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Doubling down for sustainability in Connecticut: Get matched!

ioby is always looking to partner with other organizations innovating in the civic leadership world. Today, we’re proud to announce our new partnership with Sustainable CT, leading innovation in sustainability and equity work inside government. 

Sustainable CT runs a voluntary certification program for municipalities in Connecticut and has been operational since 2016. The model is not unique to Connecticut: similar programs have been in place in New Jersey for 10 years and in Maryland for 8 years. We’ve been familiar with it for a long time at ioby through our work supporting Sustainable Jersey City, and lifted up their work on green infrastructure

So, when we had the opportunity to explore an innovative new partnership with Sustainable CT, it was easy for us to imagine how we might work together. Even so, the depth of the partnership we have today was beyond the scope of our imagination and we couldn’t be more excited. 

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How to grow community engagement for your sustainability project

If you’re a devoted sustainability planning or policy leader in the public sector today—particularly within a city or state government office or agency—you’ve probably asked yourself one or more of these questions:

  • How can we be sure we’re responding quickly and effectively to residents’ ideas and needs concerning environmental issues?
  • In our planning processes, how can we include the voices of residents in neighborhoods with long histories of disinvestment?
  • How can we expand and deepen our community engagement with a tight budget and scarce resources?

Well, we have a few ideas, courtesy of some outstanding ioby Leaders, projects, and friends:

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Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Cities Backs ioby Expansion

We are incredibly proud to announce our newest partnership with the Miami-Dade County Office of Sustainability. The staff at OOS—innovative leaders, fiercely dedicated to the future of Miami-Dade—invited ioby to replicate in Miami as an implementation partner on their five-year sustainability plan, GreenPrint. We could not be more excited about the opportunity, and we are very grateful to our lead funders, the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Health Foundation of South Florida for their support.

“It’s an innovative partnership that will help us engage the community—that’s where the good work gets done. ioby is a really great way for us to say to the residents of Miami-Dade County, GreenPrint is a plan for you.” — Nichole Hefty, Manager, Office of Sustainability Miami-Dade County

ioby’s office in Miami is funded by a special grant called the “Local Sustainability Matching Fund” (LSMF), which is a collaborative effort of the Funders’ Network and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN). LSMF is designed to catalyze partnerships between local governments and local, place-based foundations that advance on-the-ground sustainability projects, processes, and programs. We are very grateful to the philanthropic cohort supplying the national “matching pool” of funding which includes Surdna, the Kendeda Fund, New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation, and JPB Foundation.