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Fall Workshop Series: Municipal Technical Assistance

Local Government Academy is pleased to present their Fall Workshop Series— affordable ongoing professional development of elected and appointed public officials, Municipal Managers, Municipal Engineers, Municipal Solicitors, and public employees in supervisory positions.

Featuring credentialed instructors and subject matter experts in a format to encourage engagement with the audience, the Fall Workshop Series is free for local government officials and staff in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Don’t Miss Building Community Resilience on October 13: 
The Community Resilience Building (CRB) process has been used by over 400 municipalities across 9 states to collaboratively and comprehensively generate resilience action plans at the local level. This presentation will provide an overview of resilience from a municipal and regional perspective within the context of the CRB process.
Adam Whelchel – Director of Science – the Nature Conservancy
Introduced by – Jim Price – Program Manager – Sustainable Pittsburgh

Save the Date: November 19 Virtual Fall Sustainability Conference

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, November 19, from 8am to 4pm, the Pennsylvania Municipal League is hosting its Fall Sustainability Conference – virtually. This bi-annual event offers cutting edge resources and practical guidance for municipal leaders in developing high-performing, sustainable communities. Details to follow. Registration link

News, Research, and Innovations


Growing a Greener Economy: Job and Climate Impacts from Energy Efficiency Investments
The proposed investments focus on homes and commercial buildings, electric vehicles, transportation infrastructure, manufacturing plants, small businesses, states, and cities.

Rethinking the humble curb
Competition for curb space is increasing. As more people, more services and more companies compete for curbside access, there needs to be constant thought about how this valuable space is allocated and managed.

DEP Local Climate Action Program Helps Community Leaders Address Climate Change in 139 Municipalities
From now through June 2021, participants will learn how to measure local greenhouse gas emissions, assess local climate-related vulnerabilities, and develop plans to reduce emissions and manage climate change impacts in their communities.

How to Make the Most of Covid Winter
Don’t write off the darkest season just yet. Even with colder weather and shorter days, it’s still possible to plan for pandemic-safe outdoor fun.

The Myth of Pedestrian Infrastructure in a World of Cars
Much of what is labeled “pedestrian infrastructure” is in reality “car infrastructure.”

Let’s Not Go Back to ‘Normal’
A rush to return to pre-pandemic life means giving up chances to make necessary improvements to how cities work.

Reimagining an EV future
The emergence of e-vehicles and changing work patterns gives a real opportunity to embrace healthier and safer transport networks.

CDC's Community Champion Program
Do you want to lead efforts that support a thriving, vibrant, and healthier community? Join us and your fellow state and local elected leaders in creating a more active America, together!

Report: Black households spend almost 50 percent more on utilities than white households
By the end of this month, tens of millions of households in the U.S. stand to lose protections against utility shut-offs, which were instituted early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘A patchwork of safety nets’ presents challenges for Pittsburghers facing housing insecurity
Millions of dollars in housing aid have been directed by state and local programs to stave off the threat of evictions and foreclosures. Some neighborhood advocates worry it won't be enough.

City announces ForgingPGH, a comprehensive plan to guide investment and development in Pittsburgh
An online workshop started this week kicks off community involvement for a citywide comprehensive planning process called ForgingPGH, which will guide investment and development for the next two decades.

SURVEY: SmartMoves Connections
SmartMoves Connections is a planning project by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC). It is intended to create a comprehensive regional vision for seamless public transit connections across Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Equity in Action Toolkit
Developed in collaboration with Sustainable States Network and Sustainable Pittsburgh, the toolkit includes a brief primer on why equity matters, an introduction to equity as a systemic issue, and a methodology to define, assess, and implement equity initiatives. It also includes best practices to support community officials with implementation.

COVID-19 Relief Resources [UPDATED 9/21/20]
Sustainable Pittsburgh continues to compile resources related to COVID-19 for municipalities and communities, businesses, restaurants & growers, and individuals.

COVID-19 Resources for Municipalities
The staff of Steel Rivers COG has been working to identify resources for municipalities and organize them in one central place.