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Sustainable CT: Community Leadership and Action Conferences

May 13, 2023 - 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Free Center
52 N. Main St Middletown, CT 06457

Sustainable CT is excited to host a series of six regional Community Leadership and Action Conferences starting on Saturday, May 13th from 10am-3pm at the Free Center in Middletown, CT (52 N. Main St Middletown, CT 06457). Our goal is to bring the Community Match Fund closer to leaders and neighborhoods, while providing a platform for turning ideas into initiatives through funding, support and action. We’ll progress to Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, New London and Waterbury throughout the rest of the year. While we encourage you to attend the conference in your region and to connect with leaders near you, if you can’t attend your local conference, all are welcome to attend any event around the state.

Please plan to join us and to help spread the word to non-profits and residents in your network. As you will see from the agenda, the morning is focused on general information about the Community Match Fund and encouragement that anyone can be successful in running a campaign. The afternoon is an opportunity for past/present/future project leaders to work together on their individual ideas and to form partnerships to launch new concepts. The second part of the afternoon is a conversation about other funding and support resources. All attendees will walk away confident about how to start a successful crowdfunding campaign to boost their projects.

Register now for the conference in Middletown and to receive information as we roll out the other conferences across the state.

Each session will follow a similar format:

10:00-10:15am

Welcome and Introduction

10:15-11:00am

Panel #1: What is the Community Match Fund? How does it work?

11:00-11:15am

Break

11:15-12:00pm

Panel #2: In their Own Words - CMF Leaders on How they were Successful

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch: Four Tables - 1. Social Change; 2. Civic Pride/Engagement; 3. Composting; 4. Clean Energy

1:00-1:45pm

Session #3: Let's Work on Your Ideas – Collaborative Fundraising/Project Planning

1:45-2:00pm

Break

2:00-2:45pm

Panel #4: Other Funding Resources

2:45-3:00pm

Closing and Thanks

Connecticut is fortunate to be full of innovative community leaders and organizations ready to take on the challenges faced by residents. The Community Match Fund exists to help good people do great things. If that sounds like something your interested in, or know someone who is a leader in your neighborhood, bring yourself and bring them.
 

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

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Greening School Buses and Municipal Facilities

May 23, 2024 - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Hotel Marcel

500 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT 06511

In light of the recent announcement of Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds (GGRF) by the EPA, the Connecticut Green Bank is cordially inviting you to attend a workshop designed for elected officials, energy/sustainability task force members, school officials, and other municipal leaders. Their goal is to engage in meaningful dialogue about how federal funds can facilitate the shift towards financing for sustainable, resilient, and greener schools, school buses, other municipal facilities, and green environmental infrastructure, while also identifying and addressing any barriers to this transition. The Green Bank is excited for this opportunity, and they hope you can attend this engaging, impactful workshop!

Click here to learn more about the agenda and register to attend.
 

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

CIRCA's Decarbonization and Energy and Biodiversity, Ecosystem, and Conservation Webinar

May 23, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is hosting a new webinar series in late May. This series is a continuation effort after their research symposium and research seed grant and is aimed at showcasing the research efforts of UConn faculty members and fostering collaboration within the university’s community. Each webinar will center around one of the four research areas outlined by CIRCA, accessible on their website: https://circa.uconn.edu/research-interest-areas/.

This webinar will cover Decarbonization and Energy and Biodiversity, Ecosystem, and Conservation and will feature Dr. Chadwick Rittenhouse, Associate Professor in Residence, Department of Natural Resources & the Environment.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

The Essentials of Motivational Interviewing Workshop (2 -days)

May 28, 2024 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Center of Excellence

57 Fern Street, New Britain, CT, 06053

May 29, 2024 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Center of Excellence

57 Fern Street, New Britain, CT, 06053

This two day workshop will provide participants with the foundational knowledge and skills to use Motivational Interviewing (MI) with their clients. Across a broad range of care settings, successfully engaging and harnessing clients’ own motivations for making important life changes is a key ingredient for success. The most efficient way to understand the dynamics of the MI model, and to develop competency, is through practice -- learning by doing. Therefore, these sessions are highly interactive, incorporating structured learning activities including case examples, audio/video-recorded work samples, small group exercises, and “real”-plays. In this workshop participants will be progressively guided to improve their skills from basic to more advanced levels. Most importantly, they will be able to transfer and incorporate newly learned MI skills into real-world interactions.

Over the course of this workshop, participants will become familiar with the basic theory of MI, the skills for fostering an effective working alliance, and practice ways of responding effectively to challenging client statements to de-escalate conflict. Emphasis will also be placed on fine-tuning participants’ ability to recognize, evoke, and respond to client “change language,” an essential skill for fostering awareness and motivation. The materials and examples will be tailored to scenarios involving housing and homelessness issues.

Workshop Pricing:

CCEH Member Rate: $125

Non-Member Rate: $140
 

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

CIRCA's Economy, Workforce and Planning Perspectives and Climate Communication and Policy Webinar

May 28, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is hosting a new webinar series in late May. This series is a continuation effort after their research symposium and research seed grant and is aimed at showcasing the research efforts of UConn faculty members and fostering collaboration within the university’s community. Each webinar will center around one of the four research areas outlined by CIRCA, accessible on their website: https://circa.uconn.edu/research-interest-areas/.

This webinar will cover Economy, Workforce and Planning Perspectives and Climate Communication and Policy and will feature Dr. Shareen Hertel, Professor of Political Science and Human Rights.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

CIRCA's Climate Justice and Equity and Public Health and Emergency Management Webinar

May 30, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) is hosting a new webinar series in late May. This series is a continuation effort after their research symposium and research seed grant and is aimed at showcasing the research efforts of UConn faculty members and fostering collaboration within the university’s community. Each webinar will center around one of the four research areas outlined by CIRCA, accessible on their website: https://circa.uconn.edu/research-interest-areas/.

This webinar will cover Climate Justice and Equity and Public Health and Emergency Management and will feature Dr. Eleanor Ouimet, Assistant Professor of Anthropology.
 

Event Type: Webinar

The Groundwater Approach: A Racial Equity Workshop

June 05, 2024 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

July 10, 2024 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

As part of its ongoing work to advance racial equity throughout the region, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven is offering free community access to The Groundwater Approach, a racial equity workshop that builds an understanding of systemic racism and racial disparities through data and historical analysis.

The Groundwater metaphor is designed to help people internalize the reality that we live in a racially-structured society, and that that is what causes racial inequity. The metaphor is based on three observations:

  • racial inequity looks the same across systems,
  • socio-economic difference does not explain the racial inequity; and,
  • inequities are caused by systems, regardless of people’s culture or behavior.

The workshop is provided by the Racial Equity Institute, a national alliance of trainers, organizers and institutional leaders devoted to creating racially equitable organizations and systems.
Note: Workshop sessions are NOT recorded.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT: Spring into Summer 2024

June 11, 2024 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Wickham Park

1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT 06040

Our Spring into Summer 2024 event will take place at ;Wickham Park in Manchester on June 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.

We're coming full circle - back to the place where we celebrated those who participated in creating Sustainable CT with a "party in the park" in July, 2017. This year, in addition to celebrating the progress Connecticut communities have made over the years, we'll also be bidding farewell to our retiring executive director and founder, Lynn Stoddard. We’ll provide light fare and good cheer, and beautiful Wickham Park will provide the ambiance.

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Join us in working for a better Connecticut. By sponsoring our Spring into Summer 2024 event, you'll align your company with our reputation as a trusted and valuable support program for municipal leaders and an innovative thought-leader in building livable communities. Don't wait: contact Lynn Stoddard,; 860-259-4729, to discuss options and details. And visit our Sponsor Us page to discover the many different ways you can support our work and mission.
 

Event Type: In-Person Event or Training
Event Category: Sustainable CT Event, with Eligibility to Earn Points

CCEH 21st Annual Training Institute

June 12, 2024 - 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Connecticut Convention Center

100 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103

Join the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness at the Annual Training Institute to elevate your impact in ending homelessness. This essential gathering empowers participants with cutting-edge strategies and collaborative opportunities to transform our approach to homelessness in Connecticut. Ready to be part of the change? Register and learn how we're reimagining solutions and building a future where everyone has a place to call home.

Pricing

Standard / Non-Member - $160.00

Member - $130.00
 

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

Sustainable CT: Benchmarking Your Community's Energy Use

June 12, 2024 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Sustainable CT is pleased to partner with Eversource Energy, United Illuminating, and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology’s SmartBuildings CT program to provide energy benchmarking and tracking support to registered Sustainable CT communities within the utility company service territories.

Learn more about the SmartBuildings CT program and how it might help your municipality by earning points towards actions 7.1 Benchmark and Track Energy Use, 7.2 Reduce Energy Use Across All Municipal Buildings, and/or 7.4 Increase Use of Renewable Energy in Municipal Buildings.
 

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

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Training Series: Spring 2024

April 10, 2024 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

May 15, 2024 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

June 12, 2024 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

This free, three-part, virtual equity workshop series provides a comprehensive framework of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. Attendance at all three sessions is required. Sessions run 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm on: April 10, May 15, and June 12. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate equity considerations into their Sustainable CT initiatives. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance is capped at 35. This will be a live training and will not be recorded. Please only sign up if you intend to participate for the duration of each session.

Attendees will participate in three different workshops:

Beyond Unconscious Bias: Creating Systemic Change (April 10): This workshop goes beyond recognizing unconscious bias to crafting strategies for systemic change. Municipal leaders will learn how to audit policies and practices for bias, engage in reform, and implement long-term strategies for inclusivity. The session offers a mix of theoretical insights and practical tools to reshape the municipal landscape for equity and justice.

Race and Community: Deepening Engagement and Solidarity (May 15): This workshop is designed to deepen community engagement around issues of race and racism. Participants will learn about solidarity-based strategies and how to support movements for racial justice at the local level. This interactive session will focus on building partnerships, coalitions, and networks that can amplify efforts to challenge racism and build equitable communities.

Persuasion for Progress: Influencing Change in Community Attitudes (June 12): Aiming to create progressive shifts in community attitudes, this workshop provides participants with nuanced approaches to persuasion. Understanding that change often meets resistance, this session equips leaders with psychological insights and advanced communication strategies to transform skepticism into support for the Be READI© principles.

This webinar is eligible for Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CCMO) professional development credit from the CT Conference of Municipalities.
 

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

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Training Series: Summer 2024

June 13, 2024 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

July 11, 2024 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

August 01, 2024 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

This free, three-part, virtual equity workshop series provides a comprehensive framework of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. Attendance at all three sessions is required. Sessions run 10:00 am – 12:00 pm on: June 13, July 11, and August 1. Content will be geared to help Sustainability Teams integrate equity considerations into their Sustainable CT initiatives. Who should attend? Sustainability Team members (elected officials, municipal staff, commissioners, volunteers) in registered Sustainable CT communities. Attendance is capped at 35. This will be a live training and will not be recorded. Please only sign up if you intend to participate for the duration of each session.

Attendees will participate in three different workshops:

Be READI© Leadership: Championing Equity at the Forefront (June 13): This workshop is tailored for those who are ready to lead by example in the realm of equity and inclusion. Building upon the principles and strategies discussed in previous equity training series, this workshop aims to cultivate leaders who not only understand the Be READI© framework but can also effectively champion these values within their municipalities. Participants will explore advanced leadership techniques, including how to influence organizational culture, inspire teams, and lead equitable change initiatives that yield measurable results.

Measuring What Matters: Assessing DEI Impact in Municipalities (July 11): This workshop focuses on the importance of tracking progress and evaluating the impact of DEI initiatives. This hands-on workshop guides participants through the creation of effective assessment tools and indicators that align with the Be READI© framework. Municipal leaders will learn how to collect and analyze data, report on findings, and use insights to drive continuous improvement and accountability in DEI efforts.

Sustainable Change: Institutionalizing Be READI© Practices (August 1): This workshop is designed to ensure the longevity and resilience of DEI efforts. This session will help participants identify and implement policies and practices that embed the principles of Belonging, relevant equity, access, accountability diversity, and inclusion into the DNA of municipal operations. Leaders will be equipped with strategies for policy development, stakeholder engagement, and the creation of a municipal infrastructure that supports lasting DEI integration.
 

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

ESG Evolution: Sustainable Building Practices in Corporate Responsibility

June 13, 2024 - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hotel Marcel

500 Sargent Dr, New Haven, CT 06511

Tickets

  • $55 Early-Bird BuildGreenCT/CTPH/CTGBC members* (through 5/17 with promo code**)
  • $75 BuildGreenCT/CTPH/CTGBC members* (starting 5/18 with promo code**)
  • $100 Non-members

As the landscape of ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) standards continues to evolve, so too does the field of green buildings. This evolution highlights the interconnectedness and mutual benefits shared between ESG principles and sustainable building practices.

The synergies include a focus on transparency, stakeholder engagement, reducing the environmental footprint, implementing metrics, targets and demonstrating impact.

ESG programs may not be fully leveraging the benefits of green building approaches. Corporations can benefit from sharing more disclosures about their efforts to mitigate risks and improve the built environment.

During this panel, experts will discuss leveraging the principles of green building within ESG frameworks and programs to result in more holistic and impactful sustainability strategies, driving long-term value creation and resilience for businesses and society.

Your ticket also includes a complimentary beverage and sustainably sourced farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres from Hotel Marcel’s kitchen served during the first hour.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT: Equity Connections

June 20, 2024 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join Sustainable CT Equity Coaches for “Equity Connections” – regular opportunities to share your questions about equity actions, challenges, successes, or just listen to the conversation, and get ideas on how to approach or deepen your equity work. Municipal officials, staff, and Sustainability Team members are welcome to join the Sustainable CT team for these new bi-monthly virtual sharing sessions.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

July 19, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

August 16, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

September 20, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

2024 CTData Conference

October 17, 2024 - 8:00 am to 4:15 pm

The Heritage Hotel Golf, Spa & Conference Center

522 Heritage Road, Southbury, CT 06488

As data people, our role is often one of making connections across organizations or across geographies to better understand progress or challenges in the social sector. During the conference, participants will learn about the pivotal role data has played in making connections, improving systems, and measuring outcomes through data integration, data infrastructure development, data strategy building, and more.

The conference will take place at the beautiful Heritage Hotel in Southbury, CT. With many beautiful indoor-outdoor gathering spaces, you will have many opportunities to develop new connections, share ideas, and start new partnerships.
 

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

October 18, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

November 15, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

December 20, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

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