative that allows towns to earn points and certification by achieving various goals. These aims include improving watershed management, supporting the arts, increasing renewable energy, supporting local businesses, providing efficient and diverse housing options, and more.
“The Town of Bethel has a long history of investing in our town and community with the same vision and initiatives as Sustainable CT,” First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said in a release. “We are excited to join Sustainable CT to learn and share from fellow neighbors and work together in this venture.”
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The program, which was spearheaded by the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, is free to join.
The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation and the Common Sense Fund have supported the program's development and launch.
Most recently, the Town of Bethel, in partnership with the Ameresco Corporation celebrated the completion of its solar farm at the former landfill at the transfer station on Friday, June 1, 2018. The 2,900-panel array is expected to generate 1 million kilowatts of energy each year for the town.