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Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: Engaging Community - Compensating for Lived Experience

January 21, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Local governments are working to meaningfully engage constituents in public decisions. An inclusive, equitable approach requires deliberate and authentic outreach to the most affected and marginalized populations. One element of a more comprehensive outreach strategy includes paying people with lived experience in community-based work. Learn about how the City of New Haven’s Food System Policy Division compensates members of its Community Advisory Board and how the Towns of Avon, Manchester, South Windsor, West Hartford, and Wethersfield empowered Sustainable CT to compensate community members to inform their affordable housing plans. We will then facilitate a discussion on how your community might begin exploring fairly compensating community members for their efforts.

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

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

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Funding Your Main Street: CT Small Business Boost Fund

November 29, 2022 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Connecticut Small Business Boost Fund is a new resource for Connecticut’s small businesses supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

With loans ranging from $5,000 – $500,000, no origination fees, a low interest rate, and a focus on underserved business owners, the CT Small Business Boost Fund is a flexible program with quick turnaround that can help many Main Street businesses get the capital they need.

As downtown leaders, you’re an important resource for your small businesses. In this webinar, you’ll learn:

  • Key talking points to share about the loan fund
  • The kinds of technical assistance available to help small businesses apply
  • Practical uses for the funds that your Main Street businesses can relate to
  • Tips for communicating with your downtown businesses

Who should attend?

This webinar is geared towards:

  • Downtown managers
  • Economic Development officials
  • Town Planners
  • Mayors & Selectmen
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Nonprofit professionals working with Small Main Street businesses
  • Cultural District managers/DRSOs
  • Retail space landlords & property owners

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Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Pathways to Engagement: Regenerating a Resilient CT Foodshed

November 30, 2022 - 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Greenwich Food System Forum 2022 is a six part series that will engage thought leaders on the interconnectedness between the industrialized food system and our greatest ecological and social challenges; human and ecological health, economic disparity, racial inequity, food insecurity and access, affordable housing and climate change. Local and state-wide advocates and community organizers, who understand the layers of complexity within our food system, will discuss the ways in which root causes are embedded in policy, practice and mindset. Panel discussions will set context, connect dots, and provide solutions that call for systemic and structural change. Most significant, will be the sharing of ways WE can help reweave our social fabric through food and agriculture.

*WE have the power to be food system changemakers! Together, we can realize a future that advances a regionalized, regenerative, equitable and just Connecticut food system. Please join us!

*"We acknowledge that the place commonly referred to as “Connecticut” is located on the occupied and/or unceded traditional lands and waters of Indigenous peoples, and that we have a responsibility to help make that truth visible and to support efforts toward indigenous sovereignty and well-being.” Greenwich Conservation Commission and The Foodshed Network.
 

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

1st Annual LIS Sustainable & Resilient Communities Workshop

December 01, 2022 - 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm

This virtual workshop will bring together local government, Indigenous, tribal, and community leaders, nonprofits, and other stakeholders from both CT & NY to learn more about opportunities to increase the resilience of coastal Long Island Sound communities to various environmental challenges.

A final agenda will be shared with registrants leading up to December 1st, but sessions will include: tips for success with Long Island Sound funding opportunities, information on a new grant-writing assistance program, and breakouts for focused discussion on shoreline planning, using green infrastructure for stormwater management, and managed retreat.

This workshop will be recorded. Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Multifamily Peer to Peer Network December Presentation: Featuring Nandini Natarajan of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority

December 02, 2022 - 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

The next meeting of the Multifamily Peer to Peer network will be on Friday, December 2, 2022 at 11:30 am and will feature Nandini Natarajan, Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Virtual Equity Training Series: Fall 2022

October 19, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

November 16, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

December 07, 2022 - 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

This free, three-part, virtual equity workshop series provides a comprehensive framework of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI). Attendance at all three sessions is required. Sessions run 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on: October 19th, November 16th, and December 7th. 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.

Attendees will participate in three different workshops:

Managing Unconscious Bias (October 19): This workshop is designed to increase awareness of bias and to explore how conscious and unconscious bias impacts communication and decision-making when we interact with individuals and groups that are different from us. Participants will also explore the effects of bias in everyday situations and determine alternative behaviors that stop bias in its tracks.

Race, Racism, and White Supremacy (November 16): This workshop explores the origins of race, white supremacy, and racism. We begin to discuss and how white supremacy and racism continue to manifest in our cities and towns.

How to Change Someone's Mind (December 7): In this workshop participants will learn about beliefs and behaviors of folks and how to navigate racist comments and the complexities of people’s beliefs.

Workshop leaders offer a variety of tools and teaching methods including graphic facilitation, visual imagery, theoretical models, small group dialogue, and kinesthetic interaction, to create a dynamic space that supports all types of learners.
 

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

Learn about C-PACE New Construction Financing

December 07, 2022 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Assembling the capital needed to develop commercial and industrial properties is increasingly challenging and expensive. Join this webinar to learn about how C-PACE new construction financing can help provide capital to new construction, repositioning, and gut renovation projects. This innovative tool provides accessible and affordable financing for developers and owners by leveraging the proven success of C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy), a financing solution where energy improvements are repaid through an assessment placed on the property, to help build more cost-effective, competitive, and higher performing buildings.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Trail Mapping for CT Trail Finder with Avenza Maps

December 07, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Connecticut Trail Finder is a free, interactive mapping site designed to help Connecticut residents and visitors find publicly accessible hiking, walking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling trails across the state. It is a critical resource for trail managers, allowing them to provide the public with up-to-date, comprehensive information about their trails through individual trail listings that allow users to view a digital trail map, get essential information, submit trip comments and photos, and connect with other users. But what is the best way to collect trail data these days? This webinar will focus on Avenza Maps, a free mapping solution for iOS and Android devices. The broad features of the app will be demonstrated in the context of trail mapping for managers and trail stewards whose overall goal is to collect information to share broadly with the public through the Connecticut Trail Finder website.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Introducing the Drawdown Roadmap: Accelerating Action to Address the Climate Crisis presented by Dr. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director, Project Drawdown

November 28, 2022 - 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

December 08, 2022 - 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

The world now recognizes that climate change is a real and serious issue. But our actions to date are woefully insufficient to solve the problem. How can we get unstuck, catch up, and advance climate action more quickly? In this game-changing 90-minute webinar, Project Drawdown executive director Jon Foley presents research that points to which climate actions we should prioritize—across sectors, timescales, and geographies—to make the most of efforts to achieve drawdown. In addition, Foley will show how recognizing co-benefits of climate solutions that improve health, well-being, equity, and more can help accelerate action. Finally, he will look at the importance of pulling multiple levers to scale climate solutions—including changes in policy, capital flows, business models, technology, and behavior. Learn how you can make the most of YOUR commitment to create a safe climate for future generations and achieve the change we need before it's too late.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

December 16, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

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

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

Soup to Nuts: Nonprofit Fundamentals

September 14, 2022 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Marketing"

October 12, 2022 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Grassroots Advocacy"

November 09, 2022 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"State and Federal Advocacy"

January 11, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Grant Writing"

February 08, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Data Collection & Evaluation"

March 08, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Board Essentials P.1"

April 12, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Board Essentials P. 2"

May 10, 2023 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am

"Fundraising and Development"

Hosted by Fairfield County's Community Foundation's Center for Nonprofit Excellence and the United Way of Western Connecticut: Participants are invited to an eight-part training series covering the essential aspects of nonprofit management.

Topics will include:

  • September 14: Marketing

  • October 12: Grassroots Advocacy

  • November 9: State and Federal Advocacy

  • January 11: Grant Writing

  • February 8: Data Collection & Evaluation

  • March 8: Board Essentials P.1

  • April 12: Board Essentials P. 2

  • May 10: Fundraising and Development
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

How to Reframe the Aging Narrative: Celebrating Vitality

February 08, 2023 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Our communities are stronger when they include the full scope of our energy, including the contributions of older people, individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and individuals with disabilities. Learn more at the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative’s release event for its municipal resource guide on unconscious bias, ageism and ableism, and the latest communication research on how to effectively tell the story of aging. The guide will be posted to the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative website after this launch event and e-mailed to all registered participants.

This event is the first in our 2023 Age Well Academy series, with special recognition to be awarded to participants who join us for all five events during the year. Municipalities are encouraged to send teams of attendees. This event is eligible for Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CMMO) credit with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). If you are interested in receiving CMMO credit, please be sure to register with your municipal e-mail address.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sharing and Celebration Summit: Honoring Community Excellence

April 26, 2023 - 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

State Capitol

210 Capitol Ave #3 Hartford, CT 06106

Connecticut is a wellspring of ideas and innovations on how to foster aging, dementia and disability inclusivity. Join the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative and the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity at the State Capitol for the release of our resource guide, spotlighting community excellence across the state. The guide will be posted to the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative website after this launch event and e-mailed to all registered participants. At this sharing and celebration summit, local leaders will inspire you as recipients for our first annual Wellspring Awards, and legislators will share statewide policy perspectives as part of a reflection panel. 

This event is the second in our 2023 Age Well Academy series, with special recognition to be awarded to participants who join us for all five events during the year. Municipalities are encouraged to send teams of attendees. This event is eligible for Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CMMO) credit with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). If you are interested in receiving CMMO credit, please be sure to register with your municipal e-mail address.
 

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

Understanding Your Community: An Interactive Data Tool

June 07, 2023 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Connecticut is the 7th oldest state in the nation, with communities statewide experiencing increases in the percentage of residents age 65 and older, residents living with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias, and individuals living with one or more disabilities. With Connecticut’s changing demographic comes tremendous opportunity.

Learn more about your community with the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative’s new data resource guide, featuring an interactive data tool to help understand your community, advance healthy aging, and build vibrant, healthy communities for all ages. This municipal guide will be posted to the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative website after this launch event and e-mailed to all registered participants.

This event is the third in our 2023 Age Well Academy series, with special recognition to be awarded to participants who join us for all five events during the year. Municipalities are encouraged to send teams of attendees. This event is eligible for Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CMMO) credit with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities(CCM). If you are interested in receiving CMMO credit, please be sure to register with your municipal e-mail address.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Practical Action for Aging, Dementia and Disability Inclusivity: Best Practice Guidelines

September 13, 2023 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Municipal government, community stakeholders and residents can work together to create more aging, dementia and disability-inclusive communities, resulting in more just, equitable communities for everyone. With resources from AARP’s livable communities initiative, Dementia-Friendly America, Sustainable CT and other collective impact partners, join the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative for the release of its new municipal resource guide on practical action for local and regional aging, dementia and disability inclusivity. The guide will be posted to the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative website after this launch event and e-mailed to all registered participants.

This event is the fourth in our 2023 Age Well Academy series, with special recognition to be awarded to participants who join us for all five events during the year. Municipalities are encouraged to send teams of attendees. This event is eligible for Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CMMO) credit with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). If you are interested in receiving CMMO credit, please be sure to register with your municipal e-mail address.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Honoring Lived Experience and Creating Community Authority

October 18, 2023 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative inaugurated its Community Leaders Fellowship, a compensated opportunity to engage individuals with lived experience of aging, dementia, and disability and their care partners, with a focus on lifting up voices of historically disempowered populations. The Connecticut Age Well Collaborative’s new municipal resource guide describes how to build community authority and honor lived experience in the earliest stages of community partnership. Local government is invited to explore this model to embed an authentic lens in community decision-making. The guide will be posted to the Connecticut Age Well Collaborative website after this launch event and e-mailed to all registered participants.

This event is the fifth in our 2023 Age Well Academy series, with special recognition to be awarded to participants who join us for all five events during the year. Municipalities are encouraged to send teams of attendees. This event is eligible for Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CMMO) credit with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM). If you are interested in receiving CMMO credit, please be sure to register with your municipal e-mail address.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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