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WEBINAR – June 18, 2019 Leveraging Watershed Groups to Support your MS4 Program and Water Quality



Strategic Energy Management for your Community

May 30, 2019 | Cranberry Township

Case Studies


State Policy

A BIG Thank You! to League of Women Voters, PennFuture and Solbridge Energy Advisors for producing and promoting this event!

Local Food Fosters Economic Development and Resilience

May 14 2019 | Sharpsburg Borough/Hitchhiker Brewery

Health and Local Food – Allegheny Department of Health – Kristen Rodack

Panel: Creating Local Opportunities Through Great Food Policy

  • Adrienne Nelson – Western Pennsylvania Young Farmers Coalition
  • Karlin Lamberto – Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
  • Zaheen Hussain – Triboro Ecodistrict

Presentation: Economic Development Through Great Food Systems Research – Cynthia Caul – Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation, Chatham University

Panel: Food Works! Local Food as Economic and Workforce Development

  • Erin Hart – American Healthcare Group
  • Denele Hugh, Grow Pittsburgh
  • Cynthia Caul, Chatham University

Panel: Planning for Long Term Land (Re-)Use and Sustainability

  • Alyson Fearon, Allegheny Land Trust
  • Jon Burgess, Allegheny County Conservation District
  • Rayden Sorock, Grow Pittsburgh

Strategic Energy Management for Your Municipality

April 15, 2019 | Forest Hills Borough

Case Studies:

  • Patty DeMarco PhD., Forest Hills Borough Presentation
  • Zaheen Hussain, New Sun Rising/Millvale


State Energy Policy:

  • Annie Regan, Citizen’s for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) Presentation

Attracting Residents & Building Community Resiliency through Cultivating Diversity

June 26, 2018 | City of Duquesne

Creating an Inclusive Workplace and Workforce

  • Melanie Harrington – Executive Director, Vibrant Pittsburgh
  • anupama jain – Executive Director, City of Pittsburgh’s Commission on Gender Equity
  • Shon K. Worner – Senior Associate, Campbell Durrant Beatty Palombo & Miller, P.C.

Equitable Community Policies and Enforcement

  • Shad Henderson – Director of Community Partnerships and Investments, Neighborhood Allies
  • Wasi Mohamed – Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
  • Laura Poskin – Director of Age Friendly Pittsburgh – an initiative of Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging


Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects

April 3, 2018  | Collier Township Building

Downloadable Copies: Networking Session Resources

Develop and Fund Energy Efficiency and Renewable Projects

  • Angelica Ciranni, Green Building Alliance (GBA)
  • Geoff Bristow, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • Mario Leone, Monaca Borough
  • Chris Steffy, Industrial Energy Engineering

Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Fund (PennSEF) – Angelica Ciranni

Renewable Energy for the Power of 32 – Court Gould, Sustainable Pittsburgh

Sustainable Solutions in Blight Mitigation

Oct 23, 2017 | Munhall Borough

  1. “The Health Outcomes and Impacts of Community Blight”, Dr. Karen Hacker, Allegheny County Health Department
  2. “Using Land Banking to Return Distressed Properties to Productive Use”, April Kopas, Westmoreland County Land Bank and An Lewis, TriCOG Land Bank.
  3. “Code Enforcement for Blight Mitigation”* A Panel Discussion
    • Gary Hitchines – Turtle Creek COG
    • Craig McVicker – Code Enforcement Associates, LLC
    • Chief Jeff Tomovcsik – McKeesport Fire Chief
    • Chief Clyde Wilhelm – Swissvale Manager and Fire Chief
  4. “Affordable Housing as tool for Blight Prevention” Bobby Gabbianelli, Housing Choice Voucher Program, Allegheny County
  5. “The Power of Property Data” Steven Saylor, Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center
  6. “Implementable Comprehensive Planning for Blight Prevention”, Jim Pashek, Pashek + MTR

Sustainable Wet Weather Solutions

July 26, 2017 | Dormont Borough

  1. Overview of Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN)
  2. Tools of the Trade – Technical Resources to Help Municipalities Meet Their Source Reduction Goals and Regulatory Requirements” – Beth Dutton, Three Rivers Wet Weather
  3. “Planning, Partnerships, Watersheds and the Triple Bottom Line – A Sustainable Approach”
  4. The Creation of a Stormwater Authority and Fees” – Jennifer Taylor, Borough of Dormont Stormwater Authority
  5. National Green Infrastructure Certification” – Lisa Kunst Vavro, Penn State Center