Connecticut Sustainability Conference (Nov 1 8 – 12pm)


Connecticut companies are becoming more successful and profitable by incorporating energy and environmental sustainability into their business plans.

Join us as we explore sustainability and its many benefits to your business and bottom line.

Connect with your fellow business leaders from manufacturing and other industries, and learn practical applications on how to profit from your company’s waste stream.

Among the topics we’ll explore are Trends and Opportunities in Sustainable Technology, and Incentives for Investing in Sustainable Technology.

Aerospace and non-aerospace manufacturers are strongly encouraged to attend.

This program is hosted by CBIA and Pratt & Whitney.


7:15am | Check-In & Networking Breakfast

8:15 am | Opening Remarks

Robert Cadieux, Director & Fellow, Environmental & Sustainable Development, Pratt & Whitney Canada

8:30 am | Keynote Address, Q & A

Andrea Pampanelli, Global Environmental Manager, GKN Automotive

9:15 am Networking Break

9:30 am | Sustainable Technology: Trends & Opportunities

Moderator: Eric Brown, Vice President, Manufacturing Policy & Outreach, CBIA

S. Pamir Alpay, Executive Director, Innovation Partnership Building, UConn Tech Park

Ron Angelo, Executive Vice President, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology

10:15 am | Networking Break

10:30 am | Incentives for Investing in Sustainable Technology

Moderator: Bonnie Del Conte, President & CEO, CONNSTEP

Bill Luchon, Senior Manufacturing Engineer/Environmental Leader, Legrand

David Reitz, CEO, Inventec Performance Chemicals

John Strahley, Managing Director, Ironwood Capital Connecticut, LLC

11:15 am | Networking Break

11:30 am | Keynote Address, Q & A

Anastasia O’Rourke, Special Consultant, Industrial Economics Inc.

12:15 pm | Closing Remarks

Robert Cadieux, Pratt & Whitney Canada

People’s Action for Clean Energy (PACE) (Nov. 8, 11-2pm)

WhenThu, November 8, 11am – 2pm
Where224 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, USA (map)
Time for 100% Renewable Energy in Connecticut

Thu, November 8, 2018
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
224 EcoSpace
224 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

Tickets: $10-100

People’s Action for Clean Energy (PACE) invites you to a hands-on workshop to accelerate Connecticut’s transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. The event features a keynote address from Mark Z. Jacobson, Director of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University. Mark’s career has focused on better understanding air pollution and global warming problems and developing large-scale clean, renewable energy solutions to them.

After Prof. Jacobson’s address, the focus turns to Connecticut’s transition to 100% with a panel of local experts to discuss the state’s progress to date, potential of offshore wind, grid modernization and legislative perspective. This panel comprises:

Claire Coleman, Climate and Energy Attorney for CT Fund for the Environment
Katie Dykes, Chair of the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA)
John Humphries, Founder of CT Roundtable on Climate & Jobs
Mary Sotos, Deputy Commissioner of CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Ticket price includes a catered lunch as well as parking.

Sierra Club Fundraiser in Avon Nov 17 (7-9pm)

Sierra Club Fundraiser in Avon

November 17, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 7 – 9 pm

Sierra Club Connecticut Chapter is tackling climate change head-on and SO CAN YOU at our annual fundraiser! This will be not be your typical fundraiser. Yes, we will eat, drink, be festive and network, but we will also provide opportunities for you to tap into your individual talents to make meaningful change in addressing carbon pollution and climate change in Connecticut, in a fun way! $25 suggested minimum donation.

International Ocean Film Tour (Nov 1 6-9:30pm)

International Ocean Film Tour
Sponsored by The Sacred Heart University Department of Biology

Thurs., Nov. 1
Doors Open at 6 p.m. | Show Starts at 7 p.m.

Enjoy a night of edge-of-your-seat storytelling through a series of inspiring short films all focusing on the big blue, as The Maritime Aquarium welcomes “the International Ocean Film Tour.”

This one-night film fest features some of the world’s most inspiring personalities, featured in stories from around the world as well as from in our own backyard. The films celebrate sailors, boarders, coral-reef conservationists and cinematographers who are doing extraordinary things.

After the films, a panel of experts will host a Q&A. Panelists will include: Jennifer Mattei, Ph.D. and LaTina Steele, Ph.D. of Sacred Heart University and Dr. Dave Hudson and Barrett Christie of The Maritime Aquarium.

The films will be shown on the giant video wall in Newman’s Own Hall. Tickets are $20 ($18 for members).

Expected titles include:

“The Big Wave Project: A Band of Brothers” (7 minutes) – The name Nazaré makes all surfers’ hearts beat faster. The small fishing village on the Atlantic coast of Portugal has become synonymous with gargantuan mountains of water; massive waves that push the world’s big-wave elite to its limits. When the tide is high in Nazaré and sets of Atlantic storms roll onto shore, only the best surfers dare to get in the water. We come aboard for a wild ride with Sebastian Steudtner, Garrett McNamara and Andrew Cotton.
“And Then We Swam” (35 minutes) – They didn’t have experience or a clue about what they were about to do. But that didn’t stop rowing rookies Ben Stenning and James Adair from pursuing their dream: crossing the Indian Ocean. Knowing no safety boat could reach them should they ever get into trouble, the thought of the 3,500 miles from Australia to Mauritius was daunting. But James and Ben couldn’t resist the call of adventure. After 116 days on the ocean, they finally approach Mauritius. That’s when a gigantic wave hits their boat and they capsize five miles offshore …
“Paradigm Lost” (14 minutes) – Kai Lenny – kite surfer, windsurfer and big-wave, tow-in and stand-up paddle surfer – is aptly described as a total waterman. The 25-year-old Hawaiian, who stepped on a surfboard for the first time at the age of 5, is regarded as an exceptional talent. Like no other surfer out there, Lenny thrives on the water, feeling his way into the wind and waves, independent of the equipment. In “Paradigm Lost,” he shows us the ultimate water sports action in a variety of disciplines and in the best spots worldwide.
“Vamizi” (24 minutes) – Off the coast of Mozambique, a pristine and dazzling coral reef awaits; one of the oldest on the planet. But this paradise of biodiversity is under threat. Coral bleaching is a warning sign of global warming. “Vamizi” takes us into the fascinating world of coral reefs and shows what we can protect.
“The Ocean Rider” (35 minutes) – Around the world in 220 days. Despite being in his landlocked homeland, the Swiss sailor Yvan Bourgnon dreams big. He embarks on a solo trip around the world in his cockpit-less catamaran. No protection against the elements, no crew, and 55,000 kilometers of open water ahead. On his journey, Bourgnon faces storms, pirates and polluted seas.

Sustainable Living Expo (10/13/18, 10am – 2pm)


October 13, 2018

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The earth’s natural resources are not truly “free” for the taking. See what “zero waste” means as local exhibitors show you how to turn trash into treasure, pop sticks into art and flowers into honey. It’s the bee’s knees! 

  • Zero Waste Activities
  • Used Textile Recycling Drive  BRING YOURS!
  • Transforming Trash Interactive Experience
  • Community Build with Recycled Cardboard
  • Free Pollinator-Friendly Flower Seeds
  • Local and Sustainable Food Samplings
  • Honey Harvest Demonstration
  • Local Exhibitors and Vendors
  • Electric Vehicle Showcase
  • Environmental Art

A collaboration between Stepping Stones Museum for Children and

Fall Harvest Celebration (10/14/18, 3pm – 6pm)

Fall Harvest Celebration

Sunday, October 14, 2018 – 3:00pm to 6:00pm
123 Mack Rd.
Middlefield, CT 06455

Please join us for a lovely fall harvest light dinner and fundraiser.

We’ll gather to celebrate, honor the great work of some amazing heroes and share plans for the work ahead.  Get your tickets today and join us for a locally-sourced, seasonal dinner, home baked desserts, silent auction and cash bar.

Early bird admission, until Oct. 8, $50.00 for 1 ticket or $200 for a table of five. Full price admission, after Oct. 8, $60 per ticket.


Connecting Communities and Ecosystems in Restoration Practice (10/11 – 10/13/18)

October 11-13, 2018 • Southern CT State University, New Haven, CT

Connecting Communities and Ecosystems in Restoration Practice

At this conference, we will host speakers and discussions that highlight innovative projects and thinking that connect communities—which include humans and other living things—within and across ecosystems. The conference will be held in urban New Haven, a designated Environmental Justice community set within an ecologically essential coastal matrix. The vibrant network of environmental and community-based organizations in this region have supported numerous upland and aquatic restoration rojects that will also be featured in our field trips and workshops.


CFE/Save the Sound Annual Meeting (10/14/18, 4pm – 7pm)

Upcoming Events

CFE/Save the Sound Annual Meeting

WhenSun, October 14, 4pm – 7pm

WhereKroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA (map)

DescriptionAll members are invited to join us on Sunday, October 14 for the 2018 CFE/Save the Sound annual meeting! Make sure your membership is up-to-date by contacting Michelle at and join us for an afternoon of compelling speeches and awards. Enjoy refreshments while mingling with other members and meeting CFE/Save the Sound staff! This year’s speaker will be Anthony Leiserowitz, Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

Made in CT: 2018 Manufacturing Summit (10/26/18, 8:30 AM – 12:00PM)



CBIA and CONNSTEP present this annual conference, one of the highlights of the year for Connecticut’s manufacturing sector.

Join us as we explore issues that will impact aerospace and defense supply chain companies in the next five years, and learn how to form sustainable workforce development partnerships to ensure your operation has the talent it needs to succeed.

Don’t miss this exclusive networking opportunity, with special pricing for manufacturers and educators.


7:30am | Check-In & Networking Breakfast


8:30 am | Opening Remarks

  • Joe Brennan, President & CEO, CBIA


8:40 am | Keynote Address

  • Donald Allan Jr., Executive Vice President & CFO, Stanley Black & Decker

9:20 am | Beyond the Engine Backlog: Five Issues That Will impact the Aerospace Supply Chain in the Next Five Years

  • Moderator: Eric Daniels, Partner, Robinson & Cole
  • Marc Nemeth, President, Jonal Laboratories
  • Doug Rose, President, Aero Gear Inc.
  • Paul Murphy, Executive Director, Aerospace Components Manufacturers


10:20 am | Networking Break


10:40 am | Connecting the Dots: Forming Sustainable Workforce Development Partnerships

  • Moderator: Andréa Comer, Vice President, Workforce Strategies, CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership
  • Jermaine Burke, Machinist, Balding Precision
  • Maura Dunn, Vice President, Human Resources & Administration, Electric Boat
  • Cliff Thermer, Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Goodwin College


11:40am | New Workforce Development Grant

  • Andréa Comer, CBIA Education & Workforce Partnership


12:00 pm | Adjourn