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Bethel Committee To Track Sustainability

Bethel Committee To Track Sustainability

Torrington Register-Citizen, September 30, 2019

By Julia Perkins

A new committee will track how well the town is promoting the environment and more as part of a statewide initiative.

The Board of Selectmen voted this week to form an ad-hoc committee that will focus on the Sustainable CT program, which encourages towns to meet various environmental, business, housing, health and similar goals.

Bethel was the 50th town to join Sustainable CT last year. Brookfield, New Milford and Roxbury are among the other towns in the program.  

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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, opens up grant opportunities and awards points to towns when they reach certain benchmarks toward becoming more sustainable.

Points are available for achievements such as the town’s solar farm, First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said. The committee of three to five people will be asked to examine the goals the town has met or can work toward.

"The staff here at town hall just doesn’t have enough time to follow up on this,” he said.

Town residents have already said they are interested in joining, Knickerbocker said.