12:00 welcome & overview
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12:10 state funding
The panel will discuss the DEEP budget and staffing, specific programs impacted, federal funding opportunities, and aligning funding with state policy goals.
Speakers: Denise Savageau, Eric Hammerling, Amy Paterson, Rob LaFrance
12:55 Environmental Justice
Representative Geraldo Reyes and Representative Bobby Gibson, Chair and Vice Chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, will discuss the need for equitable investments and the effort to pass Environmental Justice legislation.
1:15 climate & energy
The panel will discuss CT’s Global Warming Solutions Act, efforts to end fossil fuel expansion, bolster energy efficiency programs, and remove obstacles to solar energy. The panel will also present a Climate Agenda for immediate action.
Speakers: Leah Lopez Schmalz, Sam Dynowski, Mark Scully, Amy McLean, Nathan Frohling
2:00 environment committee priorities
Senator Christine Cohen and Representative Joe Gresko, Co-Chairs of the Environment Committee, will provide insights on the committee’s priority legislation for the 2022 session.
12:00 welcome & overview
12:05 gov. lamont & deep environmental priorities
Governor Lamont will speak to his administrations priorities for the environment. He will be joined by DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes who will provide an update on the Agency’s activities and top priorities for the year ahead.
12:30 waste management
Scott Cassel of the Product Stewardship Institute will discuss legislation to require the producers of products to develop environmentally responsible solutions to reduce waste resulting from their packaging, as well as plan for proper recycling or disposal.
Tara Cook-Littman will explain the need to ban the highly toxic pesticide Chlorpyrifos on Golf Courses across Connecticut. She will also explain the environmental damage to pollinators caused by neo-nicotinoid pesticides and outline efforts to better track and regulate these chemicals.
This panel will address three critical efforts to reduce the impact of transportation pollution on our climate: adopting emission standards for trucks, removing obstacles for the sale of electric vehicles, and reducing our overall “vehicle miles traveled” in CT.
Speakers: Shannon Laun, Barry Kresch, Thomas Lefebvre
1:30 youth perspective on climate
Following a short video by Roger Kuhns, leaders from Sunrise CT will discuss their legislative priorities for the session, and the impact that climate change is having on youth in CT.
2:00 land conservation
The panel will discuss recommendations to protect forests (“Forest Resilience” project), preserve and enhance agricultural soils, and review new recommendations to curb the threat of invasive species. They will also address solar siting.
Speakers: Eric Hammerling, Chelsea Gazillo, Peter Hearn, Kieren Rudge