CT Environmental Issues
16th Annual Environmental Summit
December 13th, 2016 8am-3pm at the Riverfront Boathouse in Hartford
Interested in attending the Summit? For more information on attending
please contact the organizer Amy Merli by email AmyCTLCV@gmail.com
or by phone 860.236.5442
What is the Summit?
The CTLCV Environmental Summit is well known as a unique opportunity for environmental leaders, state legislators, municipal leaders and administration officials to share information and discuss environmental priorities before the start of the next legislative session.
8:00am Registration | Breakfast | Networking
8:50am Convene Conference | Opening Remarks by Julie Belaga
9:00am Advocacy Resources: presented by Lou Burch
9:15am Panel: Protecting our State’s Waters
The panel will provide an overview of progress on CT’s statewide water planning process, flag key issues that may be addressed during the 2017 legislative session (such as drought triggers, water rights, conservation pricing, Freedom of Information, water utility plans), and discuss specific actions that are needed to protect this increasingly stressed resource.
Panelist: David Sutherland (moderator), Alicea Charamut, Mike Sullivan, David Radka
10:25am Panel: Climate Action
The panel will provide an overview of progress on The Connecticut Climate Action Plan, the major strategies to reach our emissions goals and the hurdles in light of federal uncertainty facing the states. The panel will also discuss the structures in place to make these strategies and policies happen, and discuss immediate action steps.
Panelist: Leah Schmalz (moderator), John Humphries, Bryan Garcia, William Dornbos
11:30am Hon. Governor Malloy
11:45pm Lunch | Networking
12:30pm DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee will discuss CT’s Solid Waste Management Plan and key DEEP priorities in 2017.
1:00pm Panel: Investing in Environmental Programs
The panel will provide insights into the budget process, areas of current/future concern, and problems that are being created for CT’s ecosystems, services and the public by funding shortfalls to agency programs under DEEP, CEQ, DPH, Ag Experiment Station, etc. Possible funding opportunities will be explored.
Panelists: Eric Hammerling (moderator), Keith Phaneuf, Spencer Cain, Karl Wagener
2:00pm Legislative Remarks
Rep. James Albis
Sen. Tony Hwang
Following the guest speakers, Stewart Hudson (moderator) will invite legislators in attendance to take 1-2 minutes each to identify their top environmental priorities for the 2017 session.
2:45pm Advocacy Recap | Closing remarks