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2020 Gallivan Conference - Historic and Green - A New Climate Agenda

January 24, 2020 - 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

UConn School of Law - William F. Starr Hall

45 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105

Older buildings are often energy-efficient, made with renewable materials (such as wood or brick), and longer-lasting. Moreover, maintaining an existing structure avoids the environmental costs of replacing it with new construction. Despite their environmental benefits, Connecticut’s historic places face unprecedented threats, including climate change and needless demolition. Preservationists must recognize that in the face of these threats, not everything can be preserved. At the same time, preservationists must build consensus for changes to law and policy that protect historic places in service of environmental goals.

This UConn School of Law conference, cosponsored by Preservation Connecticut, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association aims to craft a statewide policy agenda that recognizes preservation as a fundamental environmental value

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

Transit Roundtable: Successes, Challenges and Your Community

January 28, 2020 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Norwalk City Hall Community Room

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851

Join transportation providers and advocates, state and local elected officials and staff from DOT to learn what transit service is being provided, the growing need for more service and what you can do to help. The event is free with limited space, so please pre-register!

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 possibility to receive credit towards Sustainable CT action 7.3 if relevant commissioners attend.

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

2020 Connecticut Recycling Conference

January 30, 2020 - 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Hartford Club

46 Prospect Street, Hartford, CT 06103

The CT Recyclers Conference is an annual, day-long event featuring a robust discussion of key issues facing the recycling and materials management industries and markets in Connecticut, as well as the impacts on the many customers and stakeholders in the state.

The 2020 Conference program will include expert panel discussions of timely issues in recycling and sustainable approaches to materials management. Plus, CRC's annual legislator panel will round out the day, providing insight on what you need to know to plan for the coming year.

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

Net Zero Schools Summit: Innovation Toward Carbon Neutral Construction

January 31, 2020 - 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Rudolph Hall, Yale School of Architecture

180 York Street, New Haven, CT 06511

AIA Connecticut, in collaboration with the CT Green Building Council and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) is hosting their very first Net Zero Schools Summit at the Yale School of Architecture. A group of thought leaders and experts from across the country will discuss the issues of sustainability, carbon sequestration in construction, and construction methods to achieve Net Zero schools and move the design and construction industries toward a carbon positive future. 

The Summit’s goal is to host a candid discussion of sustainability, planning & designing, and construction of Net Zero schools with a goal of providing actionable information for the stakeholders behind school construction design.

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

Reaching Home Campaign Stakeholder Convening

January 31, 2020 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

The Lyceum Resource and Conference Center

227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Join us on Friday, January 31st, 2020 to learn more about the state of homelessness in Connecticut, successes to date, and the recent Reaching Home Campaign restructure.

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

Sustainable CT Workshop Series: Supporting Redevelopment of Brownfield Sites

February 07, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Vernon Town Hall

14 Park Place, Vernon, CT 06066

Brownfields are sites that are unused or underutilized because of contamination or the reasonable perception of contamination. This workshop will discuss the process of remediating and redeveloping brownfield sites, beginning with how to create a brownfields inventory, eligible for points under Sustainable CT action 1.1.1.  Attendees will also visit Old Talcott Mill in Vernon, a market-rate family housing development, the rehabilitated and redeveloped Talcott Brothers Woolen Mill, earning Vernon points under Sustainable CT action 1.1.8.

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

2020 Advocacy Training for Health Equity

February 08, 2020 - 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Southern Connecticut State University - Adanti Student Center Ballroom

345 Fitch Street, New Haven, CT 06515

The Connecticut Public Health Association, the SCSU School of Health and Human Services, and the Yale School of Public Health are hosting an Advocacy Training for Health Equity on Saturday, February 8, 2020, from 8:30am-4pm. This free event is open to anyone interested in becoming an advocate for public health. Dr. Shelley Geballe (Yale) and Dr. Tekisha Everette (Health Equity Solutions) will facilitate the training, and participants will learn about health equity and how to make their voices heard on the state legislative level.

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

SCT Workshop: Equity 101 @ TRCC

February 18, 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 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 Three Rivers 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

Are You Recycling Right?

March 04, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Avon Free Public Library

281 Country Club Rd, Avon, CT 06001

Deciding to recycle items is just the first step. You also want to make sure the items are recycled properly. Join Sherill Baldwin, from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, and Paul Welsh, from the Department of Public Works in Avon, and learn the recycling basics including: What you can recycle? What goes in the bin and what stays out?

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

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

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

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

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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