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Best Teleworking Practices: The Road to Success for Employees

April 08, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

For many employees teleworking is not only new but also challenging. This webinar will focus on best practices that will help you succeed by learning how to set up a safe home environment, be goal oriented, provide feedback to managers, establish a work/life balance, deal with distractions, and more.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Statewide Lidar Elevation Points in Interactive 3D

April 08, 2020 - 1:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Lidar is a remote sensing technique to map elevation using a laser sensor on an airplane. The result is millions of points (or more) which are often used as input to other datasets such as digital elevation models (DEMs) which show the surface of the bare ground. It has been more difficult to work with and visualize the actual points due to their 3D nature and overwhelming numbers, especially on a statewide extent. But that was then, the statewide 3D Lidar Interactive Viewer is now. 

The new 3D Lidar Viewer is a proof of concept for publishing statewide colorized Lidar points in a 3D ArcGIS Online web scene. It was created with the help of Esri's Living Atlas Team using ArcGIS Pro and published to ArcGIS Online. It is available on the CT ECO website which is a partnership between UConn CLEAR and CT DEEP. 

The Viewer contains the 2016 statewide Lidar points which were colorized using summer aerial imagery (NAIP). This means that the points have color corresponding to what is on the ground at that location. Also included in the viewer are points showing detailed building roofs and bridges, points colored by intensity as well as elevation, a pilot area of 3D buildings and trees (including tree height and diameter measurements) along with existing shaded relief, contours and impervious surfaces.

We are just beginning to explore the many applications. Check it out here.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT: Connecting Communities Coffee Hour

April 09, 2020 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Please join Sustainable CT for our weekly Connecting Communities Coffee Hour via Zoom.

Please note: the next Coffee Hour is on THURSDAY, April 9 due to the Friday holiday.

Date: Thursday, April 9th, from 10:00 to 11:00 am.

Our goal: Provide an informal online gathering for peer learning and mutual support.

Format: Short, informal online video gathering (via zoom), featuring a few quick stories from different communities on sustainability, resilience, community building, and support initiatives plus time to share strategies, resources, challenges, and inspiration.

Featured Topics: In addition to hearing from peers on these topics, you'll have an opportunity to join a Zoom breakout room later in the meeting for smaller group questions and discussion

· Equity challenges and support

· Highlight of Sustainable CT actions relevant to Covid-19 response and long-term resilience and sustainability

· Forward progress with local sustainability projects supported by the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund

Register: Register and you will be sent the link to join the Zoom meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrceiurT0qUzAkYMg9KB0yZnJjirvTaQ

Suggested participants: Municipal leaders and staff, residents and Sustainability Team members, Community Match Fund project leaders, Sustainable CT staff, Equity Coaches, partners, etc. 

BYO coffee, tea, kombucha...

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

Living Shorelines: Slowing Coastal Erosion and Saving Connecticut Habitats

April 09, 2020 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Coastal storm events and severe weather damage homes, businesses, infrastructure, and natural resources in New England communities. Creative strategies for shoreline stabilization and coastal stormwater management must build resilience, protect habitats, and reduce erosion and flooding. One solution is "living shorelines" - nature-based coastal infrastructure that addresses public health and safety concerns and preserves and restores coastal habitats. A recent project in Stratford, Connecticut provided 900 feet of coastal erosion control, added 30 acres of coastal habitat, and documented the ecological benefits of living shorelines through monitoring.  

Our second living shorelines webinar of 2020 features speakers from Sacred Heart University and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) on the environmental benefits of implementing living shoreline projects. The presentation will feature Connecticut case studies and recommendations for regulators, planners, practitioners, coastal property owners, and members of the public on successfully implementing nature-based coastal infrastructure projects. 


• Kim Bradley, CIRCA, University of Connecticut
• Dr. Jennifer Mattei, Sacred Heart University

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

SolarAPP Demonstration and Next Steps Webinar

April 14, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) platform aims to streamline permitting of safe, code-compliant PV systems, saving contractors and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) time and money. The SolarAPP team, led by NREL, has developed a set of preliminary permit requirements for this system. In parallel, the SolarAPP team has built a prototype of the permitting platform.

In this webinar, we will:

- Discuss the preliminary set of requirements

- Outline avenues for collecting feedback

- View an early prototype of the SolarAPP platform

- Identify pathways for AHJs and contractors to test the platform’s functionality

If you cannot participate in this webinar, you can instead request the full set of draft permitting requirements and provide feedback by close of business on April 21st. Click here to learn more.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Smart Growth Recommendations for Recovery Webinar

April 15, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Our economy is at a virtual standstill because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and healthcare. Businesses of all sizes are facing an existential threat. Local municipal budgets are being gutted. 

With a $2 trillion emergency stabilization package already approved, Congress and the administration will continue developing other economic recovery legislation over the coming weeks and months. They will continue to need to prioritize immediate, emergency steps required to avert economic disaster, and secondly, they need to focus on catalyzing a long-lasting recovery in the wake of this prolonged crisis. But we must invest wisely. We must not squander money investing in a way that fails to provide a foundation for long-term economic growth. Instead, funds must go to investments that build lasting economic prosperity and ultimately help all Americans have the opportunity to live in a place that is healthy, prosperous, and resilient.

We leaned on our experience with the stimulus of 2009 and our long expertise in infrastructure and community development to produce a package of federal policy recommendations Congress should consider to build the foundation for a long-lasting recovery. Join us for a webinar where we'll delve into our recommendations, some of the specific policy proposals, and answer questions.

Download the Emergency Stabilization & Economic Recovery Recommendations here.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Racial equity in the food system: Perceptions, reality, and the road ahead

April 15, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As food system educators, are we making progress in reaching equity goals in our organizations? What is limiting us from using an equity lens in our work? What are we most interested in learning more about, and where are the examples that illustrate we are operationalizing our learnings to inspire us to go further?

,In this webinar sponsored by the Racial Equity in the Food System (REFS) workgroup, we’ll share provocative findings from a national survey of REFS webinar registrants that will ground a thoughtful discussion of these questions. To facilitate the discussion, members of the REFS national committee will offer insights into what the findings may be telling us, and share examples where projects and organizations are operationalizing equity in their everyday work.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

2020 Spring WasteWise Webinar: Back to Basics

April 16, 2020 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 16, 2020 in place of the postponed in-person 2020 WasteWise Forum. This even is particularly relevant for businesses and institutions who may be operating on a limited capacity and have the opportunity to re-evaluate their waste diversion practices.

This webinar will focus on ‘Back to Basics’, providing facility managers with the information and tools necessary to establish and manage effective solid waste, recycling, and organics diversion programs with an emphasis on reducing contamination. Presentations will cover technical content on equipment, signage, and training best practices and information on adapting programs for fluctuating volume and capacity.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

13th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium

April 23, 2020 - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm

Central Connecticut State University Student Center

1615 Stanley St, New Britain, CT 06053

Central Connecticut State University invites you to attend the 13th Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium on Thursday, April 23, 2020. This full-day event is FREE and is attended by student, faculty, members of the general public, as well as researchers and practitioners. The theme of this year's symposium is: Sustainable Tourism & Hospitality.

Event Type: Webinar

Sustainable Materials Management Prioritization Tools: Sustainability Insights at a Glance

April 23, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

This webinar introduces EPA’s SMM Prioritization Tools.  These life cycle-based tools offer a starting place for governments, trade associations, NGOs, companies, small enterprises, and other organizations to establish priorities for environmental improvement, focus their limited financial and human resources where action could offer greater holistic benefit, and consider key industries for collaboration. Currently there are two tools: A National Tool and an Organization Tool. The National Tool provides a big picture view of sustainability in the United States for those with a national focus, such as government, trade associations and NGOs. The Organizational Tool provides quick sustainability snapshots for organizations such as companies, small enterprises and their sustainability and procurement staff.

The SMM Prioritization Tools generate dynamic charts that present over 10 million data points from a fully transparent, open and freely available life cycle model created by EPA. These charts provide insights across more than 20 environmental, social and economic indicators for over 390 categories of goods and services in the United States. They can be a great starting point when developing sustainability initiatives. All data used by the Tools are publicly available.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sprucing Up Your Knowledge For IPM of Trees

May 05, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Like all tress, spruces are susceptible to pests, chemical exposure and general stress, which can make them vulnerable to diseases and decline. This webinar will review spruce trees and conditions and pests that compromise them. Presenters will provide strategies for utilizing integrated pest management tactics to alleviate the conditions and pests that can compromise the health of spruce trees.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

What's New With Reducing & Recovering Wasted Food

May 21, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Presenters from ReFED and the Harvard University Food Law and Policy Clinic will share the latest ideas and information on reducing wasted food and recovering and diverting what can't be reduced. Topics that will be covered include new tools and information from ReFED and on date labeling of food.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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