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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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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


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  • Pittsburgh Earth Day Solar Powered Food Truck Festival

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    Downtown Pittsburgh will flourish with activities from 11AM-2PM including the Pittsburgh Earth Day Solar Powered Food Truck Festival located on Fourth Avenue adjacent to Market Square and PPG, and Lunchtime Concerts in Mellon Square Park featuring local musicians. Electricity for food trucks will run on solar power – a renewable and sustainable source! Participating food truck vendors include BRGR, Bull Dawgs, Evil Swine BBQ, Franktuary, Hott Dawgs, Kona Ice Pittsburgh, Mac and Gold, Mobile Chef, Nakama, Oh My Grill, PGH Crepes, PGH Halal Food, Pgh Po’boy, The Sandwich Truck, South Side BBQ Company, Sticklers Pop Stop Ice Pop Company, Sugar and Spice, Wings & Things, Wood Fired Flatbreads LLC, and The Wok of Life. Mobile fashion trucks Magnolia on Main, The Vintage Valet, and Style Truck will also be joining us!

  • Dinner and a Documentary: Sustainability Pioneers

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    Millions of people in the most vulnerable regions around the world are already being forced to leave their homes because of climate change. Almost 40 percent of all the US carbon emissions come from buildings, both residential and commercial. In many European countries energy efficient, climate friendly homes are common. These low-carbon homes are popping up around the US too. In the ninth episode of Sustainability Pioneers, Home Sweet Home, we follow a couple who is building a “passive house” – a tightly insulated low energy home – in the Pittsburgh area. We also visit a 100-percent electric straw bale house in Butler County and explore how performing an energy audit in an old home can reduce energy bills and climate pollution.

    GBA, PHWPA, Carnegie Mellon University, and CCI will host a Sustainability Pioneers screening and the premiere of the 9th episode on March 7.

  • 2016 Pittsburgh Solar Tour

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    PennFuture’s sixth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour encourages solar and clean energy solutions by connecting the public to a variety of residential, public and commercial solar installations and solar installers. Each year, this free event attracts more than 200 participants from western Pennsylvania.