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Regional Convening for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join Grace Farms Foundation and Live Green Connecticut for the first annual Regional Convening for Sustainable Development (RCSD). Thought leaders from around the world will discuss wide-ranging strategies for sustainable development, with regional case studies demonstrating how some of those strategies have been implemented locally. Learn how we can come together to make Connecticut a leader in community-driven sustainable development.


Convening Schedule:

9:00 am

  • Welcome: Adam Thatcher, Grace Farms Foundation Director of Operations, and Daphne Dixon, Co-founder and Executive Director of Live Green Connecticut

9:15 am

  • Video message from Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Sustainable Development at Columbia University
  • Introduction: Dr. David L. Downie, Fairfield University

9:35 am

  • Keynote Address: Kanni Wignaraja, Director, UN Development Operations Coordination Office
  • Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG Academy and Sustainable Development Solutions Network

10:05 am

  • Panel 1: “Building Sustainability Into Our Cities,”; Introduction: Kevin Moynihan, First Selectman, New Canaan

10:30 am

  • Coffee Break

10:45 am

  • Catherine Smith, State of Connecticut Economic and Community Development
  • Introduction: Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Conservation Biologist at Columbia University

11:15 am

  • Panel 2: “The Condition of CT’s Sustainable Development Infrastructure”

11:40 am

  • Panel 3: “The Critical Role Businesses Play in Sustainable Development”

12:15 p.m.

  • Lunch

1:30 pm & 3 pm

  • Breakout Sessions 1 and 2: Regional and Community Sustainable Development Presentations

4:20 pm

  • Closing Remarks

4:45 – 6 pm

  • Networking Reception


Call for Presentations

Applications due January 30th.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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