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Resilient Connecticut Virtual Workshops

January 22, 2021 - 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

January 25, 2021 - 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

January 29, 2021 - 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

February 01, 2021 - 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Please save the date and join the Resilient Connecticut team at the first Phase II regional workshops to be held in four Council of Governments (COGs) in New Haven and Fairfield Counties. The workshops will present preliminary Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) and Zones of Shared Risk (ZSR) findings. Watch a previous climate vulnerability mapping webinar to learn more about these concepts.

The workshop will include two information sessions on the CCVI and ZSR findings. Each session will be followed by small group collaboration exercises to discuss, refine, and to better understand these tools for future resilience planning efforts. The inclusion of regional stakeholder input is an important component of shaping these tools, and ultimately identifying resilience pilot projects throughout the region.

Please register for a workshop (depending on your region of interest) using the following links. All participants will receive information beforehand to prepare for these collaborative events.

Naugatuck Valley COG (NVCOG)

January 22, 9:30 – 12:00; Registration Link

Western Connecticut COG (WestCOG)

January 25, 9:30 – 12:00; Registration link

South Central Regional COG (SCRCOG)

January 29, 9:30 – 12:00; Registration link

Metropolitan COG (MetroCOG)

February 1, 9:30 – 12:00; Registration link

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Climate Change and Health in Connecticut: 2020 Report

January 22, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The Yale Center on Climate Change and Health recently released Climate Change and Health in Connecticut: 2020 Report. This comprehensive report tracks 19 indicators across four categories – temperature, extreme events, infectious diseases, and air quality – to demonstrate the impact of climate change, now and in the future, on human health in Connecticut.

Report highlights include:

- From 2010 to 2019, there were nine federal disaster declarations for weather-related events in Connecticut, compared with only 13 in the previous 56 years. Climate change is making coastal storms more intense and extreme precipitation events, as well as coastal and inland flooding, more frequent. Disasters such as hurricanes directly cause deaths and injuries and also damage infrastructure, like electricity, water treatment, and transportation, that is critical for public health.

- Seven of Connecticut’s 16 Superfund sites are vulnerable to the effects of climate change. In Connecticut, these sites range from old industrial sites to waste lagoons, quarries and landfills. More intense hurricanes and heavier rainfall events may damage Superfund sites and potentially release toxic contaminants into ground or surface water, the air, or the soil.

- During 2001 to 2019, of 28 mosquito species found in Connecticut to carry viruses that cause human disease, 10 showed trends of increasing abundance, whereas only three showed trends of decreasing abundance. Mosquito abundance is a key factor that influences the capacity of a mosquito to transmit a virus and the rate at which infections spread.

In this webinar, report lead author Laura Bozzi, PhD will review the report’s approach, findings, and policy recommendations. While the webinar is geared toward public health professionals, policymakers, advocates, and residents in Connecticut, it may also be of interest to individuals outside of Connecticut interested in how this study may provide a replicable model for efforts in other states.

Registration is required. Participants will be emailed links to the Zoom Webinar 24 hours prior to the event.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Learn How to Tap the New COVID-19 Economic Relief Funds for the Arts

January 15, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

January 22, 2021 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

On December 27, 2020, the $900 billion “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act” (Economic Aid Act) was signed into law along with a $1.4 trillion federal omnibus FY 21 appropriations bill. Additionally, Congress passed a veto-override to enact the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act on December 23, 2020, which includes support for creative arts therapies. Nina Ozlu Tunceli, the Chief Counsel of Government and Public Affairs at Americans for the Arts and the Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, will host the two-part webinar series to cover this vast array of arts funding opportunities on Friday at 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET on both January 15, 2021 and January 22, 2021. The two webinars will each feature unique content and will include expert speakers including attorney Sarah Mercer of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Brigadier General Nolen Bivens (U.S. Army Ret.), Interim President and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Narric Rome, the VP of Government Affairs and Arts Education at Americans for the Arts; and senior representatives of the Small Business Administration.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

CTLCV 2021 Virtual Environmental Summit

January 19, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

January 21, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

January 25, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Every year, the CTLCV Education Fund hosts their Environmental Summit to bring together lawmakers, advocates, policy experts, & the public for panel discussions and informational briefings on the key issues facing our environment. The Summit will again be held in January, but this time it will be VIRTUAL!

Throughout the event, experts will cover a range of issues that advocates and lawmakers will be working to advance in 2021. Key areas include protecting wildlife, restricting toxic PFAS and Chlorpyrifos, reforming our electric grid, requiring climate change education, reducing waste, updating & modernizing the Bottle Bill, expanding composting, establishing a Municipal Funding Option, implementing the Transportation and Climate Initiative & more.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Winter Seed Sowing Class with Master Gardener Alice Ely

January 25, 2021 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Want to get a jump on spring – and attract pollinators to your garden this summer? Sign up for Wakeman Town Farm's Pollinator Series talk!

Learn to make your own “mini-greenhouse” in a bottle to start seedlings. Leave it outside till spring, when you’ll reap a dozen or more milkweed & other native seedlings to start in your garden.

Collect or save your bottles now: clear 1-litre or 2-litre soda bottles or translucent half gallon milk bottles are recommended. Sign up by January 15, AND Wakeman Town Farm's will send you free seeds to sow.

Taught by UConn advanced master gardener Alice Ely. Visit to learn more!

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Building Greener Futures: Green Jobs Training and Bioswales in New Haven, CT

January 27, 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Green infrastructure can help mitigate flooding and drought, reduce water pollution, lessen the impacts of extreme temperatures, minimize construction costs, and be an investment in local employment, public health, community cohesion, and the economy. Since 2010, the Urban Resources Initiative (URI) has partnered with the City of New Haven, EMERGE Connecticut, and the Yale School of the Environment as the sole-source contractor for tree planting. Building upon this partnership, URI expanded into the construction of green infrastructure in the public right of way, and has installed over 165 bioswales since 2013. These projects reduce urban flash flooding, improve local water quality, and provide work opportunities and paid job skills training to community members with barriers to employment, including high school students and adults with a history of incarceration.

This webinar will showcase how green infrastructure installations and job-training programs have improved the social, economic, and environmental health of New Haven, CT. Speakers from the City of New Haven and URI will discuss strategies for collaboration around tree planting, bioswale design and siting, installation methods, maintenance, and research into the efficacy of bioswale installations. This webinar will also address how green infrastructure programs can act as a conduit for green jobs training for community members, leading to improved overall community well-being.


- Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Urban Resources Initiative

- Dawn Henning, City of New Haven, CT

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

De-Designing Segregation in Hartford County

January 28, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

February 09, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

January 28, 2021

Part I: A Steady Habit of Segregation: History of Segregation in Hartford County

Open Communities Alliance will explore the history of government policies that contributed to residential segregation, both statewide and in Hartford County. This session will feature a presentation by writer Susan Eaton, author of the recent report, A Steady Habit of Segregation, examining how the Hartford region became one of the most segregated in the nation. Participants will also hear from current and former Hartford residents about their own experiences.

February 9, 2021

Part II: The Impact of Segregation and Reparative Strategies

Part II will explore the impact of segregation and innovative strategies being used around the country to counteract it. We will consider the role of towns, regions, and the state in "unwinding" segregation, with a particular focus on the role the creation of mixed-income communities can play in fostering a more equitable and sustainable Hartford region. Our panelists will include Philip Tegeler of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, Professor Anika Singh Lemar of Yale Law School, OCA’s Erin Boggs, and Jennifer Rangel of the Inclusive Communities Project.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Offshore Wind Transmission Webinar Series

January 29, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

February 05, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

February 12, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

There has been increased focus in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on the importance of critical transmission infrastructure considerations when planning for the potential development of the offshore wind industry. Transmission is regulated and managed onshore and offshore by multiple state and federal agencies, as well as regional entities. This webinar series will provide NROC and MARCO members, partners, and others with an understanding of the current framework for transmission planning on land, and issues that are emerging as planning extends offshore.

Bringing Offshore Transmission to Shore: How It’s Done and Stakeholder Considerations

January 29, 2021; 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Learn about the physical dimensions of marine cable installation, the environmental and marine use implications, best practices, and stakeholder considerations. Speakers from Global Marine Group will provide an overview of the cable installation process. David Slee of Burns & McDonnell will highlight lessons learned from the EU experience. Speakers and panelists from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will then discuss issues and potential impacts to protected species, habitat, and fisheries in the region. Register here.

The Role of Offshore Wind in Meeting State Decarbonization Goals and Why Transmission Matters

February 5, 2021; 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Johannes Pfeifenberger of The Brattle Group will share results from a recent analysis of the anticipated scale of offshore wind development needed to meet state public policy goals and the benefits of taking a systems approach to offshore wind transmission planning. Another potential speaker will highlight New England’s vision for a clean, affordable and reliable 21st century regional electric grid. Speakers and panelists from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will then discuss issues and potential impacts related to protected species, habitat, and fisheries in the region. Register here.

How the Grid Works 101 and Offshore Wind Considerations

February 12, 2021; 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Learn about regulatory, operational and management characteristics of electricity transmission from offshore wind projects, and the challenges of shifting to a new planning paradigm offshore. Rob Gramlich of Grid Strategies, LLC will provide an overview of how the grid works. Mark Kalpin of Holland & Knight will address regulatory considerations for offshore wind transmission planning. Other experts have been invited to speak about New Jersey’s recent announcement to align state offshore transmission policy with the grid operator’s planning process. Presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A. Register here.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

The Future of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation in Connecticut

February 02, 2021 - 9:00 am to 10:30 am

In 2019, the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Climate Change, also known as the GC3, was tasked with addressing mitigation strategies to reduce greenhouse gases and identifying adaptation and resilience measures for Connecticut in the face of climate change impacts. First convening in January 2020, the GC3 and its Working Groups identified recommendations for mitigation and adaptation that will drive climate resilience initiatives in the State of Connecticut. In January 2021, the GC3 will submit an initial list of recommendations for action to Governor Lamont, and these recommendations will inform the basis for actions around climate issues in the State.

This EBC webinar will feature a presentation by Dr. Rebecca French, Director of the Office of Climate Planning at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP). The webinar will provide an overview of the recommendations made by the GC3 and discuss the implications and opportunities for communities and businesses in Connecticut.

A robust panel discussion with the audience will conclude the webinar.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (1.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the webinar.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

My Town Cares: Local Efforts to Address and Prevent Homelessness

February 04, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Connecticut’s municipalities routinely encounter and provide services to the thousands of individuals who experience homelessness each year. Moreover, data shows that homelessness affects people in every municipality in Connecticut. Join us for an introduction to My Town Cares, an initiative of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, that provides a roadmap of actions to address and prevent homelessness.  Actions implemented are eligible for points in Sustainable CT’s new action category on homelessness. This webinar will provide an overview of the action roadmap, integrate municipal presentations on successful efforts to implement those actions, and outline opportunities available for support in doing this important work.

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

The Basics of Data Literacy

February 11, 2021 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Data Experience Level: Basic

Organizations are moving toward data-driven decision-making. Your organization may be one of them - and yet, you may not know how to ensure the data you use or generate is of high-quality, how to evaluate the quality of secondary data sources you can use, or how to understand some of the data that is being presented to you. This workshop walks through the basic concepts contained in the term “data literacy” and equips you with actions you can take to immediately improve your own data work.

In Data Basics participants will leave:

- Understanding what “data literacy” is, and why it is important for making good decisions.

- Being more critical consumers & creators of data conclusions from data.

- Being more careful “appliers” of data interpretations.

- Having a better understanding of data literacy & ways to immediately change how participants engage with data.

This introductory workshop will provide you with skills you can apply to improve your own ability to read, communicate, and use data. Participants will come away with a greater understanding of data collection and analysis and a more critical eye towards data encountered in everyday life.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Glastonbury Pollinator Pathway: BEE on it!

February 11, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Please join the Glastonbury Garden Club for this Zoom talk by Louise Washer, a co-founder of the Pollinator Pathway Northeast project, who will discuss how to bring more birds, bees and butterflies to your yard.  The talk will include a discussion of what threats pollinators face, how their populations have declined in recent years, and what we can all do in our own yards and towns to support them.

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 16, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

July 16, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

August 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

January 15, 2021

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

Intro to Survey Design

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

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

April 01, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Survey data can help you gather important information about your programs, clients, and services. However, there is a science to crafting and designing surveys that gather meaningful insights to improve your work. This class will provide general guidelines and practices in survey design, including for customer surveys and evaluative surveys, and will provide you with the knowledge and skills to help you create better surveys. 

Important note:

This Intro to Survey Design workshop will be supplemented with a series of webinars. Make sure to register for these webinars using the link provided on the confirmation page when you register for this workshop.

Please see the webinar schedule below:

Focusing Your Survey (Big Questions): Thursday, March 11th, 10:00-11:00 am 

Who Will Complete Your Survey? (Sampling): Thursday, March 18th, 10:00-11:00 am 

Analysis: Thursday, April 1st, 10:00-11:00 am

In Intro to Survey Design you will learn how to:

- Develop questions that give you meaningful information.

- Identify survey questions using best practices.

- Create a high-quality survey.

After attending this workshop you will have the skills you need to put into practice to improve the quality of your survey data.

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. However, if you are truly unable to pay the fee, please contact Sarah ( to attend this training free of charge.

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

Rural Development Toolkit Webinar

January 21, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable for the launch of this new comprehensive resource that showcases best practices, grants and technical assistance. Sourced from over 60 practitioners, this comprehensive resource will help communities build recreation economies around the United States.


- Chris Perkins, ORR Fellow, Yale School of the Environment/Yale School of Management

- Axie Navas, Outdoor Recreation Division Director, New Mexico

- Toby Bloom, National Program Manager, Travel, Tourism and Interpretation, USDA Forest Service

- Katie Allen, Director, Conservation Leadership Network, The Conservation Fund

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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