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Tuesday, May 14, 2019  Local Food Fosters Economic Development and Resilience

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm  – Sharpsburg Borough Building
5:00 pm – Happy Hour at Hitchhiker Brewery Sharpsburg

Come learn how your municipality and community leaders can improve
food systems and policy with relatively small thoughtful changes.

Read more and register!



Strategic Energy Management for Your Municipality

April 15, 2019 | Forest Hills Borough

Energy Installation Case Studies:

  • Patty DeMarco PhD., Forest Hills Borough
  • Zaheen Hussain, New Sun Rising/Millvale

Energy Efficiency Technical Support and Funding:

  • Alanna Colvin, Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program

Solar and Zoning:

State Energy Policy:

  • Annie Regan, Citizen’s for Pennsylvania’s Future

Finance Panel and Discussion:

  • State Finance Presentation
  • Laura Almendinger – Sustainable Pittsburgh
  • Greg Winks – Solbridge
  • Will Brown – Solbridge
  • Zaheen Hussain – New Sun Rising/Millvale
  • Patty DeMarco – Forest Hills Borough

Attracting Residents & Building Community Resiliency through Cultivating Diversity

June 26, 2018 | City of Duquesne

Creating an Inclusive Workplace and Workforce

  • Melanie Harrington – Executive Director, Vibrant Pittsburgh
  • anupama jain – Executive Director, City of Pittsburgh’s Commission on Gender Equity
  • Shon K. Worner – Senior Associate, Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller, P.C.

Equitable Community Policies and Enforcement

  • Shad Henderson – Director of Community Partnerships and Investments, Neighborhood Allies
  • Wasi Mohamed – Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
  • Laura Poskin – Director of Age Friendly Pittsburgh – an initiative of Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging


Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects

April 3, 2018  | Collier Township Building

Downloadable Copies: Networking Session Resources

Develop and Fund Energy Efficiency and Renewable Projects

  • Angelica Ciranni, Green Building Alliance (GBA)
  • Geoff Bristow, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Mario Leone, Monaca Borough
  • Chris Steffy, Industrial Energy Engineering

Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Fund (PennSEF) – Angelica Ciranni

Renewable Energy for the Power of 32 – Court Gould, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Sustainable Solutions in Blight Mitigation

Oct 23, 2017 | Munhall Borough

  1. “The Health Outcomes and Impacts of Community Blight”, Dr. Karen Hacker, Allegheny County Health Department
  2. “Using Land Banking to Return Distressed Properties to Productive Use”, April Kopas, Westmoreland County Land Bank and An Lewis, TriCOG Land Bank.
  3. “Code Enforcement for Blight Mitigation”* A Panel Discussion
    • Gary Hitchines – Turtle Creek COG
    • Craig McVicker – Code Enforcement Associates, LLC
    • Chief Jeff Tomovcsik – McKeesport Fire Chief
    • Chief Clyde Wilhelm – Swissvale Manager and Fire Chief
  4. “Affordable Housing as tool for Blight Prevention” Bobby Gabbianelli, Housing Choice Voucher Program, Allegheny County
  5. “The Power of Property Data” Steven Saylor, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center
  6. “Implementable Comprehensive Planning for Blight Prevention”, Jim Pashek, Pashek + MTR

Sustainable Wet Weather Solutions

July 26, 2017 | Dormont Borough

  1. Overview of Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN)
  2. Tools of the Trade – Technical Resources to Help Municipalities Meet Their Source Reduction Goals and Regulatory Requirements” – Beth Dutton, Three Rivers Wet Weather
  3. “Planning, Partnerships, Watersheds and the Triple Bottom Line – A Sustainable Approach”
  4. The Creation of a Stormwater Authority and Fees” – Jennifer Taylor, Borough of Dormont Stormwater Authority
  5. National Green Infrastructure Certification” – Lisa Kunst Vavro, Penn State Center