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Featured Event


April 15th - Strategic Energy Management for Your Municipality

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Please join us on Monday, April 15th at 5:30 pm at the award-winning, zero-emission Forest Hills Municipal Building (pictured above) to learn how you can save energy and money for your community. You will have the opportunity to meet and learn from local experts on best practices for solar energy and energy efficiency measures, relevant state policies, and various financing options and available funding, as well as hear from municipalities that have gone through the process.

There will be time at the end of the discussion for a tour of the building and to speak directly with experts in groups based on their specialty, including state policy, funding, zoning, energy efficiency, and community engagement.

*If you register more than a week before the event you will receive a map with a rough sketch of where it is possible to install solar energy on your municipal building/s.


Register Now: May 14th SCDN Forum - Local Food Fosters Economic Development and Resilience

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Forum, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Networking Happy Hour to follow, 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Sharpsburg Municipal Building
1611 Main St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Networking Happy Hour:
Hitchhiker Brewing Co.
1500 S Canal St
Sharpsburg, PA 15215

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Cost from $10 to $25
Appetizers will be served and Food Truck will be available during happy hour

12:30 pm – Registration opens
1:00 pm – Speakers begin

Please join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), facilitated by Sustainable Pittsburgh, along with the Local Government Academy (LGA) for an afternoon forum (and happy hour!).

Participants will learn about the numerous health and environmental advantages of fostering a robust and accessible food system and discuss how communities can improve economic and community growth through implementing food-friendly policies. Grow PittsburghPittsburgh Food Policy Council, and the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program are working with us to create a program exploring numerous topics, including: workforce development, land use and reuse, the farm to table experience, restaurant incubators, urban agricultural, and a related model ordinance.

The benefits of improving the availability of fresh, locally produced food in your community are difficult to overstate. A robust local food system can provide low income and disadvantaged members of your community with access to fresh and healthier foods. It can connect community members to workforce training opportunities and a larger pool of career oriented jobs. In addition, locally produced food can lower the region’s overall carbon emissions, return unused land to productive use, and improve our regional air quality.

Please share with your elected municipal officials and community leaders!


10th Annual Sustainability Conference Sparks In-depth Conversation About Smart Cities

The 10th Annual Sustainability Conference, co-hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers – Pittsburgh Section; the Environmental and Water Resources Institute – Pittsburgh Chapter; Metro21: Smart Cities Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; and Sustainable Pittsburgh/Champions for Sustainability was held Wednesday, March 6 at the August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Titled, “Smart Cities: Transforming Cities for a New Era,” it covered a broad range of subjects exploring the relationship between technology and smart city planning, including their impact on the three tenets of sustainability. Presenters discussed how they and others in the Pittsburgh region are implementing smart tech for energy grids, transportation, air quality, and more in order to achieve increased cost savings, public safety, social equity, and environmental quality.

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News, Research, and Innovations


Pilot Program To Boost Affordable Housing In Lawrenceville Through Inclusionary Zoning
The Pittsburgh Department of City Planning is working with community group Lawrenceville United to develop an inclusionary zoning pilot project for the neighborhood, requiring some affordable housing to be included in residential projects.

City of Wheeling, Grow Ohio Valley Sign Lease for Future Site of Public Market in Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center
The Public Market will run year-round and offer local food and farm products, along with natural and specialty items, supporting local farmers and increasing healthy food access for the community.

Nuclear rescue bill in Pa. carries a $500 million price tag
House Bill 11 is designed to create a new revenue source for nuclear power plants by rewarding energy generators that do not emit carbon dioxide, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Views with value: how cities preserve their defining vistas
Cities have long sought to preserve historic views of landmarks or mountainous horizons. Architect Tom Brigden maps out protected ‘viewing corridors’ in cities from London to Vancouver.