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Sustainable CT "Office Hours"

July 10, 2020 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Register for Sustainable CT “Office Hours” - Drop in with specific questions. Everyone is welcome; priority will be given to those submitting for certification by the August 25 deadline.

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

Advancing Health Equity During and Beyond COVID-19: Addressing Housing and Homelessness

July 10, 2020 - 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Many Americans struggle to maintain a safe and healthy place to live. People who are housing insecure or experience homelessness typically have poorer physical and mental health outcomes and are at greater risk for infection during the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to other challenges.

In response, solutions such as providing short-term housing arrangements for newly released low-level criminal justice offenders to rental assistance and freezes on evictions have been put in place to reduce the risk of exposure among vulnerable populations during the pandemic. However, these short-term solutions won't be enough. Also required are sustainable long-term programs that equitably improve opportunities for individuals to live in safe and affordable housing.

This Web Forum will highlight the disproportionate and long-existing economic and health disparities among people who are housing insecure or experience homelessness. The Web Forum will also highlight what is currently being done to protect this population during the COVID-19 pandemic, and identify the long-term policy, system, and environmental changes that are needed to advance health equity by effectively addressing housing insecurity and homelessness.

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

Data Storytelling

July 15, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Data stories can be a powerful tool to communicate data in a clear and compelling way that can lead to action. Yet too often the data we convey leaves our audience wondering what they should do or with more questions than answers. 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.

- 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.

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 heard, but will help you guide your audience to action.

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 make it more likely you will attend - as you intend to! However, if you are truly unable to pay the fee, please contact Sarah to attend this training free of charge.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

GCC's Managed Retreat Toolkit Launch

July 15, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Please join the Georgetown Climate Center on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, for a webinar to launch GCC’s new Managed Retreat Toolkit.

Sea-level rise and increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events are leading many coastal communities to confront difficult questions about how best to protect people, infrastructure, and coastal ecosystems from the impacts of climate change. Communities and states are increasingly considering managed retreat – the voluntary movement and transition of communities and ecosystems away from vulnerable coastal areas – as a strategy for climate adaptation.

The first comprehensive online resource on managed retreat, GCC’s new Managed Retreat Toolkit combines legal and policy tools, best and emerging practices, and case studies to support peer learning and decisionmaking around managed retreat and climate adaptation. Between 2018 and 2020, GCC’s outreach efforts related to the development of the Managed Retreat Toolkit have engaged more than 1,000 people at more than 20 events, a testament to the growing interest in this important topic. 

Contact climate@georgetown.edu for questions about the webinar. For questions about the toolkit, contact Katie.Spidalieri@georgetown.edu. GCC would like to thank the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the other generous funders who support GCC's work for making this project possible.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Decarbonization Policy Framework: EM&V

July 16, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Decarbonizing our building stock requires a comprehensive set of actions, occurring in parallel and phased in over time, across different sectors and levels of government. NEEP's Building Decarbonization Public Policy Framework lays out the pathway. A successful transition to zero carbon [buildings] will require market transformation with advanced technological solutions, and equitable and fair policy mechanisms. Critical policy areas include comprehensive state and utility policy, building regulation, and alignment with evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V). 

Building decarbonization to meet aggressive state carbon emission reduction goals and the evolving role of homes and buildings as flexible electric grid resources invites new approaches and information to plan, forecast, and assess the value and impacts of building efficiency integrated with other demand-side solutions. Evaluation, measurement, and verification (EM&V), and reporting of energy and demand savings, costs, avoided emissions, and other impacts of energy efficiency builds transparency and credibility of results necessary to document progress towards goals. This webinar will examine new approaches for evolving EM&V for decarbonization.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Farms Under Threat: The State of the States

July 20, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

How threatened is Connecticut's agricultural land? What is the state doing to protect it? What can Connecticut learn from other states? A new study from American Farmland Trust (AFT) - "Farms Under Threat: The State of the States" - provides groundbreaking new data that answer these questions. Join us for this free webinar for a look at the findings and an overview of the tools now available to help planners, land protection practitioners, policymakers and advocates strengthen and expand agricultural land retention and protection efforts in Connecticut.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Data Visualization

July 22, 2020 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

July 29, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Once you learn how to gain insights from data or tell data stories, you may still not be sure how to create clear, compelling charts and graphs electronically to support your story.

By learning the principles of data visualization, and applying them with free data tools we will use in this workshop, you will learn how to create simple, compelling charts that effectively convey insights you gain from data.

During this TWO-PART workshop, you will learn how to begin using Datawrapper and Tableau, and how you can improve your Excel charts.

In Data Visualization you will learn how to:

- Make decisions about color and design to communicate your message.

- Create graphs in Datawrapper and Tableau Public (free tools).

- Make decisions about how much detail to show (or not) depending on your audience.

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 help you follow-through on your desire to improve your data skills - which is why you signed up. However, if you are truly unable to pay the fee, please contact Sarah to attend this training free of charge.

Please Note: This event will occur on two days. The schedule is as follows:

Part 1, July 22, 10-11am.

Part 2, July 29, 10am-12pm.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

GC3: Adaption Planning and Implementation Working Group (Utility Infrastructure Sub-Group)

June 24, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

July 08, 2020 - 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

July 22, 2020 - 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

August 12, 2020 - 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

August 26, 2020 - 10:15 am to 12:15 pm

In May 28, 2020, DEEP published a public notice related to preliminary modeling results associated with the state's Integrated Resources Plan, soliciting public comment.  Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 3, which reinvigorated and expanded the Governor's Council on Climate Change (CG3), calls for the GC3 to evaluate approaches to achieving a 100% zero carbon grid for Connecticut by 2040. In response, the DEEP has introduced the Clean Energy Pathways Analysis (CEPA) to meet this task.

With regard to GC3 Working Groups, CT DEEP continues to heed Governor Lamont’s recommendations to limit large gatherings of people even though some business sectors in Connecticut have started to cautiously re-open. Out of an abundance of caution, CT DEEP will continue to hold GC3 Working Group meetings via Zoom for the immediate future. All meetings are open to the public and are posted on the GC3 Working Group website, where you will find up-to-date agendas, call-in information, postings of meeting dates, long-term schedules, meeting minutes, and Zoom recordings of past meetings. We encourage you to join these upcoming GC3 Working Group meetings and send us your feedback and comments via DEEP.ClimateChange@ct.gov.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Launching GCC's Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit

July 29, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Please join the Georgetown Climate Center on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, for a webinar launching GCC’s new Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit, an online resource for community-based organizations and state and local governments working to develop and implement equitable adaptation solutions.

The effects of climate change disproportionately burden low-income communities and communities of color, who already face significant economic, social, and environmental challenges. The cumulative impacts of pollution, racism, and political and economic disenfranchisement make it difficult for these communities to withstand and recover from extreme heat, flooding, and other climate impacts. The Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit explores best emerging practices, legal and policy tools, and case studies to help state and local governments work with communities to develop and implement climate adaptation solutions that achieve beneficial outcomes for all.

The Equitable Adaptation Legal & Policy Toolkit was co-created by GCC staff and a panel of advisors, and was informed by the insights and expertise of a network of local, state, and federal adaptation practitioners; community-based organization leaders; and other partners.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Addressing Racialized Trauma and Actively Engaging in Anti-Racism

July 30, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Racism permeates every institution and is a key issue that must be addressed within the homeless response system. Many of the people we work with who are experiencing homelessness as well as our fellow colleagues have racialized experiences that impact their everyday lives. As we work to ensure our programs and services are trauma informed, we must also consider racialized trauma and develop strategies and a system of support to address it. This webinar will discuss how to be active participants in anti-racist practices and begin a discussion on navigating and addressing racialized trauma. Joining us for this webinar are national, statewide, and local change makers who are leading efforts to end homelessness while centering race equity.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

A Young Vision for Future Connecticut Communities

August 06, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The state of Connecticut is evolving, as factors like aging populations and COVID-19 continue to reshape our towns and cities. Current leaders need to respond to the changing times and attitudes of young people and have the opportunity to create better communities for those who live here now and those who will live here in the future. Youth in Connecticut are excited to be a part of the conversation on what that future will be! In this webinar, the Summer 2020 Sustainable CT Fellows present their vision for what resilient, sustainable communities look like, with particular focus on areas such as education, transportation, environment, access, and equity and diversity. We hope that in this webinar, we will be able to show what a newly imagined Connecticut can be as we come into a new decade.

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

Sustainable CT "Office Hours"

August 17, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Register for Sustainable CT “Office Hours” - Drop in with specific questions. Everyone is welcome; priority will be given to those submitting for certification by the August 25 deadline.

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

Smart Energy Homes and Buildings 2020

August 27, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

As our region moves towards modernizing our grids to meet the electric demands of the 21st century, it is critical that our homes and buildings also evolve and respond to the modern grid by becoming smarter, more efficient, flexible and adaptable. Smart Energy Homes and Buildings 2020 will take a look at the technologies, policies, and regional coordination necessary to accelerate the realization of smart energy homes and buildings across the region. We will map out current and future opportunities that will get us there. Key stakeholders include federal program representatives, energy efficiency program administrators, implementation experts, research and development professionals, manufacturers, and facility managers

There will be two 90 minute sessions with a 30 minute break in between.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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