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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
  • C-PACE Seminar: Committee on the Environment

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    C-PACE is a financing tool for local governments to help facilitate energy efficiency and clean energy loans. This is the second session in a series and will focus on the technical aspects of the program – how loans are accessed and administered; the legal considerations for the program; and what role architects and developers have during the process. A case study will be presented by a developer who has used C-PACE on several projects.


  • Leaders and Lead: Creating Lead-safe Municipalities

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    Come learn how municipalities and elected officials can lead the charge to protect your community from lead!

    Join Lead Safe Allegheny County Coalition for an inspiring morning that can set your municipality apart:

    • Ordinances that are fiscally friendly
    • Protect your community’s most valuable asset: children
    • Proactive lead inspection programs and rental registries
    • Costs associated with regulations; resources available for testing and remediation
    • Implementing lead-safe demo practices

    Plus, a real world case study featuring: Len Merritt, Manager of Code Enforcement, City of Rochester

    Check in / Breakfast — 9:30am

    Speakers / Discussion — 10:00 to Noon

  • 2019-2020 Newly Elected Officials Course

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    Local Government Academy’s acclaimed Newly Elected Officials Course (NEOC) will once again provide in-depth training opportunities for elected officials new to their positions in November. NEOC is the go-to training for local government officials in the practice of good governance.

    Designed specifically for local elected officials in Pennsylvania, the Newly Elected Officials Course is now in its 35th year and is a comprehensive program that gives elected officials a head start in all aspects of governing, including leading an efficient and effective workplace, policy writing, conserving natural resources, and planning for the future. Participants engage with leaders at the local, county, and state level, as well as academic professors and credentialed instructors from both the public and private sectors.

  • Landlords and Lead – Your Rights and Responsibilities

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    Join us to learn what every landlord needs to know about lead: rules and regulations, best practices from landlords, lead-safe practices for remediation. These topics will be covered by experts in the field and there will be an opportunity to address questions/concerns with a panel of your peers!

    This event is being held in recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and under the priorities creating public awareness around the impacts of lead on our communities.

    Registration/Breakfast – 8:30 am

    Program, Panel, Q&A – 9:00 am

    Breakfast is provided and parking is free! For more information, call 412-404-2872.

  • Pittsburgh welcomes EcoDistrict Summit Nov. 4-5

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    The city of Pittsburgh is home to the 10th annual EcoDistrict Summit, taking place November 4-5, 2019 in the August Wilson Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

    Welcoming over 400 urban change-makers, the Summit focuses on creative and strategic collaboration to design the neighborhoods of the future while improving the communities of today.

    Join Sustainable Pittsburgh and other community development professionals, green builders, municipal innovators, urban design and planning practitioners, neighborhood leaders and civic entrepreneurs at this dynamic two day event as we come together and focus on creating & maintaining neighborhood- and district-scale sustainability., a national organization located in Portland, Oregon, is formalizing the eco-district process through neighborhood and professional certifications.  Four steps define the EcoDistricts certification:

    • Commitment to equity, resilience, and climate protection
    • Formation of collaborative governance
    • Creation of an implementation roadmap to guide projects and programs
    • Tracking and measuring impact over time

    Local work to date with a number of regional communities shows that EcoDistricts align well with the Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification, a free voluntary municipal recognition program of the Pennsylvania Municipal League (PML) and Sustainable Pittsburgh. Sustainable Pittsburgh readily endorses the EcoDistrict process as an effective means for municipalities to create and reach their community development goals.

    Registration for the Summit is still open and can be done online. Register Here.

  • Building Re-Tuning: An Energy Sustainability Series

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

    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!

  • Practical Lessons in Winning Public Support for Infrastructure Project

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    Let’s face it – winning public support for unfunded infrastructure mandates is difficult to do.  Public officials (both elected and unelected) constantly struggle to communicate the value of infrastructure investments in a way that builds broad-based support from constituents.  This session covers the best strategies for planning and successfully engaging the public on difficult-to-win topics like infrastructure investments, tax increases, and municipal compliance activities.

    SpeakerMark Heckmann, Castle Shannon Council President