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11th Annual Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference

October 20, 2020 - 11:00 am to October 22, 2020 - 6:00 pm

The Midwest Building Energy Codes Conference brings together stakeholders from across the Midwest to discuss how best to discuss the advancement of energy codes in the region and best practices for raising compliance. This free annual conference provides an opportunity to network, engage in building science and policy discussions, and learn from leading experts about current and future trends.

Agenda Topics:

- The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)

- COVID-19 Impacts

- Stretch Codes

- Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings

- Energy Code Compliance

- Benchmarking

- And more!

The full agenda and session descriptions can be found here.

Event Type: Webinar

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

Climate Displacement Forum Series

October 15, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

October 20, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

October 22, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

October 29, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

November 05, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This 5-part series, brought to you by EcoAdapt's National Adaptation Forum, will take an interconnected look at climate displacement pressures and discuss anti-displacement, migration, managed retreat, relocation and expansion strategies, equity implications, and policy considerations. Join for any or all of the sessions on this critical topic. For panel descriptions click here.

10/15 - Climate Displacement and Anti-Displacement Strategies

10/20 - Household-Level Retreat

10/22 - Community-wide Protection, Relocation & Expansion

10/29 - Migration and Receiving Communities

11/5 - Policy Considerations at Multiple Scales

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

2020 CT Climate Action Business Summit

October 21, 2020 - 8:00 am to October 23, 2020 - 4:30 pm

Fifty years after Earth Day was established, the business community is accelerating its pace to heed the call to action. From the comfort of your home or business, you can join the climate change movement. Prepare to gain actionable information and tactics that will help you find ways to integrate climate sustainability into your business and celebrate newfound resiliency.

Connecticut, often called the ‘gateway to New England,’ is also an important part of the powerhouse Tri-State Area. Whether you work, play or collaborate here, the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council would like to invite you to include yourself and your business in all we can accomplish together to address climate change.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Data Visualization Workshop

October 21, 2020 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

October 28, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Data Experience Level: Intermediate

Once you learn how to gain insights from data or tell data stories, you may still not be sure how to create clear, compelling charts and graphs electronically to support your story.

By learning the principles of data visualization, and applying them with free data tools we will use in this workshop, you will learn how to create simple, compelling charts that effectively convey insights you gain from data.

During this TWO-PART workshop, you will learn how to begin using Datawrapper and Tableau, and how you can improve your Excel charts.

In Data Visualization you will learn how to:

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

- Create graphs in Datawrapper and Tableau Public (free tools).

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

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 help you follow-through on your desire to improve your data skills - which is why you signed up. However, if you are truly unable to pay the fee, please contact Sarah (sarah@ctdata.org) to attend this training free of charge.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Pitch Perfect: A Quick Introduction to CT’s Small Business Financing Options

October 21, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join CT Main St. Center for this fast-paced session for Connecticut's small businesses. Funders will have 10 minutes to introduce their organization, key programs & products, and a success story.

Participants will be able to expand their knowledge with a lively Q&A after the panel presentations. 

This webinar is intended for municipal staff, Main Street staff, and chambers, not local businesses. A recording and other information will be available for sharing with your business community after the webinar.

Event Type: Webinar

Assessing Coastal Risks and Enhancing Resilience Seminar Series

October 07, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

October 14, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

October 21, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

October 28, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

November 04, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

November 11, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

November 18, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

December 02, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

December 09, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

December 16, 2020 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

January 13, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

A Virtual Seminar Series held by Horn Point Laboratory at the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science. Seminars will be held on Wednesdays at 11:00 am.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Let’s Talk Data: Collecting Data to Help, Not Harm

October 21, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

You have likely seen the stories—in the newspaper or in your own work—that highlight the disparate impact of the current pandemic on different groups across our state and nation. Yet not all states are able to identify these disparities because of an administrative decision to not collect the data.

We often think of lack of data in this situation as a moral problem—a bad actor refusing to give us access for nefarious reasons. And perhaps they are. But sometimes, people make decisions about data with neutral intent that ultimately have negative consequences.

In our own work, we make decisions about what data to collect, how to collect this data, and what categories to use. These decisions ultimately have ethical implications about what we can know, whether we're harming certain groups and benefiting others, and whether our data is actually helping the people we are trying to serve.

In other words: we can intend to help specific groups while impeding our ability to learn about whether we are actually harming them.

Join us for an informal, virtual lunchtime discussion where you will have a chance to talk with other data users about questions such as:

- How can we identify gaps in our own data collection?

- How can we partner with those we seek to serve in our data collection and analysis process?

- How can we improve our practices to reduce the likelihood that we will harm the people we seek to help through our data collection?

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

COST Webinar: CT's Affordable Housing Toolkit

October 21, 2020 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Learn how the toolkit will assist your community in creating an affordable housing plan, including assessing housing needs and market conditions, developing affordable housing goals, and developing strategies and actions.

Presenters:

- Melissa Kaplan-Macey, VP State Programs & CT Director, Regional Planning Association

- Michael Santoro, Community Development Specialist, Department of Housing

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Climate Migration: Research, Analyze, Implement - What can We Learn from Other Places?

October 22, 2020 - 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Climate change is a human rights issue. 13 million U.S. coastal residents are projected to be displaced by 2100 due to sea level rise alone, while many thousands are already being forced out of their homes due to hurricanes, flooding and wildfires. Uncoordinated and piecemeal efforts at the federal level leave the burden on local governments to prepare for the short and long-term impacts of these population movements in both receiving and shrinking communities. Adequate planning and preparation to reduce risk and avoid catastrophic outcomes must prioritize frontline communities and ensure that local residents are active participants in these efforts. Climate migration may also present opportunities for “climate haven” communities to grow safely, sustainably, and equitably if planning is coordinated and thoughtful. 

This webinar will showcase recent research and work compiled by Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Antioch University on the potential impacts of climate induced migration on receiving communities. Discussion will also center on how cities and towns across the country can start to plan and engage their community members on preparing for these impacts. Strategies to address climate-induced migration must prioritize the most impacted and least resourced communities.

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

A Conversation with Dan Kammen of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory

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

The Blueprint for Clean Energy Webinar Series and CBEY are proud to host Dr. Dan Kammen for a discussion on renewable energy through the lens of current polices, agendas, and politics. Dr. Kammen is the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group, the Goldman School of Public Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. He was appointed the first Environment and Climate Partnership for the Americas (ECPA) Fellow by Secretary of State Hilary R. Clinton in April 2010.

Dr. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), Co-Director of the Berkeley Institute of the Environment, and Director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center. He has founded or is on the board of over 10 companies and has served the State of California and US federal government in expert and advisory capacities.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Connecticut Voices for Children Community Budget Forum

October 22, 2020 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

The community budget forum is adapted from Connecticut Voices for Children's Annual budget forum to bring information on the state budget and related issues to the broader community. This year, during a time of social, political, and economic upheaval, we'll begin to imagine what economic justice can look like, together.

Facilitated by Jennifer Quaye-Hudson.

Panelists:

- The Honorable Michael Passero, City of New London

- Mel Medina, Policy Director, ACLU

- Roslyn Sotero, Director of Community Programs, Waterbury Bridge to Success

- Elizabeth Nearing, Arts Advocate, New Haven

- Eddie Martinez, President, Greater Bridgeport Latino Network.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Aquatic WILD & NGSS

October 23, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Attend a free Aquatic WILD and NGSS webinar on Friday, October 23, 2020, from 3PM-4PM. This online webinar will include four Aquatic WILD activities that involve investigations that can be done indoors and outside with minimal materials. These hands-on activities will help K-12 students learn about aquatic habitats and develop the skills necessary to prepare them for an ever-changing world. Project WILD’s wildlife-based environmental education activities address state and national standards and are designed to complement existing curricula. All formal and non-formal educators, home school educators, teachers, youth group leaders, and more are welcome and encouraged to attend. Materials will be provided during the workshop.

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

Blue Moon, Full Moon and Halloween too!

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

Participate in a special planetarium program presented by the Mystic Seaport Trewoggy Planetarium, suitable for grades 3-8. Enjoy this "Virtual Fieldtrip" to the planetarium and learn about the phases of the moon, eclipses, power over tides and folklore. The Zoom Presentation and links will be sent prior to the program date and time.

This program is interactive with a simple materials for classroom and home participation. Details and instructions will be sent to registered participants prior to the program. Information on NGSS correlations available with registration confirmation.

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

Climate Change and Connecticut's Forests: A Webinar for Secondary Education Level

November 06, 2020 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

This webinar is designed for middle/high school teachers and non-formal educators who want to consider the role of forests in their climate change curriculum. Using nationally recognized, NGSS-aligned activities from Project Learning Tree, as well as local experts and guides, participants will learn about current climate issues and how they affect Connecticut forests. A discussion will also occur about the role of forests in mitigating climate change. Teachers will be provided with a free PLT curriculum with hands-on lessons and ideas that will help them teach their students about forests while staying aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Data for Everybody: Ethical Practices, Equitable Solutions

November 09, 2020 - 11:00 am to November 10, 2020 - 4:00 pm

On November 9th & 10th, 2020, “data people” will convene online to:

- Learn how to meaningfully engage the community and apply ethical and equitable data practices,

- Hear about ongoing initiatives to address inequities through data in Connecticut,

- Develop new connections with other data users.

This year’s conference explores the intersection of equity and ethics in data to help data users in Connecticut integrate these principles and practices into our daily data work.

Whether you are a decision-maker and need to understand how to use the results from data exploration, or are a data person and need to identify new skills and data sets to inform your work, this conference will offer these opportunities.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Backyard Exploration Series

October 13, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

November 10, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

December 08, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Engage students in explorations at home and school. Each session provides educators with details on the topic and walks you through the resources, information background and ways to access materials for use throughout the year.

Webinars:

October 13 - Fish Fun

November 10 - Fruits, Seeds and Nuts

December 8 - Leaf Thermometers

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Project Wet: Water in Our World

October 14, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

November 11, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

December 09, 2020 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Participate in free hands on webinars that focus on specific activities to support learning in the classroom. If you have the Project WET resource guide, we encourage you to use the book as we demonstrate the materials and how to apply them for distance and in classroom education.

Webinars:

10/14 - Seeing Watersheds

11/11 - Virtual Water

12/9 - Water Quality, Ask the Bugs

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

Climate Adaptation Academy Managed Retreat Workshop

November 13, 2020 - 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

When talking about community response to climate change issues, retreat is the "R" word. This workshop is intended to begin the discussion about managed retreat in the face of climate change. Dr. AR Siders, a national expert in managed retreat, will provide a national perspective. Attorney Marjorie Shansky will speak on legal issues. Other speakers will focus on issues and examples related to retreat in Connecticut. We would like to hear what you think and what questions you have about managed retreat.

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

2nd Annual Resilient Connecticut Climate Adaptation Virtual Summit

November 20, 2020 - 9:00 am to 11:45 am

CIRCA will host the second Resilient Connecticut Summit on November 20, 2020 as a half-day, virtual event that is open to the public and free to attend. Participants will learn about recent project activities, participate in breakouts, and hear from keynote speaker Barry E. Hill, Adjunct Professor at the Vermont Law School’s Environmental Law Institute. Professor Hill will present on the topic of Attorney Generals “Addressing Instances of Environmental/Climate Injustice Through Climate Change Litigation”.

When registering for the Summit, participants will choose between one of three breakout sessions to hear from diverse speakers on the following topics:

- Resilience Planning: Challenges, Opportunities and Interconnections

- Building Technical Capacity and Tools for Resilience

- Climate Adaptation Policy and Implementation

A note that while these breakout sessions will be concurrent, they will all be recorded and a link provided following the event for later viewing.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Data Storytelling

December 02, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Data Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced

Data stories can be a powerful tool to communicate data in a clear and compelling way that can lead to action. Yet too often the data we convey leaves our audience wondering what they should do or with more questions than answers. This workshop will give you foundational knowledge and skills to become a Data Storyteller.

In Data Storytelling you will learn:

- What a “data story” is.

- A process to create clear and compelling data stories

- How to combine your insights and findings with a visualization to help readers remember the story - and guide them to action.

Becoming a Data Storyteller is a practice. By applying what you learn in this workshop, you can learn to create data stories that will not only help readers remember what they’ve heard, but will help you guide your audience to action.

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 (sarah@ctdata.org) to attend this training free of charge.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

2020 Energy Efficiency and Climate Policy Forum

December 03, 2020 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Join us for the first ACEEE forum on energy efficiency policies to address global climate change. While it will definitely be possible to attend virtually, we are also hoping to offer the option of limited in-person, socially distant seating at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

On the heels of a pivotal national election, this one-day event will explore key steps and policies that will help the United States halve its energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The forum will feature keynote addresses by a congressional leader and an official associated with the next administration plus four sessions focusing on:

Buildings - improvements to existing buildings and opportunities for electrification

Industry - industrial carbonization strategies

Transportation - advanced vehicles and systems

Cross-cutting - state-led planning, clean energy standard, and carbon pricing

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Quantitative Data Analysis

December 09, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

December 10, 2020 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Approachable data analysis: Learn how to ask common statistical questions in a straightforward way using common tools. TWO PART WORKSHOP.

You may use and communicate data on a regular basis, but know that you still want to improve your skills in producing data and conducting analyses. During this day-long, hands-on workshop you learn about and practice asking and answering data questions, and using new tools to help save you time and improve the accuracy of your next data project.

During this hands-on workshop you will manipulate data and learn how to:

- Use questions to decide what kind of analysis to conduct.

- Identify the types of data you have, and what you can do with each.

- Clean your data

- Use Excel and Google Sheets to conduct basic analyses.

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 help you follow-through on your desire to improve your data skills - which is why you signed up. However, if you are truly unable to pay the fee, please contact Sarah (sarah@ctdata.org) to attend this training free of charge.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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