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  • SCDN Webinar: Urban Agriculture – From Vacant Properties to Green Space

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    The presence of vacant properties is a challenge that municipalities face every day, but these spaces can be utilized to benefit the community in several ways: returning properties to the tax rolls, improving community engagement, fostering economic development, and combating food insecurity.

    Interest in urban agriculture and community gardening has seen a major resurgence in the last 15 years. As municipal leaders seek ways to improve the quality of life for their neighborhoods, community gardens have shown to cultivate resident engagement and productive community partnerships. Utilizing vacant lots as green space in some communities has also revealed an improvement in air and water quality, helping with stormwater issues and even calming local traffic.

    As a response to rising interest in community gardening, Grow Pittsburgh formed in 2005 and has since become a go-to resource when it comes to self-sustaining urban agriculture in the region. Join Local Government Academy in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) as we host speaker Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects at Grow Pittsburgh, for a webinar describing best practices for starting an urban agricultural project. Learn which policies municipalities can adopt to facilitate growing food, and then hear from Rebecca Bradley, Manager of Wilkins Township, about a real community garden project.

    About the presenters:

    Rayden Sorock is the Director of Community Projects at Grow Pittsburgh. Since 2008, Rayden has been working in community-focused agriculture, and has worked with communities to start or support 80+ community gardens throughout Allegheny County. He lives in Wilkinsburg with his family and backyard garden.

    Rebecca Bradley has been the Manager for Wilkins Township, Allegheny County for the last 15 years. She also serves as a peer-to-peer consultant for the DCED Governor’s Center for Local Government Services. Prior to working for Wilkins, Rebecca spent ten years as the Administrator for the City of Aliquippa, Beaver County. Rebecca has a Masters in Business Administration from Geneva College. Hobbies including running, reading and weeding.

  • SCDN Webinar: Urban Agriculture – From Vacant Properties to Green Space

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    November 15 @ 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Register Here
    FREE

    The presence of vacant properties is a challenge that municipalities face every day, but these spaces can be utilized to benefit the community in several ways: returning properties to the tax rolls, improving community engagement, fostering economic development, and combating food insecurity.

    Interest in urban agriculture and community gardening has seen a major resurgence in the last 15 years. As municipal leaders seek ways to improve the quality of life for their neighborhoods, community gardens have shown to cultivate resident engagement and productive community partnerships. Utilizing vacant lots as green space in some communities has also revealed an improvement in air and water quality, helping with stormwater issues and even calming local traffic.

    As a response to rising interest in community gardening, Grow Pittsburgh formed in 2005 and has since become a go-to resource when it comes to self-sustaining urban agriculture in the region. Join Local Government Academy in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) as we host speaker Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects at Grow Pittsburgh, for a webinar describing best practices for starting an urban agricultural project. Learn which policies municipalities can adopt to facilitate growing food, and then hear from Rebecca Bradley, Manager of Wilkins Township, about a real community garden project.

  • Webinar: Drones in Your Community

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    The usage of recreational drones has soared in popularity, and so have ensuing complications. Pilot requirements and flying regulations have changed, and as many drones are equipped with or have the capacity to equip camera devices, municipalities are left guessing what’s legal, where drones are permitted to fly, if usage can be restricted or controlled, and how to protect their residents.

    Join Local Government Academy with Dave King of Steel City Drones for this free webinar as he covers the critical topics municipal leaders and law enforcement need to know:

    • How do I know when a drone is being operated illegally?
    • What is a responsible expected use of a drone in business?
    • Can I check drone/drone operator registration anywhere?
    • Where does FAA jurisdiction begin, and municipal jurisdiction begin?
    • Can you fly a drone at night?

    Bring your questions and concerns to this free webinar providing what you need to know about how, when, and why recreational drone use can potentially help, or harm, your neighborhoods.

  • Webinar: Crowdfunding for Racial Justice

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    Join ioby to learn from project leaders who are addressing their neighborhood’s need for racial justice and have created community solutions around racial equity. They’ll share how crowdfunding supported their grassroots projects and how they got started, built support, and overcame challenges. Indigo Bishop, one of ioby’s Action Strategists, will also share more about how we work to support social justice changemaking.

    You’ll hear from these on-the-ground experts and have the opportunity to ask questions in real time:

    Amanda King, Shooting Without Bullets
    Christin Farmer, The Mothership Connection
    Leah Lewis, The X’s and O’s of Race/ism, a Docu-series
    Indigo Bishop, ioby’s Cleveland Action Strategist

  • Webinar: Maintaining Streams in Your Community

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    Flooding is a problem. Municipalities face an ongoing struggle to prevent damage and disruption to residents and businesses caused by flooding, which is often both time-consuming and costly to fix.

    What can municipal leaders do? When does the DEP need to get involved? What other resources are out there?

    Join Local Government Academy in partnership with the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) of Sustainable Pittsburgh in this webinar featuring Greg Holesh, the Environmental Group Manager and Permitting and Technical Support at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), as he details the causes of flooding for communities of the southwestern region, as well as how to smartly mitigate stream maintenance with and without DEP notification, pre-approval, or permits, and what you can do to reduce and prevent flooding in your neighborhoods.