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Sustainable Durham


Meeting Schedule:    2022 Meeting Dates

Clean Energy & Sustainability Task Force has changed the name of the commission. The Commission will now be known as Sustainable Durham.

Helpful Links: https://sustainablect.org/
Invasive Species Identification and Removal Resources
Hartford Courant Green Living 
Building Owner - Commercial &
Industrial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE)

Clean Energy Photo Gallery
CT Consumer's Guide to Buying a Solar Electric System


Agendas and Minutes:


Listing files in 'Sustainable Durham -FKA Clean Energy & Sustainability Task Force '


Current Board Members:

Tonya Buddie, R, 12-31-2022, Chairman
Kimberly Fisher, D, 12-31-2022
Rachel Mann
, D, 12-31-2022
Leslie Bulion, D, 12-31-2023, Secretary
Susan Michael, D, 12-31-2023
Mark Simmons, U
, 12-31-2023
Rob Croston, R, 12-31-2024 Vice Chair
Bianca Marques, D, 12-31-2024
Ron Capozzi, D, 12-31-2024

 Constitution of Board/Quorum:

Up to 9 Adult members and 6 Student members appointed by the Board of Selectmen with staggering
terms of 3 year terms Quorum - 5 members.

 Term of Office:

Three years, with three members being appointed each year

 Appointing Authority:

Board of Selectmen. Created by the Board of Selectmen at a Board of Selectmen meeting held on January 28, 2008

 Powers and Duties:

Revised Goals from Sustainable meeting Nov. 3, 2020
Revised Goals & Objectives (January 2020)

In early 2020 the committee more closely aligned its work and goals with “Sustainable CT”, a statewide program established in early 2016 to provide municipalities with a menu of coordinated, voluntary actions toward becoming a more resilient, collaborative, and forward-looking community. These efforts are documented and submitted for certification and the community is recognized statewide for its ongoing sustainability achievements.
I. Mission Statement
The mission of Sustainable Durham is to enhance the municipal and residential environmental stewardship of the Durham community by sharing ideas, researching technologies, and recommending programs related to issues of sustainability.  The committee works with other town commissions and local government to apply these programs and actions towards Sustainable CT certification. Sustainable CT actions help build community and local economy, and equitably promote the health and well-being of current and future residents while respecting the finite capacity of the natural environment. The
Commission and the Town recognize that facilitating protection of the environment and reducing the consumption of resources is a part of our civic responsibility; therefore, the committee strives to enhance the economic, social and natural environment of the Durham community by:

• Enhancing Local Economies

• Creating Well Stewarded Land and Natural Resources

• Establishing Vibrant and Creative Cultural Ecosystems

• Molding Dynamic and Resilient Planning

• Forming of Clean and Diverse Transportation Systems and Choices

• Innovating Efficient Physical Infrastructure and Operations

• Building Strategic and Inclusive Public Spaces

• Generating Healthy, Efficient, and Diverse Housing

• Providing Inclusive and Equitable Community Impact

II.  Goals and Objectives
Primary Goal: To provide education, resources, and support for the Town of Durham in matters of municipal and residential sustainability.
Focus Area 1: Environmental Preservation
Focus Area 2: Managing Waste
Focus Area 3: Tourism
Focus Area 4: Energy Consumption
Focus Area 5: Housing
Focus Area 6: Transportation

“We can’t just consume our way to a more sustainable world.” – Jennifer Nini
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu