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Regenerative Urban Developments Are Changing Planning

September 25, 2019 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

With cities and the built environment being the spatial dimension of our economy, the way the built environment is planned and designed fundamentally determines urban sustainability performance levels for the next 50 to 100 years, before replacement at the end of the useful life.

Regenerative urbanism plays a formative role in creating a circular economy of inclusive abundance that is the necessary material basis for sustainable and equitable cities and society. Our routine approach to sustainability only slows the rate of impact with net-negative mitigation.

Regenerative urbanism eliminates impacts at their source and produces inclusive abundance. This is accomplished with ongoing innovation focused on achieving the imperatives of sustainable regenerative systems performance.

The session panelists share and discuss their research and studies on projects in San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Ottawa, Canada, and other cities. These multiple projects are pursuing certifications such as Living Community Challenge (Sacramento Valley Station Master Plan), One Planet (Zibi Community, Ottawa, Canada), San Francisco Ecodistrict, etc., to inform and establish the absolutely necessary game-changing rules of 21st century urbanism.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Resilient Connecticut Webinar Series: Connecticut’s Climate Report

September 27, 2019 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Planning for adaptation requires localized information about expected changes in climate. Until recently, the spatial scale of climate projections did not allow for detailed regional analysis. While national and international climate assessments generate consensus-based scientific summaries, this information often falls short of being usable for decision-making at the local level.  State-level climate assessments seek to provide information that supports local decision-making.  During this webinar, two presenters will describe work related to precipitation projections and assessment at the local level:

Professor Guiling Wang from UConn’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
will highlight Connecticut’s precipitation  projections as described in a new report, Connecticut Physical Climate Science Assessment Report. The purpose of this report is to provide an assessment of the state of the science regarding observed changes and projections for temperature and precipitation (i.e., physical climate).

Dawn Henning, Project Manager from New Haven’s Engineering Department
will then describe how the city is creating a low-cost “smart city” stormwater sensor network to provide a detailed record of the interaction of rainfall, tides, green stormwater infrastructure, and sewer conveyance systems on the hydrology of New Haven’s urban core.  New information will target gaps and inconsistencies in the understanding of the large and complex drainage area around the city.  This understanding is becoming even more important in the face of climate change.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Stormwater Utilities in Connecticut

October 01, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Stormwater utilities are used across the country as a way for municipalities to cover the costs of installing and maintaining their stormwater infrastructure.  The concept has been slow to catch on in Connecticut - the state's one and only utility was established in the City of New London just last year. 

Joe Lanzafame from New London will share how their utility came to be, how it's administered, and how it's going so far.  We'll also hear an update from Randy Collins from the CT Conference of Municipalities (CCM) on the status of legislation to provide all CT municipalities with clear authority to establish their own stormwater utility.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sea Level Rise Affecting Road Flooding and Marsh Migration Along CT's Coast

October 16, 2019 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Sea Level Affecting Marsh Migration ( SLAMM) is a mathematical model developed by NOAA that uses digital elevation data and other information to simulate potential impacts of long-term sea level rise on wetlands and shorelines.

CT DEEP recently completed a project to run the SLAMM model for the Connecticut coastline, to better understand how Connecticut's 21 largest coastal marshes and coastal area roads may respond to sea level rise (SLR).  The model results have been turned into a new viewer on CT ECO, and there will be a webinar on October 16 to review the results.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Peering Into the Crystal Ball: How the Market Decides Future Use!

October 18, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

If you build it, they might not come. If you dream it, a developer may not be interested. This webinar will cover the basics of real estate market analysis and what drives development. Whether it's a commercial, residential, or industrial development, developers have specific criteria they are looking for.

Participants will learn the difference between types of developers, basic criteria to use when evaluating development teams, and what developers look for in real estate deals. Strategies for attracting development in tough markets will be explored. The objective is to develop an understanding of how developers make decisions and how to re-position sites and neighborhoods for private investment. Participants also will learn about the latest market trends and strategies for attracting developers to tough markets.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Pulling Back the Curtain: How Developers Make Money

November 08, 2019 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Why does it cost so much? This webinar focuses on what goes into a real estate development project and how it is financed. We will review a proforma and discuss sources of capital, uses of funds, and expectations for profit.

We will introduce how environmental issues impact the finance process and how they are addressed. The objective is to develop an understanding of what it takes to pay for a development project and what investors need to provide funds for redevelopment.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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