05/09/2017

Clean Energy Pittsburgh Convenes First Community Workshop

Pittsburgh, PA (May 9, 2017) – PennFuture is convening the first ever Clean Energy Pittsburgh (CleanE2 Pgh) community workshop, which will arm local leaders with tools and information needed to help shift their neighborhoods toward clean, sustainable sources of energy.

This inaugural learning cohort will meet during a day-long seminar on “Planning for Clean Energy Using an Eco-Districts Model,” from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12 at the solarized Millvale Community Center, located at 416 Lincoln Avenue, Millvale, PA 15209. 

PennFuture’s goal with the Clean Energy Pittsburgh initiative, which is funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation, is that each community will be equipped with the tools they need to facilitate, through working groups, a strategic clean energy plan.  

“This initiative gives local leaders tangible steps to take that will help communities shift away from fossil fuels, which specifically have enormous health impacts on the Southwestern Pennsylvania region,” said Joy Braunstein, Chief Development Officer and Clean Energy Pittsburgh Manager at PennFuture.

The seminar will include cross-sector community teams of government, business and residential interests. The curriculum and method being developed by PennFuture will be scalable and replicable. Following the workshop, PennFuture will facilitate a monthly call amongst the communities and a quarterly in-person meeting to propel clean energy strategic plans forward across the region.

“PennFuture will provide technical assistance to those communities, inclusive of helping to set aspirational goals, asset mapping, supporting community level meetings, and identifying key and pivotal projects that can move the communities forward,” Braunstein said.   

The communities invited into the inaugural cohort include: Aspinwall, Braddock, Etna, Lawrenceville, Millvale, Sharpsburg,  and Wilkinsburg. 

PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. We are protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations. For more information, visit www.pennfuture.org.

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Contact: Stephanie Rex                                       
Director of Communications
412.456.2372
rex@pennfuture.org