Panel Discussion of the GC3 Building Recommendations: Equity, Adaptation, Mitigation

A talk by Todd Berman, Leticia Colon de Mejias, Matt Fulda, Michele Helou, Bernard A. Pelletier and Brian Thompson
The United Illuminating Company, Green Eco Warriors Inc, MetroCOG, State of Connecticut Department of Housing, People's Action for Clean Energy and Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection

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About this talk

This session will focus on the work conducted by the Governor's Council on Climate Change, specifically the process for drafting and advancing recommendations for the interim report in 2021 and the ongoing work for the full report in 2022. The discussion will focus on topics related to addressing climate impacts on the built environment, sustainable land use practices and the issues around the equitable distribution of, and access to, healthy, resilient, and sustainable buildings. Panelists from state and regional agencies as well as the private sector will discuss the role of the built environment in adapting to and mitigating the effects of climate change. Additionally, the group will have a focused discussion on several GC3 recommendations that promote and ensure environmental equity in addressing our changing climate. The GC3 placed a significant focus on equity and environmental justice and this panel will discuss current barriers to achieve a sustainable, healthy, resilient, and adaptive built environment for all people. This includes discussions on current residential efficiency programs, their lack of utilization in environmental justice communities, the importance of providing a healthy built environment to all residents and how historic and current land use practices directly affect LMI and BIPOC communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding equity issues related to sustainable and resilient buildings.

  2. Analyzing the GC3 recommendations included in the interim report and discussing those still under consideration during 2021, phase 2.

  3. Identifying the connections between Climate Change mitigation and adaptation strategies for the built environment.

  4. Recognizing the indoor health barriers to Environmental Justice and Low-Moderate Income communities.

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