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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

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 17, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Time and Place - TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - 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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