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Transit-Oriented Development: Places, Spaces, and Showcases

April 25, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

State Capitol, Room 310

210 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects presents a symposium for design professionals, urban planners, transportation and economic development specialists, elected officials, and community advocates.

 Join to explore the following topics:

  • An Overview of Transit-Oriented Development in CT
  • Is CTfastrak Reviving Downtown New Britain?
  • Placemaking Meets TOD: How Can Municipalities Attract Desirable Development?
  • From Master Plan to Masterstroke: Implementing the TOD Vision in Windsor Locks
  • How Can We Measure the Value of Transit-Oriented Development?
  • Priorities, Opportunities, and Challenges: Looking Ahead to the Future of TOD in Connecticut


Cost (includes continental breakfast and lunch):

  • $95 Members of ASLA, AIA, and peer design associations
  • $125 / Non-Members
  • $40 / Full-time students (student ID required)


See the brochure for more info, then use the mail-back form or register online. (Deadline: April 22)

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Reducing Our Plastic Footprint: Experiences from the European Union

April 25, 2019 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Gina McCarthy Auditorium

79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Please join this presentation to learn more the European Commission's strategy for managing plastics in a circular economy. In May 2018, the European Commission proposed a new directive to tackle marine litter. The initiative targets the top ten single use plastic items found on EU beaches and abandoned, lost and disposed of fishing gear , which together constitute 70% of all marine litter items. The Single Use Plastics Directive is an integral part of EC's Plastics Strategy and an important element of the Circular Economy Action Plan.

Giuliana Torta
, Counsellor for Environment, Fisheries and Ocean policies at the E.U. Delegation to the U.S. in Washington DC will discuss the European plastic ban, compare the E.U. and U.S. political environments, and share strategies we can implement.

This event is hosted in partnership with the Connecticut River Conservancy and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. 

Can’t make it in person?
Join in online! Ms Torta’s presentation available online via live webinar streaming.
Register for the webinar

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Getting to Green: Using Your POCD and Zoning Regulations as Part of Your Sustainable CT Certification

April 26, 2019 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Middlesex Community College

100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT 06457

Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to recognize thriving and resilient Connecticut municipalities. An independently funded, grassroots, municipal effort, Sustainable CT provides a wide-ranging menu of best practices. Municipalities choose Sustainable CT actions, implement them, and earn points toward certification. Sustainable CT includes a broad selection of actions that include incorporating sustainability components into municipal Plans of Conservation and Development as well as zoning regulations. Within the first year of the program over 70 communities signed on, and 22 achieved certification.

This workshop provides an overview of the Sustainable CT program and specifically outlines various ways a municipality’s Plan of Conservation and Development or zoning regulations could be modified to help achieve certification while encouraging town-wide sustainable and resilient practices. The workshop will feature best practices and lessons learned from CT cities and towns.

2.0 Credits from the American Planning Association are pending. Light refreshments will be provided.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Food & Our Changing Climate - UConn Law

April 26, 2019 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

William F. Starr Hall, Reading Room

45 Elizabeth St., Hartford, CT 0610

Climate change disrupts not only sea-levels and storms, but also how and where the world grows its food. While our carbon-intensive and global food network responds to a consumer demand that is no longer dictated by season, rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns are transforming the world’s agricultural reality. How will the nations, states, and people respond?

Please join UConn Law’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law on April 26 for a conference devoted to the global, regional, and human impacts of climate change and food. Our discussion will span science, law, and policy with key presentations of new climate research affecting Connecticut and the globe; a keynote address by Dr. Katie Martin, Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Foodshare; and panels convening legal academics, scientists, policy experts, farmers, and more.

Attendees will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, and an end-of-day networking reception featuring the famous UConn Dairy Bar ice cream. This event is free for students and the general public. The admissions fee for attorneys seeking CT CLE credit is $50.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Ecology, Finance and Art at the Community Level

April 27, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Residency Unlimited

360 Court Street Brooklyn, NY, 11231

Residency Unlimited and TILL (Today's Industrial Living Landscapes) invite you to join us for an Evening Conversation on Dirt & Debt: Ecology, Finance and Art at the Community Level with guests:

  • Matthew Seybold, co-editor, Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics, and Editor-in-Chief, MarkTwainStudies.org

Finance is a social force comparable to gravity in the physical world yet so opaque. Matt lifts the veil.

  • Jennifer Gross, Executive Director, Hauser + Wirth Institute, NYC, and former Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. Prior to the DeCordova, Jennifer was curator at Yale University Art Gallery, where she organized “Société Anonyme: Modernism for America,” the opening exhibition for the newly expanded museum.
Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Basic Training: Legal Requirements and Procedures, Roles and Responsibilities

April 29, 2019 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

City Council Chamber

111 North Main Street, Bristol

May 01, 2019 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Bozrah Town Hall

1 River Rd, Bozrah

May 23, 2019 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Trumbull Town Hall

5866 Main Street, Trumbull

Sustainable CT is working with UConn CLEAR to support municipalities in completing the Sustainable CT Action: Train Municipal Commissions.

The Land Use Academy of UConn's Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) is offering three free training courses for municipal land use commission members.

The Basic Training consists of two workshops. Legal Requirements and Procedures, Roles and Responsibilities provides a basic understanding of legal principals and procedures that must be adhered to so that legal challenges to decisions or other actions are minimized. Fundamentals of Reading Plans helps commissioners to develop plan reading skills including understanding scale, topography, hydrology and stormwater practices. Basic Training is considered by CT OPM to be the official program for land use education for local commissioners.

If you would be interested in holding a Basic Training in your region or would like more information on where classes are currently being held, please contact Bruce Hyde at bruce.hyde@uconn.edu or call 860-345-5229.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

Resilient Connecticut Webinar Kickoff

April 30, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

CIRCA staff will give an overview of a new project entitled, “Resilient Connecticut” and its focus on New Haven and Fairfield Counties.  The importance of this work will be introduced with a description of the latest climate projections for Connecticut’s sea level rise, temperature, and precipitation along with concerns about how these will impact critical infrastructure, transportation, and housing along the coast.  The CIRCA team will then describe resilient design strategies being considered and opportunities for engagement in this project over the next three years.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Connecticut Arts Day

May 02, 2019 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

College Street Music Hall & Omni New

238 College Street & 155 Temple Street New Haven, CT 06510

Connecticut Arts Day celebrates Connecticut’s investment in and support of the arts and reaffirms the significant role the arts play in our state.  The day includes special performances, panel discussions, presentations, workshops, networking opportunities, and the presentation of Connecticut Office of the Arts' Lifetime Achievement Award! The theme of Connecticut Arts Day 2019 is ARTS RELEVANCY!

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Solar and energy efficiency: Resources to support local initiatives for low-to-moderate income communities

May 07, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities face unique challenges when it comes to accessing energy efficiency solutions and solar energy. However, this is slowly changing as policymakers nationwide are developing policies and programs to increase energy efficiency and solar resources for these communities.

This webinar will serve as an educational resource for local governments interested in better understanding market barriers and expanding solar and energy efficiency deployment in low to moderate income communities. Participants will be able to explore and visualize data developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) focused on how rooftop solar on LMI housing represents an opportunity to help modernize the U.S electric grid and advance energy affordability in low income communities.

NREL and the American Council on an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will also discuss financing options and incentives for solar development and energy efficiency in LMI communities. ACEEE will introduce its City Clean Energy Scorecard and the organization’s work on low income and multi-family research projects. The speakers will also discuss local-level approaches for combining energy efficiency and solar to benefit LMI households.

This webinar provides a foundation for local governments interested in pursuing SolSmart criteria:

MDF-7b: Provide local incentives for solar PV to low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs), and/or nonprofit organizations that provide community services.

CE-12b: Encourage low-to-moderate income (LMI) participation in third party-provided community solar program through program design and/or financing support options.

Panelists:

  • Alex Aznar | Project Leader at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Jeff Cook | Renewable Energy Policy and Market Analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

  • Stefen Samarripas | Senior Research Analyst, Local Policy at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

2019 Connecticut Conference on Tourism

May 08, 2019 - 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Connecticut Convention Center

100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, Connecticut 06103

Join for a day of education and networking at the Connecticut Conference on Tourism on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Connecticut Convention Center!

It’s “the” don’t-miss industry event of the year for everyone who’s interested in attracting visitors/guests/attendees. Hotels. Restaurants. Casinos. Tourist attractions. Entertainment venues. Historic sites. Cultural and arts institutions. Come share best practices and learn from national tourism and travel experts at this one-of-a-kind conference, brought to you by the DECD/Connecticut Office of Tourism and the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau!

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Greening School Food: A Northeast Forum on Healthy, Climate - Friendly School Food

May 09, 2019 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

University of Albany Campus

1400 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12222

Friends of the Earth and Tisch Food Center at Teachers College Columbia University are excited to invite you to a Greening School Food Forum specifically designed for the Northeast. This is the third in a series of regional forums being held around the country to provide education and inspiration, highlight district-level efforts towards serving more plant-forward menus, and cultivate new relationships and leadership among school foodservice professionals and stakeholders.

2 for 1 registration available until Friday, April 19!

Email jen@kitchentableconsulting.com to get 2 for 1.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT’s No-Cost Assistance Programs

May 09, 2019 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Join us May 9th, 10:00 – 11:00 AM to learn more about Sustainable CT’s No-Cost Assistance Programs. Sustainable CT is excited to provide a variety of no-cost assistance programs to communities working on Sustainable CT actions. Hear more about these opportunities and how to access them from Sustainable CT staff.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Permaculture, Regenerative Agriculture, Climate Change & Sustainable Development

May 09, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

"The rise of the permaculture movement is one of the brightest signs of hope on our distressed planet, and this book helps anyone understand why!” — Bill McKibben, co-founder 350.org 

Presenter:
Jono Neiger is the founding principle of Regenerative Design Group.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Driving Economic Value in Your Community with Green Energy

May 22, 2019 - 7:45 am to 10:00 am

Red Lion Hotel

100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT

Join the Connecticut Green Bank and:

  • Better understand C-PACE and the opportunity it can provide your municipality and building owners in your community.
  • Learn about opportunities to promote C-PACE and drive economic development.
  • Network with Green Bank staff and other municipal and economic development officials, volunteers and energy professionals  
  • See how promoting C-PACE can help your municipality meet Sustainable CT for action 1.6. Participate in and Promote C-PACE.
Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

2019 VIBRANT MAIN STREETS Awards Celebration

June 03, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Capitol Theater

896 Main Street, Willimantic, CT

Willimantic is undergoing a 21st Century rebirth," said Kimberley Parsons-Whitaker, Associate Director of CMSC. "From creative entrepreneurs leading local commercial success, to efforts to recapture the Willimantic River waterfront by developing an urban waterfront and whitewater park, to myriad local anchor and cultural institutions that bring life to downtown, Willimantic boasts an authentic, unique and compact Main Street that we look forward to sharing with attendees of our VIBRANT MAIN STREETS awards celebration"

The CT Main Street Awards program was created in 2003 to recognize outstanding projects, individuals and partnerships in community efforts to bring traditional down-towns and neighborhood commercial districts back to life, socially and economically. Submissions are judged on criteria which include innovation, replication, representation, partnerships utilized, and impact. The 2019 award winners will be announced in March.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Workshop Series

April 12, 2019 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

White Memorial Conservation Center

Litchfield, CT

June 14, 2019 - 12:00 am to 12:00 am

TBD

Stamford, CT

September 13, 2019 - 12:00 am to 12:00 am

TBD

This workshop series, provided in collaboration with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, will provide an overview of the Sustainable CT program, the benefits to participation, and tools, resources, and funding for registered municipalities. Further, each workshop focuses on particular Sustainable CT categories.

  • Friday, April 12. White Memorial Conservation Center, Litchfield, CT.  We will focus on actions in Sustainable CT's Public Services and Physical Infrastructure and Operations categories, highlighting success stories from Sustainable CT certified communities.
  • Friday, June. 14.  Stamford, CT, specific location to be determined.  We will focus on actions in Sustainable CT's Transportation and Housing categories, highlighting success stories from Sustainable CT certified communities.
  • Friday, September 13. Location to be determined.  We will focus on actions in Sustainable CT’s Local Economies and Creative Cultural Ecosystems categories, highlighting success stories from Sustainable CT certified communities.

These workshops are available to CCM members only and are free. Register and find additional information here 6 weeks prior to each event.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Municipal Action Success Stories in Sustainable CT's Housing and Transportation Categories

June 14, 2019 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Carousel Pavilion in Mill River Park

30 West Broad Street, Stamford, CT 06901

This workshop will provide an overview of Sustainable CT, including tools, resources, and funding for registered municipalities. We will focus on actions in the Sustainable CT's Transportation and Housing Categories, highlighting success stories from Sustainable CT certified communities. The workshop will include a tour of Stamford's Mill River Park, one of five nationwide to be awarded the American Planning Association's Great Places in American designation.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT Applicant Question and Answer Sessions

June 18, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Western Council of Governments

1 Riverside Rd, Sandy Hook, CT 06482

June 25, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments

145 Old Dennison Road, Essex, CT 06426

July 09, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments

125 Putnam Pike, Dayville, CT 06241

July 19, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Capitol Region Council of Governments

241 Main St. #4, Hartford, CT 06106

July 30, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

South Central Regional Council of Governments

4th Floor West, 127 Washington Ave, North Haven, CT 06473

August 02, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Northwest Hills Council of Governments

59 Torrington Rd, Goshen, CT 06756

Sustainable CT will hold application Q & A sessions. Attend any session that’s most convenient. Come with your questions, and if your application is near-complete, receive an informal review, with feedback on what to fix before submitting. Sessions are open to all but with time slots prioritized for applicants submitting for 2019 certification.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Inaugural BioFASHIONtech Summit

June 24, 2019 - 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

The Avon Theatre Film Center

272 Bedford Street Stamford, CT 06901

bioFASHIONtech is the inaugural annual summit for ecological fashion natives -- the new generation of designers making planetary well-being not just a goal of our design (i.e., "do less harm") but the defining impulse of our creative work and framework for its production.

The summit brings together makers and thought leaders, scientists and entrepreneurs, investors and retailers working at the forefront of emerging technologies for experimental textiles, new systems of community-based manufacturing, and business model innovation.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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