Technical Tours
Monday, June 25, 2012, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

   .3 CEUs will be awarded for attendance at these workshop/tours.

Tours have limited space and will be available on a first come-first served basis. You must sign-up in advance using the conference registration form. Please register for only one tour.

(Be sure to wear appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.)

Classroom Workshop/Walking Tour: Allegheny County Green Roof - Designing, Building and the Benefits
The roof of the Allegheny County Office Building was designed as an education model to demonstrate the benefits of green roofs and green roof technology. Attend this overview of the process for designing and installing the Allegheny County green roof, the four types of technology used, and the many the benefits experienced. The rooftop has significant monitoring in place, collecting data from a network of 90 sensors that report on roof temperature, soil moisture, and water flow and retention during wet weather events. This workshop includes a walking tour of this beautiful and sustainable green roof.
Walking Workshop/Tour: David L. Lawrence Convention Center –  g1 (greenfirst®)
Shortly after its grand opening in 2003, Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center (DLCC) was awarded Gold LEED® Certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council, making it one of the largest green buildings in the world. To achieve this standing, DLCC’s unique design allows them to recycle, compost, reduce toxic emissions, reduce energy use, operate a grey water reclamation plant, use natural cool air, grow vegetables and herbs, purchase green, and use indigenous plants for landscaping that require only natural rainfall as the water source. They think green first in everything they do!
North Park Lake – Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration (Bus transportation provided.)
North Park Lake is a man-made lake created by Allegheny County in the 1920’s. Due to suburban development in the surrounding watershed, the aquatic ecosystem of North Park Lake and Pine Creek has been progressively degraded by sedimentation from stormwater runoff. The restoration project includes dredging 104,000 cubic yards of sediments from 33 acres of lake, enhancing existing and creating new wetlands, creating fish habitat structures, constructing two osprey nesting platforms, curbing shoreline erosion by installing coir logs to establish planted and naturally colonizing vegetation, and installing upstream wetland barriers on Pine Creek to catch sediment before it enters the lake bed.