November 17, 2015 - Sustainable Pittsburgh
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Upcoming Events

November 18th, 2015 [8:30 am - 5:30 pm]
123 University Pl, Pittsburgh 15260
University Club, The University of Pittsburgh
Presented by: The League of Women Voters

Dr. Bruce Pitt will present new research regarding birth impacts. Nationally known speaker and MacArthur Fellow Wilma Subra will discuss environmental health issues, air modeling, and ethane crackers based on her experiences in Louisiana.

Register [HERE] or call 1-800-61-SHALE. Admission is free, but there is a charge of $14 for lunch.

Presented by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s “Straight Scoop on Shale Drilling” initiative and hosted by the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health

November 18th, 2015 [7:30 am - 5:00 pm (Registration 7:30 am)]
75 E State St. Columbus, OH 43215
Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square
Presented by: Ohio Advanced Energy Economy

At this year’s symposium, you will hear from Megan Ceronsky, Senior Policy Adviser on Climate Change at the White House, about the economic benefits of the Clean Power Plan.  You will also hear from Richard Kauffman, the Energy Czar of the State of New York, who is leading that State’s “Reforming the Energy Vision” a comprehensive reevaluation of electricity systems and infrastructure. You will also hear from Ohio business leaders and policymakers regarding the opportunities that lie ahead for Ohio energy users and suppliers.  If you’re in the energy business or an end user, this symposium is for you.

November 19th, 2015 [4:30 pm]
4227 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh 15213
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
Presented by: the University of Pittsburgh Honors College
Featuring: Dr. Paulina Jaramillo - Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University

Coal power plants have historically provided up to 50% of the electricity generated in the U.S. They also have the highest greenhouse gas emission rates. In this talk, Professor Jaramillo will discuss the work of her research group over the last 10 years to understand the climate implications of coal use in the U.S. and how recent regulatory changes may affect the future of the U.S. power system. This lecture is free and open to the public but space is limited. Follow the link below to reserve your seat.

December 2nd, 2015 [5:30 pm - 8:30 pm (Registration, Reception & Tours 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm]
117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh 15212
The Andy Warhol Museum
Presented by: Sustainable Pittsburgh - Green Workplace Challenge


Keynote Speaker: Tom Szaky, Co-Founder and CEO of Terracycle and author of Outsmart Waste and Revolution in a Bottle

You are cordially invited to join Sustainable Pittsburgh for the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge Finale and Awards Ceremony. Regardless of whether you are involved in the GWC, during this special evening, you will enjoy being on hand for the revealing of the competition's top scorers and share inspiration from the positive impacts these hard-working participants have had on our region.

For the past 12 months, 87 employers from around the region took actions in their workplaces to be more sustainable and measure improvements over time in energy, water, waste, transportation, and employee engagement. Gather your coworkers and join us at the Finale to find out the cumulative impact of their efforts. See how every action makes a difference for a better southwestern Pennsylvania!

December 16th, 2015 [8:00 am - 10:00 am (Registration begins at 8:00 am)]
11 Stanwix St, Pittsburgh 15222
Main Floor Auditorium
Presented by: The Allegheny Conference

“Internet of Things” is a handy way to refer to the growing world of connected devices that can monitor and respond to events without humans lifting a finger. While these devices are becoming prevalent in every aspect of our modern world, building systems have been a primary frontier for deployment and are already impacting energy consumption and patterns. Not only is this a shift in operations best practice, but it is also a major new market opportunity.

Join us to learn about trends in the Building Internet of Things, and to hear about cutting-edge research and new business activity happening right here in Pittsburgh.

Dry Utica is an area of the Utica Shale formation that may become the lowest-cost natural gas source, which threatens to further worsen the already inundated gas market.

In addition to these four technologies, the 2015 Revolution…Now update introduces three technologies that are on the cusp of wider deployment and cost reduction in the coming years, including: smart building systems, fuel-efficient freight trucks, and vehicle lightweighting. With the continued progress of the core technologies in this report, and with DOE’s continued focus on R&D and innovation, the clean energy revolution will continue to transform the way our nation produces and uses energy well into the future.

So, why exactly should business owners be interested in clean energy storage? Let’s take a look at what the transformative technology promises:

Three economists who follow the impact of shale gas extraction in Pennsylvania and Ohio said Thursday the economic benefits from the activity can be significant for communities, but they cautioned municipal officials against relying too heavily on one industry. . .

. . .The trio of economists set the stage for other panel discussions for about 60 municipal officials on understanding and assessing fiscal conditions in local governments and ways of leveraging shale gas development through economic growth and diversification.


The G20 countries spend almost four times as much to prop up fossil fuel production as they do to subsidize renewable energy, calling into question their commitment to halting climate change, a think tank said on Thursday. The G20 spent an average $78 billion on national subsidies delivered through direct spending and tax breaks in 2013 and 2014, according to a report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) on Thursday.

A further $286 billion was invested in fossil fuel production by G20 state-owned enterprises. Related public finance was estimated to average a further $88 billion a year. Meanwhile, renewable energy subsidies in 2013 were estimated at $121 billion by the International Energy Agency (IEA).


Duquesne Light Co. on Monday took a step toward disrupting traditional design, announcing a partnership with the University of Pittsburgh to experiment with new technology that can better accommodate alternative and renewable energy, including solar and wind.

The Downtown electric utility, with 500,000 customers throughout Allegheny and Beaver counties, will seek the help of students from Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering to construct a microgrid at its Woods Run Facility along the North Shore, CEO Rich Riazzi told an electric industry conference at the University Club in Oakland.

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