More than 80 Connecticut organizations, businesses and green leaders are involved in a new campaign to connect green initiatives and their supporters in and across every city and town in Connecticut. The Connecticut Campaign for Sustainable Communities spearheaded by Fairfield-based GreenTowns.com, aims to connect sustainability leaders, mayors, green businesses, non-profits and local citizens who want to work together to build awareness and support each other in the “greening” of Connecticut.
“There are many ground-breaking and worthwhile green efforts underway by great people and committed organizations across the state that can be replicated or expanded through 21st Century communication tools,” said GreenTowns Director and Connecticut resident Daphne Dixon. “GreenTowns is designed to facilitate and accelerate these connections, with our goal of connecting 1,000 people in Connecticut in October. The faster people connect around green, the quicker Connecticut will become sustainable.”
Created as a unifying network to share information, ideas and connections across all categories of sustainability, GreenTowns.com is already a vital resource that features a wide array of green initiatives large and small: from energy projects and shore preservation to charging stations and farmers markets; from innovative recycling programs and organic gardening classes to green building ventures and local community advocacy efforts.
GreenTowns’ Connecticut Campaign for Sustainable Communitiesbuilds on this foundation, connecting people through GreenTowns.com, personal profiles, email updates and expert-moderated list-serves, as well as sharing partner-driven content on Facebook, Twitter and the GreenTowns Talk blog.
GreenTowns.com was launched in May 2011 as a network for sustainable communities. More than 15,000 local efforts in nine green categories are now featured on the site, where connections are being made between people across America. The ConnecticutCampaign for Sustainable Communities is the first phase to intensify this level of connection and mutual support on a state-by-state basis.
“Living on the shores of Long Island Sound gives Norwalk a special reason to take our environmental responsibilities seriously,” said Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia. “GreenTowns offers a new way to share ideas and conversation around important green issues and we look forward to learning about solutions that are working in other towns and communicating successes like our efforts to preserve water quality and our Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.”
Visitors to the site will find a newly-designed town page, a group talk tool and a way to stay informed about green events and efforts in their area through regular updates.
Fairfield, Stamford, Norwalk and Bridgeport are examples of towns that are leading the wave of change — where individuals and groups are embracing the opportunity to connect through GreenTowns.com.
Supporting the Connecticut Campaign for Sustainable Communities are local, regional and national green organizations including E-The Environmental Magazine, CT Environmental Headlines, Soundkeeper, the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Energy Challenge, the Connecticut chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Live Green Connecticut!, local “Green Designees” of the NAR (National Association of Realtors), green bloggers and many CT chapters of Green Drinks.