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Getting Started with Community Heart & Soul Virtual Workshop Series

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

October 06, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

October 13, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

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

October 27, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

This five-part series will prepare participants to get started with Community Heart & Soul, a proven model for community development based on what matters most.

About the Virtual Workshop Series:

Community Heart & Soul is a unique community development model that brings people together to build stronger, healthier, and more economically vibrant small cities and towns based on what matters most to everyone. It results in a clear path for the, future while restoring pride, attracting new leaders, honoring history and culture, and building trust.

Guided by three principles—Involve Everyone, Focus on What Matters Most, and Play the Long Game—Community Heart & Soul towns in 19 states from Maine to Washington are demonstrating resilience during crisis.

Learn steps to get started with Community Heart & Soul in this free virtual workshop series.

Who Should Attend?

Residents, community leaders, and organizations with an interest in guiding community actions based on the simple premise—what matters most in their communities.

Five Virtual Workshop Sessions in this Series

Join Community Heart & Soul Tuesdays from 1-2pm Eastern for live virtual workshops on the following topics. Register once to participate in all five sessions. Virtual workshops will be recorded and links will be shared with all registrants.

Sept. 29: An Introduction to Community Heart & Soul: Discover how the three principles of Community Heart & Soul lead to positive change in small cities and towns.

Oct. 6: The Four Elements of Readiness: Learn how to prepare for Community Heart & Soul by recognizing existing community strengths and opportunities.

Oct 13: Who Lives, Works and Plays in Our Community?: Understand how to begin a Community Network Analysis to reach and involve as many people as possible.

Oct. 20: Spreading the Word About Heart & Soul in Our Community: Prepare to talk with others in the community about Community Heart & Soul and its benefits.

Oct. 27: Community Investment in Heart & Soul: Begin planning for the resources needed to carry out Community Heart & Soul.

Can't Attend?

If you’re unable to attend the workshop but would like more information on Community Heart & Soul, please contact Community Heart & Soul at communications@orton.org.

Free Community Workbook: Getting Started with Community Heart & Soul

The virtual workshop series pairs with Getting Started With Community Heart & Soul: A Community Workbook. The workbook provides practical step-by-step guidance for bringing Community Heart & Soul to a community. Get the guide.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

CT05 Cultural Grants Workshop

September 29, 2020 - 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Is your humanities or arts organization in need of funding for your programming goals? Join the office of Congresswoman Hayes with presentations from state & federal arts and humanities agencies on funding opportunities that you may be eligible for.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

GC3 Public Forums

September 21, 2020 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

September 23, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm

September 29, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

October 05, 2020 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

October 07, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

October 13, 2020 - 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

October 19, 2020 - 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

On September 3, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order No. 3 (E.O. 3) establishing the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) charged with implementing greenhouse gas emissions reductions strategies, preparing and adapting our state for the impacts of climate change, and ensuring strategies are equitable and protect the most vulnerable communities.

The Council established seven Working Groups to assist the Council with carrying out the order. The Working Groups will post draft reports for public review on the GC3 website by September 22 and accept written comments emailed to deep.climatechange@ct.gov until 11:59pm on October 21, 2020. On September 21 the GC3 will launch a series of virtual public forums presenting the reports and providing opportunities for public participation. The GC3 welcomes everyone to attend these events to learn more about climate change in Connecticut and how we can address it.

Public Forum Schedule:

9/21 - Climate Change in Connecticut: Kickoff Meeting - register here

9/23 - Progress on Mitigation Strategies - register here

9/29 - Working and Natural Lands - register here

10/5 - Science & Technology and Infrastructure & Land Use Adaption - register here

10/7 - Public Health & Safety Adaption and Financing & Funding Resilience and Adaption - register here

10/13 - Equity and Environmental Justice - register here

10/19 - Public Review Period Wrap-up Meeting - register here

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

TCI Equity and Environmental Justice Webinar

September 29, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The September 29 webinar will focus on proposed measures intended to ensure that the program fosters equity for overburdened and underserved communities, building on states’ longstanding commitment to designing a program that benefits all communities, including those on the frontlines of air pollution and climate change impacts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the fact that racial disparities in exposure to air pollution are reflected in disproportionate impacts of the coronavirus and other health threats. The TCI jurisdictions have received extensive input from a wide range of interested people and organizations on ways states could design and implement a regional low-carbon transportation program that advances equity and environmental justice. Informed by that input and further outreach, TCI state officials will provide updates on proposed strategies to ensure that overburdened and underserved communities benefit from investments and reduced air pollution and have opportunities for meaningful engagement in shaping TCI commitments and implementation moving forward.

The Transportation & Climate Initiative is facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center. Please contact climate@georgetown.edu with any questions, or to request language translation or other assistance related to the webinar.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Moving from Crisis to Recover: We can do this!

September 30, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Main Street program was founded 40 years ago during a time of crisis, when our traditional downtowns were left for dead. We know how to come back! It begins with looking at our strengths, building up and engaging the community, and developing the unique strategies to grow our economy.

CT Main Street Center has put together this ensemble of dedicated and talented downtown professionals from near and far who will have a conversation about what they’ve learned during the pandemic – and how they’re helping small businesses and their communities with meaningful recovery planning and implementation, while taking advantage of economic trends and opportunities.

Speakers:

- Tripp Muldrow, FAICP, Partner, Arnett Muldrow & Associates

- Karen Pollard, Economic Development Director, Town of New Milford

- Jason Vincent, AICP, President, Norwich Community Development Corporation

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Who Benefits? Moving toward a narrative of equitable access to the environment we seek to preserve

September 30, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Most of our conversations at the intersection of energy, climate, and communities of color focus on mitigating the disproportionate burdens placed on these communities. However, this approach continues to normalize the negative impacts on marginalized communities rather than forcing us to ask who benefits from the clean energy transition? 

Reducing global temperatures and protecting the natural world are imperative, yet environmental stewardship must ensure that communities of color can take part in its benefits. National parks were acquired through the removal of Native American populations and acquisition of their lands, and the preservation of public parks and outdoor spaces continues to be policed through structures of white supremacy and privilege—routinely denying people of color access to these lands. Who gets to thrive on the lands we seek to preserve? What are we missing when we focus our conversations solely on the most polluted environments? 

Communities of color are routinely denied access to our most pristine natural environments. How can they be equal leaders in the fight for climate justice when their personal safety continues to be threatened in the spaces we aim to protect?

Join the Kresge Foundation’s, Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome and University of Arizona Assistant Professor and Founder of NativesOutdoors, Dr. Len Necefer as we unpack this important conversation at the intersection of environmental and racial justice. Our conversation will be moderated by Sherard Robbins, Founder and CEO of Visceral Change.

Speakers:

- Dr. Jalonne White-Newsome, Senior Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation

- Dr. Len Necefer, Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona

Moderator:

- Sherard Robbins, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Visceral Change

Event Type: Webinar

Transportation and Climate Justice

October 01, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Transportation investment prioritized modes of transportation that are out of reach of a large percentage of the population. This priority leads to suburban sprawl, poor use of economic and land resources, poorer health, and increased global warming. Our speakers will present on the need to promote public good rather than private access.

Presenters:
- Tony Cherolis, Director, Latino Center for Progress

- Maria Cecilia Pinto De Moura, Union of Concerned Scientists

- Taylor Mayes, Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard

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

Which cities are leading the United States in clean energy efforts and which are falling behind? Join us to learn and discuss the findings of the 100-city scorecard, the most comprehensive national report tracking city progress toward climate goals.

As cities struggle to safely put people back to work and recover from the COVID-19 recession, our speakers will explore what cities are doing and can do better to advance energy efficiency and renewable power — critical tools for creating jobs, lowering utility bills, building resilience, reducing pollution, protecting health, and mitigating climate change. Speakers will also focus on the ways their programs are based on community input and designed to serve all residents.

Speakers:

- Lauren Ross, Senior Director for Policy, ACEEE

- David Ribeiro, Senior Research and lead scorecard author, ACEEE

- Mark Chambers, Director, Mayor's Office of Sustainability, City of New York, New York

- Jessica Finn Coven, Director, Office of Sustainability & Environment, City of Seattle, Washington

- Russ Stark, Chief Resilience Office, City of St. Paul, Minnesota

Event Type: Webinar

2020 Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group Symposium

October 07, 2020 - 8:30 am to 3:15 pm

The Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group (CIPWG) 2020 VIRTUAL Invasive Plant Symposium will be held on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.  The theme of the symposium is: Realistic Solutions to Managing Invasive Plants.  This 10th biennial conference will feature regional and local experts as well as citizen volunteers sharing practical solutions for invasive plant management and actions needed to promote native species and improve wildlife habitat.

The Keynote presentation, CIPWG: Past, Present, Future, will feature Donna Ellis, Peter Picone, Charlotte Pyle, and Todd Mervosh. An Invasive Plant Management Roundtable will focus on successes and issues in invasive plant management from a land trust manager, a state land manager, a home owner, and a professional in the invasive species management field.  Concurrent afternoon sessions will encompass Large Scale Invasive Plant Management, Small Scale Invasive Plant Management, Tools & Timing of Invasive Plant Management, Native Alternatives, Aquatic Invasives, and Japanese Knotweed Management.  A large array of Continuing Education Credits will be available for Connecticut and other States.

CIPWG's first virtual symposium will take the form of a webcast with recorded talks and live Q&A. Registrants will be emailed a link to the virtual symposium in advance of the event on October 7th, and a link to the recording on Friday, October 9th.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Per and Polyfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) Workshop 2020

October 07, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

As awareness of Per- and PolyFluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS) contamination continues to increase throughout the US, concerns are being raised on the effects of PFAS on impact human health.

The UConn School of Engineering is excited to announce the first virtual workshop on PFAS – Think PFASt! What you need to know about the forever chemicals. This workshop will provide an overview of current knowledge on PFAS, including leading industry and research efforts in the State of Connecticut. You will also receive training on the PFAS regulatory framework and the CT PFAS Action Plan.

Workshop Topics

- PFAS toxicology and exposure assessment

- Current PFAS policies and regulations in Connecticut

- State of practice on remediation of PFAS contaminated media

- Scientific approaches on PFAS exposure, detection, and remediation

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Composting: Feedstocks, Equipment, Siting, Infrastructure & Management

October 07, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The CT Compost Conference scheduled for March 2020, which had been postponed has been restructured into a series of 5 free webinars. While we won’t have the opportunities to network, this event continues to play a critical role in Connecticut’s ability to better manage food scraps through composting.

This CT Compost Webinar series provides information and resources for farmers and municipalities to expand their leaf and/or manure composting operation to include food scraps. The focus of workshops will include the benefits to soil health, conservation, food waste management, and climate adaptation. Compost manufacturing and compost utilization are vital to producing healthy soils, clean air and water, and sustainable society.

Presenters:

- Andrew Carpenter, Northern Tilth

- Peter Moon, O2 Composting

- Jim Hyde, USDA NRCS

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Energy Justice

October 08, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Even though all electric and gas customers pay into the energy efficiency and renewable energy funds, renters and people of low wealth are likely to have many more barriers to accessing these services, despite needing these services more than higher income people. This presentation will explain what is needed to provide equitable access to energy efficiency and clean renewable energy for renters and people of low-wealth, while simultaneously improving their health.

Presenter:
- Leticia Colon de Mejias, Energy Solutions, Eco Warriors

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

CTAWWA Virtual Sustainability Workshop

October 15, 2020 - 9:00 am to 12:30 pm

This workshop will unite stakeholders from the water utility sector, government, and outside experts to examine innovative practices in Cross Planning between water supply planning and community master planning.  Energy efficiency programs, and Water & Land Ordinances for small Towns will be featured. Examples of successful Energy Efficiency programs for Municipalities will be showcased. Participants will gain a broader understanding of the State Water Plan and the Governor’s EO-1 initiative, Lead by Example. Interactive Panel Discussions with our experts include the development of Land Use Models and Water & Land Ordinances for Small Towns, featuring success stories of municipalities that have implemented Sustainable measures and Sustainability Measures for small Water Systems.

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

Environmental Justice and the Urban Natural Environment

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

Urban centers are a balance between the built environment and the natural environment. Trees, soils, waterways and wetlands provide a number of eco-services in urban and non-urban areas, yet these services are often underappreciated and more difficult to maintain in cities. This session will discuss some of the common issues in urban areas that can be mitigated through nature-based solutions, as well as some of the unique challenges of providing these solutions.

Presenter:
- Chris Donnelly, Urban Forester

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Indigenous Approaches to Climate Change

October 22, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Indigenous perspectives on and approaches to the natural environment and climate change are substantially different from that in Western cultures. Our speakers will discuss how Native American tribes invoke the wisdom of Local, Traditional Knowledge (LTK), and perspectives to address climate change, as well as the obstacles and benefits of their unique relationship to the U.S. and Connecticut governments to develop climate solutions.

Presenter:
- Gerald Torres, Professor, Yale School of Environment

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Farm Composting: Case Studies/Updates

October 28, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

The CT Compost Conference scheduled for March 2020, which had been postponed has been restructured into a series of 5 free webinars. While we won’t have the opportunities to network, this event continues to play a critical role in Connecticut’s ability to better manage food scraps through composting.

This CT Compost Webinar series provides information and resources for farmers and municipalities to expand their leaf and/or manure composting operation to include food scraps. The focus of workshops will include the benefits to soil health, conservation, food waste management, and climate adaptation. Compost manufacturing and compost utilization are vital to producing healthy soils, clean air and water, and sustainable society.

Presenters:

- Joe Wetteman, CT DEEP Water Permitting and Enforcement Division

- Mike Carrigan, Agresource

- Jack Collins, Collins Compost

Additional speakers TBA

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Mapping Vulnerable Populations

October 29, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Although there are people who are more vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change in all parts of the state, due to historic and current social and racist policies, low-wealth individuals and, even more so, people of color are concentrated in certain parts of the state in areas that are historically underinvested. These communities are at increased health, social and economic risk, which is being exacerbated by climate change. In order to change these detrimental policies, we must identify and invest in these communities so that those who are most vulnerable to climate change for any number of reasons have an equal opportunity to thrive. Mapping provides a tool to identify and target resources to address these climate inequities. This session will describe these tools and how to use them.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Addressing the Needs of Persons with Disabilities in Climate Planning

November 05, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

If you are able-bodied, it is often difficult to perceive the barriers that need to be addressed for those who are disabled to become more resilient to the effects of climate change. This session will describe common disabilities and resources to help you plan to help disabled people to adapt to climate change at the state and local levels.

Presenters:
- Marissa Rivera, Disability Rights Connecticut

- Stephen Byers, Disability Rights Connecticut

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

State Climate Justice Laws and Policies

November 12, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Connecticut is not the first state to consider how to make climate policies more equitable for people of low-wealth and people of color. In this session, our speakers will review relevant laws and policies in other states that might be adaptable to meet Connecticut’s needs.

Presenter:
- Marianne Engelman Lado, Director, Yale Environmental Justice Clinic

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Intergenerational Climate Justice

November 19, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Many of today’s youth will live beyond the next millennium. We know that decisions made in the past jeopardize the future and that decisions being made today will have dramatic effects on the livability of the planet in the future. What do youth, especially youth of color, think about the effects of climate change on them and on future generations? How are they responding? What messages do they have for their parents’ and their grandparents’ generations? This session will be a facilitated multi-racial panel discussion among several young people who are working on climate justice today.

Presenters:
- Sena Wazer, Sunrise CT

- Alex Rodriguez, CT League of Conservation Voters

- Jaysa Hunter-Mellers

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Revitalizing New England: Brownfields Summit 2021

October 06, 2021 - 9:00 am to October 07, 2021 - 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 state 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 our state and federal partners are organizing a regional summit. The two-day conference 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.

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

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