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  • 2020 Environmental Advisory Council Network Conference

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    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.


    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 for more information.

  • One Health One Planet Symposium

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    Keynote Speaker Announced for 2020 One Health One Planet™ Symposium 
    Opening Reception Tues., April 14
    Symposium Wed., April 15
    Click Here for Tickets – Early Bird Rate Through Sun., March 1 Only
    Phipps Conservatory is pleased to announce the 2020 One Health One Planet™ Symposium, “One Health and the Air We Breathe.” At One Health One Planet, hundreds of attendees and experts from across the country will discuss the critical issue of air quality and explore ways to address it.

    The keynote speaker for this year’s symposium is Heather McTeer Toney, the National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization of over 1 million moms and dads committed to fighting air pollution and protections against climate change. Prior to coming to Moms, Heather served as the first African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast Region. She has appeared on news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Democracy Now!; and has written for and been featured in numerous papers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. McTeer Toney was featured in the May 2005 issue of Essence Magazine as one of the “50 Most Remarkable Women in the World.

    Heather will be joined by a group of dynamic leaders of their fields including:

    Myron Aronowitt – State Director for Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action
    Jamil Bey, Ph.D. – President and CEO, UrbanKind Institute
    Neil Donahue, Ph.D. – Thomas Lord Professor; Director of Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy
    Jim Fabisiak, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; Director of the Center of Healthy Environments and Communities, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
    Gretchen Goldman, Ph.D. – Research Director at the Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
    Jack Harkema, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl ACVP – University Distinguished Professor of Pathobiology & Diagnostic Investigation, Michigan State University
    Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Retired Pediatric Physician, University of Pittsburgh Climate and Global Change Center
    Matt Mehalik, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Breathe Project
    Camila Rivera-Tinsley – Director of Education, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
    Debra J. Romberger, M.D. – Henry J. Lehnhoff Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Meghan Scanlon, WELL AP – Wellness and Sustainability Specailist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
    John Stolz, Ph.D. – Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, Environmental Microbiology Professor, Duquesne University
    Sally Wenzel, M.D. – Professor of Medicine; Chair, Department of Occcupational and Environmental Health, University of Pittsburgh
    Linda Wigington – ROCIS Team Leader, ROCIS Pittsburgh
    Nsedu Witherspoon, MPH – Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network

    Phipps is pursuing professional continuing education credits for M.D.s, D.V.M.s and nurses. Stay tuned for details.

    Questions? Contact Dr. Maria Wheeler-Dubas at

    Learn More and R.S.V.P.
  • 14th Annual Farm to Table Local Expo

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    Join us for the 14th Annual Farm to Table Expo! We will be part of the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.

    Vendors and speakers will be sampling and selling local farm products. Learn where to shop local all year round and stock up on your Buy Fresh Buy Local favorites!!

  • 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


    • 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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  • 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.


    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

  • Environmental Film Series: Right to Harm

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    Join Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens on Fri., Jan. 17 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Botany Hall Auditorium at Phipps for a screening of Right to HarmThrough the riveting stories of five rural communities, Right to Harm exposes the devastating public health impact factory farming has on many disadvantaged citizens throughout the United States. Filmed across the country, the documentary chronicles the failures of state agencies to regulate industrial animal agriculture. Known formally as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations – or CAFOs – these facilities produce millions of gallons of untreated waste that destroys the quality of life for nearby neighbors. Fed up with the lack of regulation, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators.

  • Transportation and Climate Initiative Updates Webinar

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    On Tuesday, December 17, the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) will host a public webinar to share the latest updates in the TCI regional low-carbon transportation policy development process. The webinar will also be recorded and posted to the TCI website.

  • Creative Reconnection in the Anthropocene

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    In the face of climate change and the Anthropocene, artists are embracing social practice, community art, and collaboration to support a just and sustainable future. In this workshop, we’ll consider how best to apply our skills in analysis, envisioning, and pattern recognition to understand how we have arrived at this historical moment of human impact and how to move forward as artists.