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2021 Northeast Regional Climate Adaptation Science Symposium

October 26, 2021 - 9:00 am to 4:45 pm

October 27, 2021 - 9:30 am to 4:45 pm

Join the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) for two days of presentations detailing NE CASC research focusing on resource management perspectives and needs, workshops supporting climate adaptation, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about NE CASC, be part of the regional climate adaptation science community, and help shape the future of climate adaptation science in the NE.

Registration Deadline 10/15/2021

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Small Things that make a BIG difference

October 27, 2021 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Join Connecticut Main Street Center for their latest webinar featuring a fast-paced panel discussion of solutions for Placemaking, Inclusiveness and Stewardship of your downtown. Case studies include creative use of reclaiming pavement, public space, & pedestrian connections that make downtown more welcoming and create more equitable places.

Including Panelists representing:

  • Liberty Green & Main Street Park, Niantic Village in East Lyme - David Putnam, Director, Town of East Lyme Parks & Recreation Department

  • The Off Main Experience, Purnell Place, Downtown Manchester - Matthew Conway, The RiseUp Group

  • Town Green District Public Space Improvements, Downtown New Haven - Win Davis: changes to public space and public space management will be the theme
Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

UCONN TAB: Navigating EPA’s EJ SCREEN Tool for EPA Brownfields Grants

October 27, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

EJ SCREEN a mapping and screening tool developed by EPA to provide a nationally consistent data set and approach for combining environmental and demographic indicators. In this year’s EPA Brownfields Grant guidelines, it is suggested to utilize EJ SCREEN to help characterize target areas and identify threats to sensitive populations.

In this workshop, the UConn Technical Assistance on Brownfields (TAB) team will provide a hands-on demonstration on how to use EJ SCREEN tool to develop your narrative proposal.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Funding Basics for Long Island Sound Communities: Crafting Competitive Proposals for the National Coastal Resilience Fund and Beyond

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

From identifying funding opportunities to clicking “submit,” navigating the grant process can be challenging. In this webinar, you will learn how to craft more competitive grant applications and increase the success rate of your submissions. You will learn about the steps you may need to take before you even start writing, including how to identify priority projects, determine suitable funding sources, and avoid common pitfalls. Presenters will apply key tips to various funding opportunities, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) National Coastal Resilience Fund (NCRF). NCRF invests in projects that will create, expand, and restore natural systems in areas that will (1) increase protection for communities from coastal storms, sea- and lake-level changes, inundation, and coastal erosion and (2) improve valuable habitats for fish and wildlife species.

NCRF’s team of Field Liaisons, Throwe Environmental, will be available to help you understand how communities can take advantage of the NCRF, as well as other funding sources. Participants are invited to bring project-specific ideas and questions for a discussion following a presentation and general Q&A.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Climate Action Business Summit

October 28, 2021 - 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

The Foundation House

124 Old Mill Road Greenwich, CT 06831

October 29, 2021 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm


CT Climate Action Business Summit is an annual business conference produced by the CT Sustainable Business Council and brings together business leaders, change-makers, and subject-matter experts dedicated to finding ways to address the climate crisis and build a sustainable economy that is equitable for all.

This year, participants will engage in interactive programming including rapid-fire presentations and small group discussions designed to forge new relationships as we explore the barriers and opportunities to scaling business solutions to climate change.

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

2021 Global Environmental Justice Conference

October 29, 2021 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The 2021 Global Environmental Justice Conference at the Yale School of the Environment will focus on a just green recovery. As we emerge from the pandemic into the reality of climate disruption, it is clear that restarting the economy cannot mean a return to the status quo. Instead, leaders in government and policy, NGO’s, universities, the private sector, and grassroots coalitions have a pronounced opportunity to rethink how we live. Domestically and internationally, justice will be at the center of investments in the recovery, and this conference will investigate theories of change in energy and food justice. How do we get from the problems we diagnose to the solutions? How do those solutions address the real economic and physical challenges while keeping justice at the center?

Panelists will include scholars, practitioners, and activists at the forefront of building capacity for a just response. These interdisciplinary experts will consider the tasks necessary to advance food and energy justice in the face of climate disruption. The conference, supported by The Graciela Chichilnisky Environmental Fund in Honor of Natasha Chichilnisky-Heal, will be hosted in a hybrid format at the Yale School of the Environment and via Zoom and include interactive opportunities to engage the speakers and conference network.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Opt In to Parking Reform

November 01, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join DesegregateCT and expert guest panelists, moderated by Holly Parker of the Road Less Traveled, as they discuss the impacts of parking on climate, health and environment - and the need for reform.

Co-sponsored by Center for Latino Progress and Park New Haven.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Hixon Center Urban Conference: COVID’s Impact and the Future of Cities

November 05, 2021 - 8:30 am to 2:45 pm

Kroon Hall

195 Prospect St. New Haven, CT 06511

This hybrid conference convened by Yale’s Hixon Center for Urban Ecology will focus on the current and potential future impact of COVID on cities. Yale Professor Frank Snowden will provide the opening talk, Re-imagining Cities during Covid-19: Lessons from Asiatic Cholera. The day-long event will include three panels exploring the relationship between urban living conditions and viral spread; the impact of shifting concentrations of people and capital on real estate investments; and causes and effects of increased utilization of urban natural space. Shannon LaDeau’s closing presentation will center on the role of human-environmental interactions in exacerbating the threats of vector-borne pathogens in urban areas. Yale affiliates may attend the conference remotely or in person at Kroon Hall (195 Prospect St.).

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Connecticut Association of Conservation & Inland Wetlands Commissions, Inc. (CACIWC) Annual 2021 Conference

November 06, 2021 - 8:45 am to 2:30 pm

The CACIWC is pleased to welcome David R. Vallee of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) Northeast River Forecast Center to serve as their 2021 Annual Conference keynote speaker.

Much of New England has been experiencing an increasing trend in annual average temperature and annual average precipitation over the past several decades. During this same time period, the region has experienced an increasing number of moderate to major flood episodes. These episodes have been associated with a variety of storm types and have affected the region at different times of the year, but the most potent of these have been associated with tropical systems. The common threads in each episode were the ability of each storm system to move slowly and tap into a deep tropical moisture source which resulted in very heavy if not record rainfall amounts. This presentation will review current trends and will examine recent storms such as Florence, Henri and Ida as examples of our increasing vulnerability to such high impact events. The presentation will end with a brief look at new prototype services under development by the National Weather Service to provide forecasts of inundation to Emergency Managers.

David R. Vallee Biography:

David Vallee is the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center. The center provides water resource and life-saving flood forecasting services to hundreds of federal, state and local water resource partners throughout New York, New England and neighboring Canada.

David has worked for the National Weather Service for 34 years, serving in a variety of positions including Intern Meteorologist from 1987-1993, Senior Service Hydrologist at the Taunton Weather Forecast Office from 1993-2000 and as their Science and Operations Officer from 2001-2006. David has extensive experience leading hydrometeorological forecast and warning operations and directing weather research and training programs. Research topics have included New England Hurricane Behavior and Climate Change Impacts on Flood Frequency and Severity. David most recently led a Department of Commerce Agency Priority Goal to: Mitigate Flood Impacts by Demonstrating Improved Decision Support Services to Emergency Managers.


CACIWC Member (members & staff of CACIWC member commissions in good standing): $30

Non-Member: $60

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

CTData Conference 2021

November 08, 2021 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

November 09, 2021 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

November 10, 2021 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

During this mini virtual conference, Co-authors Alice Feng (Senior Data Scientist (Data Visualization) at Natera) and Jonathan Schwabish (Senior Fellow at Urban Institute) will share techniques that data visualization producers can consider when creating visuals to integrate race- and ethnicity-consciousness into our data visualization work. This presentation is based on the Do No Harm Guide: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization and is sponsored by Connecticut's Equity in Data Community of Practice.


Monday, November 8, 10:30am-12:00pm: "Community Resiliency Estimates and the Pulse Program with the Census Bureau" During this session, the Census Bureau will present two data tools.

Tuesday, November 9, 9:00-10:00am: "Coffee with CTData" Grab your coffee and come chat with CTData staff about some of the data projects we’ve been working on to help data users in CT. Projects we may talk about include the Zoning Atlas, Town Profiles, the Women & Girls Platform, the Hartford Data Collaborative, or others!

Tuesday, November 9, 10:30am-12:00pm: "PUMAs: What are they and how might they change?" PUMAs (Public Use Microdata Areas) are geographies that include multiple towns and allow us to access Public Use Microdata for an entire region. These data can contain lower margin of error for certain kinds of disaggregation, and can allow us to access data that is not available at the town level. Come learn more about these areas and give your input into what Connecticut’s PUMAs should look like for the next decade.

Wednesday, November 10, 10:30am-12:00pm: "Do No Harm: Applying Equity Awareness in Data Visualization" Join special guests, co-authors Alice Feng and Jonathan Schwabish to learn how we can apply a race- and ethnicity-conscious lens to our data analysis and data visualization work.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Revealing Our Research on Transit Oriented Communities

November 11, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

Members of the DesegregateCT team will present recent research and insights on transit oriented communities across the state.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Social Drivers of Health and Racial Equity

November 18, 2021 - 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

This course is open to Connecticut audiences.

Social drivers of health in American society are inextricably tied to inequities, especially those that arise from structural racism. This highly interactive workshop will explore the connections between social drivers of health and racial inequities, focusing both on opportunities for intervention and the role of the public health sector in addressing structural issues.

Our Instructor: Mo Barbosa, Senior Director, Community Engagement at Health Resources in Action Mo was previously the Program Coordinator for the Fellowship Center in St. Louis, MO and Director of the Area 4 Youth Center in Cambridge, MA. Mo delivers training, provides technical assistance and participates in field-building initiatives. He promotes the professionalization of the youth-worker field through work on legislation, youth worker networks, and partnerships with higher education. As a trainer, Mo builds the skills of participants while keeping connections to theory. A long-time facilitator of community processes, he works with gangs, parents, youth, political organizations, tenant councils, and community resident groups.

CHES and MCHES Sponsored by NEPHTC & YSPH, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 3 total Category I continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours are 0. Provider ID: 1131137 Event ID:SS1131137_SDHRE2.

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

Revealing Our Research on Minimum Lot Sizes

November 18, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

Members of the DesegregateCT team will present research on how various minimum lot size regulations impact housing development in Connecticut - with commentary from Walker Holmes from the Trust for Public Land.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

National Experts Talk Transit-Oriented Communities

December 07, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Tune in for this discussion with expert guest panelists from across the country, highlighting the benefits and opportunities of transit oriented communities.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

National Experts Talk Minimum Lot Size

December 14, 2021 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Join expert guest panelists for a discussion that offers a national perspective on lot size regulations and reform.

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Revitalizing New England: Brownfields Summit 2022

May 18, 2022 - 9:00 am to 7:30 pm

Devens Common Center

31 Andrews Parkway, Devens, MA 01434

May 19, 2022 - 7:30 am to 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 states 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 state and federal partners are organizing a regional Summit.

The goals of the Summit are to:

- Share information about the financial incentives, liability protections, & technical & other assistance available for brownfields development from federal & state governments

- Promote best practice & lessons learned across states

- Provide an opportunity to increase networking & information-sharing among key stakeholders

- The two-day Summit 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. If funding is available, there will be a reception in the evening of the first day.

Organizers expect approximately 300 people to attend, including representatives from:

- State, tribal, & federal government brownfields & waste site cleanup programs

- Local, regional, & state economic development agencies

- Real estate developers, financial institutions, & law firms

- Planning & economic development consulting firms

- Local governments

- Interested citizens & non-governmental organizations

- Job training grantees

- Environmental professional

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

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