SoundWaters Business & Environment Speaker Series takes place in Stamford, CT, at the Stamford Branch of the University of Connecticut and in large meeting rooms of our corporate partners. A committee of corporate volunteers, in partnership with SoundWaters, meets monthly to decide on an annual theme, topics and speakers for the programs. During the past decade, the focus has changed from possibility to reality. For example, this year, the theme is "The Future is Here," with programs on electric cars, energy audits, and corporations that have installed distributed generation systems and others that have implemented sustainability practices and policies. The series, which is sponsored by our corporate partners, including Connecticut Light & Power, Purdue Pharma, Sikorsky Aircraft, and UBS, is free to the public and includes light lunch or refreshments. The programs run from September - June, and we usually have the full schedule established by early fall of each season. Information is sent to local and state environmental list-serves as well as a Constant Contact email list. SoundWaters takes reservations and makes nametags, which contributes to networking. Each program attracts 50 - 100 attendees, representing corporations, developers, building trades, public land use and conservation officials, environmental organizations, land trusts, and area residents. Through these programs, our attendees are becoming more engaged, able to understand complex sustainability issues, and ready to take action. For example, several attendees at our program on energy audits scheduled audits for their own homes. The programs are informative and topical and judging from responses, well received.
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