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Featured Event


Sustainable Pittsburgh Presents - Responsible Waste Management Workshop

Date: Wednesday, September 12
7:30 am – Breakfast and Registration
8:00 am – Program Begins
11:30 am – Optional Tour of PNC Cleaning Operations
Location: PNC Park Press Conference Room


Are you responsible for managing your organization’s or community’s waste management program?  Struggling to keep up with what can be recycled?  Frustrated by low diversion rates and limited reporting by your waste hauler?

Join Sustainable Pittsburgh, the SCDN, and Champions for Sustainability (C4S) for this morning workshop that pulls back the curtain on waste and recycling options for businesses, organizations, and municipalities located in southwestern PA.

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SCDN Webinar – Ecodistricts – A Community Planning Process for a Sustainable Future.

Thursday, August 30, 2018
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
Register Here

How can a community with limited resources create a shared vision of a sustainable neighborhood? Ecodistrict planning builds community capacity for the development and implementation of regenerative systems for Energy, Water, Nutrients and Waste. Through an initial focus on community engagement, education, and the expansion of resident and business participation, Ecodistricts cultivate fertile ground for bold visions of sustainable development to take root and flourish. Fostering transparency, action, and accountability in the subsequent phases ensures the vision is successfully implemented with robust community support.

Please join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), facilitated by Sustainable Pittsburgh, and the Local Government Academy for a webinar about the Ecodistrict planning process and how it might be utilized in your community.

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Your Feedback Needed! Quaker Valley COG Launches Municipal Solar Initiative

Combining the power of competition and joint purchasing, the Quaker Valley Council of Governments (QVCOG) is launching a Municipal Solar Initiative by hosting this survey to estimate the interest and potential for aggregate solar purchasing.  QVCOG is being assisted by Solbridge Energy Advisors to determine the operational and savings potential of small solar installations distributed across a wide area.

Participation in the survey is open to local governments, school districts, and authorities in Pennsylvania. Completion of the survey is not an obligation to conduct any program or make any purchase.  The survey will provide an estimate for the purposes of examining the benefit of group purchasing solutions.

Click here to access the survey.

In addition to completing the survey, feel free to contact Susan Hockenberry at QVCOG or Greg Winks at Solbridge Energy Advisors .  Click here to watch the video on the benefits of municipal solar  If you are a solar industry provider or installer click here to be placed on our vendor mailing list.

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