August 10, 2016 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

August 25th, 2016 (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm)
Google Offices
6425 Penn Ave. #700, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Presented by: Green Building Alliance

Whether you’ve attended the previous three sessions in this series or not, financing is a hot topic for project teams and building owners around our region. What options and resources are available in our region for building performance and energy efficiency projects? What have owners and projects teams tried and what has worked? Join us for presentations and discussions on piecing together the financing puzzle.

  • Moderators: Anna Siefken, Green Building Alliance and Cindy Malinchak, Philips
  • Matt Madia, Bridgeway Capital
  • Joel Morrison, West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund
  • Paul Carter, The Efficiency Network
  • Todd Riedbord, Walnut Capital
  • Dave Thomas and Jeni Cooper, The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

September 10th, 2016 (11:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Cranberry Commons
Cranberry Commons Dr, Cranberry Twp, PA 16066
Presented by: Marcellus Outreach Butler

Marcellus Outreach Butler (MOB), a grassroots group from Butler County dedicated to educating the public on the health and safety perils of unconventional natural gas development, is adding yet another facet to their mufti pronged approach. MOB is not only sponsoring the fourth annual GO Green Festival on September 10 proclaiming the economic and climate benefits of alternate forms of energy, they are incorporating an electric car show and cruise. The show is part of the National Drive Electric Week, sponsored nationally by the Sierra Club and Nissan among others.

The theme of this year's Fair is “Driving to a New Energy Future,” and will feature an electric car cruise whereby owners of any type of an all-electric or plug-in electric vehicle can show their cars and offer rides and drives to show goers. Manufacturers such as Tesla will be on hand displaying their latest offerings.

September 14th, 2016 (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Presented by: Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project
In this webinar, presented by Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project, guest speakers from NREL and CUNY will present the findings and detail the methodology used in their recent report, Economic and Resiliency Impact of PV and Storage on New York Critical Infrastructure.

This report analyzed the technical and economic viability of solar+storage on three critical infrastructure sites in New York City: a school that is part of a coastal storm shelter system, a fire station that was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, and a senior center that serves as a cooling center during heat emergencies.

This new analysis differs from previous solar+storage studies by placing a monetary value on resiliency, which essentially adds a new revenue stream representing the avoided cost of a power outage. The results of their analysis show that adding resilient power in the form of solar+storage can be economically viable for the city’s critical infrastructure, and that it may be similarly beneficial to other commercial buildings.

Guest Speakers:
  • Lars Lisell, New York State Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY
  • Kate Anderson, Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Erica Helson, New York State Solar Ombudsman, Sustainable CUNY

October 25th, 2016 (7:00 am - 6:00 pm)
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg - Hershey
23 South 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Presented by: Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance


Why attend? With Governor Wolf's continued commitment to the Clean Power Plan and the beginning of Phase 3 of Act 129—a $1.2 billion investment in energy efficiency programs over the next five years—Pennsylvania has the potential to be a national leader in energy efficiency and other advanced energy technologies.

Nationwide, this sector of the economy generated $200 billion in revenue and added new jobs at a rate of 8.5% in 2015. Pennsylvania is a national leader in energy production, manufacturing, and GDP, and has significant potential to be a leader in this innovative and growing sector of the economy.

What new financing options should Pennsylvania explore? Could improved rate design help foster energy efficiency investments? How can Pennsylvania leverage the Clean Power Plan and the Clean Energy Incentive Program to maximize investments in energy efficiency and other advanced energy technologies? What opportunities exist for low-income customers and multifamily housing units? What can Pennsylvania learn from other states? What are our cities doing to lead the way?

October 26th - 27th, 2016 (*times vary, see agenda*)
Waterfront Place Hotel
2 WaterFront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501
Presented by: TransTech Energy Research & Business Development Program

Who should attend:
  • Innovators and entrepreneurs: Pitch your company or project to investors, potential strategic partners, and project developers
  • Investors: Find emerging transitional energy and environmental technology companies with near term payback potential
  • Energy companies and manufacturers: Develop strategic partnerships with start-up companies and project developers
  • All: Join the discussion! Let’s build on the momentum of TransTech and generate some excitement about the possibilities for new companies, advanced manufacturing, and competitive industries!

McDonnell is overseeing the department as it conducts five hearings across the state on Sunoco Logistics L.P.'s quest for state permits to cut through streams and wetlands to build its controversial 350-mile Mariner East II pipeline. It will transport natural gas liquids from a processing plant in Houston, Washington County, to Marcus Hook, south of Philadelphia. . . “We have a lot to balance with the agency. We have to be driven by science, engineering and the law in how we interact with the public,” said McDonnell, who ran the State Energy Office and coordinated renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.

Casella Organics, which finds uses for organic wastes that don’t involve shoveling the stinky stuff into landfills, has told Pennsylvania regulators it wants to dry sewage sludge into pellets and bring them into Pennsylvania to be used as fuel at coal-fired power plants. . .Pennsylvania has alternative fuel standards that require utilities to get an increasing amount of their electricity from renewable and other sources, such as waste coal, biomass, and landfill gas. It’s not clear how the state would treat biosolids from sewage sludge.

Increased coordination between the water and energy sectors breaks down traditional silos and paves the way for an integrative approach to saving energy and water. ACEEE has been at the forefront of these efforts along with several partners, including the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), the Water Environment Federation, the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC), and a number of national laboratories.  Today we’re releasing a new resource, The Energy–Water Nexus: Exploring the Stream of Opportunities, summarizing our efforts over the past decade and describing opportunities for future ACEEE work.

The World Green Building Council (WGBC) just launched a revolutionary project calling for all buildings to reach net zero by 2050 in an action plan known as Advancing Net Zero. The announcement provides a shot in the arm to the net-zero design and construction industry at a global level, further increasing the impetus for governments, developers, and service providers to make ambitious net-zero commitments and action plans across the world. But it also requires the industry to confront a long-standing barrier—the assumption that net-zero buildings come at a significantly higher capital cost than business as usual. In fact, when approaching net-zero energy (NZE) at a district level and leveraging an integrative whole-systems design approach, the economics can change significantly, supporting the scaling necessary to reach WGBC’s ambitious targets. So, what will it take for the industry to zoom out of the net-zero-building mindset and think bigger? To understand the opportunity that districts provide, we must first consider the impact potential of the buildings sector.

The State Policy Opportunity Tracker (SPOT) for Clean Energy is a first-of-its-kind database that enables users to quickly identify existing clean energy policies across states – and to “spot” policy gaps. This easy-to-use and free resource was developed by the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

With Pennsylvania being the third largest emitter of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the country, additional reductions are needed. Pennsylvania will be 3°C (5.4°F) warmer by 2050 than it was in 2000, according to the 2015 Climate Impacts Assessment Report by the Penn State University Environment and Natural Resources Institute. The result will be dangerously high summer temperatures and more severe storms, increased threat of certain insect-borne diseases, and drastic changes to agriculture and water quality.

“The consequences of inaction on climate change will be felt by all Pennsylvanians,” said DEP Acting Secretary McDonnell, “It will affect the food we grow, the energy we use, our recreation, and even our health.”
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