OUR MISSION

Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire facilitates collaboration between local organizations, government, and citizens for implementing environmentally sustainable, culturally vibrant, and socially equitable projects that improve the quality of life for Cheshire residents.

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OBJECTIVES

The Coalition for a Sustainable Cheshire...

  • Encourages collaboration between individuals, municipal employees, non-profits, businesses, and local organizations. 

  • Creates and promotes volunteer opportunities for organizations and individuals.

  • Shares educational resources, knowledge, and best practices to enhance environmental awareness and sustainability.

  • Supports local and regional projects that align with the state-wide Sustainable CT initiative.

  • Provides information and support for funding opportunities for local projects.

Who We Are

Board of Directors

A. Fiona Pearson (Co-Chair) – CCSU, Department of Sociology; Grant Writer

Karen Schnitzer (Co-Chair) – Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society

James J. Jinks (Treasurer) – Bike Cheshire, President

Joy VanderLek (Secretary) – Mill River Watershed Association 

Jennifer Dillon – Cheshire Academy, Department of History & Sustainability Coordinator

Sean Ghio - Partnership for Strong Communities; Sustainable CT

Patricia Mottola – SCSU, Department of English; Connecticut Poetry Society, President

Pamela Roach – South Central Region of Council of Governments

Greg Wolff - Hartford Fine Art | Bike Cheshire 

Amy Velasquez - Regional Water Authority, Sustainability Lead


Cheshire Pollinator Pathway

Joy VanderLek - Director | Project Manager

Joanna deBear - Assistant Director

Youth Environment Coalition

Jennifer Dillon - Director

 

Advisors

Robert J. Anderson – Connecticut Department of Labor
Mark Kasinskas - Forester |  Environmental Planner (AICP) | Geographer
Elsa E. Loehmann – Water Resources Engineer, Fuss & O'Neill

Student Liaisons

Aishlinn Parr - Cheshire Academy

Siddhant Bhardwaj (Web Manager) - Cheshire High School 

Haley Shaw - Cheshire High School

OUR PARTNERS

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