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How to Avoid PFAS in Your Food Service Ware

August 28, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Please join to learn more about PFAS, and how to identify and procure food service ware products that do not contain PFAS while looking for alternatives to single-use products such as polystyrene foam.


  • Sue Chiang, Pollution Prevention Director, Center for Environmental Health
  • Julie DesChamps, Waste Reduction Coordinator, Greenwich Public Schools, PTAC Green Schools


  • Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP 
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Climate Change: What's Natural, What's Human-Caused, and How Do We Know?

August 29, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

It is well known that Earth's climate changes due to natural cycles of various length: from the ice ages to El Nino. We also know conclusively that human emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are causing the Earth's average temperature to warm rapidly, causing glaciers to melt, sea level to rise, and storm patterns to change. Thus, the climate that we experience at any time results from some combination of natural and human causes.

How do climate scientists disentangle these effects to identify the true impact of human activities on climate?

We will explore this complex question through case studies focused on extreme storms in the northeast USA and glacial melting in Greenland. This research involves the use of ice cores, weather station data, and the latest global and regional-scale climate models.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Community Match Funds for Sustainable CT Projects

September 06, 2019 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Middlesex Community College, Chapman Hall, 808 A,B,C

100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT 06457

This workshop will provide an overview of Sustainable CT's new Community Match Fund program. Attendees will learn how to receive funding and support for great sustainability projects in CT communities.

Learning objectives include:

  •     Understand the opportunities for funding under Sustainable CT's Community Match Fund
  •     Know how to connect with others in your community to make projects happen
  •     Expand civic engagement in your community

Friday, September 6. 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

State Data Plan Focal Point Data Forum: Healthcare & Service Delivery

September 09, 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Connecticut Data Collaborative HQ

10 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, Connecticut 06013

Join the Connecticut Data Collaborative and the state’s Chief Data Officer in a discussion about advancing the State Data Plan’s Focal Point on healthcare and service delivery. This is an opportunity for state agencies and stakeholders to prioritize the most pressing data questions, identify existing data sources, and discuss gaps in data collection and dissemination.

The conversation will focus on data related to health and human services that have the potential to drive healthcare decision making, policy, and service delivery.

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

Accelerating Collective Learning and Action for Enhanced Resilience

September 09, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As the pace of climate change accelerates, there is also a need to accelerate collective learning about how best to prepare and adapt.

Members of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and partners, in part supported by the Science Collaborative, have been working on the frontlines to help communities enhance their resilience, for example by sharing lessons about how to communicate about climate change, producing critical scientific insights, and working with local and state partners to strategically advance action on the ground.
Join for a lively discussion among four panelists that have been taking different approaches for helping communities anticipate and prepare for climate impacts. This webinar is designed to explore lessons learned about how best to accelerate learning and the transfer of ideas across the coastal management community.


  • Philip Orton, PhD, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stuart Siegel, PhD, San Francisco Bay NERR
  • Syverine Bentz, Kachemak Bay NERR
  • Lisa Auermuller, Jacques Cousteau NERR
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

SCT Workshop: How to Have a Conversation about Race, Bias, and Equity

September 11, 2019 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Three Rivers Community College

574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360, Room F117

September 18, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Middlesex Community College

100 Training Hill Rd, Middletown, CT 06457 Room 808A, Chapman Hall

September 19, 2019 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Naugatuck Valley Community College

750 Chase Pkwy, Waterbury, CT 06708 F-101, Founders Hall

Gathering diverse stakeholders for community conversations is an important strategy for healing racial divides and building trust among different racial and ethnic groups, law enforcement, and local elected officials. Humans communicate on many levels: spoken language, tone, body language, style, and personality.The fact that we have complex cultural identities and a host of differing past experiences increases the probability of cross-cultural miscommunications.

This workshop provides an in-depth focus on major cross-cultural communication theories, ways that cultural values, power, privilege, and differences affect the way we communicate, tools for questioning assumptions, and ways to improve cross-cultural communications. Workshop facilitators show leaders resources and materials to help kick off, prepare for, and facilitate conversations about race, bias, and equity.

This event is 1 of 3 workshops. You can view the details of the other workshops: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Workshop and Everyday Anti-Racism Workshop.

Registration is free and light drinks will be served.

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

U.S. Regulatory Approaches for Packaging

September 11, 2019 - 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

The US Regulatory Approaches for Packaging is scheduled for September 11 at 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST).  The webinar will provide insight into the different approaches states are taking to address packaging.  Cole Rosengren, Senior Editor of Waste Dive, will provide an overview of the different strategies states have proposed across the nation to deal with packaging and how industry groups have responded.

Cole will also focus in on the Northeast states specific approaches and their status.  Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director of the National Stewardship Action Council, will present California’s proposed strategies and the steps they have incorporated into their proposed approach.  In addition, Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Project Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, will present the specifics of Maine’s proposed strategies and their intended outcomes.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Downtown Naugatuck: Town of Dreamers, City of Invention

September 19, 2019 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Tuttle House

380 Church Street, Naugatuck, CT 06770

Join CEDAS and CT Main Street Center as they spotlight Downtown Naugatuck! Evening includes an overview of downtown, guided walking tour, and a complimentary reception.


4:00 pm -  Overview presentation at The Tuttle House from local leaders and experts.

5:00 pm -  Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Naugatuck - experience the sites and stories of this compact and architecturally stunning downtown on the banks of the Naugatuck River.

6:00 pm -  Reception at Naugatuck Event Center - the former General DataComm Building repurposed into a destination event space for the town and wider community.

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

HOLD FOR - Green Snow Pro: Sustainable Winter Operations

September 20, 2019 - 12:00 am to 12:05 am


October 03, 2019 - 12:00 am to 12:05 am



Sustainability in Winter Operations is more important than ever. With environmental impacts increasing and budgets continuing to decline, towns must employ best practices to minimize salt use and maximize their operations for both fiscal and environmental stewardship.

This class focuses on those best practices for salt application and maintenance of public works facilities and equipment and uses demonstrations and case studies to illustrate the positive impact these strategies can have on your community and operations.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for those responsible for overseeing winter operations in their public works departments.

Directors of Public Works, Fleet Managers, Highway Superintendents and Supervisors are encouraged to attend and are encouraged to have their municipal contractors attend as well.

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

Retail in the Age of Disruption: A statewide summit in Hartford or Stamford

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

The Lyceum

227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106

October 03, 2019 - 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

The Ferguson Library

One Public Library Plaza, Stamford, CT 06904

Learn how Main Street businesses are winning against online competitors.

Join for information and conversation about the latest tools and resources to help downtown businesses create unforgettable experiences for today’s demanding shoppers.

Same great content, 2 convenient locations.
Click here for speaker information.

Pick your place & register today!
Registration fee: $65

9:30 AM – 3:30 PM: includes networking continental breakfast and lunch.

Continue the conversation afterward with happy hour in the Billings Forge neighborhood.

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

Sea Level Rise Affecting Road Flooding and Marsh Migration Along CT's Coast

October 16, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Sea Level Affecting Marsh Migration ( SLAMM) is a mathematical model developed by NOAA that uses digital elevation data and other information to simulate potential impacts of long-term sea level rise on wetlands and shorelines.

CT DEEP recently completed a project to run the SLAMM model for the Connecticut coastline, to better understand how Connecticut's 21 largest coastal marshes and coastal area roads may respond to sea level rise (SLR).  The model results have been turned into a new viewer on CT ECO, and there will be a webinar on October 16 to review the results.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

The Connecticut Forum: Climate Crisis

November 22, 2019 - 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

The Bushnell

166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

A call-to-action conversation about climate change.

  • What are the facts? What does the science tell us?
  • What are the most promising strategies? Innovations?
  • What can we do now?

Single Tickets go on sale to the general public on August 1, 2019. Season subscribers may purchase extra tickets now by calling ( 860) 509-0909.

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

2019 Sustainable CT Certification Awards Ceremony at the CCM Annual Convention

December 03, 2019 - 12:00 am to 12:05 am

Time and Location TBD

More details coming soon.

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

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