Business Sustainability Initiatives
Learn from Your Peers

Do you want to green your business but don't know where to begin? Find out what others are doing to be more sustainable, attract customers and save money. These case studies and articles about CT businesses, institutions and state and local government will give you information about how to be more energy efficient, reduce waste, increase recycling and much more. Follow their lead to meet your sustainability goals.
 Sustainability Initiative Description
Water's Edge Resort and Spa, Westbrook Case Study Uses alternative wastewater treatment systems to recycle water, saving thousands of gallons of water per year and reduces discharge to leaching fields.
Lake of Isles Golf Course, North Stonington Case Study Uses reclaimed water for irrigation, reducing the amount of fresh water needed and reducing the loading rate to the infiltration beds.
CNC Software, Tolland
Uses a geothermal system for heating and cooling; generates power with solar PV. More
Connecticut Spring & Stamping Corp., Farmington
Changed its hazardous waste generator status from Large Quantity Generator to Small Quantity Generator by reducing use of tetrachloroethylene (perc). More
Curtis Packaging, Sandy Hook
Produces custom folding cartons from sustainably managed forests; printing process allows cartons to be recycled. More
Eastern Bag and Paper, Milford
Reduced their carbon footprint by reducing fuel and electricity; recycle stretch wrap, pallets and cardboard; produce environmental preferable products. More
ESPN, Inc., Bristol
Created an environmentally-friendly workplace through waste reduction and recycling; LEED Silver buildings. More
Executive Autobody, Wallingford
Reduced hazardous waste and increased productivity by using water based paints. More
Geremia Greenhouses, Wallingford
Uses flooding floors and a drip irrigation system to conserve and reuse water. 
"How This Greenhouse Grows", P2 View, Spring 2011.
Creates pocketbooks, bags and totes from billboards and vinyl restaurant seating. More
ING, Windsor Prevents, manages and reduces the environmental impact of their operations by implementing many sustainability initiatives. More
JN Phillips Auto Glass, CT locations
Windshield glass recycling program
Municipal Government
Sustainability projects in Stamford, New Haven and Bridgeport
"Connecticut Cities Use the 'S' Word", P2 View, Winter 2011.
Okay Industries, New Britain
Replaced a spray process with dip coating. More
The Orchards at Southington,
Assisted Living Community 
Reduced waste and cleaning chemical use, conserves water, made energy improvements, composts, formed green team. "Caring For the Environment Never Gets Old", P2 View, Winter 2012.
Pitney Bowes, Stamford
Created a product take-back program, an energy management team, a Design for Environmental Quality program, and Environmental Management System (EMS). More
Perk On Main, Durham and Guilford
Small business strives to be waste-free, buys clean energy.
"Durham Eatery Has a Menu For Success", P2 View, Spring 2012. 
Phoenix Press, New Haven
Phoenix Press is the only printer in the country
using on-site wind power for its operation.
"Gus(t) Uses Wind to Print", P2 View, Fall 2010.
Rockville Bank, South Windsor
Construction of CT's first bank branch using green technology inside and out; reduce paper use. More
Saybrook Point Inn, Marina and Spa, Saybrook
Earned CT Green Lodging certification; use solar panels and a cooling tower and biofuel; have a low impact laundry. More
Schick Company, Milford Eliminated the use of conditioning chemicals in their cooling towers by installing electrically powered water conditioning units. More
The Siemon Company, Watertown
Carbon negativity, Zero to Landfill, solar energy, Environmental Management System (EMS). More
Sikorsky Helicopters, Stratford VOC Free Paint for Sikorsky Helicopters
Specialty Printing, East Windsor Zero to Landfill, LEAN. More
St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport
Eliminated plastic water bottles on their Bridgeport campus.
State of Connecticut
Used pervious concrete and porous asphalt pavement, rain gardens, green roof project at the State Capitol.
DEEP's Green Team shares information about what we are doing to green offices at 79 Elm at the "Going Green Makes Sense" event.
CCSU ranked as one of the nations's top green colleges by Princeton Review "CCSU Leads Sustainability Efforts", P2 View, Spring 2012
U.S. Postal Service, Hartford Eliminated hazardous chemicals in their parts cleaning system. More
United Technologies, Hartford
Increased energy efficiency, reduced water use and process chemical air emissions. More
Xerox Corporation, Windsor Reduced printing related waste with their proprietary process; offer customer recycling programs; partner with environmental organizations. More
Other Resources
Disclaimer: The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) maintains the content on this web page to enhance public access to information and facilitate understanding of environmental issues. The CT DEEP is not recommending these companies or products over any others and recognizes these represent only a partial listing of resources on this subject.
Content Last Updated October 2022