Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

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Climate Solutions: Combining Urban and Rural Conservation Efforts

Thursday, May 19
6:30 - 8:00 pm

From the farthest rural corners to the most densely populated urban centers – and everywhere in between – we are looking for ways to combine our conservation efforts. While the climate crisis impacts all of us in Connecticut, it poses the greatest threat to those communities that are least responsible. These impacts include increased flooding, extreme weather events, worsening air quality, and an alarming loss of biodiversity. With Connecticut’s natural areas among our strongest defenses against climate change, land trusts are essential partners in implementing community-led solutions to our environmental crises.

Seeking climate solutions that will benefit us all offers the unique opportunity to build vital partnerships linking rural and urban initiatives. In this roundtable, a diverse group of participants will share a myriad of perspectives and a continuum of ideas to empower everyone, no matter where they live, to take climate action.


Alanis Allen, Facilitator, Research Analyst, CT DEEP Office of Climate Planning
Jaysa Hunter-Mellers, Student Environmental Activist, Young Voices for the Planet
Shawn Joseph, Co-Founder, Park City Harvest
Julia Rogers, Senior Land Protection Manager, Housatonic Valley Association
Andrea Urbano, Service Forester, CT DEEP Forestry
Sophi Veltrop, Outreach Manager, Northeast Wilderness Trust
Louise Washer, Executive Board Member, Pollinator Pathway, Inc.

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“Absolutely amazing! So many great ideas emerge not only from the workshops but also in talking with other partners from my region who are equally as energized and inspired by the day.”

- Mary Ellen Lemay, Aspetuck Land Trust

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