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In planning to deal with the stresses of climate change while meeting local energy needs and next-gen carbon reduction goals, Connecticut’s communities face complex challenges. Some are technical, some are strategic, and some are connected with building consensus on the best way forward.  Some of the challenges are financial.  Fortunately, Connecticut municipalities have access to a host of funding resources to support preparedness for climate change impacts including extreme weather events.   Local government staff, board and commission members all need to understand what it takes to ensure the resiliency of energy systems and infrastructure. 

EASE is a short interactive learning and support program for local Clean Energy Task Forces, staff and elected officials, facilitated by Clean Water Fund with a team of experts on energy, infrastructure, and planning:

  • Donald Watson, FAIA, architect, community planner, FEMA subject matter expert and author, Design for Flooding
  • Robert Sanders, Senior Finance Director, Clean Energy Group
  • Rebecca French, Program Director, Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  • Veronica Szczerkowski, Program Coordinator, Micro-Grid Program, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  
  • Facilitated by Melissa Everett, Ph.D., Energy and Sustainability Advisor to Clean Water Fund CT.

This program supports motivated teams from Connecticut’s local governments in establishing solid frameworks and road maps to guide their planning for energy security and resiliency.  It will not produce complete plans, but clear, technically sound approaches and strategies for engaging the needed partners locally.

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Community Updates


For those concerned about the climate crisis…

Small info cards, about 3”x4”, are available in quantities of 100 and more; if interested, please contact Patrice Gillespie .


… 2018 has been named the Year of Local Action. And the Eastern CT Green Action group is leading the way. ECGA was formed by several people from towns in eastern Connecticut. Initially most people were from Mansfield; as of now, people from Andover, Ashford, Chaplin, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Lebanon, Pomfret, Scotland, Tolland, Willington and Windham are members.

With the publication of his excellent weekly newsletter CT Green News, ECGA co-founder Peter Millman is helping us Nutmeggers stay up to date on issues, events and opportunities for concerned citizens to connect with their elected officials. He has published over 50 editions of his newsletter, and would love to broaden his every Friday distribution. Just contact Peter via and benefit from his convenient digest of important news and environmentally-focused online postings.


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HIGHLIGHTS OF CT’s FALL GATHERING of clean energy task forces can be found here in our Knowledge Center’s Program Archives pages. Diane Duva (the Director of Energy Demand at DEEP’s Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy is pictured here) facilitating the shaping of our state’s energy future.

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Clean Energy Communities Listening Session Letter of Thanks and Follow-up

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