Super Storm Sandy in Connecticut:
 Progress & Challenges After Ten Years

Friday, October 28, 2022
9:00 - 11:30 AM
Branford House, UConn Avery Point

Twed Airport Flood

(Sandy event photos obtained from CIRCA and Nara & Dvids public domain archive)

Order of Events:


Annemarie Seifert, Campus Director, UConn Avery Point Campus

Radenka Maric, President, UConn (video remarks)

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

Jim O'Donnell, CIRCA Executive Director & Professor of Marine Sciences, UConn

Katie Dykes, Commissioner, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

Shanté Hanks, Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Housing (DOH)



Moderator: Hermia Delaire, Sandy Disaster Recovery Program, CT DOH


Federal Update -  Alanna Cavanagh Kabel, Community Planning & Development Director, U.S. Department of HUD, Hartford Field Office

CT CDBG-DR Update - Hermia Delaire, Sandy Disaster Recovery Program, CT DOH

Resilient Connecticut Update - John Truscinski, Director of Resilience Planning, UConn CIRCA

Project Highlight - Giovanni Zinn, City Engineer, New Haven


The poster session is focused on programs or projects implemented in Connecticut since Super Storm Sandy.  A list of poster titles can be found be found in the table below.

(coffee and light morning snacks will be served)

Event Overview

Ten years ago on October 29th, the reality of stronger storms, climate change, and sea level rise arrived on Connecticut’s shore with Super Storm Sandy. In the intervening decade, local and state agencies, academic institutions, and organizations around the state mobilized more resources and capacity to address the issue of climate change. Join us to hear from state leaders highlighting Connecticut’s progress and challenges to address the increasing threats of climate change after ten years since this memorable storm. The Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) will lead an overview of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded projects including highlights from Resilient Bridgeport and the City of New Haven. A poster session will also provide examples of state-wide programs and broad capacity building during this time. The event will raise awareness of the progress that we have made as a state and highlight what remains to be done as climate challenges intensify in the decades ahead.

Event Objectives

  1. Mark the 10th Anniversary of Sandy with remarks, discussion and Q&A with key state leaders
  2. Highlight state progress and what still needs to get done over the next ~20 years
  3. Present partner program activities & progress through posters and provide networking opportunities

Poster Summary

CIRCA Incorporating Flood and Heat Vulnerability Into Municipal Planning & Projects
CLEAR You Might Want to Consider a Stormwater Utility
Connecticut Audubon A Climate Resilient Approach to Marsh Restoration
Connecticut DOH Resilient Bridgeport
Connecticut Greenbank Energy Storage Solutions
Sustainable CT Building Climate Resilience at the Local Level
Town of Greenwich Using GIS and Real-time Data in Local Emergency Operations Centers and for Emergency Preparedness Planning
UConn Eversource Energy Center The UConn Outage Prediction Model - Ten Years Post-Sandy Development
UConn School of Law/CEEL/CIRCA Municipal Tools for Promoting Climate Resilience
UConn School of Law/CEEL/CIRCA Energy Resilience for Connecticut Municipalities


Visitors are required to pay to park at UConn Avery Point. For complimentary parking, please complete this parking authorization form:

In the field titled CIRCA, Enter code (do not copy & paste): 10282022CIRCA

During the authorization process, event attendees are required to provide vehicle license plate numbers. Filling out this form in advance will ensure that no parking fees are incurred and will serve as your parking "permit" during the event.

Please park in LOT A or LOT D as shown on the Avery Point campus map below (the Branford house is an 8-10 min walk from these locations).