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Sustainable CT Coffee Hours


Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: Question and Answer Session for Fall Certification

July 15, 2022


You don't want to wait until the last minute to have your questions answered about Fall Certification. We're dedicating our July Coffee Hour to all things certification - responding to your queries, helping with your challenges, and celebrating your best practices. Together, we can set up for success.

Join Sustainable CT for (virtual) informal discussions most third Fridays of each month at 10 a.m. 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.


Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: A LIVE STREAM with our 2022 Fellows

June 24, 2022


This is a Coffee Hour built for fun. We'll be live streaming our next get-together at the Adventure Park at Storrs. Bring a thermos and meet our newest class of Fellows - virtually, of course - as they gather to view the world from a slightly higher perspective. Meet & greet and interviews are on the agenda, as well as a few salient discussions about the challenges facing our Sustainable CT Fellows off the ropes course. It's sure to be a fun and informative experience.

Join Sustainable CT for (virtual) informal discussions most third Fridays of each month at 10 a.m. 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.


Sustainable CT Coffee Hour: A Sustainable CT web site tutorial on certification, including Climate Leaders designation

May 20, 2022


We know that submitting documents and applying for certification points can be confusing. We're here to take the mystery out of it. So, if this is the first time that you're applying for certification, or you're planning to do so in the future, or you're intending to go to the next level and pursue Climate Leadership designation, we invite you to join us for our next informative Coffee Hour. We'll answer any questions you have and provide clear guidance on how to successfully navigate the certification process.

Join Sustainable CT for (virtual) informal discussions most third Fridays of each month at 10 a.m. We share program updates and resources, explore your questions, and strengthen the network of Sustainable CT champions. These sessions are open to all.


Embracing Earth Day with Project Drawdown

April 22, 2022


Ready your cups for an extra special Earth Day Coffee Hour in April - Friday, April 22. We'll be joined by Dr. Jonathan Foley, director of Project Drawdown. Jonathan is a world-renowned environmental scientist, sustainability expert, author, and public speaker. His work is focused on understanding our changing planet, and finding new solutions to sustain the climate, ecosystems, and natural resources on which we all depend. Make your Earth Day extra special and join us!

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


How To Create and Run a Successful Community Match Fund Project

March 18, 2022


For our next Coffee Hour, we'll be sipping the virtual java while discussing all things Match Fund - how residents of registered communities can develop great project ideas that align with Sustainable CT actions, best practices in crowd-source funding, how to publicize your project to ensure the widest community involvement, and much more, with a special emphasis on amplifier funds that we have available in key project areas. The discussion will be led by our own Community Outreach Manager extraordinaire, Joseph Dickerson, so please join us for what is sure to be a fun, helpful and informative hour.

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.


Navigating New Statutory Requirements for Environmental Responsibility by Local Governments

February 25, 2022


Public Act 21-19 created new environmental responsibility and authority for local governments. Under the new statute, Long Island Sound requirements now apply to all municipalities on navigable waterways to the Sound, which is almost all municipalities in the Connecticut. Join representatives from the Western Council of Governments and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments for a presentation on this requirements, insights from municipalities with experience on these requirements, and facilitated conversation on next steps toward more sustainable development. We also invite your thoughts on how Sustainable CT, COGs and other partners might provide technical support and assistance to municipalities going forward.

This event is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA).

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


Engaging Community - Compensating for Lived Experience

January 21, 2022


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.


Climate Leader Designation for Communities

December 17, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions 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.

Sustainable CT is launching a climate designation for communities and we want to hear from you to help shape this pilot year. View this coffee hour to learn more about this designation and how you can provide your feedback.


Meeting Joseph, Sustain Your Sustainability Team, and Navigating Transitions in Municipal Leadership

November 19, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions 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.

Come meet our new Community Partnership Manager, Joseph Dickerson. We'll also have a timely conversation about sustaining your sustainability team and navigating transitions in municipal leadership.


Understanding Your Community And Optimizing For Equity With New Local Data Reports from DataHaven

October 15, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions 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.

During the month of October, we'll sit down with DataHaven's Excutive Director, Mark Abraham, and Senior Research Associate, Camille Seaberry, as they explain the process of creating their newly developed Connecticut Town Equity Reports.

We'll also hear form Sustainable CT Equity Coaches, Ashley Stewart and Elizabeth McGee, as they explain how municipalities in Sustainable CT can interpret their town's report and how towns can work with a Sustainable CT Equity Coach.


How Can We Help Communicate Your Success?

September 17, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions on the third Friday of each month. During the month of September, entertain a conversation with our Communications Manager, Jim Hunt, on what can Sustainable CT do to help participating communities celebrate their accomplishments.


Creating Inclusive Community Growing Spaces

July 21, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions the third Friday of each month. Spend some time with Jillian Shea, Youth Education Coordinator, for the Connecticut Resource & Conservation Development Area, as she talks about innovative and varied approaches to community growing spaces.


Meeting the Fellows and Understanding the Sustainable CT Website

June 18, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions the third Friday of each month. June's Coffee Hour is all about supporting YOU and YOUR community's sustainability team!  Meet the Sustainable CT Fellows working at the state's 9 Regional Councils of Governments and engage in active discussion related to the Sustainable CT website.


Community Conversations with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

May 21, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions the third Friday of each month. During the month of May, join our guest, Carl Asikainen, Youth Systems Coordinator at the Connecticut Coaltion to End Homelessness as he explains how effective, compassionate homelessness prevention fits into the Sustaianble CT action roadmap!


The Many Flavors of Municipal Collaboration

April 14, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions the third Friday of each month. During the month of April, we'll hear from Courtney Linberg and Paul Weissberg on how their communities approached municipal collaboration.


All Eyes on Our No-Cost Assistance

March 19, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions the third Friday of each month. During the month of March, we will hear from four of our No-Cost Assistance partners. Including the Connecticut Institute for Resilience & Climate Adaptation, the Connecticut Green Bank, CTRides, and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness!


Equity Coaching and Old Lyme's Approach to Equity

February 19, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions the third Friday of each month. During the month of February, we'll hear from Sustainable CT Equity Coach Ahmad Abojaradeh on the equity coaching process and how communities can approach equity. We'll also hear from Sustainability Team member Cheryl Poirier from the Town of Old Lyme on how her community approached equity when they applied for certification in 2020 and how the Town continues to incorporate equity into their current work!


Organizing Your Sustainability Team with the Town of New Milford

January 15, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for informal discussions the third Friday of each month. During the month of January, we'll hear from Julie Bailey and Stephen Gass from the Town of New Milford as they discuss the Town's process for organizing and mobilizing their Sustainability Team!

 

 

Climate Leader Webinars


Tracking Solid Waste Generation in Your Community

June 14, 2022

Wondering how you calculate residential solid waste disposed per person and how you can use this data to reduce solid waste generation in your town? Join us to hear from Jennifer Weymouth of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection as she walks attendees through the steps to calculate your residential solid waste disposed per person and meet the requirements of Sustainable CT’s sub-action action 9.1.1. Ginny Walton, Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Mansfield will share insights about why this information is important, and how a community can use it to reduce waste.


Statewide Resources to Manage Woodlands and Urban Forests

May 17, 2022


Staff from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Urban and Service Forestry Programs will present on tools and resources that can help municipalities in CT accomplish Action 3.9 Manage Woodlands and Urban Forests. This will include an overview of the urban and service forestry programs, an introduction to urban and community forestry grant programs, and demonstrations of online tools to assess forest cover (including the American Forests’ Tree Equity Score and UConn CLEAR’s Changing Landscape Maps).


Using Green Energy to Connect and Strengthen Your Business Community

May 5, 2022


Support the sustainability of your ’s business and non-profit community by connecting them to green energy upgrades to their buildings and flexible financing through C-PACE. The Green Bank is partnering with municipalities to reach out and educate building owners about the benefits of C-PACE, helping them to reduce energy costs and focus on their core business. Join us for an overview of the program, examples of effective outreach, and how you can increase sustainability while earning points in Sustainable CT!


Navigating Connecticut's New Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Programs

March 31, 2022


PURA staff will give presentations on Connecticut’s new Electric Vehicle Charging and Energy Storage Solutions programs that launched on Jan. 1, 2022. Both of these clean energy programs were established as part of PURA's Equitable Modern Grid Initiative and Public Act 19-35.

The presentations will touch on program summaries, objectives, deployment targets, residential and non-residential incentives, performance-based incentives, how to engage with the Authority, and next steps, among other topics. The speakers will close the event with Q&As.


Benchmarking Your Town's Energy Use

March 3, 2022


Sustainable CT is pleased to partner with Eversource Energy, United Illuminating, and the University of Connecticut'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 with 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.


Introduction to SolSmart

February 15, 2022


Representatives from the Great Plains Institute will provide an overview of the national designation and technical assistance program, SolSmart. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, SolSmart recognizes local governments that have taken key steps to address barriers to solar energy and provides no-cost technical assistance to accelerate the development of local solar energy markets. Sustainable CT is excited to partner with Great Plains Institute to offer technical assistance to a select number of registered Sustainable CT communities as they pursue Bronze recognition in the SolSmart program. Great Plains Institute staff will discuss this opportunity in more detail during the second part of the webinar.

 

 

Community Match Fund Webinars


Sustainable CT: Community Match Fund Office Hours - Boosting Compost Projects

June 30, 2022

Sustainable CT is excited to host the June Community Match Fund Office Hour with a focus on Boosting Composting projects. With the generous support of funders, Sustainable CT has dedicated funding to amplify compost and food waste diversion efforts via the existing $1:$1 Community Match Fund program.

How does the Composting Amplifier Match Fund work?

Unlike traditional grant programs, Sustainable CT offers a quick, simple application process (starting with a conversation) with no deadlines, no lengthy review period, and minimal reporting requirements. Sustainable CT helps you create your project description on their crowdfunding platform, provides a crowdfunding coach, spreads the word about your project to bring in support from outside of your networks, and will match up to $7,500 in one-to-one matching dollars from the Composting Amplifier Match Fund. Please contact [email protected] to schedule a call to discuss your project idea at any time.


Sustainable CT: Community Match Fund Office Hours

April 28, 2022


Joseph Dickerson, our Community Outreach Manager, will be holding regular monthly office hours beginning in April. We’ll take the stress and mystery out of running a crowdfunding campaign; we'll feature successful campaign leaders; we'll talk through the process and strategies that it takes to be successful, and we'll share about the support you'll receive from Sustainable CT and our crowdfunding partner Patronicity. Have a question about how to get your project up and running? Join Joseph on Thursday, April 28th at 12 p.m.


Sustainable CT: Composting Success Stories

August 26, 2021


Learn how multiple communities in Connecticut have implemented a variety of successful composting programs and received funding from Sustainable CT. Presenters will address in-community aerobic composting, commercial in-vessel composting, school composting, and transfer station-based food waste hauling. Presentations by Peels and Wheels Composting, Planet New Canaan, and the towns Greenwich, New Canaan, and Stamford will cover what these types of composting are, the process for implementing them, and the lessons that our presenters have learned as they’ve run their programs.


Sustainable CT: Composting & Food Waste Diversion Information Session

June 23, 2021


Sustainable CT's Community Match Fund has fast, flexible funding for composting projects and other initiatives dealing with food waste. During this call we'll provide an overview of the funding program and share great examples of projects we are already supporting.


Sustainable CT Pollinator Pathway Panel

March 25, 2021


Join Sustainable CT for presentations and a discussion about how people across Connecticut are creating and enhancing pollinator-friendly habitats. Speakers will discuss their statewide and multi-town work which contributes to these initiatives, and groups representing individual towns will speak to how they got started with pollinator-friendly projects and programs in their respective communities.


Sustainable CT: Community Match Fund Conversation

March 17, 2021


In line with the prior conversation session last December, we have a few speakers lined up to kick things off by sharing about their Community Match Fund projects: Joe Lanier, will be sharing about his project to develop sustainable multi-use trails at the Rockhouse Hill Sanctuary alongside the town’s Youth Conservation Corps interns, followed by Caryn Furst and Jenny Henkind, who will share about their initiative in Stamford to develop and pilot a food scraps composting program. While focused on very different things, Joe, Caryn, and Jenny all ran hugely successful fundraising campaigns and received great support and partnership from local government, which they’ll share about. After those presentations we’ll open it up to everyone for questions, to share about projects you may be working, and to start bouncing ideas around.


Continuing Conversations – Activating Green Spaces and Implementing Natural Solutions

December 17, 2020


Join this informal gathering space for people working on sustainability projects to connect, inspire, and collaborate. Speakers will share about recent projects that they’ve implemented in their communities.


Re:source:ful, Growing Sustainable Communities

September 26, 2020


Re:source:ful, Growing Sustainable Communities features stories from across our state where people have used grassroots efforts to solve unique local challenges. They’re bringing fellow residents together, and injecting greater resilience and vibrancy to their communities. Re:source:ful is a film for curious people who want to be inspired about making their own communities more resilient and sustainable.


A Young Vision for Future Connecticut Communities

August 6, 2020


The state of Connecticut is evolving, as factors like aging populations and COVID-19 continue to reshape our towns and cities. Current leaders need to respond to the changing times and attitudes of young people and have the opportunity to create better communities for those who live here now and those who will live here in the future. Youth in Connecticut are excited to be a part of the conversation on what that future will be! In this webinar, the Summer 2020 Sustainable CT Fellows present their vision for what resilient, sustainable communities look like, with particular focus on areas such as education, transportation, environment, access, and equity and diversity. We hope that in this webinar, we will be able to show what a newly imagined Connecticut can be as we come into a new decade.


 

Webinars Focused on Equity


Thought Partner Solutions x Sustainable CT: Belonging, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workshop

April 22, 2022


Sustainable CT has joined forces with Thought Partner Solutions to offer a condensed, pre-recorded version of our three-part virtual equity workshop series to share with residents!

Sustainable CT believes that our communities can thrive and truly be sustainable only when social equity is achieved; that people’s race, gender, zip code, etc. does not dictate their life outcome.

For more info on how to build equitable communities using the Sustainable CT framework visit: https://sustainablect.org/support-for-your-town/equitysupport.


Community Engagement in Data (Two-Part Series)

October 19 & October 26, 2021


Collecting data is a powerful way to learn about our neighborhoods and their residents, and a way to inform the steps we need to take in eliciting community change. Involving the community in the processes associated with collecting data is critical to ensure high data quality. This two-part, virtual workshop series will provide practical strategies for involving the community in all aspects of collecting data: including developing data collection tools, data collection and analysis, dissemination of results, as well as presenting findings back to the community.

Session 1: Community Engagement in Data (Part 1)

Part 1 will start by introducing community engagement (e.g., what is it? why is it important? how to facilitate it?), as well as best practice for collecting data from and for the community, including process for community involvement in data collection tool creation and data collection.

Session 2: Community Engagement in Data (Part 2)

Part 2 will continue the discussion around community involvement in the process of collecting data in communities. This session will be specific to the processes of data analysis and sense-making, as well as community involvement in data dissemination. Last, we will share innovative ways to share/present data to the community.


Equity Survey Design Workshop Series

April 8 & April 15, 2020


Community equity surveys are powerful tools for engaging all of our community members. These surveys can help us to see where we are and what we need. Then, put specific plans in action to support those needs. But the quality of the data you receive is only as good as the quality of the questions your survey asks.

This two-part, virtual workshop series will provide practical strategies for creating valid survey questions that are aligned with equity principles with a special focus on communities. We will also discuss how to disaggregate data, and communicate your findings.

Session 1: Methods and Strength Based approaches: Aligning research with Equity Principals Collection Design: What can we Analyze?

Session 2: Discovery & Themes: Choosing What you want/need to talk about. Now what? Communicating Findings


Building our Future Communities with Transformative Justice

September 4, 2020


Join us for a conversation about Transformative Justice and community building. At a time of severe uncertainty and calls for alternative systems join us for a discussion about ways to invest into your community in ways that are owned and run by the community. This session builds off of the previous webinars in our Social Justice Series.


LGBPQ and TGNC Voices in our Communities

August 21, 2020 


Join two of our Equity coaches to learn about gender and queer justice, the needs of the LGBPQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, and Queer) and TGNC (Transgender or Gender- Nonconforming) communities, and how they relate to the sustainability frameworks in your sustainability actions. This session builds off of the previous webinars in our Social Justice Series.


Disability Justice in the Time of COVID

August 14, 2020 


Join us for a session about what is Disability justice, gaps and solutions seen due to COVID-19 for the Disabled community, and ways to becoming more accessible to individuals with disabilities. This session builds off of our #Blacklivesmatter and White Supremacy session.


Deconstructing #Blacklivesmatter and White Supremacy

August 7, 2020


Join us for a session to learn about the #Blacklivesmatter movement and its relationship with white supremacy. We will address questions, such as: what is the #Blacklivesmatter movement, its history and what it is accomplishing, and concepts like white supremacy, white fragility, and power. We will provide municipalities with suggestions for hands-on solutions for responding to the #Blacklivesmatter movement in ways that are supportive but also action-orientated.


 

Webinars Focused on Applying for Certification


Sustainable CT: New and Improved for 2022

January 20, 2022


Come learn, ask your questions and offer your feedback on the new and improved Sustainable CT for 2022. We will provide a comprehensive overview of program changes. We will also discuss how to meet 2022 requirements if you already have an application in progress or are seeking recertification. This opportunity is open to all but especially recommended for municipalities submitting an application to Sustainable CT in 2022.


 

Technical Support Webinars on Implementing Sustainable CT Actions


SolarAPP Makes it Easy for Towns to Permit Home Solar

October 14, 2021


Come learn how SolarAPP -- the groundbreaking online application software that works as a standalone or together with existing permitting software -- dramatically speeds up basic home solar design permitting freeing up building staff to focus on more complex permit issues.

Quicker permitting will help Connecticut responsibly reach its clean energy and Climate goals faster.

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has launched a collaborative effort with NFPA, UL and code officials to develop a standardized plan review software to run compliance checks and process building permit approvals for standard rooftop solar. Basic home solar permit applications that check all the boxes get instant approval without involving staff.

SolarAPP, offered to municipalities for free, works in tandem with existing permit software improve efficiency and reduces the time for application approvals. It is a first step to helping modernize local government systems, making the process easier for all and helping incentivize solar deployment.


My Town Cares: Local Efforts to Address and Prevent Homelessness

February 04, 2021


Connecticut’s municipalities routinely encounter and provide services to the thousands of individuals who experience homelessness each year. Moreover, data shows that homelessness affects people in every municipality in Connecticut. Join us for an introduction to My Town Cares, an initiative of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, that provides a roadmap of actions to address and prevent homelessness.  Actions implemented are eligible for points in Sustainable CT’s new action category on homelessness. This webinar will provide an overview of the action roadmap, integrate municipal presentations on successful efforts to implement those actions, and outline opportunities available for support in doing this important work.


Promoting Walkability in Your Community

November 17, 2020


Walkability audits can help community stakeholders examine intersections, sidewalks, driver behavior, safety and more. The results can be used to help improve community walkability and promote more inclusive and safer mobility and access for all roadway users. This workshop will discuss how to conduct walkability audits in your community, eligible for points in the Sustainable CT transportation category.


Success Stories on Supporting Arts and Culture from Sustainable CT Communities

July 8, 2020


Learn from your municipal peers about exciting arts and culture projects related to Sustainable CT actions 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, and 4.4. Discussion topics include: a brief overview of Sustainable CT Category 4 Vibrant & Creative Cultural Ecosystems and support available from DECD Office of the Arts, as well as highlights from New Britain's Bee Bridge, Torrington's artist relocation program, New Haven's development of cultural equity plan, and Manchester's Art Commission/ art initiatives.


Best Practices in Sustainable Procurement

April 2, 2020


Thinking about creating a sustainable procurement policy in your town? Already have one and want to make it more effective? Clean Water Action CT and CT Sustainable Business Council bring you this webinar to share more about best practices in sustainable procurement.

Information-rich, rapid-fire presentations by:

  • Alyssa Norwood, Sustainable CT

  • Anne Hulick, Clean Water Action CT

  • Howard Brown, Sustainable Purchasing Task Force, Town of Guilford

  • Mike Tanguay, EBP Supply Solutions

  • Rebecca Meuninck, Ecology Center

This webinar will assist municipalities with the Sustainable CT action 2.2 Implementing a Sustainable Purchasing Policy. Bring your most pressing questions for the Q&A!

Note:The organizers of this webinar do not necessarily endorse the organizations, products, services or public positions of the presenters listed.