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  • CANCELED: One Health One Planet Symposium

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    As of 3/13/20 this event has been canceled. 

     

    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 mwheeler-dubas@phipps.conservatory.org.

    Learn More and R.S.V.P.
  • Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward Program: Mt. Lebanon

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    The next Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward program will run from March – July 2020. Training includes 40 hours of instruction on 19 topics.

    Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at 3 county parks plus 4 Saturday field study classes starting at 9:00 AM at other locations.

    Look under “Do you really want to be a Master Watershed Steward?” for the online application. To learn more, attend a Regional Informational Meeting (see below) or contact Mary Wilson at 412-482-3464 or .

    Regional Informational Meetings

    A series of public meetings will be held around Allegheny County in February to introduce individuals and organizations interested in watersheds and conservation to the Master Watershed Steward Program.

    Walk-ins welcome but advance registration is appreciated.

    Please e-mail Mary Wilson at  to register to attend.

  • Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward Program: Moon Twp

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    The next Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward program will run from March – July 2020. Training includes 40 hours of instruction on 19 topics.

    Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at 3 county parks plus 4 Saturday field study classes starting at 9:00 AM at other locations.

    Look under “Do you really want to be a Master Watershed Steward?” for the online application. To learn more, attend a Regional Informational Meeting (see below) or contact Mary Wilson at 412-482-3464 or .

    Regional Informational Meetings

    A series of public meetings will be held around Allegheny County in February to introduce individuals and organizations interested in watersheds and conservation to the Master Watershed Steward Program.

    Thursday, Feb 13 6:30 – 8:00 PM Moon Twp. Municipal Bldg., Moon Twp.
    Tuesday, Feb. 18 6:30 – 8:00 PM Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Mt. Lebanon

    Walk-ins welcome but advance registration is appreciated.

    Please e-mail Mary Wilson at  to register to attend.

  • Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward Program: Monroeville

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    The next Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward program will run from March – July 2020. Training includes 40 hours of instruction on 19 topics.

    Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at 3 county parks plus 4 Saturday field study classes starting at 9:00 AM at other locations.

    Look under “Do you really want to be a Master Watershed Steward?” for the online application. To learn more, attend a Regional Informational Meeting (see below) or contact Mary Wilson at 412-482-3464 or .

    Regional Informational Meetings

    A series of public meetings will be held around Allegheny County in February to introduce individuals and organizations interested in watersheds and conservation to the Master Watershed Steward Program.

    Tuesday, Feb. 11 6:30 – 8:00 PM Monroeville Public LibraryMonroeville
    Thursday, Feb 13 6:30 – 8:00 PM Moon Twp. Municipal Bldg., Moon Twp.
    Tuesday, Feb. 18 6:30 – 8:00 PM Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Mt. Lebanon

    Walk-ins welcome but advance registration is appreciated.

    Please e-mail Mary Wilson at  to register to attend.

  • Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward Program: Downtown

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    The next Allegheny County Master Watershed Steward program will run from March – July 2020. Training includes 40 hours of instruction on 19 topics.

    Classes will be held Tuesdays from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at 3 county parks plus 4 Saturday field study classes starting at 9:00 AM at other locations.

    Look under “Do you really want to be a Master Watershed Steward?” for the online application. To learn more, attend a Regional Informational Meeting (see below) or contact Mary Wilson at 412-482-3464 or .

    Regional Informational Meetings

    A series of public meetings will be held around Allegheny County in February to introduce individuals and organizations interested in watersheds and conservation to the Master Watershed Steward Program.

    Monday, Feb. 10 6:30 – 8:00 PM Penn State Center, Downtown Pittsburgh
    Tuesday, Feb. 11 6:30 – 8:00 PM Monroeville Public LibraryMonroeville
    Thursday, Feb 13 6:30 – 8:00 PM Moon Twp. Municipal Bldg., Moon Twp.
    Tuesday, Feb. 18 6:30 – 8:00 PM Mt. Lebanon Public Library, Mt. Lebanon

    Walk-ins welcome but advance registration is appreciated.

    Please e-mail Mary Wilson at  to register to attend.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Join us for I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh

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    Challenge Yourself and Others to Take Small Actions for Big Collective Impact

    Looking to make your community an even better place to live, work, and play, but not sure how? Be part of Sustainable Pittsburgh’s new bi-annual competition that sparks collective action for a more sustainable Pittsburgh region. Invite your residents (and friends and coworkers!) to participate in I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh, a free, 3-week competition that champions hometown pride and your personal commitments to being more sustainable!

    I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh is based on the online EcoChallenge platform, and just as the EcoChallenge has engaged more than 200,000 people around the world, I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh enables all our region’s residents to take small steps that lead to big changes. As an added bonus, participants can earn prizes for making strides in their sustainable behaviors and for sustainable practices they have already mastered.

    The Spring competition starts February 27th! Participating individuals can be part of teams at campuses, communities, or workplaces, or they can do it on their own. Learn more and register today at www.IAmSustainablePGH.org. Please share this opportunity with your town through social media, email, or newsletters. Contact Sustainable Pittsburgh for resources.

  • Cafe Sci: Straw Forward

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    Doors 6 pm; Event 7-9 pm
    FREE
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    Please join us for an insightful panel discussion at Carnegie Science Center’s Café Sci! Learn more about the larger issue of plastic pollution and go behind the scenes with the team that created the art installation, Straw Forward.

    Straw Forward is a collaborative effort of restaurants, businesses, and nonprofits to collect used and littered plastic-based items and turn them into a work of art in order to raise awareness and foster meaningful dialogue around the global-scale issues of single-use plastic waste and plastic pollution.

    The Straw Forward art installation is made from yarn made from saved plastic bottles, plastic barrels, a pool solar cover, pool noodles, Styrofoam, over 25,000 plastic straws, plastic bags, crates, and other discarded plastic items. All items used were donated, gathered from participating collection locations, or picked up as litter.

    The Straw Forward art installation will be visible for public viewing at the Carnegie Science Center through February 15, 2019.

  • SCDN Webinar: Urban Agriculture – From Vacant Properties to Green Space

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    November 15 @ 1:00 – 2:00 pm
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    FREE

    The presence of vacant properties is a challenge that municipalities face every day, but these spaces can be utilized to benefit the community in several ways: returning properties to the tax rolls, improving community engagement, fostering economic development, and combating food insecurity.

    Interest in urban agriculture and community gardening has seen a major resurgence in the last 15 years. As municipal leaders seek ways to improve the quality of life for their neighborhoods, community gardens have shown to cultivate resident engagement and productive community partnerships. Utilizing vacant lots as green space in some communities has also revealed an improvement in air and water quality, helping with stormwater issues and even calming local traffic.

    As a response to rising interest in community gardening, Grow Pittsburgh formed in 2005 and has since become a go-to resource when it comes to self-sustaining urban agriculture in the region. Join Local Government Academy in partnership with Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN) as we host speaker Rayden Sorock, Director of Community Projects at Grow Pittsburgh, for a webinar describing best practices for starting an urban agricultural project. Learn which policies municipalities can adopt to facilitate growing food, and then hear from Rebecca Bradley, Manager of Wilkins Township, about a real community garden project.