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Strengthening Your Sustainable CT Application

June 05, 2020 - 10:00 am to 10:30 am

Are you applying for certification this summer? See samples of great submissions and learn some tips for strengthening final Sustainable CT applications (due August 25th).

Potential Audiences:

- Everyone is welcome, but this event is targeted to towns who plan to submit for Sustainable CT certification by the August 2020 deadline.

Speaker:

- Alyssa Norwood, Program Manager, Sustainable CT

 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT "Office Hours"

June 08, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

No formal presentation. Just drop in with specific questions. Everyone is welcome, with priority to questions by communities working on a Sustainable CT application for this year’s August 25 submission deadline.

Potential Audiences:

- Everyone is welcome, but this event is targeted to towns who plan to submit for Sustainable CT certification by the August 2020 deadline.

Speaker(s):

- Sustainable CT Staff

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Hartford Data Meetup (June): Workforce Development Data

June 09, 2020 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

In this quarterly meetup of data professionals from the Greater Hartford region, we hear from data users and producers about their current and future work. This is a great opportunity to expand your social network and connect to data users in the Greater Hartford region.

Each meeting will focus on a specific data topic so that users can come prepared to share resources and ideas, with the intent of developing a broader repository of public data tools. The June event will focus on Workforce Development data and projects.

Not in the Greater Hartford region? Not to worry, this meeting will be held on Zoom and all interested data users are welcome to join the conversation. Zoom log-in information will be sent to all registered attendees closer to the event date.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Classroom

June 10, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

June 17, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

June 25, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sustainable CT will offer two opportunities to participate in a free, three-part, virtual equity classroom. The classroom provides a comprehensive framework of belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BEDI). Attendance at all three class sessions is required. Our June Classroom will hold sessions from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on: June 10th, 17th, and 25th. Our July Classroom will hold sessions from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on July 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Attendees will be invited to join a Google Classroom to access bridgework to complement online trainings. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate BEDI considerations into their Sustainable CT applications. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance is capped at 30 for each session (June and July). 

Advancing equity increases the prosperity, health, and safety of the entire community. In order to transform structures, organizations, communities, and systems, community leaders and residents need an equity lens focusing on the unique experiences of marginalized identities including People of Color, LGBTQ+, and Immigrants. This highly interactive training provides:

- A comprehensive framework and definitions of belonging, equity, diversity, inclusion (BEDI)

- An overview of the value of BEDI, community engagement, and why representation is important

- Practical strategies for advancing BEDI through inclusive town events, community dialogue, resident feedback, and town responsiveness.

Classroom leaders will 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.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

Portfolio Manager 'Ask the Expert'

June 10, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday at noon, ENERGY STAR will hold Portfolio Manager "Ask the Expert." It’s a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join ENERGY STAR, and they’ll answer all your questions about ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in this public forum.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:

- Portfolio Manager

- Getting started with benchmarking

- Solutions to your unique questions

Webinar level: Beginner, intermediate, or advanced

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Let’s Talk Data: Collecting Data to Help, Not Harm

June 10, 2020 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

You have likely seen the stories—in the newspaper or in your own work—that highlight the disparate impact of the current pandemic on different groups across our state and nation. Yet not all states are able to identify these disparities because of an administrative decision to not collect the data.

We often think of lack of data in this situation as a moral problem—a bad actor refusing to give us access for nefarious reasons. And perhaps they are. But sometimes, people make decisions about data with neutral intent that ultimately have negative consequences.

In our own work, we make decisions about what data to collect, how to collect this data, and what categories to use. These decisions ultimately have ethical implications about what we can know, whether we're harming certain groups and benefiting others, and whether our data is actually helping the people we are trying to serve.

In other words: we can intend to help specific groups while impeding our ability to learn about whether we are actually harming them.

Join the CTData Collaborative for an informal, virtual lunchtime discussion where you will have a chance to talk with other data users about questions such as:

- How can we identify blind spots in our own data collection?

- How can we partner with those we seek to serve in our data collection and analysis process?

- How can we improve our practices to reduce the likelihood that we will harm the people we seek to help through our data collection?

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

SMART Way to Reduce Trash – While Saving Money and the Environment

June 11, 2020 - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Connecticut has a major opportunity to reduce residential trash generation, all while saving money and benefiting the environment. “Save Money and Reduce Trash” (SMART) is a strategy that charges residents for waste disposal, based on the amount thrown away. In Connecticut, over 40 municipalities have been working to evaluate the benefits and feasibility of implementing a local SMART program. Join the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Waste Zero and Sustainable CT for this informative workshop to learn how SMART works, hear from peer municipalities that have implemented SMART, how to calculate key metrics on your community’s waste generation, and how to earn points for your efforts in Sustainable CT under action 7.6

After the formal program concludes, we invite you to optional, small group break-out sessions for questions, answers and discussion. You will be able to select among the following break-outs: 

1. The municipal experience of implementing SMART. 

2. A deeper dive into understanding SMART and calculating your municipality’s specific numbers on residential solid waste generation per capita.

3. Receiving free technical assistance via CT DEEP and earning points in Sustainable CT.

Links will be provided via the chat box feature during the main presentation to join the optional opportunity to continue the conversation.

Presenters:

- Kristen Brown, Waste Zero

- Jennifer Weymouth, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

- Alyssa Norwood, Sustainable CT

- Municipal staff representatives, sharing on their experience of implementing SMART

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Who is Essential? Race, Culture, and Identity in American Democracy

June 16, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

John Dankosky invites Khalilah Brown-Dean, Political Science Professor at Quinnipiac University, and others to reflect on identity politics at this disorienting time when a new identity has emerged in our society: “essential.” What has changed in the current conversation about identity? What’s stayed the same, and what are the implications for the struggle for power in 2020?

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Portfolio Manager 201

June 17, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Continue to learn about EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, with a deeper dive into more advanced functionalities such as: editing property data; correcting and updating property use details; using the data quality checker; and sharing property data.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:

- Portfolio Manager

- Editing Portfolio Manager Records

- Sharing property records with other users

Webinar level: Intermediate

Speaker:

- Carson Weisbord, ICF

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Local Government Strategies for 100% Clean Energy

June 23, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Join SolSmart on Tuesday, June 23 at 2 pm ET for a webinar titled, Local Government Strategies for 100% Clean Energy.

For both large and small communities, there is growing interest in achieving 100 percent clean or renewable energy. This SolSmart webinar will provide an overview of the approaches to setting renewable energy goals and processes for identifying the most impactful and appropriate implementation strategies, including considerations related to the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar will highlight case studies from communities that have developed renewable energy plans. This is the first in a series of three webinars on expanding renewable energy footprints at the local level. This webinar will provide 1.0 AICP CM credit.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

The Basics of Data Literacy

June 24, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Portfolio Manager 'Ask the Expert'

June 24, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Every Wednesday at noon, ENERGY STAR will hold Portfolio Manager "Ask the Expert." It’s a live webinar that gives all users an opportunity to ask their questions directly to EPA experts in an open forum. Want to talk to a “real” person? Have a question about how Portfolio Manager calculates your score? Want to learn more about entering Green Power? Join ENERGY STAR, and they’ll answer all your questions about ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager in this public forum.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:

- Portfolio Manager

- Getting started with benchmarking

- Solutions to your unique questions

Webinar level: Beginner, intermediate, or advanced

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Portfolio Manager 301

June 25, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

With a good background on the basic functionality of EPA’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool, learn about some advanced features including: using spreadsheet upload templates to update property data; setting goals and targets to plan energy improvements for properties; creating custom reports; and using the Sustainable Buildings Checklist.

Attend this webinar if you’re interested in:

- Portfolio Manager

- Setting goals for energy improvement

- Custom reports

Webinar level: Advanced

Speaker:

- Esther Cho, ICF

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Classroom

July 08, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

July 15, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

July 22, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Sustainable CT will offer two opportunities to participate in a free, three-part, virtual equity classroom. The classroom provides a comprehensive framework of belonging, equity, diversity, and inclusion (BEDI). Attendance at all three class sessions is required. Our June Classroom will hold sessions from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on: June 10th, 17th, and 25th. Our July Classroom will hold sessions from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on July 8th, 15th, and 22nd. Attendees will be invited to join a Google Classroom to access bridgework to complement online trainings. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate BEDI considerations into their Sustainable CT applications. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance is capped at 30 for each session (June and July). 

Advancing equity increases the prosperity, health, and safety of the entire community. In order to transform structures, organizations, communities, and systems, community leaders and residents need an equity lens focusing on the unique experiences of marginalized identities including People of Color, LGBTQ+, and Immigrants. This highly interactive training provides:

- A comprehensive framework and definitions of belonging, equity, diversity, inclusion (BEDI)

- An overview of the value of BEDI, community engagement, and why representation is important

- Practical strategies for advancing BEDI through inclusive town events, community dialogue, resident feedback, and town responsiveness.

Classroom leaders will 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.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

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