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Sustainable Community Development Network of Southwestern Pennsylvania | For Leaders Advancing High Performing Communities

April 2021 Sustainable Communities Updates:


Join us for the 11th Annual Sustainability Conference, May 6-7

What will the economy and local government operations look like in the wake of COVID-19? How can local governments use their power to ensure the future of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s public health and ensure clean water, air, and soil for all residents? What does building for a healthy future entail? 

These topics, and more, will be explored during the 11th Annual Sustainability Conference, May 6-7.

Municipal and state elected officials and staff, engineers, nonprofit and community leaders, planners, and architects serving Southwestern PA should plan to attend!

Learn more about the conference and see the full line-up of speakers here.


Improve Solar Energy with Solsmart

Sustainable Pittsburgh is teaming up with the Great Plains Institute and the Solsmart program staff to bring technical expertise and recognition to local municipalities looking to improve their potential for attracting solar investment. Solsmart, a program of The Solar Foundation and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), is a voluntary recognition program for municipalities that uses objective criteria to assess and guide local governments seeking to streamline the process of reviewing and approving solar photovoltaic energy systems. 

Sustainable Pittsburgh invites you to take advantage of this offer for free technical assistance and the opportunity to increase the potential for solar investment and carbon reduction in your community.  A municipality who would like to participate in this effort will receive technical assistance from local and national solar experts. Sustainable Pittsburgh will help community leaders assess which criteria in the Solsmart program the municipality is currently eligible for and work with them to develop a workplan to achieve their goals. The municipality will also have access to Pennsylvania specific training and resources.

In addition, Sustainable Pittsburgh and PML will be adding the Solsmart program as criteria to the Sustainable Pennsylvania program.  This means that communities who earn the Solsmart designation will also benefit from a higher score in the Sustainable PA program. Please contact Jim Price (jprice@sustainablepittsburgh) with any questions or to start the process and receive free technical assistance.

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