Creating a Resilient Connecticut: A CIRCA Forum on Science, Planning, Policy & Law | May 11, 2018

Friday, May 11, 8:15 am to 4:30 pm

UConn School of Law

Reading Room, William F. Starr Hall

45 Elizabeth St. Hartford, CT 06105


View the AGENDA for more information


Sea Level Rise Projections for the State of Connecticut

Floodplain Building Elevation Standards

Height Restrictions on Elevated Buildings

Oceanfront State Coastal Management Programs

Statutory Adoption of Updated SLR Scenarios

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 that combines science, policy, and planning at the state and local levels. This event 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 an introduction by the the CT Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein for the keynote address. Harriet Tregoning will provide the keynote entitled, “Connecticut’s Future in a Disaster-Prone World.” Ms. Tregoning is the former HUD Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Community Planning and Development. Her 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, panel discussions, and poster topics 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 sponsored by CIRCA, CEEL, and CT DEEP 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.



UConn School of Law, Starr Hall, 45 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT. For GPS purposes, use 110 Sherman Street as your destination address. Parking Lot B

Parking is complimentary and available by self registering in advance.

To reserve parking, click HERE and enter your vehicle license plate number.

Park on B Lot. Parking for this event is valid only 5/11/18, 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.

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