Advocacy to Implementation: Creating a Sustainable Built Environment from the Grassroots Up

A talk by Kai Addae, Gioia Montana Connell, Samantha Dynowski, Sena Wazer and Rebecca Winterich-Knox
Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op, KRJDA, Sierra Club CT Chapter, Sunrise Connecticut and Massachusetts Climate Action Network

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About this talk

Advocacy and organizing are critical catalysts for creating a sustainable and equitable built environment. This session will bring together three groups working at the crossroads of grassroots organizing and policy making, sharing how citizens can get involved and offering insight into powerful examples of successful advocacy campaigns. We start with a 101 introduction on the basics of citizen advocacy in Connecticut with Samantha Dynowski from Sierra Club Connecticut. We will then hear from Kai Addae, Gioia Connell, and Sena Wazer about what the Sunrise Movement is doing in Connecticut to organize both a just hub as well as at the legislative level. We top off our conversations with lessons from Rebecca Winterich-Knox at the Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN) on how its coalition of climate activists, municipal officials, affordable housing experts, and design professionals are advocating for an update to the state’s stretch energy code to a net zero standard. This session will discuss the importance of centering justice in net zero building advocacy by emphasizing equitable transportation access and affordable housing as a key part of climate solutions. Attendees will leave with concrete action steps on legislation for current and future sessions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and beyond.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Create a roadmap for political advocacy.

  2. Identify methods for grassroots organizing.

  3. Discuss some basics in stretch code, transportation, and affordable housing policy.

  4. Establish action items for this legislative session.

1 GBCI CEU (self-reported) 1 LFA CEU (pending)