Engagement

The Resilient Connecticut project draws and expands on CIRCA's history of stakeholder engagement while increasing ways that we communicate with those most impacted by climate change. Two engagement goals of this project include:

  1. Develop and implement programs and materials for a wide range of stakeholders including state agencies, municipal and councils of government (COG) staff, elected officials, design and engineering firms, and environmental consultants.
  2. Provide technical expertise and planning support for resilience activities by collecting ideas, resources, and comments to share with broad audiences and incorporate into project outcomes.

Attend one of our events, sign-up to receive our monthly Resilience Roundup newsletter, and follow us on social media by clicking on the Twitter or Facebook icons at the bottom of this page. The following engagement categories also provide more information.

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    Workshops and Summits

    Events are hosted regularly throughout the project and include annual Resilient Connecticut Summits with diverse organizations, workshops on more specific topics, and trainings on the use of technical tools.

    October 28, 2022 - Super Storm Sandy in Connecticut: Progress and Challenges After Ten Years

    April 2022 - UConn Earth Day Conference - Resilient Communities: Equity, Policy, and Climate Action

    May 2021 - Workshops in Four COGs: Regional Vulnerabilities and Resilience Opportunities

    Winter 2021 - Workshops in Four COGs: Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI) and Zones of Shared Risk (ZSR)

    November 20, 2020 - Resilient Connecticut (Virtual) Summit

    November 12, 2019 - Resilient Connecticut Summit

    May 22, 2019 - Resilient Connecticut Workshop

    Training Class

    Webinars

    Webinars are an opportunity to share new products, connect with stakeholders, and share climate change vulnerability & adaptation knowledge among decision-makers. Webinars happen regularly between events and are recorded for later viewing.

    Browse past webinars with descriptions

    View on  CIRCA's YouTube channel

     

    Engagement Strategy

    Engagement Strategy

    Resilient Connecticut's Phase II engagement strategy was designed with the intention of developing and executing a robust stakeholder engagement process including workshops, webinars, regular Council of Government (COG) board and committee meetings, and online tools and resources. A summary of the approach and activities can be found in the Phase II Engagement Report.  These types of activities build an informed constituency in support of resilience and climate adaptation policies, programs, and projects in the two counties.

     

    Advisory Groups

    Advisory Groups

    Advisory Groups serve important functions throughout the Resilient Connecticut Project. CIRCA works directly with 4 COGS in New Haven and Fairfield counties to review and deliver tools and information to municipalities and prioritize regional resilience projects.  CIRCA also coordinates regular meetings of state agencies through SAFR, convenes a Resilient Connecticut Collaborative, and participates in the state's GC3 Working Groups.

    State Agencies Fostering Resilience (SAFR)

    Resilient Connecticut Collaborative (RCC)

    Meeting

    Capacity Building

    CIRCA works with partners and capacity building research teams to develop planning tools (policy white papers, fact sheets, case studies) and technical tools (data viewers).

    Engagement Guiding Principles

    Throughout the Resilient Connecticut Project, we will use the following guiding principles to support stakeholder engagement goals:

    • Employ an open and transparent process
    • Co-create knowledge with collaborators and stakeholders
    • Collect and utilize meaningful stakeholder feedback
    • Establish a foundation for longer-term regional resilience planning and implementation
    • Seek to understand stakeholder interests and needs related to Resilient Connecticut goals
    • Focus on developing resources and capacity that meet the needs of communities
    • Provide opportunities for stakeholders to engage with and contribute to Resilient Connecticut