On July 17, Local Government Academy, in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh, presents: “Greening Fields and Facilities – Allegheny County Success Stories,” one of two sessions addressing common concerns in local government of protecting local residents from pollution and environmental health risks and identifying opportunities for public safety and reduction of environmental impacts. The sessions are titled collectively as Local Communities/Healthy Communities.
The July 17 program features David Brown, ScD of Environment and Human Health Inc., a national non-profit that studies human health and environmental hazards. Dr. Brown will discuss the broad range of toxins in our environment. His information and local examples of successful efforts to reduce pollution, will prepare participants to better identify the environmental and health needs and opportunities in their own communities. Dr. Brown’s remarks are part of a broader workshop intended to get participants out of the classroom to see solutions in use by local communities.
“Greening Fields and Facilities” will focus on day-to-day operations in recreational areas and public buildings. One of the teachers is a goat from Steel City Grazers – a first! Attend this program to learn about how Allegheny County’s South Park Golf Course makes compost tea to care for the greens, how to manage invasive plant species and weeds without herbicides and how green cleaning and recycling make public facilities and events healthier for everyone. Additional speakers include:
- David Carter, South Park Golf Course
- Carrie Pavlik, Steel City Grazers
- Kathy Hrabovsky, Allegheny County Sustainable manager
- Michelle Smith, University of Pittsburgh
- Chelsea Holmes, Women for a Healthy Environment
Date: July 17, 2015
Location: South Park Golf Course, E. Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Time: 8:30 a.m. (8 a.m. registration) – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 (Or $35 for both July 17 and July 30 programs. Michael P. Lynch Scholarship Fund (MPLSF) communities are eligible for a 50-percent discount for this event.)
The next Local Communities/Healthy Communities program is JULY 30: “At a Moment’s Notice: Rail Transportation Emergencies, Community Response and Health.”