Environmental Collective Impact Network
Building on our success in bringing people and agencies together, in 2011 the Jonah Center convened Ecoin, a group of key partners in Middletown that wish to work in mutually reinforcing ways to preserve the natural environment and improve the general quality of life in our city. Currently (in 2016) We meet on the first Monday of each month, 5-6 p.m., at the deKoven House, at 27 Washington Street in Middletown.
Participants have achieved shared goals in the following areas:
- Energy Efficiency
- Open Space & Forest Management
- Reducing Use of Lawn Chemicals & Promoting Non-Toxic Land Care
- Waste Reduction
- Making Middletown More Bicycle- And Pedestrian-Friendly
Organizations taking part in the Ecoin venture, in addition to the Jonah Center, are:
Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District
Middlesex Community College’s Sustainability Committee
Middlesex Land Trust
Middletown Garden Club
Middletown’s Clean Energy Task Force
Middletown’s Conservation Commission
Middletown’s Recycling Commission and Project Green Lawn
Middletown’s Urban Forestry Commission
The Rockfall Foundation
Wesleyan’s Department of Health, Safety, & Sustainability
The Liberty Bank Foundation played a supportive and logistic role, since the idea for an Environmental Collective Impact Network originated at their workshop on the topic in April, 2011.
In November 2011, the Jonah Center received a $1000 grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to support development of the network.