Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Register Now! 11th Annual (Virtual) Pittsburgh Sustainability Conference May 6-7

Sustainable Pittsburgh and its partners May 6-7 for the 11th Annual (Virtual) Sustainability Conference - Building and Planning For A Healthy And Equitable Future.

The Conference is being hosted with the American Society of Civil Engineers (Pittsburgh Section) and Environmental and Water Resources Institute (Pittsburgh Chapter).

During this two-day event, national and local experts will present current challenges, opportunities, and strategies for how the Pittsburgh region can ensure a healthy and safe environment for all of its residents and future generations. 

The Conference will be a mix of invited speaker presentations, interactive break out discussions, and expert panel discussions.

Topics to be explored:

-- The economy and government operations post COVID-19 

-- Tackling climate change at the local level for large and small communities

-- The power of local governments to ensure the future of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s public health and ensuring clean water, air, and soil for all residents

-- Creating collaborative networks for solving difficult challenges

-- Risk, climate change and resilience

Who Should Attend: Municipal and State Elected Officials and Staff, Engineers, Nonprofit and Community Leaders, Planners, and Architects serving Southwestern Pennsylvania.


The May 6 agenda includes--

-- Featured Keynote: Carolyn Kousky, Ph.D. - Executive Director - Wharton Risk Center, University of Pennsylvania

-- An Open Conversation about Challenges Facing Your Community - Led by Adam Welchel, Ph.D. - Director of Science - The Nature Conservancy

-- Understanding Community Challenges and Fostering Resilience: 

     -- Allison Acevedo, J.D.- Director of the Office of Environmental Justice-Department of Environmental Protection 

     -- Majestic Lane - Chief Equity Officer and Deputy Chief of Staff - City of Pittsburgh 

     -- Jamil Bey, Ph.D. - Executive Director - UrbanKind Institute 

     -- Noble A-W Maseru, Ph.D. - Director Center of Health Equity - University of Pittsburgh  

The May 7 agenda includes--

-- Featured Keynote: Carol Haddock MPA, PE - Public Works Director - City of Houston

     -- Grant Ervin, MPIA - Chief Resilience Officer and Assistant Director for the Department of City Planning - City of Pittsburgh

-- Climate Resilience Analysis and Planning

     -- Marissa Aho, AICP - Resilience Officer - City of Houston

     -- Dave Rosenblatt, MAT - State Chief Resilience Officer - State of New Jersey

     -- Alex Kaplan - Executive Vice President of Alternative Risk for Amwins Group

-- A Conversation of Public Health and Equity. Moderated by Joylette Portlock, Ph.D. - Executive Director - Sustainable Pittsburgh

     -- Will Pickering - Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority 

     -- Jim Kelly, MS ES&P- Deputy Director - Environmental Health Bureau, Allegheny County Health Department

     -- Megan Zeigler MLA - Vice President of Planning and Policy - Green Building Alliance

     -- Ariam Ford, MCP - Executive Director - Grounded

-- Howard M. Neukrug, PE - Executive Director - The Water Center, University of Pennsylvania

Click Here to register and for more information.

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To learn more about green innovation in the Pittsburgh Region, visit the Pittsburgh Green Story website.

[Posted: April 28, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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