The City of Milford has taken a vow of sustainability. At its meeting Monday, Jan. 8, the Board of Aldermen passed a resolution to join Sustainable CT, a statewide volunteer certification program aimed at encouraging and rewarding municipalities for their sustainable efforts. But what does sustainable mean, Alderman Frank Smith asked Jessica LeClair, Sustainable CT\u2019s technical specialist, who attended the aldermen\u2019s meeting to explain the program. \u201cSustainable is very broad,\u201d Smith said, adding that in his business sustainable means recyclable material. \u201cWhat does it mean to your agency, and why does it benefit us?\u201d Smith asked. LeClaire said sustainable means \u201cliving within your resources to protect current and future residents.\u201d Sustainable CT is a new statewide, sustainability certification program for Connecticut's cities and towns. Its goal is to help municipalities become more vibrant, healthy and resilient. \u201cSustainability actions, policies and investments deliver multiple benefits and help towns make efficient use of scarce resources and engage a wide cross section of residents and businesses,\u201d according to the group\u2019s website. By signing a resolution to be part of Sustainable CT, Milford agreed to create a Sustainability Team, which will keep track of what the city has already done to create sustainability and what it accomplishes in the future. LeClaire said there are nine categories, and each category lists different actions a community can take. Actions earn points, and points can earn the town a silver or bronze certificate. For example, cities can earn points for streamlining the solar permitting process for homeowners, providing watershed education, developing an open space plan and teaching residents about invasive plant species. They can also earn points by providing an arts and culture program for youth, inventorying historic resources, and much more. LeClaire said Milford has a good track record as far as sustainability goes. In recent years, the city has installed solar panels on some city buildings and plans to install them on city schools; the city\u2019s open space manager leads groups in pulling invasive plants from local beaches, and the city has purchased land to set aside as open space. There have also been a number of efforts aimed at conserving energy, preserving open space and getting people involved in local environmental initiatives. Each action has a different benefit, LeClaire said, including climate resilience, cost saving, building community equity, health and wellness \u201cBroadly, certain actions will save you money,\u201d she told the aldermen. But there are other benefits, too. For one, \u201csustainability is sort of a cool thing,\u201d she said, noting that it\u2019s pretty cool among millennials, and branding the city as cool is a positive. Mayor Ben Blake said, \u201cIt\u2019s good for municipalities; it\u2019s good for Connecticut.\u201d One of the actions focuses on affordable housing, which at least one aldermen questioned. The action aligns with the state affordable housing law, and promises Milford points for increasing the number of affordable housing units in the city. But the aldermen didn\u2019t dwell on the mention of affordable housing, which has been a controversial topic in Milford. Instead they talked about the benefits of the overall program. \u201cThe plan is fantastic and I\u2019m glad Milford is going to be a part of it,\u201d said Alderman Jeremy Grant. Blake said Open Space Manager Steve Johnson will head the Sustainability Team, coordinating local efforts to identify projects the city is already doing and to expand on those. The program launched Nov. 29, and as of Monday, seven towns had signed on to the program. \u201cIt\u2019s gaining steam,\u201d LeClaire said.