The Town of Manchester strives for sustainability through active climate change mitigation, emphasizing equity, and fostering resilience. Our goal is to weave sustainable prosperity into every facet of our town by promoting the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic well-being. We are dedicated to creating a greener, more equitable, and prosperous community; Join us in building a sustainable and vibrant future for Manchester, where people and the planet thrive hand in hand.
Town Awards and Achievements
Buckley Elementary School is the State of Connecticut's first verified Net Zero Energy K-12 school and the first verified publicly funded net zero K-12 project in New England.
This recognition, certified by the New Building Institute, underscores the Town's unwavering commitment to advanced design practices, innovative technologies, and the decarbonization of the built environment.
The Town of Manchester was awarded Climate Leader Designation by Sustainable CT in October 2023 for our proactive efforts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts.
The Town of Manchester has also been Silver Certified by Sustainable CT since October 2022 for achieving a wide range of sustainability goals. To find out more about the Town's sustainability initiatives and achievements, visit our Town Actions webpage!
Town Sustainability Actions
In 2022, the Town of Manchester was awarded both the Bronze Designation and the Community Engagement Award in Solar Excellence by SolSmart.
The Town of Manchester Sustainability Commission is an advisory commission that promotes, encourages and makes recommendations on the development and implementation of Sustainability into all Town operations, both internally in governmental operations, as well as externally in community-wide efforts.
ARPA Sustainability Grant Program
Under guidance from the Manchester Sustainability Commission, the Town of Manchester Board of Directors passed a resolution on October 4, 2022 authorizing a total of $500,000 of available American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for grants to nonprofit organizations to promote sustainability, resiliency, and equity.