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

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

Eastern Connecticut State University

Eastern Rd, Windham, CT 06226 J. Eugene Smith Library, Johnson Community Room (Room 204)

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

The Sky is Falling! Adapting Housing to Climate Change, Rising Seas, and Rain Bombs for a Resilient Future

September 19, 2019 - 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Red Lion Hotel Cromwell

100 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT 06416

Hear about climate change from the Connecticut Department of Housing's (DOH) earth scientist, Dr. Rebecca French. This very real issue will have significant impacts on Connecticut from stormwater challenges due to heavy rainfall events - 'rain bombs' - to planning for up to two feet of sea level rise by the year 2050 under new guidance from CT DEEP based on best available science.

Learn from Dr. French and DOH Deputy Commissioner, Shanté Hanks about using elevation, floodproofing, and green and grey infrastructure to adapt housing projects and vulnerable communities to flooding and a changing climate.

The DOH has relocated, elevated, or floodproofed single and multi-family homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy across the Connecticut coast. The department has funded green infrastructure projects like the 200 bioswales in the City of New Haven to absorb stormwater and reduce street flooding and will construct a neighborhood-scale flood protection project as part of Resilient Bridgeport.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
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

Data Storytelling

September 25, 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

CT Data HQ

10 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103

Created charts depicting data that have resulted in confusion, or worse, have unintentionally mislead readers. If you need to communicate data to any audience, this workshop will give you foundational knowledge and skills to become a Data Storyteller.

In Data Storytelling you will learn:

  • What a “data story” is and how it differs from data reporting.

  • A process to create clear and compelling data stories.

  • How to combine your insights and findings with a visualization to help readers remember the story - and guide them to action.

  • Generate and compile insights from qualitative data analysis.

After attending this workshop you will have the skills you need to begin analyzing qualitative data.

Becoming a Data Storyteller is a practice. By applying what you learn in this workshop, you can learn to create data stories that will not only help readers remember what they’ve seen, but will help you guide your audience to action. 

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

Regenerative Urban Developments Are Changing Planning

September 25, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

With cities and the built environment being the spatial dimension of our economy, the way the built environment is planned and designed fundamentally determines urban sustainability performance levels for the next 50 to 100 years, before replacement at the end of the useful life.

Regenerative urbanism plays a formative role in creating a circular economy of inclusive abundance that is the necessary material basis for sustainable and equitable cities and society. Our routine approach to sustainability only slows the rate of impact with net-negative mitigation.

Regenerative urbanism eliminates impacts at their source and produces inclusive abundance. This is accomplished with ongoing innovation focused on achieving the imperatives of sustainable regenerative systems performance.

The session panelists share and discuss their research and studies on projects in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Canada, and other cities. These multiple projects are pursuing certifications such as Living Community Challenge (Sacramento Valley Station Master Plan), One Planet (Zibi Community, Ottawa, Canada), San Francisco Ecodistrict, etc., to inform and establish the absolutely necessary game-changing rules of 21st century urbanism.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Resilient Connecticut Webinar Series: Connecticut’s Climate Report

September 27, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Planning for adaptation requires localized information about expected changes in climate. Until recently, the spatial scale of climate projections did not allow for detailed regional analysis. While national and international climate assessments generate consensus-based scientific summaries, this information often falls short of being usable for decision-making at the local level.  State-level climate assessments seek to provide information that supports local decision-making.  During this webinar, two presenters will describe work related to precipitation projections and assessment at the local level:

Professor Guiling Wang from UConn’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
will highlight Connecticut’s precipitation  projections as described in a new report, Connecticut Physical Climate Science Assessment Report. The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of the state of the science regarding observed changes and projections for temperature and precipitation (i.e., physical climate).

Dawn Henning, Project Manager from New Haven’s Engineering Department
will then describe how the city is creating a low-cost “smart city” stormwater sensor network to provide a detailed record of the interaction of rainfall, tides, green stormwater infrastructure, and sewer conveyance systems on the hydrology of New Haven’s urban core.  New information will target gaps and inconsistencies in the understanding of the large and complex drainage area around the city.  This understanding is becoming even more important in the face of climate change.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Stormwater Utilities in Connecticut

October 01, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Stormwater utilities are used across the country as a way for municipalities to cover the costs of installing and maintaining their stormwater infrastructure.  The concept has been slow to catch on in Connecticut - the state's one and only utility was established in the City of New London just last year. 

Joe Lanzafame from New London will share how their utility came to be, how it's administered, and how it's going so far.  We'll also hear an update from Randy Collins from the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM) on the status of legislation to provide all CT municipalities with clear authority to establish their own stormwater utility.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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.
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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

Data Bootcamp: Analysis

October 08, 2019 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

CT Data HQ

10 Constitution Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103

Data Experience Level: Intermediate

You may use and communicate data on a regular basis, but know that you still want to improve your skills in producing data, conducting analyses, and visualizing data. During this day-long, hands-on workshop you learn about and practice using new tools to help save you time and improve the accuracy of your next data project.

In Data Bootcamp: Analysis you will use your own laptop to manipulate data and learn how to:

  • Use questions to decide what kind of analysis to conduct.
  • Identify the types of data you have, and what you can do with each.
  • Use Excel to conduct basic analyses and create simple charts to visualize your data.

Be sure to bring your own laptop with Excel installed in order to fully participate in this workshop.

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

Data Basics

October 17, 2019 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Public Library of New London

63 Huntington Street, New London, CT 06320

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

Peering Into the Crystal Ball: How the Market Decides Future Use!

October 18, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

If you build it, they might not come. If you dream it, a developer may not be interested. This webinar will cover the basics of real estate market analysis and what drives development. Whether it's a commercial, residential, or industrial development, developers have specific criteria they are looking for.

Participants will learn the difference between types of developers, basic criteria to use when evaluating development teams, and what developers look for in real estate deals. Strategies for attracting development in tough markets will be explored. The objective is to develop an understanding of how developers make decisions and how to re-position sites and neighborhoods for private investment. Participants also will learn about the latest market trends and strategies for attracting developers to tough markets.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

2019 Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Conference

October 24, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Eversource Auditorium

107 Selden Street, Berlin, CT

An exciting agenda is lined up and which will dive into real examples of zero energy buildings presented by industry leaders including:

  • NREL
  • Perkins Eastman
  • DPR Construction
  • Kaplan Thompson
  • Thornton Tomasetti
  • Blake Equipment
  • River Architects

Register early, as this full-day event is capped.

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

Pulling Back the Curtain: How Developers Make Money

November 08, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Why does it cost so much? This webinar focuses on what goes into a real estate development project and how it is financed. We will review a proforma and discuss sources of capital, uses of funds, and expectations for profit.

We will introduce how environmental issues impact the finance process and how they are addressed. The objective is to develop an understanding of what it takes to pay for a development project and what investors need to provide funds for redevelopment.

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

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