Upcoming Events

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2019 Connecticut Recycling Conference

Tuesday, February 19th, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Aqua Turf Club, 556 Mulberry Street, Southington, CT 06479


The CT Recyclers Conference is an annual, day-long event featuring a robust discussion of key issues facing the recycling and materials management industries and markets in Connecticut, as well as the impacts on the many customers and stakeholders in the state.
The 2019 Conference program will include expert panel discussions of timely issues in recycling and sustainable approaches to materials management. Plus, CRC's annual legislator panel will round out the day, providing insight on what you need to know to plan for the coming year.  
The CT Recyclers Conference is the singular event each year where municipalities, state officials, the business community and non-profit organizations in Connecticut come together in one setting to have a dialogue about the best ways to achieve our mutual goal of a 60% recycling rate statewide.

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February 2019 - Open Data Call

Saturday, February 19th, 2019  3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Once monthly, the CT Data Collaborative will convene data users and producers from across the state to discuss their work in progress and to share new information and resources. We will use the time to share what's new at the CT Data Collaborative and field questions from call participants. If you have a specific question or want to contribute to the call, please contact Rachel Leventhal-Weiner at

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Innovative Engagement Strategies Webinar

Thursday, February 21, 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. EST


Struggling to engage stakeholders in outreach events? This session will cover innovative, emergent practices to engage the community. Through best practices and lesson learned, participants will learn the basics of developing an effective climate engagement strategy for their target audiences. This session will cover:

  • Tips on developing values based framing;
  • Examples of community engagement approaches
  • Common communication challenges and how to overcome these challenges based on translated and applied social science research.

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Cara Pike
, Founder and Director, The Resource Innovation Group’s Social Capital Project.

Collecting Textiles for Reuse and Recycling webinar

Monday, February 25th, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Please join this webinar to learn more about the textiles collection programs in Connecticut and hear from your colleagues that collect textiles at transfer stations, curbside and/or partner with non-profits, such as Planet Aid or Goodwill, or for-profits such as Bay State Textiles and Simple Recycling. Textile collection programs can help your municipality reduce waste, a goal of the CMMS.

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Brooks Parker, City of Manchester
Brian Bartram
, Salisbury/Sharon Transfer Station
Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP

Additional speakers TBA

Hidden in Plain Sight: An Adaptive Reuse Summit

Thursday, February 28th  8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106


Join CMSC and CT Preservation Action (CPA) for Hidden in Plain Sight, an adaptive reuse summit on overcoming the challenges and financing the potential of these historic diamonds in the rough. This event, sponsored by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), is perfect for anyone interested in developing CT's downtowns for the future.

Hidden in Plain Sight will host national speakers James Lindberg, Bob Stevens and Merrill Hoopengardner, and two afternoon panels will feature local speakers including developers, municipal officials, historic preservationists and financiers. This event is being offered at two locations: on February 28th in Hartford and on March 1st in Norwalk. Cost is $50 to attend.

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Confluence Webinar Series: At the Intersection of Planning and Economic Development

Tuesday, March 1st, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


This webinar will explore the growing movement to eliminate parking requirements and allow cities to be "designed for people," rather than cars. Our speakers will discuss their cutting-edge research into the impact of parking on the design, function, and financial feasibility of projects.

They will then identify how projects may be better developed to enable trending development priorities like density, sustainability, transit-oriented development, mixed uses, and walking-biking connectivity. The webinar will highlight the parking conundrum in several Connecticut cities and feature the City of Hartford's recent successful elimination of parking minimums.

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Sara Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law

Norman Garrick, Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Connecticut

Hauler Registration for Municipalities Webinar

Tuesday, March 5th, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Please join this webinar to learn how to use hauler registration as a tool to help improve your municipal recycling program and comply with state statute and CT’s Comprehensive Materials Management Strategy (CMMS). Whether your municipality provides curbside collection using a municipal fleet or contractor, or runs a drop-off center with private subscription haulers, this webinar will provide valuable resources.

Learn from CT municipal recycling coordinators on what kinds of information they require from haulers including charging a fee. Participants will also learn how to use DEEP’s hauler resources to improve recycling in their municipality.  There will be time for questions.

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Chris Nelson, CT DEEP

Catalyst Convening: Hartford, CT

Wednesday, March 6th, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Catalyst Convenings are designed and organized in collaboration with local planning committees and offer information on Grassroots Fund - and other funding partner - funding opportunities for ad-hoc, non-profit, and incorporated community groups as well as discussions on equity, innovation, and building cohesive community-led movements.

This event is FREE and includes lunch, but requires registration. We’re hoping you’ll help us spread the word about this gathering.  As the name alludes they are fantastic relationship and solution catalyzers.  Each one is unique - packed with inspiring discussions, local food, connections to other local leaders, and a celebration of grassroots efforts!

Please let us know if other communications (sample text, etc.) support would be useful in reaching out to your staff and grantees. Or if there are ways this event may support your work that would be helpful to talk about ahead of time.o have a dialogue about the best ways to achieve our mutual goal of a 60% recycling rate statewide.

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Equity of Place - Social Justice in the Built Environment

March 8th - 9th, 2019

Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511

NESSBE (Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment) is a biennial northeast regional summit meant to include a larger community of building professionals, owners, academics, policymakers and advocates in a conversation about sustainability in the built environment. The theme of the second NESSBE is Equity of Place: Social Justice in the Built Environment. The focus areas are material health and social justice, climate justice and conservation, resilience, community engagement, and affordable housing.

This event is building upon the first NESSBE held in April 2017 with the theme Health of Place: Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment, which was a great success. The organizers are The Connecticut Green Building Council (CTGBC) and Living Building Challenge: Connecticut Collaborative (LBC CT) with the help of the Yale Office of Sustainability, and the Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development.

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Sub-Topics Include:

  • Material Health and Social Justice
  • Climate Justice and Conservation
  • Resilience
  • Community Engagement
  • Affordable Housing

2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

Saturday, March 23, 2019  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


Preparations are underway for CLCC's 2019 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference - a full day of educational workshops and peer-to-peer networking for those interested in land conservation, followed by an informal reception with friends and colleagues from across the state.

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2019 CT Volunteer Water Monitoring Conference

Friday, April 5, 2019  8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT


In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Connecticut's volunteer water monitoring program and Citizen Science Day 2019, we invite you to join us for an exciting day of learning, collaboration, and inspiration!

Who should attend? Anyone currently conducting volunteer water monitoring in Connecticut… nonprofit organizations and municipal commissions wanting to start a new local water monitoring program…Water experts willing to share their knowledge with volunteers…Teachers seeking to better integrate water monitoring into their courses…You!

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Using Recycled Content Materials in Road & Infrastructure Projects Workshop

Friday, April 9th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CT DEEP HQ, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT


On April 9th, NERC and NEWMOA will be hosting a daylong workshop to promote the use of recycled materials in road and infrastructure projects. The workshop will bring together state, local highway, and public works officials, environmental departments, and others to hear about new opportunities, case studies, and lessons learned from experts in the field.

The workshop will emphasize case studies by peers who have successfully used the following materials in road and infrastructure projects:

  • Compost
  • Glass
  • Ground asphalt shingles
  • Plastic components
  • Shredded tires

$50 fee, lunch included.

Registration deadline March 29, 2019.

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2019 VIBRANT MAIN STREETS Awards Celebration

Monday, June 3, 2019  4:00 p.m.

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.

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