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Published on November 08, 2019

Sustainable CT Wins Green Building Council's Trail Blazer Award

Sustainable CT wins the CTGBC's Trailblazer Award. Left to right: Wayne Cobleigh, board chairman of the CTGBC; Lynn Stoddard and Abe Hilding-Salorio of Sustainable CT; and Alicia Dolce, executive director of CTGBC. Photo by Mara Lavitt.

Sustainable CT, a program run by the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University, was recently awarded the CT Green Building Council's Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes Sustainable CT's efforts to transform and promote strategies that encourage intelligent stewardship of Connecticut's resources as embodied in the ethos of the award: "The seeds for sustainability sown today will feed the livability of generations tomorrow."

The CT Green Building Council's (CTGBC) annual Green Building Awards Ceremony was held last month at Common Ground High School in New Haven. Each year, CTGBC recognizes notable achievements by individuals and organizations. The new Trailblazer Award was introduced in 2019 in recognition of the work or contributions that have a unique and lasting impact on the welfare of the public and the environment.

"We are thrilled to be honored with the first Trailblazer award," said Lynn Stoddard, executive director of the ISE and director of Sustainable CT. "With over half of our state's towns and cities participating in this two-year old program, Sustainable CT communities are indeed blazing new trails to a more healthy, thriving, efficient and resilient Connecticut."

Sustainable CT provides a roadmap of sustainability best practices for towns, technical assistance, funding and recognition through certification. Forty-seven towns and cities across Connecticut have earned the prestigious Sustainable CT certification, demonstrating accomplishments in nine impact categories including inclusive and equitable communities, cleaner transportation, vibrant arts and culture, natural resource stewardship and affordable housing.

More information on the 2019 award winners can be found at https://ctgbc.org. CTGBC is a chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), which covers the State of Connecticut. The Council is committed to transforming the way buildings are designed, constructed and operated through sustainable building practices.

For more information, contact Lynn Stoddard at stoddardl@easternct.edu or Alicia Dolce at adolce@ctgbc.org.

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Eastern Connecticut State University is the state of Connecticut's public liberal arts university, serving 5,000 students annually at its Willimantic campus and satellite locations. In addition to attracting students from 162 of Connecticut's 169 towns, Eastern also draws students from 34 other states and 19 countries. A residential campus offering 41 majors and 65 minors, Eastern offers students a strong liberal art foundation grounded in an array of applied learning opportunities. Ranked among the top 30 public universities in the North Region by U.S. News and World Report in its 2019 Best Colleges ratings, Eastern has also been awarded 'Green Campus' status by the Princeton Review 10 years in a row. For more information, visit https://www.easternct.edu/.