Sustainability in West Haven

SustainableCTWest Haven adopted a Resolution to join the SustainableCT initiative in May 2018. The SustainableCT initiative offers Connecticut municipalities a voluntary certification program that provides a wide-ranging menu of best practices aimed at helping them become thriving and resilient. Municipalities choose Sustainable CT actions, implement them, and earn points toward certification.

SustainableCT Actions & Certifications

Meetings

Meets the last Tuesday of each month, 4 p.m., Conference Room, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 355 Main Street

There are nine categories within the application for certification: 

  • Thriving local economies.
  • Well-stewarded land and natural resources.
  • Efficient physical infrastructure and operations.
  • Vibrant and creative cultural ecosystems.
  • Dynamic and resilient planning.
  • Clean and diverse transportation systems and choices.
  • Strategic and inclusive public services.
  • Healthy, efficient and diverse housing.
  • Inclusive and equitable community impacts.

West Haven is well on its way to certification, having successfully incorporated sustainability into many of its planning initiatives, including the Coastal Resilience Plan, the Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Harbor Management Plan and the plan for a Transit-Oriented Development District.

Sustainable West Haven Team Goals

The Sustainable West Haven Team advocates for and supports:

  • Reviving the city’s Comprehensive Energy Plan by taking a first step toward benchmarking and tracking its energy use via UIL’s automated Portfolio Manager system. 
  • Moving toward a more efficient and cost-effective solid waste management system. 
  • Preserving and enhancing the use of existing open space, including the Land Trust, the many city parks and green spaces, and the West River Greenway, to support both cultural and natural ecosystems.
  • Integrating the arts and creative culture into city initiatives and events. 
  • Expanding the city’s communications network to better educate the public on all sustainability goals. 
  • Aligning the efforts of various city departments with the sustainability goals of efficiency, resiliency and effective collaboration.