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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

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

Ending Family Homelessness

May 20, 2019 - 8:30 am to 11:30 am

The Lyceum

227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT

As the housing wage continues to rise in our state and the nation, many low-income families that are working to make ends meet are at risk of falling into homelessness. Many of these families are people of color seeking housing assistance through the homeless response system. Even if families do not become literally homeless, the lack of affordable housing has negative consequences for households and communities.

To create an effective system, we need to strategically target interventions that prevent families from becoming homeless and address systemic housing inequities, practices, and their effect on communities of color. This IForum will explore the interconnection between racial equity and homelessness and emerging prevention strategies to address family homelessness.

Facilitated conversation around racial equity and family homelessness by:

  • Catherine Burton, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and her team

Featured presentation by:

  • Beth Shinn, Vanderbilt University

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

May 2019 Open Data Call

May 21, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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 Sarah Eisele-Dyrli at sarah@ctdata.org.sarah@ctdata.org

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Expanding Community Composting in Connecticut

May 22, 2019 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Join to learn more about Community Composting and how this type of program might work in your town.

The Institute for Local Self-Reliance calls for a diverse composting infrastructure that includes backyards, schools, community gardens, and farms. Community composting operations are faster and less expensive to build out than larger facilities. They also generally do not require the same level of permitting and regulation. By supporting well-managed community-oriented composting sites that employ best management practices, individuals and local officials can take immediate action to fight climate change, reduce food waste, and improve their soils. 


  • Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Domingo Medina, Peels & Wheels Composting
  • Sherill Baldwin, CT DEEP

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

NYC Food Waste Fair

May 23, 2019 - 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Brooklyn Navy Yard

141 Flushing Ave, Building 77,Brooklyn, NY 11205

Calling all New York City food, beverage and hospitality professionals.

Food Waste Fair 2019 is an expo and workshop series connecting you with the resources and knowledge you need to get to zero food waste.

With hands-on workshops and skills training for chefs and hospitality business professionals, more than 70 food waste solution exhibitors and experts helping address all your “how do I?” questions—we’ll make it easier than ever to save money and embrace sustainable operations in your business.

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

Addressing Climate Change through Resilient Development

May 28, 2019 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Connecticut’s coastal and inland communities are experiencing climate change impacts on infrastructure, real estate values, human health, and the environment. As communities across the state begin planning for these anticipated changes, economic developers and land use planners must have a better understanding of ways to address them and guide developers to responsible and sustainable construction projects.

This webinar will explore the effects of climate change on sea level rise projections for Connecticut as well as the impact of increased flooding on critical infrastructure, transportation, and housing. Our speakers will also describe resilient design strategies for new development and provide examples from their work on the ground in communities throughout the northeast.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • The anticipated impact of climate change on infrastructure, transportation, and housing.

  • Best practices in designing new development for climate resiliency.

  • Real life examples of communities throughout the northeast that are successfully implementing resilient development projects.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Oak Mortality in Eastern CT: Information for Forest Practitioners, land managers and woodland owners

May 29, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Oak Mortality in Eastern CT: Information for Forest Practitioners, Land Managers and Woodland Owners

Stress factors affecting oak trees in eastern CT including drought, defoliation due to gypsy moth caterpillars, and impacts of native opportunistic pathogens have caused the deaths of oak trees on tens of thousands of woodland acres in eastern Connecticut. In some places canopy loss is severe and in many the potential success of desirable regrowth is questionable. This webinar will explain the causes of the issue, describe the degree and extent of the problem and present several potential management scenarios. Information about opportunities for technical and possible financial assistance for private woodland owners through USDA-NRCS programs will also be provided.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Paris to Pittsburgh - Community Action Event

May 30, 2019 - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm

New England Institute of Technology

1 New England Tech Boulevard, Room S330, East Greenwich, RI 02818

The climate for change is now. We invite you to join us at the New England Institute of Technology for a Community Action Event, Paris to Pittsburgh to New England. Let us explore together what states, cities, towns, and organizations are doing throughout New England when it comes to climate change: Do we accept climate change as being inevitable and begin to adapt...if so, how? Or is there still a way to reduce the impact of climate change...and if so, how?

This special event begins with a public forum made up of leaders in their respective fields from across New England. The leaders will share their perspectives and current actions. During this discussion, the audience will be encouraged to participate. Following this discussion, there will be time to network along with a special screening of the National Geographic/Bloomberg Philanthropies' film, PARIS to PITTSBURGH. Refreshments will be provided by our host, the New England Institute of Technology, and organizing partners.

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

Prefab & Passive House: A Builder's Response to Climate Change

May 30, 2019 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Stony Creek Brewery

5 Indian Neck Road, Branford, CT

Chris Corson, founder and Technical Director of Ecocor High Performance Building of Maine, will discuss the benefits of pre-fabricated, panelized construction in Passive House buildings and how we can use our knowledge and technical skills to address the most important imperative of our industry: building to reduce the effects of climate change.


  • 6:00 - 6:45 Registration with lite bites, refreshments, and cash bar
  • 6:45 - 8:15 Presentation and Q&A
  • 8:15 - 9:00 Networking

CTPH Members: $10

During checkout, enter promotional code you received for 50% off

Non-Members: $20 in advance; $30 at the door

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

Rural Lands Rural Towns Conference: Cultivating Resilient Rural CT Communitites

June 13, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Heartstone Farm and Winery

468 CT-87, Columbia, CT

You can learn more about this event by seeing the attached PDF.

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

June 2019 Data Basics (Wallingford)

June 20, 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Wallingford Public Library

200 N Main St, Wallingford, CT 06492

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

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

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