Regional Convening for Sustainable Development

Join Grace Farms Foundation and Live Green Connecticut for the first annual Regional Convening for Sustainable Development (RCSD). Thought leaders from around the world will discuss wide-ranging strategies for sustainable development, with regional case studies demonstrating how some of those strategies have been implemented locally. Learn how we can come together to make Connecticut a leader in community-driven sustainable development.  

Convening Schedule:

9:00 am

Welcome: Adam Thatcher, Grace Farms Foundation Director of Operations, and Daphne Dixon, Co-founder and Executive Director of Live Green Connecticut

9:15 am

Video message from Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Sustainable Development at Columbia University
Introduction: Dr. David L. Downie, Fairfield University

9:35 am

Keynote Address: Kanni Wignaraja, Director, UN Development Operations Coordination Office
Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG Academy and Sustainable Development Solutions Network

10:05 am

Panel 1: “Building Sustainability Into Our Cities,”; Introduction: Kevin Moynihan, First Selectman, New Canaan

10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am

Catherine Smith, State of Connecticut Economic and Community Development
Introduction: Dr. Howard Rosenbaum, Conservation Biologist at Columbia University

11:15 am

Panel 2: “The Condition of CT’s Sustainable Development Infrastructure”

11:40 am

Panel 3: “The Critical Role Businesses Play in Sustainable Development”

12:15 p.m.

Lunch

1:30 pm & 3 pm

Breakout Sessions 1 and 2: Regional and Community Sustainable Development Presentations

4:20 pm

Closing Remarks

4:45 – 6 pm

Networking Reception

Randy Klein 3-28-16

Letter: State Rep Candidate Randy Klein Thanks Supporters, Residents

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To the Editor:

It was a privilege to run as a candidate for state representative for the 141st District. I’d like to thank all of you who supported my candidacy, whether you wrote a letter, hosted a lawn sign, made phone calls on my behalf or voted for me. I’d also like to thank the residents who took the time to discuss their concerns with me as I knocked on doors throughout our district. The experience of running was rewarding in so many ways. Again thank you for your support.

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Final Letters to the Editor on Darien Elections

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Here are the final letters to the editor about candidates for election:

A note from the editor: Apologies for publishing these letters so late. I’ve been sick for weeks (but getting better, slowly) and didn’t have the energy to get them published earlier. — David Gurliacci

Klein’s Experience in Business Will Help in State Legislature

To the editor:

While serving as Darien’s First Selectwoman, Evonne Klein knew it wasn’t enough to just talk about a problem, you actually had to do something to fix it.  She brought a non-partisan approach to getting things done, and today, our town is better off for it. As our next state representative, her husband, Randy Klein, will bring the same solutions-oriented approach to state government.  Instead of talking about traffic congestion and blaming others for our budget deficits, Randy will bring his decades of experience as a business owner in the transportation field to the table to deliver results for Darien. His plan to consolidate government resources, cap the governor’s bonding authority and re-negotiate the State’s most costly pension obligations will go a long way to fixing our budget.  Lets elect Randy Klein for State Representative on Nov.

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Letter: Klein Has Ideas That Will Help Connecticut’s Economy

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Darienite.com accepts letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. Randy Klein, a Democrat, is challenging Republican state Rep. Terrie Wood in the 141st House District:

To the editor:

Connecticut faces many challenges as we approach Election Day.  The budget, transportation and pension reform all require immediate, and meaningful action.  Our current state representative has had eight years to address these problems, and her service is appreciated.

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Letter: Support for Klein’s Plan to Get Connecticut Economy Moving

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Darienite.com accepts letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. Randy Klein, a Democrat, is challenging Republican state Rep. Terrie Wood in the 141st House District:

To the editor:

I support Randy Klein’s three point plan to get Connecticut’s economy moving again.  Randy knows the importance of a balanced budget.

Randy Klein 3-28-16

Klein Knocks on 3,500th Door, Gets Endorsement from Spencer McIlmurray

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State representative candidate Randy Klein has knocked on his 3,500th door as part of a voter outreach program that began back in May. Klein owns a small business in Norwalk and lives in Darien. “From the very first day that I decided to run for office until now, I have been motivated by one central goal – to speak with as many residents of Darien, Rowayton, and Norwalk as possible about the issues that matter most to them,” Klein said Thursday. __________
— This is a news release from Randy Klein’s campaign. __________
“I use the opportunities to hear how people think their representation could work most effectively for them in Hartford.”

McIlmurray Endorsement
Last week, Klein’s canvassing brought him to the door of Spencer McIlmurray, former Republican Town Committee member and Board of Selectman candidate.

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Letters to the Editor on the Klein/Wood Contest for State Representative

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Darienite.com accepts letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. These letters about the election recently were sent regarding the election in the 141st state House of Representatives district:
Klein Would Be Better at Balancing CT’s Budget
To the editor:

Complaining about issues is easy.

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More Letters on the Wood/Klein Race

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More letters to the editor about State Rep. Terrie Wood, a Republican, and her challenger, Democrat Randy Klein (deadline for election letters is end of day Oct. 31):
Klein Will Be Good for Education
To the editor:

Darien receives education dollars from the state through the Education Cost Sharing and Excess Cost Grant systems. Last May, cuts in funding proposed at the last minute, rightfully raised the concern of parents, elected officials, students and teachers in our school district. These cuts were eventually restored, but with the current state of the budget, there is no guarantee that Darien, Rowayton or Norwalk will be left untouched by future cuts or changes in how the above-referenced systems allocate funds. The Education Cost Sharing system is ripe for reform, and we will need a seat at the table when it is reformed. More importantly, the money we receive through the Excess Cost Grant system to defray the costs of special education, must be protected.

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More Letters to the Editor on the Klein/Wood Race for State Representative

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Darienite.com accepts letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. These letters about the election recently were sent regarding the election in the 141st state House of Representatives district:

Randy Klein Knows the Importance of Funding Transportation Infrastructure
To the editor:

Its easy to talk about fixing our transportation infrastructure.  While politicians are busy blaming each other for the problem, the rest of us are stuck in traffic, or waiting for a delayed train.

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Letters to the Editor on Wood vs Klein in Race for 141st State Rep District

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Darienite.com will accept letters to the editor about candidates running for office in the Nov. 8 election, but only up through the end of the day on Halloween, Oct. 31. Email your letter to dave@darienite.com. These letters about the election recently came in:
Trust the Republican, Wood, to Improve Connecticut, Not the Democrat, Klein
To the editor,

Many of Darien’s taxpayers know that in the years of my serving on the Darien Board of Finance, I repeatedly warned the town’s citizens that the time would come when the financial situation in Hartford was so abysmal that Darien would have to go it alone when it came to receiving any state grants or cost-sharing.

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Letter: Rep Wood at Forefront Addressing State Problems, Local Causes

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To the editor:

I’d like to offer a little quiz to your readers to give a sense of how much State Rep. Terrie Wood does for our town:

Do your kids go to (or did they go to) our top-rated public schools? Do you enjoy our parks, beaches and beautiful open spaces? Do you shop at or own one of the hundreds of vibrant small businesses in the area? Have you supported or benefitted from the multitude of community social services? Assuming the answer is “Yes” to most if not all of these questions gives one a sense of the significant and positive impact that Terrie Wood has had on this community, not only as our state representative but also as a mother, volunteer, community leader and former business owner.

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Letter: Randy Klein Understands the Education Aid Challenges Facing Darien

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To the Editor:

As a former teacher and guidance counselor at Darien High School, I’ve had the privilege of working with many Darien students. We are fortunate to live in a community that places a high value on the education of our children. 

Maintaining a successful public school system isn’t getting any easier, and we need solutions-oriented leadership to make sure Darien schools continue to succeed. Randy Klein’s piece on the recent CT Coalition for Justice v. Rell ruling shows that he understands both the present and future challenges facing our schools, and that is one of the many reasons why I will vote for him as our next state representative this November. Barbara L. Thorne

Barbara Thorne is a member of the Representative Town Meeting, former member of the Board of Selectman and wife of Marc Thorne, a former RTM member and currently a selectman.

Randy Klein 3-28-16

Commentary: State Rep Candidate Randy Klein Says Accountability, Funding Support Needed for Schools

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By RANDY KLEIN
When my wife Evonne and I moved to Darien almost 30 years ago, we chose our town because it was a vibrant community with excellent schools for our growing family. To this day the performance of our schools remains one of Darien’s most valuable assets and continues to attract new families. Since launching my campaign for state representative, I have talked with many parents whose top priority is that their children continue to receive an excellent education. Parents understand that for our schools to provide the education we have come to expect we cannot be caught off guard again, as we were last spring, by a proposed one million dollar cut in state funding at the 11th hour. They recognize the need for standards of performance for both students and educators, and that all must be held accountable for meeting these standards.

Randy Klein 3-28-16

Randy Klein Running Against Terrie Wood for 141st State Rep Seat

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Democrat Randy Klein has announced he’s running against Republican state Rep. Terrie Wood in the 141st General Assembly District that covers most of Darien. “The voters of Darien and Rowayton deserve a real choice in who represents them in Hartford,” Klein said in an announcement emailed Monday morning. “We need our voice to be heard where it matters most and, right now, it’s not being heard.” Klein has filed the initial paperwork for the campaign. The former chairman of the Darien Democratic Town Committee and husband of former First Selectwoman Evonne Klein (now the commissioner of the state Department of Housing) said  he’s “still in the very early stages of my campaign.”