THURSDAY: Regional public meetings on climate change to be held around the state

On Thursday, May 5 representatives from Connecticut Fund for the Environment will attend several public stakeholder meetings of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change being held throughout Connecticut. The Council is gathering public input as part of its charge to develop a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% below 2001 levels by 2050.

“Climate change affects us all and state leadership is the key to a clean, healthy future — one filled with renewable energy and resilient neighborhoods,” said Don Strait, CFE president and member of the Council. “These gatherings will provide citizens with a forum to discuss their climate change priorities, and with an opportunity to influence Connecticut’s action plan. The Governor’s Council on Climate Change planning effort will influence state policy for decades and we need citizen voices to help ensure we are on the right path.”

At this stakeholder event, the primary location will be in Hartford, with six satellite locations around the state. Each event lasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the public is encouraged to attend. All locations will have refreshments available at 5 p.m.

Participants at the satellite locations will view the presentation via video link and then engage in facilitated dialogue at the local level. In New Haven, participants will engage in an additional discussion designed to inform an update of New Haven’s sustainability plan.

CFE staff will cover the following locations. Interested attendees may register for a location here. Details about each location can be found here.

  • Hartford: Leah Schmalz (program director)

  • Bridgeport: Karen Burnaska (Transit for Connecticut)

  • New Haven: Shannon Laun (attorney) and Sarah Ganong (communications)

  • Norwalk: Megan Saunders and Emily Gordon (Stamford 2030) and Don Strait (president)

  • Middletown: Laura McMillan (communications)

  • Waterbury:

  • Willimantic: