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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’s Champions for Sustainability (C4S) and SCDN 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: Learn How to Track Energy and Water Use and Save Money with Portfolio Manager

It is a commonly repeated phrase in the business world, that we can’t manage what we don’t measure. The Environmental Protection Agency created the Energy Star Portfolio Manager with exactly that thought in mind. Portfolio Manager is an online tool organizations can use to help manage energy and water consumption, waste production, and greenhouse gas emissions. Please join the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN), facilitated by Sustainable Pittsburgh, and Local Government Academy for a webinar that will discuss the benefits of tracking your building’s energy, water use, and waste production and lead you through the process of how to set up your organization’s information.

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Interested in Transit, New Mobility Options, Sustainable Community Development? Come to Rail-Volution!

The annual Rail~Volution conference brings great thinking together about every aspect of transit (bus, bus rapid transit (BRT), and rail), related mobility options, and community development. The 2018 conference will be here, in Pittsburgh, PA, October 21-24, at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown.

Register now to be part of four days of networking and learning: 20 Mobile Workshops, 75+ workshop sessions, and numerous social opportunities to meet the people in the public, private and nonprofit sectors who plan, build, finance, and advocate for livable and sustainable communities in Pittsburgh and around the country.


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.

News, Research, and Innovations


Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities
This Center for Community Progress report offers practical guidance for communities curious about how to leverage the power of creative placemaking to transform vacant properties.

Four Strategies to Deliver on a Smart City Vision in 2018
Public officials and technology developers now consistently start smart city conversations with a focus on place-based outcomes.

Why Did America Give Up on Mass Transit? (Don’t Blame Cars.)
The only way to reverse the vicious cycle in the U.S. is by providing better service up front. The riders might not come on day one, but numerous examples, from cities like Phoenix and Seattle, have shown that better service will attract more riders.