January 9 - Climate Primer for Land Trusts

Attention Connecticut Land Trusts! Save the Date!

Speaker roster coming soon.

Registration opens in December


January 9, 2020   -  The Lyceum, Hartford, CT
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Connecticut Land Conservation Council in partnership with the Land Trust Alliance, this all-day educational program is especially for land trusts to learn about basic climate concepts, critical policies, and hear from DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes.

Tentative Schedule

9:30 AM Registration and Coffee

10 AM - Opening and Welcome 

10:05 AM - Introduction by CT DEEP Commissioner Katie Dykes 

10:20 AM - Primer and Definitions on Climate, Resilience, Mitigation Sequestration, etc.

10:45 AM - Session 1: Policy Panel 

11:45 AM - Lunch

12:30 PM - Session 2: Climate Resilience 


1:35 PM - Session 3: Renewables


2:40 PM - Session 4: Communications

3:40 PM - Wrap-Up and Networking

Session Descriptions

Governor Lamont issued Executive Order No. 3 (E.O.3) in September for the purpose of strengthening the state’s efforts to mitigate climate change. Among other goals, E.O. 3 seeks to re-establish and expand the work of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change (GC3) to include adaptation and resiliency, expand its membership, and direct DEEP to identify pathways to a 100% clean energy grid by 2040.  Led by land conservation advocates and legislators, this session will introduce ideas and opportunities for land trusts to advocate for policies and legislation that invest in land conservation and incorporate natural climate solutions into Connecticut's policies to mitigate climate change.

Climate Resilience
Plants and animals are at risk as extreme weather, rising temperatures and other climate impacts disrupt natural areas and agricultural production across our nation and the world.  Scientists at The Nature Conservancy have developed a methodology to identify what they call “resilient landscapes” that will help plants and animals endure through climate change, while also providing people with important natural services, such as drinking water.  We know that land conservation is an essential strategy for conserving important lands and maintaining nature’s services.  This session will introduce concepts and tools that land trusts can use to incorporate a climate resilience lens into their land protection work.

Renewable energy is happening. Transitioning to a sustainable energy system is critical to mitigating the impacts of climate change, but it will require significant development – development that will inevitably impact the lands and waters that the land trust community cares about and seeks to protect. Land trusts can play an essential role in renewable energy. Because land trusts possess an abundance of information about the landscape – conservation data, knowledge of local community priorities, landowner relationships – they need a seat at the table as these siting issues are explored.  This session will introduce the renewables siting process in Connecticut and include examples of land trust involvement in renewable siting.  

Climate change is now widely recognized as one of the greatest threats to conservation.  Yet land trusts often wrestle with how to talk about it in a manner that builds trust, a desire for action, integrates state or local policy work, and doesn't alienate conservation-leaning supporters.  This session will introduce communication trends, strategies, and approaches based upon research to help ground the discussion.

For additional information, please contact Amy at abpaterson@ctconservation.org