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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

Equity Symposium 2019

October 19, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Goodwin College

1 Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT 06118

Belief

The core belief driving this day is that community members want to better understand and support equity but many do not fully know how.

Mission

  • To provide an opportunity for people to deepen their understanding of equity.
  • To reach audiences historically absent from the discussion and advancement of equity, and provide guidance on how to be an ally and force for change.
  • To create an opportunity for people of color to identify their needs and wants in any conversation about equity.
  • To bring allies and people of color doing equity work together to identify best practices in community discussion and policy work about equity.
  • To create a universal understanding of what equity is (and is not).

Projected Outcomes

People will leave this day having learned about a facet of equity they were unfamiliar with, and be able to demonstrate the ability to work together on issues of equity with deeper understanding and thoughtfulness.

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

The Health of the Forest: What does that Mean and Why does it Matter?

October 23, 2019 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Aqua Turf

556 Mulberry St, Plantsville, CT, 06479

Keynote Speaker – Bill Moomaw
Professor Emeritus at the Fletcher School of Law and International Development
speaking on the role of forest management in combatting climate change

Professor Moomaw has been highly active in the climate change debate for decades and is one of the lead authors of the Nobel Prize winning report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007).

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

SHOUT IT OUT - 2019 CT Trails Symposium

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

Goodwin College Community Room

211 Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT 06118

The Governor’s Greenways Council, in partnership with Goodwin College, is excited to announce its fourth annual Connecticut Trails Symposium will take place October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the College’s East Hartford campus (Community Room, 211 Riverside Dr).

“Shout it Out!” We in Connecticut, over the last decade, have made great progress in building and connecting our trail systems. So much so that the CGC believes now is the time to celebrate and shout about our trail systems assuring that all members of our communities can gather, recreate, relax, run errands and even commute or travel together. This year, the Symposium offers sessions that focus on engaging with state and local marketing and tourism resources as well as technology that can maximize effective delivery of your trail information.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
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

Sustainable CT: Climate Action at the Local Level

October 29, 2019 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

West Hartford Town Hall

50 South Main Street West Hartford, CT 06107

Municipalities across CT have been making their buildings more efficient, installing or purchasing renewable energy, educating residents on energy efficiency, practicing smart growth strategies, and more. While saving money, these initiatives are also helping towns, and the state, reach their climate goals.

Learn more about the exciting, cross-cutting initiatives under way in communities from municipal representatives. Attendees will also learn how their work pairs with Sustainable CT actions and the State of Connecticut's greenhouse gas emissions reduction strategies.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
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

September 19, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Burlington Public Library, Community Room

34 Library Lane, Burlington, CT 06013

September 25, 2019 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Bethel Public Library

189 Greenwood Ave, Bethel, CT 06801

September 27, 2019 - 9:00 am to 10:30 am

West Hartford Town Hall, Room 400

50 S Main Street, West Hartford, CT 06107

October 03, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Time and place - TBD

October 08, 2019 - 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Silas Bronson Public Library

267 Grand St, Waterbury, CT 06702

October 09, 2019 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Burroughs Community Center

2470 Fairfield Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06605

October 10, 2019 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Wilson Public Library

303 Washington Ave, New Haven, CT 06519

October 29, 2019 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Putnam High School, Board of Education Conference Room #12

152 Woodstock Avenue, Putnam, CT 06260

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

Workshop info for September 27th is available for viewing.

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

Resilient Connecticut Climate Adaption Summit

November 12, 2019 - 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Fairfield University

Barone Campus Center, Oak Room 1073 N. Benson Road, Fairfield, CT

Please join CIRCA for the first annual Resilient Connecticut Summit.  Commissioner Katie Dykes from Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will provide a welcome and Shaun O’Rourke, Rhode Island Chief Resiliency Officer will give a keynote address.

At the Summit, participants will:

  • Hear about the structure and progress for the Resilient Connecticut project.
  • Learn about innovative resilience planning through regional case studies and a keynote speaker.
  • Provide feedback on key planning and technical elements of the project.

In the afternoon, two breakout sessions will focus on “Developing Capacity and Building Tools for Connecticut”.  Topics will include a vulnerability assessment demonstration and charette, climate and public health, planning for transportation oriented and economic development, and examples of integrated flood risk. Participants are also invited throughout the day to view posters that highlight elements of the Resilient Connecticut planning process.

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

2019 Fall WasteWise Forum

November 13, 2019 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

UMass Dartmouth

285 Old Westport Rd., Dartmouth, MA

UMass Dartmouth will host the 2019 Fall WasteWise Forum on Wednesday November 13, 8:30AM – 12:00PM. The WasteWise Forum is a joint program run by RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

This forum will focus on reducing contamination in collection programs and using technology to donate and reduce food waste. Presenters from UMass Dartmouth will discuss the variety of waste reduction programs they have in their dining facilities, dorms, and public spaces. Attendees will also learn about ways to utilize technology platforms to reduce and recover wasted food. The Forum will conclude with an optional tour of UMass Dartmouth’s food waste diversion and recycling programs. Attendees will have opportunities to network with local businesses, institutions, and recyclers.

The event will take place in the University’s Claire T. Carney Library in the Grand Reading Room. Parking will be provided in lot 13/14.

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
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

42nd Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference

November 23, 2019 - 10:00 am to 3:15 pm

Red Lion Hotel

Cromwell, CT

The conference, with the theme "Preserving Connecticut Habitats for Earth Day 50 and Beyond," will offer several multiple-track educational sessions — on invasive plants and pests, water quality standards and classifications, natural land stewardship, stream crossings, wetlands law, marshlands in an era of rising seas, the FEMA flood map, black bear resurgence, and more (see the speakers and descriptions of all the educational sessions).

PLUS: Keynote presentations by Connecticut Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and CT DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes.

More than two dozen exhibitors and nearly 300 municipal decision-makers, researchers, consultants, advocates, and land use professionals will be on hand! Bring business cards for networking. See old friends and make new ones!

CEUs pending for SWS Recertification, CT DEEP, and RIDEM credits. Select subject matter appropriate for continuing education credits for Connecticut-licensed landscape architects.

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 - 7:30 am to 11:00 pm

Foxwoods Resort

Foxwoods Resort Casino, 350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338

CCM’s 37th Annual Convention will again be held at Foxwoods Resort on Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th. The Convention is CCM’s marquee event bringing together Connecticut municipal and state personnel of all levels. The events allow attendees to share experiences and discuss current regional, state, and national trends affecting their communities.

The registration fee includes access to speakers; workshops; exhibits; Tuesday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and refreshments; prizes; Wednesday breakfast; and parking.  Personnel form every municipal department should attend this informative event!

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

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