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  • 2020 Environmental Advisory Council Network Conference

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    CONFERENCE DETAILS

    Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 8AM – 4PM
    Upper Merion Township Building [Map it]
    175 W Valley Forge Road
    King of Prussia, PA 19406
    $55.00 through March 31 ($65.00 beginning April 1)

    Registration for the Environmental Advisory Council Network Conference includes breakfast, a full day of training, and lunch. Registration is available for EAC members, municipal officials and those interested in establishing an EAC.

    REGISTER NOW

    What is an EAC?

    An Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) is a group of 3-7 people, appointed by a municipality’s elected officials, that advises the elected officials, as well as the planning commission and park and recreation board, on the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources within the municipality. Pennsylvania’s EAC Network is administered by the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association. Visit EACnetwork.org for more information.

  • Cleantech Open 2020 Application Deadline

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    Cleantech Open is the oldest and largest accelerator for cleantech startups. It’s like a mini MBA. We run once a year for about 5 months, with most of the programming in the summer months. It’s virtual, with mentoring, an on-line curriculum, several in-person events in Boston and New York, showcasing, lots of networking including introductions to investors and strategics, and opportunities to compete for $40,000 in cash prizes and over $200,000 in in-kind products and services. Plus, our Global Forum event brings together all the startups in that year’s cohort from around the world for more prizes, showcasing, investor connections, and networking. In the Northeast we cover from Canada to Pennsylvania, and each cohort is 25-40 startups. We run about 30 events per year. We have over 400 alumni in the Northeast since 2005, and there are over 1500 worldwide. The 2019 Cleantech Open Northeast cohort is doing really well. Collectively they raised over $4 million between the start of the accelerator in May and December 2019, and several already have customers.

  • Industry Forum on Energy Efficiency

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    Presented by the Energy Efficiency Alliance.

    The full-day forum on Friday, April 3rd, 2020, will feature breakout sessions in three tracks: Healthcare, Food Services, and Higher Education. By focusing on the specific and unique concerns of the three most energy-intensive industries, this event will bring best practices for energy savings and sustainability to the forefront.

    The agenda for this year’s event prioritizes networking. We’ll kick things off the night before, with cocktails and conversation amid the bustling exhibitor hall. The agenda for the full event on the following day offers half hour breaks between sessions and extended mealtimes so that attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors can make the connections they need to grow their businesses and the industry at large.

  • Sustainability & Health: Partners by Nature Webinar

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    On Tuesday, March 24th, from 10-11:30 a.m., the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC), Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Villanova School of Nursing are co-hosting a webinar on the intersection of sustainability and public health in Pennsylvania. This call will introduce frameworks of sustainability and the social determinants of health and open a discussion on how we can build collaborations across organizations working in these fields going forward.

  • 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
  • CleanTech Open 2020 Early Bird Application Due

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    Cleantech Open is the oldest and largest accelerator for cleantech startups. It’s like a mini MBA. We run once a year for about 5 months, with most of the programming in the summer months. It’s virtual, with mentoring, an on-line curriculum, several in-person events in Boston and New York, showcasing, lots of networking including introductions to investors and strategics, and opportunities to compete for $40,000 in cash prizes and over $200,000 in in-kind products and services. Plus, our Global Forum event brings together all the startups in that year’s cohort from around the world for more prizes, showcasing, investor connections, and networking. In the Northeast we cover from Canada to Pennsylvania, and each cohort is 25-40 startups. We run about 30 events per year. We have over 400 alumni in the Northeast since 2005, and there are over 1500 worldwide. The 2019 Cleantech Open Northeast cohort is doing really well. Collectively they raised over $4 million between the start of the accelerator in May and December 2019, and several already have customers

    The early bird deadline is February 29, 2020 (leap day!), and the application deadline is April 19, 2020.

  • People + Place + Policy Winter Symposium

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    Join Beaver County Local Governments on February 13th as local government officials and citizens learn together from a local, regional and national perspective on what it means to work collaboratively on community development through our developing our people, place identity, and policy-making.

    Keynote Speaker:

    Majora Carter, Majora Carter Group/Sustainable South Bronx

  • Peace of Mind for Proper Disposal of Electronics

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    Do your residents have a plan for the proper disposal of electronics? The majority of electronics are not able to be processed by typical recycling facilities and/or placed in landfills due to the batteries, lead, and other materials that would lead to environmental harm. Illegal dumping remains a huge problem for communities in Western Pennsylvania, as residents are unsure of the recycling protocols and/or the location or electronics disposal facilities. 

    Three Allegheny County municipalities have figured out solutions to this recycling dilemma: asset management. Munhall, Wilkinsburg, and West Mifflin are three different communities with a common quandary: what should their residents do with electronic waste? In some of the communities, residents were calling on the municipality to find a solution and in others, residents were taking matters into their own hands and tossing the waste illegally over the hillside.  Working with eLoop llc, an IT lifecycle management company, these municipalities were each able to find a unique process to address the issue. 

    Munhall has a scheduled system where their public works staff finds and collects e-waste and Wilkinsburg has  set up one-day collection events managed by their public works staff to collect electronic waste. West Mifflin has adopted a paid sticker identification system with curbside pickup. Once collected and picked up by eLoop IIc, the materials are wiped clean of data or potential information on the devices. The electronics are then disassembled into production grade materials and resold once vetted. 

    Through asset management organizations like eLoop llc, communities are finding e-waste solutions and peace of mind for the proper erasure of data and redistribution of materials. Partnering with the Pennsylvania Resources Council, eLoop llc is hosting four e-waste collection dates for all Southwestern PA communities: May 9th at Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills, June 20th at Bethel Park High School, July 25th at La Roche University, and October 3rd at Settlers Cabin Park Wave Pool parking lot.

    Want more information? Learn more about starting an e-waste program for your municipality at eloopllc.com or check out these helpful resources on personal data destruction and eWaste recycling

    Ned Eldridge, CEO of eLoop LLC, participates in the CEOs for Sustainability executive council.

  • Missed Out on Energy Smart Operations? Check out invaluable speaker resources!

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    Hosted by Sustainable Pittsburgh, “Energy Smart Operations: From Fleets to Facilities” was a sold-out forum tailored for businesses, nonprofits, universities, and municipal/community leaders who are seeking funding, financing, and procurement options for energy smart solutions.  Conversations on energy reduction, carbon emission reduction, and renewable energy were featured, as well as an optional tour of Mill 19, a former brownfield site revolutionized into a green facility.

     

    Speakers included (presentations linked):

    Many thanks to sponsors:

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  • Energy Smart Operations: From Fleets to Facilities

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    **THIS EVENT HAS REACHED CAPACITY. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.**

    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

     

    Thanks to our sponsors:

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