Gubernatorial Candidates’ Forum on Climate Change to be Held at Trinity College on July 16

Forum is Sponsored by Connecticut Environmental Groups and Moderated by John Dankosky of the New England News Collaborative

Hartford, Connecticut, July 12, 2018 –

WHAT: “Climate Change and Connecticut” is a forum for gubernatorial candidates sponsored by a broad coalition of Connecticut environmental groups, including the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club, 350 CT, and the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters. Hosted by Trinity College’s Program on Public Values, the forum will be moderated by John Dankosky, executive editor of the New England News Collaborative. All qualified candidates for Connecticut governor have been invited to participate. Expected to attend in person are: Joe Ganim (Democrat), Oz Griebel (Independent), Rod Hanscomb (Libertarian), and Ned Lamont (Democrat). Republican candidates have not yet confirmed attendance but may participate remotely via Skype from another event. The format will consist of two-minute opening statements from each candidate, a discussion led by Dankosky, and questions submitted in writing from the audience. Light refreshments will be served after the program. The forum is free to attend and is open to the public.


WHEN: Monday, July 16, 2018

                    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


WHERE: Mather Hall, Washington Room

                        Trinity College

                        300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT 06106

                       (For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here)

Or watch the forum online via live-stream.


Forum sponsors include:

350 CT, Actual Food LLC, Beyond Extreme Energy, Clean Water Action, Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club, Connecticut Federation of Lakes, CT Green Building Council, Connecticut League of Conservation Voters, Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda, Consumers for Sensible Energy, Food & Water Action, Eastern Connecticut Green Action, Energy Efficiencies Solutions, Greater Hartford Environmental Coalition, the Immanuel Congregational Church (Hartford) Environmental Action Committee, Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, the Trinity College Program on Public Values, The Climate Mobilization (TCM), and What Now New Haven.


Quotes from sponsors:

Mark Silk, Trinity College professor of religion in public life: “We hope you will join us for a conversation about what Connecticut should be doing in the years ahead to meet the challenge of climate change.”

Ann Gadwah, political chair for the Connecticut Chapter of the Sierra Club: “Connecticut has a real chance to be on the front lines of the fight against climate change and our next governor should be leading that charge. I look forward to hearing all of the candidates’ views and having a robust discussion of this critical issue.”

Susan Miller, 350 CT: “Connecticut’s residents are ready to move to 100-percent clean, renewable energy and to address the negative environmental impact of fossil fuels on our most vulnerable communities. We look forward to the forum to discuss these issues.”

Lori Brown, executive director of the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters: “Climate change is a salient issue for voters across the country, especially millennials. This forum spotlights the urgent need to address climate change in Connecticut and will focus on how our next governor plans to take meaningful action.”

Leticia Colon de Mejias, CEO of Energy Efficiencies Solutions: “Energy policy is connected to everything from our economy to our environment and our health, making it one of the most important gubernatorial issues we can question.”


Background on moderator John Dankosky:

John Dankosky is executive editor of the New England News Collaborative, an eight-station consortium of public media newsrooms. He is also the host of “NEXT,” a weekly program about New England, and appears weekly on “The Wheelhouse,” WNPR’s news roundtable program. He has worked as an editor at NPR in Washington, D.C., and has reported for NPR and other national outlets on a variety of subjects. As an editor, he has won national awards for his documentary work and regularly works with NPR and member stations on efforts to collaborate in the public media system. As an instructor, Dankosky has held a chair in journalism and communications at Central Connecticut State University and been an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. He is also a regular moderator for political debates and moderated conversations at The Connecticut Forum, the Mark Twain House and Museum, The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, The World Affairs Council of Connecticut, and The Litchfield Jazz Festival.