An organization focusing on sustainability and community-building efforts by creating a "cultural and social learning experience around participatory democracy" has changed its name to better reflect the geographic area it serves.
Formerly known as the Re-New London Council Inc., the organization's board of directors announced that it has recently changed its name to Thames Valley Sustainable Connections.
"The name change is the result of a year-long strategic planning process by the Re-New London Council board of directors, which concluded that a regional approach for creating local, sustainable economies would have a greater impact than the previous New London-focused approach employed by the organization," the organization said in a press release.
The Re-New London Council was formed in 2007. The organization's sustainability efforts have included renewable energy, zero-waste projection, green buildings and businesses, sustainable agriculture, and community capital and commercial networks. The organization will continue to focus on the greater New London area but will make in effort in the coming year to improve connections with individuals and organizations in the Thames River valley and southeastern Connecticut.
Programs overseen by the Re-New London Council will continue under Thames Valley Sustainable Connections. These include New London Local First, a business networking group; the Field of Greens Market at Parade Plaza and Lawrence & Memorial Hospital; and the Farm to City Collaborative Project to bring high quality local food to the New London area. The organization has also been involved in the Re-Connect New London effort, which has partnered with New London Landmarks in an effort to "develop a resilient community through asset identification and economic development" in East New London.