Message from the Director: September

Perhaps the best part of living in Hartford is easy access to so many transportation options. Last Thursday, I walked a few blocks to catch the Capitol Avenue bus that dropped me off in front of the Department of Transportation headquarters in Berlin for the meeting of the Governor’s Council on Climate Change. CTfastrak’s Parkville Station is just a 5-minute bike ride from my house, and a 12-minute ride in the other direction puts me at Union Station, where CTrail now offers 16 daily trains to and from New Haven, with connections to Metro North and Shoreline East. So there are fewer and fewer excuses for me to hop in the car without first exploring alternatives that could allow me to get some exercise and then open up a book or my computer rather than sitting in traffic.

The lockbox campaign provides an opportunity for the Roundtable to work with a growing list of allies to protect the funding needed to invest in further expanding these alternatives so that they reach more and more people — while creating more local jobs and reducing carbon emissions.
The last few months have been an intense period of expansion and transition for the Roundtable. We’ve secured our nonprofit status from the IRS; we’ve hired our new Communications Coordinator, who is helping us develop new tools for messaging and collaboration; we’re launching a new website with a new logo (watch for next month’s newsletter!); and our Board has established a new emphasis on economic and environmental justice.

Thank you for partnering with us as we move into this next phase of our journey!

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Aisha K. Staggers
Author: Aisha K. Staggers

Provider of "proactive and strategic communications" with a solid background in print and digital journalism. Communications Director of Connecticut Roundtable on Climate and Jobs.