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February 12, 2016
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Events
In The Air - Visualizing What We Breathe

WEBINAR: Getting Started With Creative Placemaking in Transportation

Livability Solutions Green Infrastructure Workshop

PA Clean Power Plan Forum

Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District Open House

“Head Spinning Climate Negotiations”
The COP21 Climate Conference in Paris


EE Capacity in Pennsylvania

Building Wellness: Creating Healthier Homes, Hospitals, and Offices with Microbiology

Resources
Cities Try $6, $8 Hourly Parking to Cut Congestion, Pollution

How Starbucks yields the benefits of materiality












Videos Available: Green Workplace Challenge Achievement Awards
Presentation of Top Energy Saver, Water Saver, Commuter Footprint Reducer and Legacy Performer

On December 2, 2015, during a special Green Workplace Challenge Awards Ceremony at the Andy Warhol Museum, Sustainable Pittsburgh announced the competition's top savers in the areas of energy, water, and waste and the top commuter footprint reducer. These Top Savers demonstrate the highest percentage of measured reduction in workspace energy consumption, water consumption, landfill waste, and commuter footprint. Watch this short video to see the presentation of the Top Saver Awards, as presented by Mark Nootbaar, News Director, 90.5 WESA.

Also, new this year, Sustainable Pittsburgh presented the Top Legacy Performer Award. This award is for the organization that demonstrated the most energy savings after participating in all three of the Green Workplace Challenge competitions. View this short clip to see the Legacy Performer presentation.


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Resources Continued
Energy Innovation

Flint and us
Pittsburgh cannot afford to tell itself ‘It can’t happen here'


DEP recommits to September deadline for Clean Power Plan

Pennsylvania’s Environmental and Conservation Community Commends DEP’s Recommitment to a State Clean Power Plan in 2016

Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability: Social and Economic Indicators and Metrics for Urban Sustainability

State of Green Business 2016

Help Wanted: SCA Sustainability Intern at American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters

Help Wanted: Technical & Policy Director at Green Building Alliance

Help Wanted: Southwest PA Organizer at Clean Air Council







In The Air - Visualizing What We Breathe

Open through February 26
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
477 Melwood Ave., Pittsburgh 15213
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Photographers Brian Cohen, Scott Goldsmith, Lynn Johnson and Annie O’Neill have spent the last year recording people and places that illustrate the environmental, social and economic effects of air quality in Western Pennsylvania. An accompanying book designed by Brett Yasko with essays by Reid Frazier will expand on and provide context to the visual work. In addition to the exhibition and book, the project will also have an online presence, air.thedocumentaryworks.org. This team has gathered materials that describe the variety of issues at the heart of the air quality subject; highlighting the relationship between the health of the community and the health of its environment.

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WEBINAR: Getting Started With Creative Placemaking in Transportation

Wednesday, February 17
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Registration

America’s cities, towns and suburbs are rapidly changing and evolving, and transportation investments are playing a catalytic role in transforming communities. But all too often, major transportation projects are disruptive to the surrounding community, and frequently impact or even displace existing residents and businesses. For those who are planning, designing and building transportation projects, creative placemaking is an emerging approach that every community should consider.

What is creative placemaking? An approach that can lead to better projects and better places, that uses arts and culture to more genuinely reflect what makes a community unique, that builds the kind of trust and relationships between the public and the planners that can make it easier to advance these important projects or the funding required to build them. Participate in the kickoff webinar to learn about some of the most exciting placemaking projects in the country. Participants will also get an early copy of the forthcoming guidebook when it's released. The event will be a chance to ask questions of our placemaking experts. And be sure to share your own successes on Twitter at the hashtag #CPguidebook.

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PA Clean Power Plan Forum

Monday, February 22
7:00 pm
Conference Room 3002, CCAC North Campus, 8701 Perry Hwy, Pittsburgh 15237

This forum, presented by PennEnvironment, will talk about the President’s Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants, the state’s implementation plan, and how to achieve the goals set out in those policies.

Speakers:
Neil Donahue, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon University
Tom Schuster, Senior Campaign Representative, Sierra Club
Alison Steele, Manager of Community Programs and Advocacy, Conservation Consultants, Inc.
Stephen Riccardi, Western PA Field Associate, PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Dr. Donahue will discuss the stakes based on climate science, Tom Schuster from Sierra Club will elaborate on the details of the Clean Power Plan and how the state implementation plan is coming together, and Alison Steele from Conservation Consultants, Inc. will talk about some of the practical solutions for achieving the goals set out in those policies.

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Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District Open House

Thursday, February 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
300 Gist Street
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Join the City of Pittsburgh, Uptown Partners, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, and neighbors in kicking off the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District planning process with a fun event that signals the start of a robust community engagement to create the City's first sustainable and equitable district plan. Music & refreshments. A hearing interpreter will be available.

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“Head Spinning Climate Negotiations”
The COP21 Climate Conference in Paris

Sunday, February 28
3:00 pm
Kearns Spirituality Center, 9000 Babcock Blvd, McCandless (Next to La Roche College)
For more information, email info@pnpp.northpgh.org or call (412) 760-9390
Free and open to the public!

Presenter: Mark Dixon, Award-winning filmmaker, activist, and public speaker

Mark attended the COP21 climate conference hosted by the United Nations in Paris in December 2015. Join fellow attendees in watching a thoughtful presentation and discussion on this important moment for the future life on Earth.

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Livability Solutions Green Infrastructure Workshop

Monday, March 7
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Pittsburgh Project, 2801 N. Charles Street, Pittsburgh 15214
Free; lunch provided
More information and registration

Please join GTECH and One Northside for a technical workshop on Green Infrastructure Tools presented by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). Topics will include quantifying co-benefits of green infrastructure with the Green Infrastructure Valuation Guide and how to cost-effectively scale up green infrastructure with the Green Portfolio Standard.

Audience: Non-profits, public agencies, municipalities, community groups, and anyone else that is interested in green stormwater infrastructure.

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EE Capacity in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration is included on the 2016 Conference Registration Form under Wednesday workshops. There is a $15 fee to cover the cost of lunch.
This event is part of the PA Association of Environmental Educators 2016 Conference.
More information and registration
Full PAEE Conference Schedule

The focus of EE Capacity is to promote diversity in educators (both formal and non-formal) and audiences to broaden environmental education opportunities in Pennsylvania. This approach to diversity is to embrace and include independent and distinct backgrounds and experiences of individuals and communities to work together to cultivate connections to the environment leading to personal and environmental prosperity.

At this meeting, organizers will review our strategic plan and accomplishments in 2015, and give an overview of the five EE Capacity projects for 2016. If you’re interested in learning how you or your organization can work to promote diversity, PAEE wants you to join the conversation as part of PAEE's Community of Learners.

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Building Wellness: Creating Healthier Homes, Hospitals, and Offices with Microbiology

Tuesday, April 5
4:30 pm Lecture; 5:30 pm Cocktail Reception
William Pitt Union Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Oakland
Register online by March 25 at engineering.pitt.edu/heinzlecture
Questions? Email mcsi@pitt.edu

The Heinz Distinguished Lecture Series, Featuring: Jessica Green

Jessica Green is an Alec and Kay Keith Professor fob Biology at the University of Oregon and professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is also the co-founder and CTO of Phylagen.

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Resources
Energy Innovation

Energy Innovation (EI) is a biweekly newsletter of the Energy for the Power of 32 initiative. It features news and events that are accelerating sustainable development for the power of 32. View the latest edition of EI using the link below.

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Flint and us
Pittsburgh cannot afford to tell itself ‘It can’t happen here'

We should be having these conversations honestly and acting on them earnestly, not happy-talking our way around them. After decades of fighting to turn our region around, I get why we would be terrified to acknowledge old, persistent problems now that Pittsburgh enjoys a greatly improved image and growing momentum. But we would do well to remember Carl Jung’s warning that “what we refuse to bring into consciousness comes back to us as fate” and “you meet your destiny on the road you take to avoid it.” Ducking our problems will not make us better; they will make us Flint.

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DEP recommits to September deadline for Clean Power Plan

John Quigley, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, wants Pennsylvanians to know that “until otherwise convinced,” his agency will strive to submit a plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan in September.

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Pennsylvania’s Environmental and Conservation Community Commends DEP’s Recommitment to a State Clean Power Plan in 2016

The Clean Power PA Coalition, representing Pennsylvania’s environmental and conservation community and including: Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), PennFuture, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club PA Chapter, Clean Air Council, PennEnvironment, Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Moms Clean Air Force, Union of Concerned Scientists, BlueGreen Alliance, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Philadelphia, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Energy Coordinating Agency, Conservation Consultants, Inc., The Partnership for Policy Integrity, Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association, Action United and Sustainable Pittsburgh, today issued the following statement thanking Secretary Quigley and the Wolf Administration:

“Secretary Quigley’s affirmation that Pennsylvania will develop and be ready to submit a State Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this September shows that the Wolf administration is committed to the public health of Pennsylvanians and to building a clean energy economy in our commonwealth – and is taking steps Pennsylvanians strongly support.

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Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability: Social and Economic Indicators and Metrics for Urban Sustainability

The National Academies presents this summary of the November 2015 session of the Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, Measuring Progress Toward Sustainability: Social and Economic Indicators and Metrics for Urban Sustainability. The purpose of the session was to assess what indicators and metrics have been found to be the most useful for promoting sustainability as well as identify knowledge gaps related to developing indicators that integrate across the ecological, social, and economic sciences. During the meeting, panelists from government, academia, nongovernmental organizations, and philanthropic community examined examples of select social and economic indicators and metrics that incorporated various disciplines, particularly those being used to inform policy and action related to sustainability practice and research. For additional information, please see the full Agenda and Presentations from the Roundtable.

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Help Wanted: SCA Sustainability Intern at American Eagle Outfitters Headquarters

Student Conservation Association seeks a graduate student in the Pittsburgh region to serve as a quarter-time Sustainability Intern at American Eagle Outfitters headquarters in Pittsburgh. The intern will serve 10-12 hours per week for one full year, beginning in early March. The service-learning position provides a stipend of $100/week and hands-on sustainability experience in a corporate setting.

The SCA Sustainability Intern serving at American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) will utilize the company's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory to implement targeted recommendations and measure emissions reductions. Other projects will include supporting the ‘Live Your Life, Save Your Planet’ initiatives such as establishing composting, instituting paper reduction initiatives, and other staff involvement projects. Administrative duties will be kept to a minimum to focus the position's time on projects and related learning.

The successful candidate will possess strong communication, strong project leadership, research, analysis and writing skills, and demonstrated understanding of sustainability. A current Master's level student is preferred, but SCA is open to a strong senior in a related undergraduate program. Commitment to being in Pittsburgh for the full duration of the internship is a must. Resumes can be sent directly to Miriam Parson at mparson@thesca.org. Interviews will begin February 23rd and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The position will soon be linked at www.theSCA.org.

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Help Wanted: Technical & Policy Director at Green Building Alliance

Green Building Alliance’s Technical & Policy Director will lead GBA’s efforts to provide technical green building assistance, take an active policy and advocacy role at the local and state levels, and help the organization meet short-term education needs while supporting execution of future operational and strategic goals. This position reports to GBA’s Executive Director and works closely with the Education Director and management team.

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Help Wanted: Southwest PA Organizer at Clean Air Council

The Council seeks to hire an organizer to raise awareness about air quality and public health issues in southwest Pennsylvania. The organizer will be mainly responsible for raising the profile of the air pollution and health impacts of shale gas infrastructure at the local and state level and mobilizing public support for strong air pollution leak standards for the gas industry. The outreach coordinator will report directly to the Community Outreach Director. Supervision and guidance will be provided, but the organizer should be self-motivated.

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Cities Try $6, $8 Hourly Parking to Cut Congestion, Pollution

Now, some major cities are seeking to take advantage of their supply and motorists’ demand with so-called demand-price parking. Rather than charge a flat rate for each spot in every area of the city, they are demanding motorists pay $4, $6 or up to $8 an hour for a spot on a busy street, close to shops and restaurants, while keeping hourly prices lower on less busy streets just a few blocks over.

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How Starbucks yields the benefits of materiality

To use materiality strategically, businesses and practitioners must focus on a select few issues (or even just one) and then act on the issues by establishing goals and metrics that enable progress and build accountability. This targeted focus enables practitioners to drive an issue deeply into the business strategy and make progress by managing the issue. Once one issue has been embedded across the business, the company may begin embedding additional material issues.

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State of Green Business 2016

Our ninth annual State of Green Business report, produced in partnership with Trucost, continues our tradition of taking the pulse of corporate progress in sustainability, in the United States and around the world. It looks at both common measures (energy, waste and carbon) and some less-common ones (corporate reporting of natural capital profit or savings, for example, or companies’ low-carbon investments) over the past five years).

Compiling these, along with naming 10 trends we think are worth watching in the year ahead, allows us to step back from our week-in, week-out coverage and analysis of sustainable business and clean technology developments to assess progress, or lack thereof.

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