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Crafting Competitive Resilience Proposals for NCRF and Beyond

September 27, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

CIRCA’s September webinar will feature NFWF’s National Coastal Resilience Fund‘s (NCRF) team of Field Liaisons, Throwe Environmental, who will describe how CT communities can take advantage of the NCRF and other funding sources.  From identifying funding opportunities to clicking “submit,” navigating the grant process can be challenging. In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Key tips and practices to help put together stronger, more competitive, and more successful proposals for various funding sources, including the NCRF.

  • Opportunities to develop specific project ideas through proposal development meetings and site visits this winter/spring.

  • Information about more sustainable approaches to funding and financing.

NCRF invests in projects that will create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will: (1) increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion and (2) improve valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species.  These are important things to consider as CIRCA’s Resilient Connecticut project moves into the next phase of identifying priority areas for resilience projects. Printable Event Flyer.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

The Future of Main Street Retail... and the wisdom to know the difference

September 28, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Mark Twain famously said, "it ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.  It's what you know for sure that just ain't true." In other words, there is no such thing as a 'new normal', and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably selling you something. That said, the future doesn't look half bad for our Downtowns and Main Streets. In fact, it may even be... kind of exciting.

Join Connecticut Main Street Center for this thought-provoking and uplifting presentation with one of the nation's foremost experts on Main Street retail. Michael Berne will separate the signal from the noise, lay out where retail might ultimately be headed and where, on the other hand, we will need to learn how to accept the unknown.

This webinar is pending approval for 1 CM credit for Certified Planners.
 

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

Our Changing Precipitation Webinar Series

September 14, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Focus on Science

September 21, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

From Science to Application: Climate Science, Hydrology, and Planning - Part 1

September 28, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

From Science to Application: Climate Science, Hydrology, and Planning - Part 2

This five-session Webinar Series Hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and The Water Research Foundation will contribute to the conversation on the Science of Precipitation and Planning for the Future for Local Planners.

This series will convey in lay terms, and advance the conversation about, our current ability to project precipitation at temporal and spatial scales relevant for local water infrastructure decision making, and to discuss some practical ways to take action to build resilience to climate change.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

2021 CRC Annual Meeting

September 30, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Please join us for our 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Covid-19 has exacerbated many of the challenges facing all of the stakeholders who deal with materials management across the nation and the world. Connecticut is no different. Panelists will explore the challenges presented as well as the opportunities as we look to move past 20201.

Keynote: "New England's Waste Crisis"

Panel: "The new Bottle Bill Legislation: What does it mean to you?"

Panel: "Connecticut's Answer to the New England Waste Crisis"
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Powered by the Renewable Energy of Community: Three Match Fund Success Stories

September 30, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

The theme of this webinar series has been the Renewable Energy of Community, and the projects highlighted by this presentation are great examples of this concept. The CT Green Bank is pleased to invite the leaders of three very successful community projects in Connecticut funded through our Community Match Fund program and hear how these highly visible projects are improving their community. These projects are the green roof project at Westville Nursery School, the Bridgeport Film Festival, and the Sterling Street Sanctuary! The session will be moderated by the Green Bank's Emily Basham.

With Special Guests:

  • Jason Coombs, actor, filmmaker and teaching artist

  • Matt Desfosses, treasurer of the Westville Community Nursery School

  • Kamora Le'Ella Herrington, Founder and Visionary, Kamora's Cultural Corner
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Event Directly Aligned to Sustainable CT

Electric Company Partnerships to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Access and Adoption

September 30, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Electric vehicles represent an instrumental tool as communities look to reach clean energy commitments, improve air quality, and cut costs. To achieve these goals and more, hear from a panel of electric company representatives, who will share best practices, case studies, and perspectives on how urban centers – small, medium and large – can effectively build out electric charging infrastructure, electric fleets, and equitable access to electrification benefits.

Please join the National League of Cities and the Edison Electric Institute to hear from industry experts:

  •     Camila Martins-Bekat, Senior Market Development Representative, Tucson Electric Power

  •     Cassandra Vickers, Senior Product Developer, Clean Transportation, National Grid

  •     Damon Hannaman, Senior Advisor in our Business Customer Division, Southern California Edison

  •     Moderator TBA
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

How To Bring a 4th Grade Bicycle Curriculum to Your Community

September 30, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Are you interested in bringing bicycle safety classes to your school and community? Bike Walk Connecticut, together with the Town of South Windsor, has developed a 4th grade curriculum that you can implement in your community. Join this short webinar to learn about the four-day curriculum, including what has worked well in other communities across Connecticut and typical challenges of implementing such a program. As a follow up for those who are interested, Bike Walk CT offers a detailed one-day training for trainers and has a fleet of bicycles that can be rented.

Who Should Attend?:

Teachers, curriculum specialists, community advocates, administrators, volunteers.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Finding the Right Trees For the Right Time: Connecticut Climate Adaptation Workshop

October 01, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

October 08, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

October 22, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

This short course is designed for teams of professionals or seasoned volunteers working with conservation groups in Connecticut and neighboring states. Participants will consider how to integrate climate adaptation planning into the stewardship work of their organization. Individual participants can be accommodated.

Course Goals:

  • Identify locally important climate change impacts, challenges, and opportunities.

  • Understand a step-by-step process for considering climate change and carbon in land stewardship and management.

  • Develop actions to help a specific natural area adapt to changing conditions.

  • Communicate with stakeholders about climate impacts and adaptation responses.

Logistics:

The course will be held over 4 weeks, requiring 4.5 hours of virtual live classes and a field session. Office hours are available throughout each week for instructors to provide guidance to participants; 30-minute meetings can be set-up as needed.

Hosts:

  • Maddy Baroli, Climate Adaptation Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

  • Maria Janowiak, Acting Director & Coordinator of the New England Climate Change Response Framework, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science

Collaborators:

  • Dr. Juliana Barrett, University of Connecticut

  • Dr. Sharon Lynch, Avalonia Stonington Town Committee
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Training Series: Fall 2021

October 05, 2021 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

October 28, 2021 - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

November 23, 2021 - 9:00 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 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on: October 5th, October 28th, and November 23rd. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate REDI 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 30. 

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 racial equity, diversity, inclusion (REDI)

- An overview of the value of REDI, community engagement, and why representation is important

- Practical strategies for advancing REDI through inclusive town events, community dialogue, resident feedback, and town responsiveness.

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. 

If you can't make the Fall series, check out our Winter, Spring, and Summer workshop series.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

Energy Efficiency Day Summit

October 06, 2021 - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

Join Operation Fuel Wednesday, October 6 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for CT expert summit on energy efficiency, water, and more.

The climate crisis requires immediate action – we all need a better understanding of the environmental, economic, and health issues that we are facing and what steps we can take to help mitigate them.

That’s why Operation Fuel has gathered experts from Connecticut’s energy and water fields for an important virtual event on Energy Efficiency Day, October 6, 2021. Operation Fuel is part of a collaborative national network promoting energy affordability, equity, and efficiency – the cheapest, quickest way to meet our energy needs, cut utility bills, and reduce pollution.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Using Passive House to Drive Decarbonization

October 07, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Presented by Bronwyn Barry, North American Passive House Network Board Chair

This presentation will take a macro view of policies applied to building development, highlighting opportunities available to policymakers to accelerate decarbonization using the Passive House standard. Ms. Barry will look at where and how the Passive House development process fits (or doesn’t fit) within conventional code frameworks. This macro view of the development journey typical for most buildings will identify specific leverage points available to policymakers, highlighting how and where Passive House may be leveraged to drive higher performance, not just for projects targeting Passive House, but for all buildings. She’ll close by reviewing specific policies and programs currently being utilized in North America as onramps to Passive House, sharing why they’re working and how these programs may be adapted for similar local success.

AIA CEU Approved

1.5 LU
 

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

Connecticut Conference on Climate Change and Insurance (C4I)

October 13, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

October 14, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Andrew Mais brings together a national audience with climate, government, and insurance professionals to understand and explore how climate change affects our communities, regulatory efforts, and businesses.

October 13, 2021 – Day One
 
Panel 1: Asset Management and The Impact of Climate Change
 
What impact are the physical, transition, and liability risks of climate change having on investment decisions? Join the conversation on how and what decisions are being made that will affect current investment strategies as the insurance industry works to manage exposure to climate change risk.

Panel 2: Underwriting Practices
 
Learn whether insurers are changing their underwriting practices for businesses investing in the fossil fuel arena and with greenhouse gas emitters. Should insurers consider moving away from underwriting those exposures.

October 14, 2021 – Day Two
 
Panel 1: Paying for Resiliency
 
The old adage says that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. How do we apply that paradigm to help communities and businesses minimize and mitigate risk, as well as cover post-event cleanup, and spread-out costs through public-private partnerships?

Panel 2: Innovation & Climate Change
 
Learn what InsurTech’s are doing in the climate change space. Hear the discussion around innovation, and what innovative products are being created to address climate change and the mitigation of the cost of climate change?

Panel 3: Social Justice and Climate Change
 
Research shows underserved communities tend to be most vulnerable to the impact of climate change, and least able to mitigate it. This panel will address the insurance implications of systemic racism, coverage affordability and availability, and how to protect vulnerable communities.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Coffee Hours

January 15, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

February 19, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

March 19, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

April 14, 2021 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

May 21, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

June 18, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

July 20, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

September 17, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

October 15, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

November 19, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

December 17, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

Recordings of Previous Coffee Hours

Organizing Your Sustainability Team with the Town of New Milford - January 15th

Equity Coaching and Old Lyme's Approach to Equity - Februrary 19th

All Eyes on Our No-Cost Assistance - March 19th

The Many Flavors of Municipal Collaboration - April 14th

Community Conversations with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness - May 21st

Meeting the Fellows and Understanding the Sustainable CT Website - June 18th

Creating Inclusive Community Growing Spaces - July 21st

How Can We Help Communicate Your Success? - September 17th

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

Community Engagement in Data (Two-Part Series)

October 19, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

October 26, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Collecting data is a powerful way to learn about our neighborhoods and their residents, and a way to inform the steps we need to take in eliciting community change. Involving the community in the processes associated with collecting data is critical to ensure high data quality. This two-part, virtual workshop series will provide practical strategies for involving the community in all aspects of collecting data: including developing data collection tools, data collection and analysis, dissemination of results, as well as presenting findings back to the community.

Session 1: Community Engagement in Data (Part 1)

Part 1 will start by introducing community engagement (e.g., what is it? why is it important? how to facilitate it?), as well as best practice for collecting data from and for the community, including process for community involvement in data collection tool creation and data collection. This session will be held via Zoom on October 19th, 11:00-12:30pm.

Session 2: Community Engagement in Data (Part 2)

Part 2 will continue the discussion around community involvement in the process of collecting data in communities. This session will be specific to the processes of data analysis and sense-making, as well as community involvement in data dissemination. Last, we will share innovative ways to share/present data to the community. This session will be held via Zoom on October 26th, 11:00-12:30pm.

Registrants will be emailed Zoom links prior to the sessions in a separate correspondence.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

2021 Global Environmental Justice Conference

October 29, 2021 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The 2021 Global Environmental Justice Conference at the Yale School of the Environment will focus on a just green recovery. As we emerge from the pandemic into the reality of climate disruption, it is clear that restarting the economy cannot mean a return to the status quo. Instead, leaders in government and policy, NGO’s, universities, the private sector, and grassroots coalitions have a pronounced opportunity to rethink how we live. Domestically and internationally, justice will be at the center of investments in the recovery, and this conference will investigate theories of change in energy and food justice. How do we get from the problems we diagnose to the solutions? How do those solutions address the real economic and physical challenges while keeping justice at the center?

Panelists will include scholars, practitioners, and activists at the forefront of building capacity for a just response. These interdisciplinary experts will consider the tasks necessary to advance food and energy justice in the face of climate disruption. The conference, supported by The Graciela Chichilnisky Environmental Fund in Honor of Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal, will be hosted in a hybrid format at the Yale School of the Environment and via Zoom and include interactive opportunities to engage the speakers and conference network.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Revitalizing New England: Brownfields Summit 2022

May 18, 2022 - 9:00 am to 7:30 pm

Devens Common Center

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434

May 19, 2022 - 7:30 am to 3:45 pm

Devens Common Center

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434

Cleaning up and redeveloping Brownfields facilitates job growth, increases local tax bases, utilizes existing infrastructure, and improves the environment – a win, win, win, win! To advance understanding of states and federal brownfield programs and opportunities, The Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), the Technical Assistance to Brownfield Communities (TAB) program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), and state and federal partners are organizing a regional Summit.

The goals of the Summit are to:

- Share information about the financial incentives, liability protections, & technical & other assistance available for brownfields development from federal & state governments

- Promote best practice & lessons learned across states

- Provide an opportunity to increase networking & information-sharing among key stakeholders

- The two-day Summit will include plenary and break-out sessions and an exhibit area. There will be ample time during the breaks to allow for networking and viewing the exhibits. If funding is available, there will be a reception in the evening of the first day.

Organizers expect approximately 300 people to attend, including representatives from:

- State, tribal, & federal government brownfields & waste site cleanup programs

- Local, regional, & state economic development agencies

- Real estate developers, financial institutions, & law firms

- Planning & economic development consulting firms

- Local governments

- Interested citizens & non-governmental organizations

- Job training grantees

- Environmental professional
 

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

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