A Conversation on Environmental Justice and Climate Resiliency hosted by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Environmental Justice and Climate Resiliency
What: A Conversation on Environmental Justice and Climate Resiliency hosted by the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
When: Monday, April 22, 2024 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (This event is FREE)
Where: Mystic Aquarium/Milne Center, 55 Coogan Blvd., Mystic, CT 06355
Contact:  Pam Mola, Communications Officer   |   pamela@cfect.org   |   860.442.3572
The Community Foundation of Eastern CT is inviting you to join us on Earth Day to learn about the intersection of Environmental Justice and Climate Resiliency. Hear from nonprofit, municipal and tribal advocates who are implementing conservation strategies while increasing equitable decision making and access to nature. Learn from local experts how you can take steps to support regional efforts to mitigate the challenges presented by climate change.
Tim Clark is a landscape architect and the Resilient Southeastern Connecticut Program Director with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in Connecticut. Tim joined The Nature Conservancy in January 2022 to lead a new initiative aimed at improving southeastern Connecticut’s resilience to climate change. Since joining TNC, he has worked with local partners to advance projects through design and implementation. He has also partnered with towns to secure federal grant funding for projects. He leads a staff of five conservationists, who work to give southeastern Connecticut the resources necessary to adapt to climate change.
Cierra Patrick is the Economic Development Manager at City of Groton. Cierra orchestrates the strategic planning, implementation, and investment for local improvements, infrastructure, community assets and amenities for the City. Cierra devises creative approaches to community engagement that encourage a variety of local entrepreneurs to collaborate. Cierra’s gift is her ability to engage diverse members of the City’s citizenry in developing and implementing plans/projects that support economic activity, stimulate local excitement, and enhance local quality of life.
Rahiem Eleazer is a proud member of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN). Rahiem has worked in the environmental sector for five years, and currently serves as the Environmental Liaison for the MPTN. He focuses on environmental efforts within Mashantucket and networks with various external organizations, institutions, and local, state, and federal agencies to pursue mutual interests while protecting and promoting the Tribe’s sovereignty. Rahiem is primarily focused on ecological conservation and climate change resiliency while incorporating indigenous philosophy to environmental practices.
Lynn Stoddard is the Founder and Executive Director of Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program that fosters connected, resilient, and thriving Connecticut communities. From inclusive and equitable decision-making to vibrant public spaces, walkable and safe roads, and support for local food systems, Sustainable CT helps Connecticut towns and cities improve the quality of life for every resident. Lynn has over thirty years of experience in developing public policy and managing a broad range of environmental programs in areas including: climate change, energy efficiency, recycling, solid waste planning, pollution prevention, and coastal area management.
Registration is FREE. If you are able to attend, REGISTER HERE or contact Pam Mola at pamela@cfect.org or call 860.442.3572.
About the Community Foundation
Serving 42 towns and comprised of over 600 charitable funds, the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut puts philanthropy into action to address the needs, rights and interests of the region. The Foundation stewards net assets of over $120 million and has awarded more than $94 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofits and students since its founding in 1983. To learn more, visit cfect.org.