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A Young Vision for Future Connecticut Communities


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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.

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Support Focused on Applying for Certification


Webinar: Strengthening Your Sustainable CT Application


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Are you applying for certification under this summer’s August 25 deadline? See samples of great submissions and learn some tips for strengthening final Sustainable CT applications.

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Virtual Meeting: Conversation on Recertification


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Sustainable CT certification lasts for 3 years. Are you applying for recertification in 2021? Learn about changes to the program that have occurred since 2018 and our anticipated timeline for releasing 2021 program updates. Share your experiences related to the impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable CT action implementation and offer input to shape the 2021 program.

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Your Input on New Actions


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This workshop is an opportunity for towns to learn about new actions and action revisions that Sustainable CT is working on for the upcoming certification cycle and then provide input on the actions being developed. As a program created for towns by towns, we will use this space to summarize new action/revision ideas and then open the floor to towns so we may learn about what works, what doesn't, and any additional ideas and feedback that the program may benefit from.

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Webinars on Sustainable CT Basics


Sustainable CT 101


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What is Sustainable CT, how will it help your town, how to get started. 


Community Match Fund 101


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What is the Sustainable CT Community Match Fund? How can you get funding for sustainability projects in your town?

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Social Justice Series: Unpacking Equity to Create Community Impact


Join us for a four-part series on equity, justice, and the role they play in Sustainable CT actions and certification. We will explore equity, gaps and solutions, as well as ways to ensure we are creating equitable and welcoming communities for all people to thrive.

In this four-part series we include the following sessions:


Deconstructing #Blacklivesmatter and White Supremacy


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Join us for a session to learn about the #Blacklivesmatter movement and its relationship with white supremacy. We will address questions, such as: what is the #Blacklivesmatter movement, its history and what it is accomplishing, and concepts like white supremacy, white fragility, and power. We will provide municipalities with suggestions for hands-on solutions for responding to the #Blacklivesmatter movement in ways that are supportive but also action-orientated.

This session is followed by sessions about disability, gender, queer, and transformative justice. Attendance in the previous sessions is encouraged but NOT REQUIRED.

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Disability Justice in the Time of COVID


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Join us for a session about what is Disability justice, gaps and solutions seen due to COVID-19 for the Disabled community, and ways to becoming more accessible to individuals with disabilities.

This session builds off of our #Blacklivesmatter and White Supremacy session. Attendance in the previous sessions is encouraged but NOT REQUIRED.

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LGBPQ and TGNC Voices in our Communities


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Join two of our Equity coaches to learn about gender and queer justice, the needs of the LGBPQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, and Queer) and TGNC (Transgender or Gender- Nonconforming) communities, and how they relate to the sustainability frameworks in your sustainability actions.

This session builds off of the previous webinars in our Social Justice Series. Attendance in the previous sessions is encouraged but NOT REQUIRED.

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Building our Future Communities with Transformative Justice


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Join us for a conversation about Transformative Justice and community building. At a time of severe uncertainty and calls for alternative systems join us for a discussion about ways to invest into your community in ways that are owned and run by the community.

This session builds off of the previous webinars in our Social Justice Series. Attendance in the previous sessions is encouraged but NOT REQUIRED.

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Technical Support Webinars on Implementing Sustainable CT Actions


Sustainable CT: Understanding C-PACE with the CT Green Bank


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Learn how to earn points under Sustainable CT action 1.6.


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


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Save Money and Reduce Trash” (SMART) is a strategy that charges residents for waste disposal, based on the amount thrown away. Learn how SMART works, hear from peer municipalities that have implemented SMART, calculate key metrics on your community’s waste generation, and earn points for your efforts in Sustainable CT under actions 7.5 and 7.6.

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Free Municipal Energy Tracking/Benchmarking Services


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Learn about the value and importance of benchmarking and tracking energy use in your municipal buildings and schools. You'll hear from Amy Thompson, energy specialist contractor to Eversource and Avangrid, who is available at no cost to all CT towns to help your town: establish and maintain Energy Star Portfolio Manager accounts for municipal buildings, initiate an automatic data feed from your utility accounts into Portfolio Manager, and understand how this data can inform your next steps to reduce energy and save money through Energize CT program offerings. Eligible for points under Sustainable CT actions 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3.

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Assessing Your Community’s Housing Needs


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Under a new Connecticut law (Conn. Gen. Stat. 8-30j), every municipality must prepare a plan to increase affordable housing, beginning in 2021. Join Sustainable CT, Partnership for Strong Communities, the Regional Plan Association, Fairfield County’s Center for Housing Opportunity and municipal representatives for an informative presentation on creating affordable housing plans. Learn more about assessing your community’s housing needs generally, as well as how those efforts can earn your community points through Sustainable CT’s housing action 8.1. Additionally, as part of Regional Plan Association’s work to provide the Connecticut Department of Housing with an affordable housing community plan and process guide, we also invite you to participate in a conversation on what guidance would be most helpful in developing these assessments and plans.

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Creating a Brownfields Inventory


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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.

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Success Stories on Supporting Arts and Culture from Sustainable CT Communities


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Learn from your municipal peers about exciting arts and culture projects related to Sustainable CT actions 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4. Discussion topics include: a brief overview of Sustainable CT Category 3 Vibrant & Creative Cultural Ecosystems and support available from DECD Office of the Arts, as well as highlights from New Britain's Bee Bridge, Torrington's artist relocation program, New Haven's development of cultural equity plan, and Manchester's Art Commission/ art initiatives.

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  • Tamara Dimitri - CT Office of the Arts

  • Stacey Zackin - WORK_SPACE

  • Chris Silver - Town of Manchester

  • Adriane Jefferson - City of New Haven

  • Martin Connor - City of Torrington

  • Mark Moriarty City of New Britain

Encouraging Smart Commuting During COVID and Beyond


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The Transportation Leaders Program and Sustainable CT both work to inspire and incentivize municipal employees and residents to choose alternative commuting methods. This workshop will review best practices in teleworking and telework policies for municipal employers; provide an overview of result from CTRides' recent commuter survey; and describe the new Transportation Leaders Program, as well as how to simultaneously earn points for smart commuting activities in Sustainable CT.

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