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  • Building Re-Tuning and Operations Conference

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    Working at a school or municipality building and looking to enhance your energy performance? If so, this Conference is for you.

    Join PennTAP for a Building Re-Tuning and Operations Conference for managers and employees overseeing the success of school and municipality building performance. Attendees will learn about low and no-cost opportunities to enhance their building performance to optimize energy efficiency.

    The morning will feature educational sessions broken out into three tracks including Building Re-Tuning (BRT) topics for people new to energy sustainability, technology upgrades, and project funding available to implement projects. The afternoon will feature walkthroughs of campus buildings to put the morning’s learning into practice. Additionally, there will be more educational sessions available for participants wanting to learn more about BRT specialty topics. Other event highlights include: knowledgeable presenters, vendor networking, a roundtable of past BRT participants who will share their experiences, and the opportunity to earn 4 BOC points.

    Agenda Overview

    • Morning
      • Breakfast and Registration
      • Networking
      • Educational sessions broken out into three tracks:
        • BRT Topics Training
        • Technology Upgrades
        • Project Funding Opportunities
      • Afternoon
        • Lunch
        • Roundtable of past BRT participants who will share their experiences
        • Site walkthroughs of campus buildings
        • More educational sessions
    • Early Bird Fee (now through January 31, 2020): $25
    • Registration Fee (beginning February 1, 2020): $35
  • Nature of Place Symposium

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    A Symposium About Biophilia

    The implications of biophilia extend across a vast array of disciplines including design and engineering, nutrition, psychology, public health, education, biology and the humanities. Biophilia is expressed all over the world every day, through complex collaborations such as the design and construction of buildings and landscapes; and intimate, personal encounters including nature hikes and home gardening.

    Since 2013, Phipps has held a monthly Biophilia: Pittsburgh gathering to bring creative minds together for learning, exploring and strengthening the bonds between people and the natural world. At Phipps’ first Nature of Place Symposium, this concept finds a new expression as leaders across disciplines come together to discuss the influence and impact of biophilia on their work and the work of the future. The event will include an opening reception and keynote speaker on the evening of Wed., Feb. 19 and a day of presentations and panels on Thurs., Feb. 20.

  • Home Energy Efficiency Fair

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    Do you struggle to keep your home warm in the winter? Do you find yourself dreading high energy bills in the colder months? Are you ready to learn more and finally combat the challenges of an inefficient home.

    Conservation Consultants, Inc. has partnered with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in organizing its 3rd Annual Energy Efficiency Fair, to be held on February 9, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., at the Frick Environmental Center. Experts will be on hand to answer homeowner questions. Equipment and materials used in home efficiency improvements will be on display. You may even be quizzed on your building science prowess. The event is kid friendly, and participants can hope to win a free energy audit ($400 value) in a raffle.

  • Energy Smart Operations: From Fleets to Facilities

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    Hosted by Sustainable Pittsburgh, “Energy Smart Operations: From Fleets to Facilities” is a forum tailored for businesses, nonprofits, universities, and municipal community leaders who are seeking funding, financing, and procurement options for their energy smart solutions.

    Speakers include:

    • Will Bernstein, City of Pittsburgh
    • Matt Mahoney, Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance
    • Mike Carnahan, Scalo Solar
    • Mike Cherock, AE Works
    • John McCabe, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum
    • Sarah Olexsak, Duquesne Light
    • Aurora Sharrard, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
    • Nick DeSalvo, Lafayette College, representing the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges

    Conversations on energy reduction, carbon emission reduction, and renewable energy will be featured, as well as an optional tour of Mill 19, a former brownfield site revolutionized into a green facility.

    DATE:             Thursday, January 30, 2020

    TIME:

    • 8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast
    • 8:30 am – Program
    • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – Optional Tour

    LOCATION:   Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green

    $35 for non-members
    $20 for Sustainable Pittsburgh members 

    Thanks to our sponsors:

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  • Building Operator Event: Growing and Retaining Your Facilities Workforce

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    Are you looking for ways to fill your workforce gap? This luncheon will provide strategies to grow your facilities operations & maintenance workforce and keep them engaged.

    Limited seats! This free lunch is open to all Pennsylvania facilities operations and maintenance staff, especially those that work in the following sectors in PA: K-12 school districts, local/municipal government, state government, and colleges and universities.

    Building Operator Certification (BOC) graduates: Please bring a facilities coworker with you to this event! (Must register separately.) Also, by attending this lunch, you will earn 1.5 continuing maintenance points.

    Agenda:

    11 a.m. – Sign in and networking

    11:30 a.m. – Lunch buffet

    12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Featured speakers will present insider strategies to “Growing and Retaining Your Facilities Workforce”

    Featured speakers:

    John Tooley, Senior Building Science Consultant with Advanced Energy — Attracting, Developing and Retaining Superior Employees

    Alison Diehl, Director of the National Sustainable Structures Center at Pennsylvania College of Technology — Upcoming grant-funded building operator training opportunities in PA

  • Confronting Green Inequities with Kofi Boone

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    The Inspire Speakers Series is thrilled to partner with the EcoDistricts Summit to present award winning landscape architect and environmental justice advocate Kofi Boone. A Detroit native, Boone has been at the forefront of addressing racism through democratic design. His nationally recognized work reconciles the legacies of structural inequality with authentic cultural landscapes, creating places that weigh equally community and environment. Kofi will illustrate his research and insights in his provocative keynote presentation concluding the EcoDistricts Summit.

  • Building Re-Tuning: An Energy Sustainability Series

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    Building Re-Tuning Workshop: 2 of 3
    Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program
    FREE

    Please join PennTAP for the second of three Building Re-Tuning (BRT) workshops being offered in the Pittsburgh area. The February workshop will focus on the fundamentals of BRT including how to use low-cost tools and workbook calculations for an energy-conscious facility.

    BRT is a systematic low cost/no cost approach to ensure that buildings are operating at maximum efficiency. BRT can reduce facility energy costs for government buildings, community colleges, or K–12 schools. This program has been designed for PA municipality, school district, and community college professionals who work within building operations, physical plant, maintenance, grounds, EHS or sustainability.

    This multi-media training includes a webinar, guest speakers, and two building walk-throughs in regional facilities.  Additionally, a webinar will be made prior to the workshop and is intended to be a prerequisite.

    PennTAP is offering 6 Maintenance Points through the Building Re-Tuning Workshop to individuals looking to maintain their Building Operator Certification (BOC) credentials!

    Space is limited, so register early!

  • Building Re-Tuning: an Energy Sustainability Series

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    Building Re-Tuning Workshop: 1 of 3
    Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program
    Fay-Penn Business Event Center
    Fayette County, PA 15146

    FREE

    Please join PennTAP for the first of three Building Re-Tuning (BRT) workshops being offered at the Fay-Penn Business Event Center.  The November workshop will focus on the fundamentals of BRT, including energy benchmarking and creating an energy-conscious facility.

    BRT is a systematic low cost/no cost approach to ensure that buildings are operating at maximum efficiency. BRT can reduce facility energy costs for government buildings, community colleges, or K–12 schools.

    The BRT workshop includes a webinar, guest speakers, and two building walk-throughs in regional facilities.  The webinar will be made available the week of October 29, and is intended to be a prerequisite to the workshop.

    Space is limited, so register early!