Creating a Resilient Connecticut


Friday, May 11, 2018 8:15 am to 4:30 pm


Reading Room

Reading Room
William F. Starr Hall
45 Elizabeth St.
Hartford, CT 06105-2290


Please join the UConn Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), UConn School of Law’s Center for Energy & Environmental Law (CEEL), and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) for this exciting forum, "Creating a Resilient Connecticut: A CIRCA Forum on Science, Planning, Policy & Law." This event, which combines science, policy, and planning at the state and local levels, is the culmination of work undertaken over the past two years by CT DEEP and UConn/CIRCA to address the resilience of vulnerable communities along Connecticut’s coast and inland waterways to the growing impacts of climate change. Important research is leading to the creation of products for assessing vulnerabilities and strategies to mitigate potential damage from climate change and storm impacts.

The Forum includes an opening from CT DEEP Commissioner Rob Klee and a keynote address by Harriet Tregoning, former HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development. Her talk on “Connecticut’s Future in a Disaster-Prone World” will be followed by audience-based policy discussion.  Ms. Tregoning’s work at HUD encompassed helping states, regions, cities, counties and towns across the country build a strong foundation for resilience in the face of a changing climate and for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and affordability.

Forum presentations and panel discussions will also include:

  • State sea level rise projections,
  • Inland and coastal flood vulnerability data and case studies,
  • Legal and policy recommendations to support resiliency,
  • Vulnerability assessments in Milford and New London,
  • Applications for new coastal aerial photography, and
  • Climate-informed resiliency projects from inland/coastal municipalities and Councils of Governments.

This event is free and open to the public. Work was made possible through a Municipal Resilience Planning Assistance grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Housing CDBG-Disaster Recovery Program and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Parking is complimentary and available by self registering in advance. To reserve parking, click HERE and enter your vehicle license plate number. Park in B Lot. Parking for this event is valid only on 5/11/18 from 7 am to 5 pm. If you do not pre-register you will be able to access a self pay-by-phone system on site. Vehicles with Area 2 UConn Parking Services hang tags or stickers can park in Area 2 with no registration.

If you have any questions or require any accommodations for this meeting please contact


William R. Rath
(860) 570-5058


If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at at least two weeks in advance.