Past Sustainable CT Events and Resources

Sustainable CT: Best Practices in Sustainable Procurement Webinar

Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Thinking about creating a sustainable procurement policy in your town? Already have one and want to make it more effective? Clean Water Action CT and CT Sustainable Business Council bring you this webinar to share more about best practices in sustainable procurement.

Information-rich, rapid-fire presentations by:

  • Howard Brown, Sustainable Purchasing Task Force, Town of Guilford - Presentation

This webinar will assist municipalities with the Sustainable CT action 1.2 Implementing a Sustainable Purchasing Policy. Bring your most pressing questions for the Q&A!

Note: The organizers of this webinar do not necessarily endorse the organizations, products, services or public positions of the presenters listed.

FREE Webinar: Weathering the Storm - How SMART Communities are Surviving Rising Costs

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wonder how you'll meet budget this year with rising costs for trash and recycling?  Participants learned about Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART) programs where residents pay for what they generate instead of paying for the capacity to generate. SMART programs reduce residential waste by 44%, saving your municipality money from avoided tip fees.

Analysis of CT communities shows that savings from waste reduction will cover increasing recycling costs.

This webinar helped towards earning points for action 7.6 Implement Save Money and Reduce Trash (SMART) Program.


  • Jennifer Weymouth, CT DEEP
  • Kristen Brown, WasteZero

Brownfields 101: How to Put a Site on the Redevelopment Path

Monday, March 18, 2019

McHugh (Laurel) Hall, University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus

This workshop, part of the 13th Annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources, reviewed the process of brownfield remediation and redevelopment, invite participation in an interactive case study on a brownfield success story in Connecticut, and reviewed how to earn Sustainable CT points for Action 1.1 Support Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites.

CT Office of the Arts: Arts Workforce Initiative Program

Applications were due February 11, 2019

COA was accepting applications from organizations interested in serving as an AWI Host Organization for its 2019 Arts Workforce Initiative (AWI) Program.

AWI provides internship opportunities for Connecticut college students, emerging creative professionals and military veterans at Connecticut not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. Selected host organizations will receive a grant from the CT Office of the Arts in the amount of $3,750 and will pay the intern at the rate of $15 per hour.

Maximize Multifamily Property Revenues with Energy Improvement Projects

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Towns that promoted this webinar as part of an ongoing educational campaign for multifamily property owners were eligible for points under Action 8.3.1

This webinar outlined the funding process and present case studies of completed projects that are reaping the benefits of reduced energy and maintenance expenses, improved cash flows, and enhanced resident health/safety.

FREE Technical Support: Design and Implement a Housing Needs Assessment

The Partnership for Strong Communities will assist towns with implementing the Sustainable CT Design and Implement a Housing Needs Assessment action.

Partnership staff can be contacted to assist at (860) 244-0066

Also, a webinar regarding this action is available for viewing. Check out past Webinars.

Getting Started with Sustainable CT: Sustainability Teams, Equity and Community Engagement

Friday, December 14, 2018

Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

This workshop was the first of CCM's Sustainable CT workshop series which provided an overview of the Sustainable CT program, the benefits to participation, and tools, resources, and funding for registered municipalities. The event focused on building effective Sustainability Teams and understanding and applying Sustainable CT's "Optimize for Equity" action, highlighting success stories from Sustainable CT certified towns.

This workshop was available to CCM members only and was free.

FREE Technical Support: Support Redevelopment of Brownfields

The University of the Connecticut, with the support of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development and an array of private partners, has created a student training program. The program, called the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative (CBI), will offer free technical support for CT towns on brownfields redevelopment projects.

Student groups, mentored by faculty and industry professionals, assisteed towns with implementing the Sustainable CT Support Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites action.

The Spring 2019 Municipal Assistance Program will support entities that are eligible for federal and state brownfield assistance programs (towns, municipalities, regional planning and redevelopment agencies, non-profit organizations, Indian tribes) on various aspects of brownfield redevelopment.  Additional information on potential projects and the online application can be found here.The deadline to respond to the RFP was November 30th, 2018.

FREE Webinar: Getting Sustainable CT Certified

Friday, November 30, 2018

For town ready to get going on thier Sustainable CT application, this webinar walked communities through the certification process for 2019, including how to approach re-certification. 

This webinar was recorded and made available on the Sustainable CT website.

November 2018 Data Basics (Hartford)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

This was the CTData Academy's introductory session designed to expand data literacy. Participants left with a greater understanding of data collection and analysis and a more critical eye towards data encountered in everyday life.

Connecticut Urban Forest Council and Connecticut Forest Forum Annual Conference

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

This well-rounded, well-attended event was of value to anyone who works with and/or has an interest in trees or forests.
The keynote speaker presented a view of forests and forestry, including urban forestry, that touches on several of the major events of the past 3-1/2  decades, from the spotted owl to the advent of iTree, and also discuss the current state of forestry in Connecticut. 

Uconn CLEAR - Land Use Academy Advanced Training

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Sustainable CT: Celebrating Success and Learning for the Future

Monday, October 22, 2018

“Sustainable CT: Celebrating Success and Learning for the Future", was held at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic. A forum for conversation, feedback about opportunities and challenges in the certification process and celebration of town success was part of the days agenda.

A PowerPoint from the event is available for download in PDF format.

Eversource - Zero Energy Building Conference

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Conference was hosted by Eversource. Topics included zero energy case studies, emerging technologies, distributed generation and an optional zero energy tour.

2018 Data Basics - Canton

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

This was the CTData Academy's introductory session designed to expand data literacy. Participants left away with a greater understanding of data collection and analysis and a more critical eye towards data encountered in everyday life.

CTAWWA Water Sustainability Workshop

September 24, 2018

This workshop convened stakeholders from the water utility sector, health departments, and local governments as well as subject matter experts for the purpose of examining innovative practices and strategies for effective rate-making and water conservation programs. Examples of utility water-saving programs along with lessons learned that some water utilities both large and small have already adopted were presented and discussed.

Participates gained a broader understanding of the State Water Plan on Water Conservation, Drought Planning and Workforce development. This workshop was sponsored by CTAWWA and supported by DPH, PURA, Lower River Council of Governments, CWWA, COST, DEEP, CCM, among others.

2018 Data Basics - Hebron

September 13, 2018

This was the CTData Academy's introductory session designed to expand data literacy. Participants left away with a greater understanding of data collection and analysis and a more critical eye towards data encountered in everyday life.

Sustainable CT Q & A Session for Applicants

July 30, 2018

July 31, 2018

August 7, 2018

Sustainable CT held multiple application Q & A sessions. Towns asked questions, and if their application was near-complete, they received an informal review, with feedback on what to fix before submitting. Sessions were open to all but especially encouraged for municipalities that did not submit for round 1 review.

Webinar: Using EPA Energy Star® Portfolio Manager® To Document Completion of Sustainable CT Energy Actions 6.1 and 6.2

July 26, 2018

Attendees learned how to benchmark municipal buildings in EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool including entry of property, property use, and meter data. Attendees also learned how to connect and share property/meter records with their local utility to automate the process of utility bill data entry. This session showed how to use the tool to report to Sustainable CT to demonstrate compliance with Energy Actions 6.1 and 6.2.

This webinar was provided in partnership with EPA Energy Star, Eversource, and United Illuminating. The webinar is archived for viewing at any time if you were unable to listen on July 26.

Putting Organics to a Higher Use through Composting or Biofuels

July 16, 2018

In this webinar, municipalities learned about approaching food scraps collection, composting and biodigestion.  The program was hosted by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and facilitated by Sherill Baldwin. The webinar is available for viewing.

Sustainable CT Equity/Housing Work Session for Towns

July 11, 2018

Sustainable CT, Partnership for Strong Communities, and Minority Inclusion Project are provided a FREE work session to help Sustainable CT registered towns use the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit (Action 9.1) to design and implement a Housing Needs Assessment (Action 8.1). All registered towns were encouraged to bring multiple participants.

Strengthening Your Sustainable CT Application: Lessons Learned from Pre-Application Reviews

June 14, 2018

This webinar discussed lessons learned from the municipalities' optional pre-application submission, including tips for strengthening final Sustainable CT applications (due August 24th.) This webinar was geared toward all municipalities applying for Sustainable CT certification, regardless of whether or not you submitted a pre-application on May 1st. The webinar is available for viewing.

Support to Train Municipal Commissions

Sustainable CT worked with several partners to support municipalities in completing the Sustainable CT Action: Train Municipal Commissions. Two opportunities were available.

  • The Land Use Academy of UConn's Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) offered the following free training for municipal land use commission members in the spring of 2018.
  • The Connecticut Economic Resource Center, the Connecticut Economic Development Association, the Connecticut Main Street Center, and the MetroHartford Alliance developed a training entitled "Fundamentals of Economic Development." This free 90-minute course was individually tailored to specific municipalities.

Free Training Opportunity

May 11, 2018

OnMay 11, 2018 the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation hosted "Creating a Resilient Connecticut: A CIRCA Forum on Science, Policy, and Law" at UConn School of Law (Hartford, CT). Municipal commissions attended the event to qualify for points under the "Train Municipal Commissions" action. This was a helpful, informative session for municipalities planning to complete the "Assess Climate Vulnerability" action.

Training and Support to Implement Sustainable CT’s “Optimize for Equity” Action

May 3, 2018

Registered municipalities learned equity basics and how to apply the Sustainable CT Equity Toolkit in their community to earn points towards certification. Participating communities received additional free consultation services from selected equity professionals to help implement the "Optimize for Equity" action in their community. Additionally, municipal commissioner participation in this workshop was counted towards the "Train Municipal Commissions" action.

Northeastern Connecticut Launch of Sustainable CT: Convening Stakeholders to Shape Thriving Connecticut Municipalities

April 18, 2018

Sustainable CT, a new statewide initiative to support Connecticut’s cities and towns, hosted an upcoming regional launch event at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center in Pomfret on April 18th at 7:00 PM. The event was free and open to all.

Technical Support for Assess Climate Vulnerability; Innovation Action

Letters of interest were due April 6.

Sustainable CT partnered with the Nature Conservancy to offer free Community Resilience Building Workshops to Sustainable CT communities across the state. By participating in a Community Resilience Building Workshop communities satisfy the requirements for two Sustainable CT actions: Assess Climate Vulnerability and Implement Your Own Sustainability Action (for undertaking community resilience planning).

The CT Chapter of the Nature Conservancy team, in partnership with Sustainable CT staff, facilitated a half-day work session and provided communities with all submission requirements needed to satisfy these two actions, earning the communities up to 35 points.