Bethel has joined Sustainable CT. It's an initiative to support municipalities in their effort to implement sustainability best practices.
The program recognizes towns for taking action to decrease pollution, increase energy efficiency and improve pedestrian, cycling and road safety along with beautification efforts. First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker says the town has had a long history of investing in the community with the same vision as Sustainable CT. He notes that Bethel many have already qualified for the program based on past efforts.
He says joining the initiative will allow the town to learn from neighbors and work together. Some of the initiatives include watershed management, reducing energy use and increasing renewable energy. It also provides resources for a so-called Complete Streets initiative, which means streets that meet the needs of walkers and bicyclists as well.
There is no cost to the towns to participate in Sustainable CT.
A committee was formed and called to meet within 90 days. It includes the town's Economic Development Director, Director of Planning, the town's Inland Wetlands official and a representative of the Chamber of Commerce. Knickerbocker says there could be some grant money in the future for things like downtown beautification projects.