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June 2017 - eNewsletter


INFORMATION AND NETWORKING SESSION: Sustainable Solutions in Wet Weather

Wednesday, July 26
8:00 am to 10:30 am
Hollywood Theater, Dormont
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You are invited to an Information and Networking Session on innovative wet weather solutions presented by Sustainable Pittsburgh through its Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) on Wednesday, July 26 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am in Dormont, PA.  An optional tour of Dormont’s Potomac Avenue streetscaping and green infrastructure project will take place immediately following the session.

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Webinar: Improve Access to Healthy Food and Create a Better Sense of Place with a Well-Managed Farmers Market

Wednesday, July 19
1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
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Farmers markets have historically played a role in weaving together the social and economic fabric of communities. Farmers markets today still play the role of creating a sense of place and community. If the proper assets are in place a market can create activity in building local economies and leveraging assets for mainstream redevelopment projects, enhancing relationships between business, increasing access to fresh food, and making social services more visible to community members. Join the SCDN and LGA for a webinar on Wednesday July 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. as we explore some examples of using Farmers Markets as a placemaking tool.

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Butler Township Achieves Gold!

Sustainable Pittsburgh is proud to announce Butler Township has achieved Gold in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification for their commitment to sustainable policies and practices!  Butler Township is a prospering community located near the center of Butler County and surrounds the city of Butler, PA.  A commitment to public engagement and land conservation, and the installation of transportation retrofits demonstrate some of Butler Township’s many sustainability initiatives.

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Sharing Services Earns New Brighton Borough Silver

New Brighton Borough, a champion of sustainability, earned Silver in the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification.  Intergovernmental cooperation is an important way to increase a community’s sustainability and New Brighton uses this to its advantage.  Sharing services can increase economic efficiency, public safety and emergency preparedness, and builds regional cohesion.  Among neighboring municipalities and the New Brighton School District, New Brighton utilizes shared resources through numerous Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreements

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Use Goat Power to Efficiently Improve and Manage your Community’s Greenspace

Not only are goats cute, they are also relentless at removing unwanted vegetation, allowing for better landscape management and greenspace restoration in communities.  Goats live for munching on unwanted greenery, and they are eco-friendly and efficient.  Municipalities, private land owners, and businesses can now enlist the nonprofit Allegheny GoatScape to help remove invasive plants such as Japanese Knotweed, Kudzu and others.

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Innovations in Local Government


Text Messages Engage Residents in Community Planning

Developing Mitigation Strategies to Combat Stormwater Challenges
RAND Corporation’s in-depth look at stormwater management in Allegheny County evaluates innovative approaches to mitigate stormwater challenges and the increases caused by climate change.

Imagining a Citizen-Led Smart City
In Detroit, vulnerable communities are learning to use urban sensors as instruments to guide municipal services.

How Autonomous Cars and Buses Will Change Urban Planning

The Future: Roads of Recycled Plastic

The Vision of Highways Creating Clean and Renewable Energy