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The Northern Connecticut Agricultural Summit

February 29, 2020 - 8:15 am to 1:10 pm

Asnuntuck Community College

170 Elm Street, Enfield, CT 06082

The second annual Northern Connecticut Agricultural Summit, which is geared toward current and prospective farmers to raise awareness and provide educational seminars to those interested in farming, will be Saturday, Feb. 29, at Asnuntuck Community College.

The schedule includes four consecutive seminars on hemp, including how to grow hemp, the application process, an update on the current licensed cultivation of hemp, and a discussion with a panel of local hemp growers. Other seminars include pollination, farm regulations and permits, raising backyard poultry, farmland access and insurance, as well as improving soil health and information on available state agriculture grants.

The summit is free of charge and includes a continental breakfast and vendor exhibits.

Pre-registration is requested. Registration forms are available by contacting Chris Casey at 860-698-6267 or via email. They are also available at the Department of Economic and Community Development at Town Hall at 820 Enfield St., or on the Enfield Agricultural Commission’s webpage.

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

The Economic Value of Urban Parks & Public Spaces

March 06, 2020 - 9:00 am to 11:30 am

CT Main Street Center Headquarters, Eversource

410 Sheldon Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Nearly 80 percent of Americans live in cities and metropolitan areas. Increasingly, those cities are challenged by aging water and transportation systems that are nearing or exceeding their designed capacity. A new focus on flood and other natural disaster resilience is driving city planners to leverage mixed-use infrastructure, including parks, to address civic needs while taking advantage of cost savings and other social benefits.

This workshop utilizes three different sessions to educate participants on landscape architecture and the economic value of urban parks. The third session of this workshops utilizes three case studies to demonstrate how urban parks and public spaces positively serve their respective communities.

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

2020 CAWS Annual Meeting & Environmental Conference

March 13, 2020 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wyndham Southbury

1284 Strongtown Road, Southbury, CT 06488

The Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists (CAWS) will host its 2020 Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference, Friday, March 13 at the Wyndham Southbury hotel. Presentations at this year's program will include:

- Wetland Assessment and Restoration of 11.5 Acres in Eastern Connecticut

- Wildlife Response to Disturbance Events in Forested Wetlands

- Contaminant Absorption and Bioavailability in Soil and Sediment

- Remediation & Restoration of a Challenging Brook System

- Wetland Application Review Tool

- ACOE Navigable Waters Protection Rule of 2020

- Merhoff Grant Presentation: Summary of Work Conducted at Coogan Farm

Plus: An exhibitor hall featuring displays by product and service suppliers and conservation organizations. CEUs (pending) and Certificates of Completion will be provided. Cost is $65 for members and $80 for non-members, and includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch. To pay by check and register by mail, download the registration form.

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

Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources

March 16, 2020 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT 06269

The 14th Annual Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR) and Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association (COEEA) Joint Annual Conference is a multidisciplinary conference bringing together individuals working with natural resource and environmental management and education in Connecticut to share research, information, and ideas. This year’s conference theme is Communicating Science. The sentiment “many resources, one environment” reflects the conference vision that, while many of us focus our efforts on conservation of particular natural resources, Connecticut has but one environment, and we all benefit professionally and personally by collaborating and learning together. Our aim is to promote information exchange and a sense of community among professionals who are committed to the care and education of Connecticut’s natural resources and environmental education. We hope you will come enjoy a blend of dynamic sessions as we share about and recognize the achievements of dedicated conservation and environmental education individuals and groups.

The conference is for all those working in natural resources and environmental education across many sectors, including state and federal government, academia, non- governmental organizations, nature centers, schools, and the engaged public who interface within these sectors.

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

SCT Workshop: Everyday Anti-Racism @ TRCC

March 17, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Three Rivers Community College

574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360, Room F117-1, F117-3

This workshop shows leaders how to apply anti-racism strategies to policies, practices, programs, evaluation, and financial decisions that advance equity in practical, tangible ways. Through exercises, discussions, and presentations, participants will strengthen their knowledge of strategies and tools to achieve racial equity.

This event is 1 of 3 workshops at Three Rivers Community College. You can view the details of the other workshops: Equity 101 and How to Have a Conversation about Race, Bias and Equity. Attendance for all three workshops is suggested, not mandatory.

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

CT Green Bank Multifamily Housing Finance Training

March 18, 2020 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

University of Connecticut Stamford Campus

1 University Place, Stamford, CT 06901, Classroom 137

Join the CT Green Bank to learn how to:

-Articulate the business case for better building lending to colleagues in your organization;

-Use examples and case studies to describe proven better building lending strategies, including improvements to existing products and services;

-Outline next steps for ensuring your institution is prepared to participate in the multifamily better building market.

Also, learn about offerings from the Connecticut Green Bank that can be used to implement these strategies and, for lenders, learn how to become a Green Bank partner.

This program is designed for multifamily lenders, property owners, managers and developers, professional service providers, contractors, housing and community development professionals, municipal officials and others interested in this opportunity.

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

Analyzing Qualitative Data

March 18, 2020 - 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Most professionals have access to qualitative data that can help inform our work, but we may not even realize it. Once we find our qualitative data, we then may struggle with how to categorize it so that we can glean useful insights to inform our work. This workshop will provide general guidelines and practices in analyzing qualitative data and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you more confidently gather insights from your qualitative data.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

-Know what qualitative data is and where it comes from.

-Prepare and manage qualitative data.

-Analyze qualitative data.

-Generate and compile insights from qualitative data analysis.

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

A note about the fee:

Workshops build skills, clear up confusion, and enhance professional development, but you didn’t need us to tell you that. Studies have found that by charging a small fee, it increases the likelihood that you will attend this workshop and reap the benefits of the training. For this reason, we charge a small fee to cover the cost of parking and food. However, if you are truly unable to pay the fee, please contact Sarah to attend this training free of charge.

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

Climate Adaption Academy: Managed Retreat in the Age of Climate Change

March 20, 2020 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Mercy by the Sea

167 Neck Road, Madison, CT 06443

When talking about community response to climate change issues, retreat is the "R" word. But it is already happening in coastal states throughout the country, including here in Connecticut. Is it a good or bad idea? Will we be forced to retreat due to sea level rise in 30 years or 50 years? What does it mean to a community and how do we manage it?

This workshop is intended to begin the discussion about managed retreat in the face of climate change. Dr. AR Siders, a national expert in managed retreat, will be the keynote speaker. Examples of retreat in Connecticut will also be highlighted.  

We would like to hear what you think and what questions you have about managed retreat.

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

2020 Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 21, 2020 - 7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Wesleyan University

45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT 06459

Held every Spring, the Connecticut Land Conservation Conference (Annual Conference) is the largest conservation gathering and only land trust convocation of its kind in Connecticut. Attracting over 400 attendees annually - and growing in size each year - the Annual Conference provides dynamic training, networking and information sharing opportunities for board members, staff and volunteers from Connecticut's many land trusts and conservation organizations, as well as a broad spectrum of people involved with municipal land use commissions, state agencies, private groups with conservation missions including enthusiasts from garden clubs and various grassroots-level land preservation advocates.

The Annual Conference features an inspiring opening plenary session, including an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding achievements in conservation by organizations and individuals; multiple subject matter tracks featuring 30+ workshops, roundtables and seminars on a range of topics of interest to the conservation community; exhibits and displays from land trusts, conservation partners and conference sponsors; and a unique opportunity for socializing and networking, including a post-conference reception, with land conservation peers from across the state and beyond.

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

Connecticut Compost Conference

March 23, 2020 - 8:30 am to 4:45 pm

Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06053

This informative day will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, panel discussion, networking, exhibitors, and a Q&A.

This critical event will provide information and resources for farmers and municipalities to expand their leaf and/or manure composting operation to include food scraps. The focus of workshops will include the benefits to soil health, conservation, food waste management, and climate adaptation. Compost manufacturing and compost utilization are vital to producing healthy soils, clean air and water, and a sustainable society.

The Connecticut Compost Conference is supported through the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund. To find out more about the Community Match Fund click here.

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

Rockfall Symposium: The Birds and The Bees

March 26, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

deKoven House Community Center

27 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457

Symposium Topics Include:

Landscaping for Birds and Pollinators: the importance of creating a friendly place for nesting and migratory birds (it’s not just for birdwatchers) – Patrick Comins, Executive Director, Connecticut Audubon Society

Planting for Bees: the importance and benefits of bees and of public and private land rich with native plants and nutrition – Dr. Kimberly Stoner, Agricultural Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Beyond the Birds & Bees: landscape practices that encourage sustainable habitats of all types – Judy Preston, Long Island Sound Outreach Coordinator, CT Sea Grant

Panel – The three speakers joined by Mary Ellen Mateleska, Director, Education & Conservation, Mystic Aquarium with a perspective on the role of Citizen Scientists

Cost:

Registration fee: $45 / $15 Students

Optional lunch: $15 / Rockfall Foundation Members $5. Must be ordered in advance.

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

Basic Training Workshops

January 15, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Ridgefield Town Hall Annex

66 Prospect Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877

January 29, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Meriden Board of Education

22 Liberty Street, Meriden, CT 06450

February 05, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Southington Town Hall

75 Main Street, Southington, CT 06489

February 27, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Deep River Town Hall

174 Main Street, Deep River, CT 06417

March 26, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Seymour Town Hall

1 1st Street, Seymour, CT 06483

March 31, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Stratford Town Hall

2725 Main Street, Stratford, CT 06615

The Basic Training consists of two workshops. Legal Requirements and Procedures, Roles and Responsibilities provides a basic understanding of legal principals and procedures that must be adhered to so that legal challenges to decisions or other actions are minimized. Fundamentals of Reading Plans helps commissioners to develop plan reading skills including understanding scale, topography, hydrology and stormwater practices. Basic Training is considered by CT OPM to be the official program for land use education for local commissioners. Attendees have the potential to receive credit towards Sustainable CT action 7.3 if relevant commissioners attend. Learn more.

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

Zero Waste Faire & Sustainable Living Expo

March 29, 2020 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wilton High School Field House

395 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT 06897

The Zero Waste Faire and Sustainable Living Expo is a special event designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and engage the town of Wilton and neighboring communities about zero waste and sustainable living.

By sharing information and ideas from speakers, exhibitors, media, and discussions of current issues, the Faire, a Zero Waste event, will help advance Zero Waste practices that benefit everyone.

With your participation, this event will be even more dynamic than last year’s, which received broad accolades, featured over 100 exhibitors, and had an attendance of over 1000 people of all ages from CT, NY and MA.

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

Fundamentals of Green Building

April 01, 2020 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Construction Institute

260 Girard Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105

This course is an excellent opportunity for professionals (including contractors, architects, investors, property management, marketing/communications) and students across the state to learn more about the components that go into a green building. This knowledge can be valuable when working with clients or making decisions for their own properties. The Fundamentals of Building Green is also a great resource for students interested in a career in sustainability, real estate, or construction. 

Space is limited, so register today! Attendees can also earn AIA and LEED continuing education credits.

For more information, please contact Holly Charlesworth at gpro@ctgbc.org or at (347) 957-7759

Cost

- CI and CTGBC Members: $225

- Non-Members: $255

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

Sustainable CT: Innovative Funding for Community Sustainability Projects

April 01, 2020 - 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Hartford Public Library - Center for Contemporary Culture

500 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103

This workshop will provide an overview of Sustainable CT's innovative project funding program that combines crowdfunding with Sustainable CT matching dollars in a way that inspires civic engagement and community collaboration. We'll explain how towns can access the funding, project eligibility, how to develop effective project ideas, and how to partner with other groups to facilitate projects. We will showcase communities and project leaders that have successfully initiated and implemented Sustainable CT funded projects.

Learning Objectives:

- Understand the opportunities for funding through Sustainable CT's Community Match Fund

- Expand civic engagement in your community

- Know how to connect with others in your community to make projects happen

CCM Presenters:

- Abe Hilding-Salorio, Community Outreach Manager, Sustainable CT

- Lynn Stoddard, Executive Director, Sustainable CT

- Tony Cherolis, Program Manager, Transport Hartford

- Faith Kenton, Citizen, Leader of the 325 Tree/Shrub Campaign, Willimantic

- Lindsey Rivers, Public Works Analyst, City of Bristol

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

CT Green Bank Multifamily Housing Finance Training

April 09, 2020 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Lyceum

227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Join the CT Green Bank to learn how to:

-Articulate the business case for better building lending to colleagues in your organization;

-Use examples and case studies to describe proven better building lending strategies, including improvements to existing products and services;

-Outline next steps for ensuring your institution is prepared to participate in the multifamily better building market.

Also, learn about offerings from the Connecticut Green Bank that can be used to implement these strategies and, for lenders, learn how to become a Green Bank partner.

This program is designed for multifamily lenders, property owners, managers and developers, professional service providers, contractors, housing and community development professionals, municipal officials and others interested in this opportunity.

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

SCT Workshop: How to Have a Conversation About Race, Bias, & Equity @ TRCC

April 14, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Three Rivers Community College

574 New London Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360, Room F117-1, F117-3

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.

This event is 1 of 3 workshops at Three Rivers Community College. You can view the details of the other workshops: Equity 101 and Everyday Anti-Racism. Attendance for all three workshops is suggested, not mandatory.

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

Water Now Alliance Summit

April 15, 2020 - 9:00 am to April 16, 2020 - 4:30 pm

The Inn at Penn

3600 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

This year's summit will emphasize the untapped potential for local and green infrastructure, innovative financing, integrated water planning, data, and visualization tools to enable smarter decision making and more resilient communities. Our summit will explore:

-Scaling up green stormwater and wastewater infrastructure

-Innovative financing opportunities for innovative solutions - from lead line replacement to treatment

-Integrating climate-resilient solutions into your water strategies 

-Diving into data to optimize your decision making process

-Linking water and land use planning for your community

Our speakers represent a diversity of backgrounds and experience including the corporate, technology, nonprofit sectors, academia, utility leaders, impact investment firms, and policy leaders. See more on the Agenda page.

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

SCT Workshop: Equity 101 @ MXCC

April 21, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Middlesex Community College - Chapman Hall

100 Training Hill Road Middletown, CT 06457, Room 808 AB

This highly interactive training provides a comprehensive introduction to diversity, equity and inclusion work (DEI).  Workshop facilitators offer a variety of tools and teaching methods including graphic facilitation, visual imagery, theoretical models, small group dialogue and kinesthetic interaction, to create a dynamic space that supports all types of learners. 

This event is 1 of 3 workshops at Middlesex Community College. You can view the details of the other workshops: Everyday Anti-Racism and How to Have a Conversation about Race, Bias and Equity. Attendance for all three workshops is suggested, not mandatory.

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

SCT Workshop: Everyday Anti-Racism @ MXCC

May 20, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Middlesex Community College - Chapman Hall

100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457, Room 808 CD

This workshop shows leaders how to apply anti-racism strategies to policies, practices, programs, evaluation, and financial decisions that advance equity in practical, tangible ways. Through exercises, discussions, and presentations, participants will strengthen their knowledge of strategies and tools to achieve racial equity.

This event is 1 of 3 workshops at Middlesex Community College. You can view the details of the other workshops: Equity 101 and How to Have a Conversation about Race, Bias and Equity. Attendance for all three workshops is suggested, not mandatory.

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

SCT Workshop: How to Have a Conversation About Race, Bias, & Equity @ MXCC

June 17, 2020 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Middlesex Community College - Chapman Hall

100 Training Hill Road, Middletown, CT 06457, Room 808 AB

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.

This event is 1 of 3 workshops at Middlesex Community College. You can view the details of the other workshops: Equity 101 and Everyday Anti-Racism. Attendance for all three workshops is suggested, not mandatory.

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

Revitalizing New England: Brownfields Summit 2020

October 07, 2020 - 9:00 am to October 08, 2020 - 3:30 pm

Devens Common Center

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434

Cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields facilitates job growth, increases local tax bases, utilizes existing infrastructure, and improves the environment – a win, win, win, win! To advance understanding of state and federal brownfield programs and opportunities, the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), the Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and our state and federal partners are organizing a regional summit. The two-day conference will include plenary and break-out sessions and an exhibit area. There will be ample time during the breaks to allow for networking and viewing the exhibits.

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

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