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Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: Preserving beaches, protecting communities and combating global warming

August 19, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

According to NOAA, most hurricane activity in the US occurs August through October, with a peak just about the time kids return to school in September. And if you think Connecticut’s immune, think again. With global warming adding to the frequency and intensity of weather events, we thought it would be timely and informative to highlight some of the efforts municipalities are making at the local level to mitigate and combat climate change. Hold on to your hats and join us for the August Coffee Hour where Bill Pollack, landscape architect for Fairfield’s Jennings Beach Project will talk about the steps needed to preserve beaches and protect inland communities; and Randy Walikonis, Mansfield School Building Committee chair, will share the trials and tribulations – and triumphs – of pursuing a net-zero building project for the Mansfield Elementary School. The August Coffee Hour is sure to blow you away.
 

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

Celebrating Black Philanthropy: Connecticut’s Community Giving

August 24, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Join The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for a virtual conversation with philanthropists from across the state of Connecticut who have identified a need and are "giving gifts of time, talent and treasure to make life better for others."

We often think that philanthropy requires long-term planning, large sums of up-front money, and a particular socioeconomic status to be considered a philanthropist. What is needed is a heart to give. The word "philanthropy" means “love of humanity.” It is the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed mainly by the generous donation of money to good causes, but nowhere in that definition does it mention the amount of money required. You merely have to have a heart to give, and as the national Black Philanthropy Month theme states, the "fierce urgency of NOW!"

Panelists

  • Carl Hardrick, Senior Advisor, Brother Carl Institute

  • Paula Irvin, President, New Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  • JoAnn Price, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.

  • Daniel Trust, Executive Chairman, Daniel Trust Foundation

Moderator

  • Babz Rawls-Ivy, Editor, The Inner-City News; Host/Co-Producer, LoveBabz LoveTALK; Founder, The Freed Woman Fund
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

IForum: An Introduction to Tenant Protections: Connecticut and Beyond

August 24, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Connecticut's rental market is tumultuous, with rising rental costs, stagnant wages, and an increase in evictions, many residents are finding it difficult to find or keep affordable rental housing. Low-income households, especially those headed by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are disproportionately impacted by the lack of safe, stable affordable housing. With an increasing number of households being squeezed out of the rental market, advocates and policymakers are working to support the implementation and expansion of tenants' rights protections.

This IForum will introduce the current protections available to tenants in Connecticut and explore the successes and challenges in implementation. The discussion will also explore best practices from other states. This is a vital conversation for all policymakers, service-providers, advocates, and tenants as we work to ensure everyone has access to safe, stable affordable housing.

Featuring:

Keynote Presentation by: Attorney Marie Claire Tran-Leung, National Housing Law Project

And expert panel discussion including:

  • Representative Quentin "Q" Williams, State Representative

  • Attorney Kathy Flaherty, Connecticut Legal Rights Project

  • Attorney Sarah White, Connecticut Fair Housing Center

  • Attorney Rafie Podolsky, Connecticut Legal Services
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Training Series: Summer 2022

August 04, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

August 25, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

September 14, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This free, three-part, virtual equity workshop series provides a comprehensive framework of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI). Attendance at all three sessions is required. Sessions run 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on: August 4th, August 25th, and September 14th. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate equity considerations into their Sustainable CT initiatives. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance is capped at 35.

Attendees will participate in three different workshops:

Equity 101 (August 4): This workshop provides an understanding for how racial equity increases the prosperity, health, and safety of the entire community. In order to transform structures, organizations, communities, and systems, today’s leaders need to be able to lead with an anti-racism/racial equity lens. We will discuss how leading with a racial equity lens is an essential component of a strategy for structural transformation to create equity for all.

Everyday Anti-Racism for Leaders (August 25): This workshop provides an understanding for how racial equity increases the prosperity, health, and safety of the entire community. TPS shows leaders how to apply anti-racism strategies to policies, practices, programs, evaluation, and financial decisions that advance equity in practical, tangible ways. Participants will strengthen their knowledge of strategies and tools to achieve racial equity.

How to Have Conversations about Race (September 14): This workshop provides an in-depth focus on major cross-cultural communication theories, ways that cultural values, power, privilege, and differences affect the way we communicate, tools for questioning assumptions, and ways to improve cross-cultural communications. Thought Partner Solutions offers leaders resources and materials to help kick off, prepare for, and facilitate conversations about race, bias, and equity.

Workshop leaders 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

Connecticut Main Street Center Summer Road Trip – Epicure Brewing

August 25, 2022 - 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Epicure Brewing

40 Franklin Street Norwich, CT 06360

The Connecticut Main Street Center Team wants to catch up and introduce you to our new team!

They’d also like to preview some of their upcoming events & programs and get your feedback:

  • CMSC is growing their new education & training programming — is it what you need?

  • They're also improving their member community experience — how can they help you grow?

These events will be casual affairs – feel free to drop by and say hi, meet the CMSC team, and let them know what you’re up to and how CMSC can help!

Can’t join at Epicure Brewing? Check out these other dates & locations:

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

August RNPN Resilience Exchange: Communicating Resilience: Translating Science to Practice

August 31, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join the Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN) and the Southeast and Caribbean Disaster Resilience aPartnership for a discussion on communicating resilience. During this discussion, attendees will explore how to communicate and translate the science of natural disaster resilience in ways that diverse audiences can understand. The goal is to help communities know how to be more resilient to climate-related events and other natural disasters.

The event is part of the RNPN’s Resilience Exchange series. It offers monthly sessions to share knowledge on resilience. The RNPN has representation from over 1,500 organizations. Through partnership, they help communities become more resilient to natural disasters and climate-related events.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Center for Nonprofit Excellence Fall Programming Kick Off

September 01, 2022 - 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Meet the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) Manager and CNE Advisory Board Chair. Learn about upcoming programing.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Connecticut Main Street Center Summer Road Trip – Berlinetta Brewing

September 08, 2022 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The Connecticut Main Street Center Team wants to catch up and introduce you to our new team!

They’d also like to preview some of their upcoming events & programs and get your feedback:

  • CMSC is growing their new education & training programming — is it what you need?

  • They're also improving their member community experience — how can they help you grow?

These events will be casual affairs – feel free to drop by and say hi, meet the CMSC team, and let them know what you’re up to and how CMSC can help!

Can’t join at Epicure Brewing? Check out these other dates & locations:

Event Type: Webinar

NVision 2022: Naugatuck Valley Conference on Fostering Equitable Development

September 13, 2022 - 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Palace Theater

100 East Main Street Waterbury, CT 06702

The one-day conference will feature an engaging agenda that includes appearances from guest speakers Governor Ned Lamont and Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary. Interactive sessions with expert panelists will help frame the Greater Naugatuck Valley’s path on issues related to transportation, affordable housing, and public involvement. This year's discussions and presentations will be underpinned by the concept of equity.

The event is facilitated by the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG). Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 2 p.m. There is no cost to attend and the conference is open to the general public.
 

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Soup to Nuts: Nonprofit Fundamentals

September 14, 2022 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Marketing"

October 12, 2022 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Grassroots Advocacy"

November 09, 2022 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"State and Federal Advocacy"

January 11, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Grant Writing"

February 08, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Data Collection & Evaluation"

March 08, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Board Essentials P.1"

April 12, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Board Essentials P. 2"

May 10, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Fundraising and Development"

Hosted by Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the United Way of Western Connecticut: Participants are invited to an eight-part training series covering the essential aspects of nonprofit management.

Topics will include:

  • September 14: Marketing

  • October 12: Grassroots Advocacy

  • November 9: State and Federal Advocacy

  • January 11: Grant Writing

  • February 8: Data Collection & Evaluation

  • March 8: Board Essentials P.1

  • April 12: Board Essentials P. 2

  • May 10: Fundraising and Development
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Just Food: Access, Opportunity and Economic Empowerment

September 14, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Greenwich Food System Forum 2022 is a six part series that will engage thought leaders on the interconnectedness between the industrialized food system and our greatest ecological and social challenges; human and ecological health, economic disparity, racial inequity, food insecurity and access, affordable housing and climate change. Local and state-wide advocates and community organizers, who understand the layers of complexity within our food system, will discuss the ways in which root causes are embedded in policy, practice and mindset. Panel discussions will set context, connect dots, and provide solutions that call for systemic and structural change. Most significant, will be the sharing of ways WE can help reweave our social fabric through food and agriculture.

*WE have the power to be food system changemakers! Together, we can realize a future that advances a regionalized, regenerative, equitable and just Connecticut food system. Please join us!

*"We acknowledge that the place commonly referred to as “Connecticut” is located on the occupied and/or unceded traditional lands and waters of Indigenous peoples, and that we have a responsibility to help make that truth visible and to support efforts toward indigenous sovereignty and well-being.” Greenwich Conservation Commission and The Foodshed Network.

Save the Dates!

  • Sept 14 - Just Food: Access, Opportunity and Economic Empowerment

  • October 5 - Seasonality: A Celebration of Taste, Place and Connection

  • November 2 - Pathways to Engagement: Regenerating Resilient CT Foodshed
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

September 16, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Join Sustainable CT for virtual, informal, discussions on the third Friday of each month. We share program updates and resources, explore your questions, and strengthen the network of Sustainable CT champions. These sessions are open to all.
 

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

Taking Advantage of Federal Funds: Local Energy Efficiency Policies and Programs to Consider

September 20, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

With the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, local governments have an opportunity to take advantage of new federal funding to advance energy efficiency policies and programs in their communities. Using the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) Ready to Go Toolkit and Mayor’s Toolkit, this webinar will outline leading energy efficiency programs that communities can learn from and consider replicating as they think about leveraging federal funding. ACEEE will highlight examples of high-impact local energy efficiency programs that promote building energy efficiency, transportation efficiency, and energy equity. Attendees will also hear highlights of how local governments can use funding to reduce energy burdens for low-income households.

By registering for this event, you are opting to receive future email communication from ACEEE. You may unsubscribe via the link included in all emails.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Data Visualization (In Person)

September 23, 2022 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

CT Data HQ

10 Constitution Plaza Hartford, CT 06103

This workshop will be held in the CTData office space at Trinity College Action Lab. The room is large with high ceilings, and CTData is selling a reduced number of seats. In keeping with Trinity College’s COVID protocols, attendees must wear a mask and show a vaccination card to enter.

Workshop Description

During this hands-on workshop, you will learn the principles of data visualization and apply them with free tools. By learning the principles of data visualization you be able to create simple, compelling charts that effectively convey insights you gain from data, no matter what tool you use.

In Data Visualization you will learn how to:

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

  • Create graphs in Datawrapper and Tableau.

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

You will need to bring your own laptop in order to fully participate in this workshop.

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 cover the cost of parking and food. However, if you are truly unable to pay the fee, please contact Sarah ([email protected]) to attend this training free of charge.
 

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

From Problems to Partners: How to Successfully Engage Merchants, Property Owners & Municipal Depts.

September 29, 2022 - 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

CT Main Street Center Headquarters

410 Sheldon Street Hartford, Connecticut 06106

Join CT Main Street Center for an immersive half-day of dynamic discussion and group exercises led by an expert in urban planning, affordable housing, community engagement, and economic development, Raquel Vazquez, CEO and founder of The Empowered Block. Through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion, this training will cover:

Observe & Understand

  • Stakeholder Inventory: Review each stakeholder in the local economic development ecosystem, their role, and their priorities.

  • Stakeholder Perspectives: Understand each stakeholder's unique perspective, delving into their roles and how their priorities and concerns are shaped.

Engage & Implement

  • Engagement Strategies: Learn different types of engagement strategies to employ when interacting with stakeholders and when to use them.

  • Inclusive Engagement: Study how the past impacts present day neighborhood and commercial corridor contexts. Understand the importance of inclusively engaging stakeholders for greater benefits for all.

  • Build Collaborative Teams: Best practices for building trust, consensus, and managing difficult conversations.

Grow & Adapt

  • Local Contexts in Connecticut: How COVID and other macro-economic factors are affecting stakeholders and its impact for engagement.

  • Stakeholder Engagement Best Practices: Bring everything together to review the techniques and strategies for reaching your engagement goals.
Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

ACEEE’s Self-Scoring Tool: Results from the Community Energy Challenge

September 29, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

In this webinar, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) will describe how communities can use the recently released version of the Self-Scoring Tool (Version 6) to measure their efforts to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with energy efficiency and clean energy policies and programs. The tool, which places a greater emphasis on racial and social equity, allows communities to assess progress in five policy areas: community-wide initiatives, buildings policies, energy & water utilities, transportation policies, and local government operations.

Attendees will also hear results from the most recent cohort of the Sustainable States Network’s Community Energy Challenge, in which nine communities used the tool to evaluate their energy efficiency and clean energy policy landscapes. The webinar will also feature a look into how these 9 communities compare with the 30 others that originally completed the tool – identifying leaders among all 39 communities. ACEEE will facilitate a conversation on communities’ experiences using the tool and how they plan to use their results.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Seasonality: A Celebration of Taste, Place and Connection

October 05, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Greenwich Food System Forum 2022 is a six part series that will engage thought leaders on the interconnectedness between the industrialized food system and our greatest ecological and social challenges; human and ecological health, economic disparity, racial inequity, food insecurity and access, affordable housing and climate change. Local and state-wide advocates and community organizers, who understand the layers of complexity within our food system, will discuss the ways in which root causes are embedded in policy, practice and mindset. Panel discussions will set context, connect dots, and provide solutions that call for systemic and structural change. Most significant, will be the sharing of ways WE can help reweave our social fabric through food and agriculture.

*WE have the power to be food system changemakers! Together, we can realize a future that advances a regionalized, regenerative, equitable and just Connecticut food system. Please join us!

*"We acknowledge that the place commonly referred to as “Connecticut” is located on the occupied and/or unceded traditional lands and waters of Indigenous peoples, and that we have a responsibility to help make that truth visible and to support efforts toward indigenous sovereignty and well-being.” Greenwich Conservation Commission and The Foodshed Network.

Save the Dates!

  • October 5 - Seasonality: A Celebration of Taste, Place and Connection

  • November 2 - Pathways to Engagement: Regenerating Resilient CT Foodshed
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Eversource 2022 Zero Energy Conference

October 06, 2022 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

This virtual, full day event is free to all architects, builders, general contractors and anyone who wants to learn more about zero energy commercial buildings

Eversource is in the process of lining up great content and speakers for you. Visit their site often, they will update the content as it becomes available.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Training Series: Fall 2022

October 19, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

November 16, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

December 07, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This free, three-part, virtual equity workshop series provides a comprehensive framework of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI). Attendance at all three sessions is required. Sessions run 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on: October 19th, November 16th, and December 7th. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate equity considerations into their Sustainable CT initiatives. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance is capped at 35.

Attendees will participate in three different workshops:

Managing Unconscious Bias (October 19): This workshop is designed to increase awareness of bias and to explore how conscious and unconscious bias impacts communication and decision-making when we interact with individuals and groups that are different from us. Participants will also explore the effects of bias in everyday situations and determine alternative behaviors that stop bias in its tracks.

Race, Racism, and White Supremacy (November 16): This workshop explores the origins of race, white supremacy, and racism. We begin to discuss and how white supremacy and racism continue to manifest in our cities and towns.

How to Change Someone's Mind (December 7): In this workshop participants will learn about beliefs and behaviors of folks and how to navigate racist comments and the complexities of people’s beliefs.

Workshop leaders 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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

October 21, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Join Sustainable CT for virtual, informal, discussions on the third Friday of each month. We share program updates and resources, explore your questions, and strengthen the network of Sustainable CT champions. These sessions are open to all.
 

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

Pathways to Engagement: Regenerating Resilient CT Foodshed

November 02, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Greenwich Food System Forum 2022 is a six part series that will engage thought leaders on the interconnectedness between the industrialized food system and our greatest ecological and social challenges; human and ecological health, economic disparity, racial inequity, food insecurity and access, affordable housing and climate change. Local and state-wide advocates and community organizers, who understand the layers of complexity within our food system, will discuss the ways in which root causes are embedded in policy, practice and mindset. Panel discussions will set context, connect dots, and provide solutions that call for systemic and structural change. Most significant, will be the sharing of ways WE can help reweave our social fabric through food and agriculture.

*WE have the power to be food system changemakers! Together, we can realize a future that advances a regionalized, regenerative, equitable and just Connecticut food system. Please join us!

*"We acknowledge that the place commonly referred to as “Connecticut” is located on the occupied and/or unceded traditional lands and waters of Indigenous peoples, and that we have a responsibility to help make that truth visible and to support efforts toward indigenous sovereignty and well-being.” Greenwich Conservation Commission and The Foodshed Network.
 

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

November 18, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Join Sustainable CT for virtual, informal, discussions on the third Friday of each month. We share program updates and resources, explore your questions, and strengthen the network of Sustainable CT champions. These sessions are open to all.
 

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

December 16, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Join Sustainable CT for virtual, informal, discussions on the third Friday of each month. We share program updates and resources, explore your questions, and strengthen the network of Sustainable CT champions. These sessions are open to all.
 

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

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