Town Earns Bronze Certification through Sustainable CT!

Posted on
July 5, 2023
Town Manager's Office
We've been honored with Bronze Certification through Sustainable CT!

Winchester, CT - The Town of Winchester is among the Connecticut municipalities to be recognized this year for achieving Sustainable CT certification. 

Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that inspires and supports communities in becoming more efficient, resilient, and inclusive, announced this year’s list of certified communities. 

Winchester/Winsted met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for the prestigious Bronze-level certification.

"This certification is the first step in many for helping to solidify Winchester's future and long-term growth,” said Winchester Mayor Todd Arcelaschi.

In its application for Sustainable CT certification, Winchester demonstrated significant achievements in twelve sustainable impact areas ranging from inclusive community building, thriving local economies, and vibrant arts and culture to clean transportation and diverse housing. Winchester successfully completed actions including supporting the redevelopment of brownfield sites, assessing climate vulnerability, supporting zero-emission vehicle deployment, expanding effective community communications, implementing effective and compassionate homelessness prevention methods, and more.

“Winchester has been undergoing a transformation over the past several years; we are a community that is investing in itself and in its own environmental, economic, infrastructure, and cultural sustainability,” said Josh Kelly, Winchester’s Town Manager and CEO. “Achieving this Bronze Certification through Sustainable CT is a wonderful recognition of the passion and perseverance our community has for its own revitalization and ongoing growth.”

“Congratulations to our certified communities,” said Lynn Stoddard, executive director of Sustainable CT. “We are inspired by the leadership and commitment of these communities. From elected officials and town staff to resident volunteers, these certified towns are improving opportunities and the quality of life for all.”

The program includes actions that help towns and cities build community connection, social equity, and long-term resilience. It includes an action roadmap and support tools that are especially relevant as towns seek practices and resources to promote racial justice and respond to the on-going challenges of climate change and economic uncertainty.

Sustainable CT is independently funded, with strong multi-year support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, Hampshire Foundation, Connecticut Green Bank, Common Sense Fund, and the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut.

Winchester and all of this year’s certified communities will be recognized at Sustainable CT’s Awards Celebration. For more information about this event and to register to attend, visit