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The Yale School of the Environment Energy Justice Seminar

February 05, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

February 12, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

February 19, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

February 26, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

March 04, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

March 25, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

April 01, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

April 08, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

April 15, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

April 22, 2024 - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

In late 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, capping a run of new, climate and energy related funding totalling almost $2 trillion; and 40% of the benefits of that funding (presumably far greater than $2 trillion) are supposed to flow to “disadvantaged communities”. Internationally, the UN Conferences of the Parties over the last few years have also sought to institutionalize financial and policy mechanisms meant to fill an estimated $500 billion/year gap in clean energy finance to the Global South.

As we enter 2024, energy justice is a burgeoning field of real-world practices driving beyond equity and remedies into major domestic and international financial instruments as well as on-the-ground energy projects of significant magnitude. Drawing on Yale’s faculty and practitioners from the field, this energy justice seminar will give attendees detailed insight into the latest thinking and practice and help prepare students to work in this field. The seminar will be inherently interdisciplinary, drawing from multiple disciplines, including but not limited to law, sociology, anthropology, and economics. It will cover topics relating to energy justice in the areas of policy and regulation, community advocacy, legal implications, health implications, and private sector innovation. (note: the seminar will NOT meet on March 12 and March 19)
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Yale Forest Forum - Tribal Forestry: Understanding Current Issues and Challenges in Contemporary and Traditional Management of Forested Landscapes.

February 08, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

February 15, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

February 22, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

February 29, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

March 07, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

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

April 04, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

April 11, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

April 18, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

April 25, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

The Yale Forest Forum is excited to announce the Spring 2024 speaker series on the topic of “Tribal Forestry: Understanding Current Issues & Challenges in Contemporary & Traditional Management of Forested Landscapes.” Webinars will take place on Thursdays, January 18 to April 25 from 12:00-12:55 pm U.S. ET.

Tribes and First Nations have been forest stewards since time immemorial on the land that is currently called North America. In the face of climate change, tribes and First Nations continue to work with institutions, NGOs, and federal and state agencies to support Indigenous sovereignty and resilient forested landscapes. This webinar will focus on the current state of tribal forest management and Indigenous stewardship with a series of speakers from different tribes, universities, non-profits, and agencies. Beginning with an introduction to tribal forestry and the trust responsibilities, topics will include the history of forest stewardship on tribal lands in North America, federal laws and tribal forestry, contemporary uses of plants and wildlife stewardship, fire, conclusions from the Indian Forest Management Assessment (IFMAT), tribal co-management, and the future of tribal forestry in the face of climate change.

This spring speaker series is co-developed and co-hosted by The Forest School at the Yale School of the Environment, the Yale Center for Environmental Justice, and Salish Kootenai College. Join us every Thursday from January 18 to April 25 from 12:00–12:55 pm U.S. ET. Note there will be no webinars on March 14 and 21.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: Building Resilience in CT Communities – Funding and Technical Tools Available

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

Hear from two powerful organizations about resilience funding and tools - CT Sea Grant and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

CT Sea Grant's LIS Resilience Resource Hub serves as a comprehensive online resource center, offering a wealth of tools, information, guidance, and inspiration to support the sustainability and resilience of Long Island Sound communities. Developed in response to stakeholder needs, this hub acts as a one-stop-shop for resources related to climate resilience planning and project implementation.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's Long Island Sound Futures Fund (LISFF) supports initiatives to improve water quality and foster resilient communities, all with the ultimate goal of supporting the health and living resources of Long Island Sound.

For our next Coffee Hour, staff from CT Sea Grant and the LISFF will share information about these resources and provide guidance on how they can support climate resilience efforts in your community.

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: Earth Day Conversation with Eversource and Avangrid

April 22, 2024 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Sustainable CT has partnered with Eversource and Avangrid to host a webinar on Earth Day, April 22 at 10 a.m. for towns, focused on Energize CT programs to advance energy efficiency in municipal/BOE buildings and muni infrastructure. Eversource and Avangrid experts will identify no-cost assistance opportunities available to Sustainable CT registered communities and how they can be utilized for points across Sustainable CT Action category seven, Renewable and Efficient Energy Infrastructure and Operations. Come one, come all for a great conversation that will get you energized for your other Earth Day festivities.
 

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

Connecticut Green Bank Spring 2024 Update Webinar

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

Join the Connecticut Green Bank as they provide program updates and solutions for homes, buildings, and investments. Topics will include updates on Energy Storage Solutions, news on C-PACE, Smart-E, Green Liberty Notes and more.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

Sustainable CT Earth Day Celebration featuring Brenda Mallory, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT 5th), and Senator Richard Blumenthal

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

We're making Earth Day last.

Who says Earth Day begins and ends on April 22? We're officially extending it - at least on our little corner of the earth - to include April 30. That's when Brenda Mallory, Waterbury native and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will join us with an inspiring Earth Day message. Chair Mallory will be followed by Congresswoman Jahana Hayes (CT 5th), and Senator Richard Blumenthal. Registrants will have the opportunity to ask questions about their approach to improving, preserving, and protecting America’s public health and environment.

Please register to join us for this special event on Tuesday, April 30, at noon. While registering, be sure to let us know what questions you would ask our guests.
 

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

Sustainable CT: National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System Webinar

May 09, 2024 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Join Sustainable CT and Diane Ifkovic from DEEP to learn more about how your municipality can pursue floodplain management strategies through the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS). There will be information about the CRS program, available resources, and earning Sustainable CT certification points under Action 5.9.
 

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

UConn TAB Webinar Series - Past Grantees Panel

May 15, 2024 - 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm

Come join the UConn Technical Assistance for Bronwfields program for a webinar on past New England MARC Grant Recipients. Come to learn some tips and tricks for managing your EPA Brownfields grant.
 

Event Type: Webinar
Event Category: General Sustainability Event

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.
 

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

Sustainable CT Coffee Hour

May 17, 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: 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: 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

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

June 21, 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

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

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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