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NESSBE 2019: Equity of Place Social Justice in the Built Environment

NESSBE (Northeast Summit for a Sustainable Built Environment) is a biennial northeast regional summit meant to include a larger community of building professionals, owners, academics, policymakers and advocates in a conversation about sustainability in the built environment. The theme of the second NESSBE is Equity of Place: Social Justice in the Built Environment. The focus areas are material health and social justice, climate justice and conservation, resilience, community engagement, and affordable housing. For more information please visit www.nessbe.net
Join us in a conversation about the intersection of social justice and sustainability.
There's an open call for presentations until December 17th. 

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2 CT Schools in Princeton Review's Top 50 Green Schools

Just released online, Princeton Review’s 2018 Guide to Green Colleges lists two Connecticut Colleges in the top 50:

  1. Wesleyan University  - Checking in at No. 22
  2. University of Connecticut - Checking in at No. 28

The expanded list of 399 colleges includes the following (listed alphabetically):

  1. Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  2. Connecticut College, New London
  3. Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic
  4. Fairfield University, Fairfield
  5. Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven
  6. Yale University, New Haven

Follow the link below to read more about how the rankings were determined and for descriptions of each school on the list.

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/green-guide

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22 Communities Statewide Achieve ‘Sustainable CT’ Certification

Written by Lynn Stoddard

 WILLIMANTIC, CT (10/03/2018) Sustainable CT, a statewide initiative that inspires and supports communities in becoming efficient, resilient and inclusive, announced its first group of certified towns this week. Twenty-two municipalities met high standards in a broad range of sustainability accomplishments to qualify for certification. The list of certified communities spans every county and includes some of Connecticut’s largest cities and smallest towns.

With input from municipal leaders across the state, Sustainable CT was developed over the past few years under the leadership of the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University, in partnership with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM).

Fairfield, Glastonbury, Greenwich, Hartford and Stamford have achieved “silver” certification, the highest honor in the program. Another 17 municipalities are being recognized at the “bronze” certification level: Bristol, Coventry, Hebron, Madison, Middletown, Milford, New Haven, New London, New Milford, Old Saybrook, Ridgefield, Roxbury, South Windsor, West Hartford, Westport, Windham and Woodbridge.

“We are excited to recognize the first Sustainable CT certified communities,” said Laura Francis, first selectman of Durham and co-chair of the Sustainable CT Board of Directors. “These towns have worked hard and shown great leadership in completing many actions that increase sustainability while also saving money, promoting health and increasing residents’ connection and sense of place.”

All 22 newly certified towns worked to demonstrate significant achievements in nine sustainability impact areas ranging from thriving local economies and vibrant arts-and-culture to clean transportation and diverse housing. In addition, the towns had to address diversity, inclusion and equity when implementing sustainability actions. The certification submissions went through a series of rigorous reviews by independent experts and Sustainable CT partners.

“These 22 Sustainable CT communities are models for local governments that strive to be thriving, resilient, collaborative and forward-looking,” said Joe DeLong, executive director of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. “They have built community and local economies. They have equitably promoted the health and well-being of current and future residents, and they respect the finite capacity of the natural environment.”

CCM will hold an awards ceremony to recognize Sustainable CT certified towns at their annual convention in late October.

Launched less than one year ago, Sustainable CT has seen strong momentum and growth as a valuable program for towns. Sixty-four towns have registered for the program, approaching participation by 40 percent of all towns in the state.

“Congratulations to our 2018 certified Sustainable CT communities,” said Lynn Stoddard, executive director of the program and director of Eastern’s Institute for Sustainable energy. We are eager to share the inspiring accomplishments of all of these towns in creating livable, thriving communities. They are also showing that local actions lead to positive statewide impact on our environment, economy and culture.”

Sustainable CT is independently funded, with strong support from three Connecticut philanthropies: the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the Hampshire Foundation and the Common Sense Fund.

For more information, visit www.sustainablect.org.

 

This article originally appeared on the ECSU website.

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CIRCA Receives Award for CT Coastal Resilience Planning

The Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) recently announced a contract awarding just over $8 million to UConn from the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) for administration of a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDR).  UConn submitted a proposal to DOH in June 2017 for the project, “Development of the Connecticut Connections Coastal Resilience Plan” (C3RP).

CIRCA, with the support from faculty at the Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory of Yale University and Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, will use this $8 million NDR award to develop the C3RP.  The planning process will involve extensive public input and coordination with state agencies and regional Councils of Governments and municipalities.

Through these partnerships, CIRCA will develop a resilience planning framework and assessments, develop implementation plans, assess flood risk, evaluate adaptation options, and engage stakeholders in New Haven and Fairfield counties to address vulnerabilities to future climate change and sea level rise.  The C3RP project will run through May 2022 and will extend activities from an initial 2016 award from HUD to implement pilot projects in Bridgeport.  This 2016 award led to a vulnerability assessment that includes maps of flood risk and social vulnerability and a conceptual resilience framework for the Connecticut coast.  More on these products can be found here: https://circa.uconn.edu/projects/safr-ndrc/.  In addition to the recent $8 million award to UConn CIRCA, additional funding will go to continue the pilot projects in Bridgeport.

In their announcement of this $8 million award, HUD highlighted the priority to “extend the existing planning effort to more communities in New Haven and Fairfield Counties with the goal of providing accessible downscaled inland and coastal flooding information at the watershed scale for inland and coastal municipalities.” When referring to the C3RP specifically, HUD said the award would “support the State’s efforts to bring these approaches to other at-risk communities along the I-95 corridor by contributing to planning efforts, including economic and climate modeling.”

Check back for project updates.

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U.S. Green Building Council Announces 2017 LEED Homes Award Recipients

Crescent Crossings, winner of the 2017 CTGBC Green Building Awards' Residential Award of Honor, has just been announced as this year's winner of USGBC LEED Homes Award for Outstanding Affordable Project. CTGBC wishes to extend its congratualtions to the entire Crescent Crossings team! This is a well deserved award and helps to put Connecticut on the green building map!

 

 

Click here to read about all of the 2017 LEED Homes Award recipients.

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