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Monday, June 25, 2012


1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
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1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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    Tours have limited space and are available on a first-come, first served basis. You must sign-up in advance using the conference registration form. 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 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 the green roof.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify the environmental, energy and social benefits of a green roof
    2. Explain the types of green roof technologies.
    3. Recommend and convince governing bodies (officials and directors) of the benefits of a green/vegetated roofs


    SPEAKERS:
    • John Buck
      Project Manager & Scientist,  Civil and Environmental Consultants,  Pittsburgh,  PA
    • Darla J. Cravotta
      Special Projects and Project Manager,  Office of the County Executive Allegheny County,  Pittsburgh,  PA
    • Eric French
      President,  Eisler's Landscape and Nursery,  Prospect,  PA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability

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    Tours have limited space and are available on a first-come, first served basis. You must sign-up in advance using the conference registration form. North Park Lake is a man-made lake created by Allegheny County in the 1920’s. 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, installing upstream wetlands barriers on Pine Creek.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the need for creating new wetlands.
    2. Explain the benefits of creating habitats and the need for wildlife friendly environments.
    3. Manage the implementation and installation of upstream wetlands barriers on creeks and waterways


    SPEAKERS:
    • Douglas W. Aiken
      Manager, Construction Engineering,  Allegheny County PA,  Pittsburgh,  PA
    • Steve Smallhoover, PE
      Mgr Geotechnical/Federal Projects,  Allegheny County PA,  Pittsburgh,  PA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability

    Tours have limited space and are available on a first-come, first served basis. You must sign-up in advance using the conference registration form. 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, use indigenous plants that require only natural rainfall for landscaping. They think green first in everything they do!

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Discuss the challenges and obstacles in becoming Gold LEED® Certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
    2. Utilize and implement their unique ideas and designs to make other projects more green/sustainable.
    3. Determine whether to pursue Gold LEED® Certification by the U.S. Green Buildings Council for qualified buildings.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Debbie Smucker
      Director of Sales & Marketing,  David L. Lawrence Convention Center,  Pittsburgh,  PA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability


Tuesday, June 26, 2012


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
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    Washington, Indiana struggled with CSOs flowing through open ditches and discharging into a local creek. The solution was a system that captures the CSOs, transports them to a storage basin, and then treats them using a 27-acre constructed wetland. This system saved $26.6 million in capital costs when compared to chemically-enhanced high rate clarification, a clear benefit to this small community with an average income of $34,000.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Evaluate the benefits of constructed wetlands vs. traditional methods to treat CSOs.
    2. Recognize potential pitfalls in designing systems.
    3. Determine when constructed wetlands are feasible and/or desirable.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Larry J. Haag
      Client Manager,  Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates,  Evansville,  IN
    • Mark Harrison, PE, LEED AP
      Chief Engineer, Water Resources,  Bernardin Lochmueller & Associates, Inc.,  Indianapolis,  IN

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Storm Water / Flood Control
    • Water / Waste Water

    PlanItGreen is the comprehensive Environmental Sustainability Plan for Oak Park and River Forest, Illinois. Learn about the unique elements of their planning process involving major community stakeholders (not just government) including financial and organizational structure, goals, strategies, and metrics; and key issues encountered in the process.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Create a comprehensive community sustainability plan that engages stakeholders in the long-term vision and financing structure.
    2. Examine the importance of baseline resource-use metrics and community reporting/communication options designed to generate accountability, excitement, and community engagement.
    3. Adapt this comprehensive community planning and implementation process to your community’s specific needs.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Gary Cuneen
      Executive Director,  Seven Generations Ahead,  Oak Park,  IL
    • Donna Ducharme
      Co-Founder,  The Delta Institute,  Chicago,  IL

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management

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    The City of Charlottesville, Virginia will share its experiences and lessons learned during the development and implementation of its broad-based and highly effective energy use reduction and management efforts including: energy use monitoring/benchmarking, low- and no- cost maintenance measures, energy education and incentive programs, energy audits and performance contracts, and LEED Certification for new buildings and renovations.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Apply best management practices for energy use, data collection, and benchmarking.
    2. Evaluate business alternatives for executing identified deficiencies.
    3. Examine strategic use of renewable energy systems.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Dan Frisbee
      Program Coordinator,  City of Charlottesville, VA,  Charlottesville,  VA
    • Gerald Martin
      HVAC Mgr.,  City of Charlottesville DPW,  Charlottesville,  VA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Facilities

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM
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    The Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) concept of shifting traffic to the “wrong side of the road” eliminates the need for left turn lanes, and thereby reduces the structural footprint of the interchange and overall construction costs. Learn about the Botts Road DDI solution in Kansas City, Missouri that provides for a safe interchange and incorporates innovative and green approaches for better levels of traffic, pedestrian and bicycle service.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Examine the sustainable benefits of Diverging Diamond Interchanges.
    2. Determine if the green approaches developed by the design team in Kansas City can be replicated for your interchange projects.
    3. Discern how DDI can offer efficient use of taxpayer money, improved travel experiences for the public, and improved multimodal connectivity.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Patricia A. Hilderbrand, MPA, PE
      Division Manager, Coordination Services,  City of Kansas City,  Kansas City,  MO
    • Matthew F. Spencer
      Project Engineer,  HNTB Infrastructure,  Kansas City,  MO

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Traffic Engineering

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    Explore a practical framework that compares and contrasts “conventional” vs. “sustainable” project design and construction. Using case studies, we will cover the use of resources, life-cycle analysis, and O&M expenses and we’ll introduce a decision-making matrix that incorporates economic, social, and environmental criteria.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Apply a decision-making tool for evaluating conventional vs. sustainable practices for virtually any public works project.
    2. Compare and contrast sustainable and conventional practices using consistent criteria.
    3. Recommend project design approaches that consider all important factors – including the life-cycle advantages of sustainable design.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Larry Stevens, PE, PWLF
      Project Director,  HR Green, Inc.,  Johnston,  IA
    • Jennifer Lynn Winter, PE
      Project Director,  HR Green Inc,  Cedar Rapids,  IA

    Category:
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Construction Management
    • Environment/Sustainability

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    When faced with how to convert waste into an asset, the LOTT Clean Water Alliance in Olympia, Washington elected to make reclaimed water and electricity from the raw materials associated with providing wastewater treatment services to four area communities. Since, its opening in 2010, this LEED Platinum facility is living proof that alchemy is possible.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify site opportunities and sustainable strategies for renovation and new construction work.
    2. Evaluate the economic and other less tangible benefits associated with converting waste to an asset.
    3. Minimize the impact on aging and overtaxed infrastructure through responsible and sustainable design practices.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Ruwan Jayaweera, LEED AP BD+C, PE
      Associate,  PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc.,  Portland,  OR
    • Jay Martin, LEED AP
       The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP,  Seattle,  WA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Solid Waste

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
    Nearly every week a new alternative fuel powered vehicle retrofit kit is announced. Electric, propane, natural gas, biofuels - it's all very confusing. What options might make sense in which application? What's in the future for alternative powered vehicles? Is this another fad until the oil prices come down again?

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Evaluate options for powering your fleet with alternative fuels.
    2. Discover the pros and cons of the various fuel types.
    3. Examine what's happening in the marketplace - are alternative fuels a fad or the future?


    SPEAKERS:
    • Janet Lauer
      President,  Pittsburgh Region Clean Cities,  Monroeville,  PA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability

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    The City of Eugene, Oregon has developed standard specification “Best Practices” for construction using Full Depth Reclamation. FDR’s benefits are environmental: reuses existing rock base and eliminates the need for excavation and disposal; economical: costs only 40% of traditional rock base construction; and social: the process is relatively fast thereby improving traffic delays and construction tie-ups.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the environmental, economic, and social benefits of recycling road base materials.
    2. Compare FDR as a design alternative to traditional excavation and rock base construction.
    3. Plan and implement reclamation projects using the FDR process.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Douglas K. Singer, LEED AP
      Civil Engineer 2,  City of Eugene PW and Engineering,  Eugene,  OR

    Category:
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges

    While historically reliable, water utilities are vulnerable to a range of threats including aging infrastructure, natural and man-made disasters, and climate change impacts. The Community Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) initiative provides 400 free tools and resources to enhance community-wide water resiliency and sustainability. WaterISAC (Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center) is a secure web-based clearinghouse to help water sector and emergency management officials prepare for water service interruptions.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify threats to drinking water and wastewater utilities.
    2. Recognize that community preparedness is an important part of sustainability.
    3. Review free resources for public works officials in preparing for and responding to water-related emergencies.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Gavin Gollehon
       CSC,  Alexandria,  VA

    Category:
    • Emergency Management
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Water / Waste Water

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
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    In 2009, Allegheny County embarked on an energy savings program through a funding mechanism that is a combination of Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant funds, Qualified Energy Conservation bonds, and private third party financing. The County projects, to save more than $2.3 million a year in energy, include measures to upgrade lighting, water, and steam systems; and HVAC retrofits in 3 buildings. $1.4 million of the savings will go to pay the debt service on the financing.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Determine the value and effectiveness of Energy Performance Contracting in the public sector.
    2. Establish a plan for guiding your agency through an energy saving initiative.
    3. Lead a diverse group of stakeholders through a process of determining agency needs and priorities.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Philip A. LaMay
      Deputy Director, Operations/Admin.,  Allegheny County Department of Public Works,  Pittsburgh,  PA
    • Jeaneen Zappa
      Sustainability Officer,  Allegheny County, PA,  Pittsburgh,  PA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability

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    The DC Clean Rivers Project (DCCRP) aims to reduce wastewater pollution from being discharged into the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, Rock Creek, and the Piney Branch tributary. Over the course of the next 20 years, DCCRP will design and construct large-diameter underground storage tunnels to capture flows from large storm events and retrofit existing DC water facilities with LID measures. Explore how these projects will impact the important waterways around the nation’s capital city.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Adapt existing facilities to include low impact development (LID) measures to control stormwater flows to sewers.
    2. Engage stakeholders to gain support for retrofitting public facilities with LID measures, based on established criteria.
    3. Develop maintenance and monitoring plan to benchmark LID performance for consideration of future projects.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Anthony Laufik
      Civil Engineer,  Greeley and Hansen,  Washington,  DC

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Storm Water / Flood Control
    • Water / Waste Water

        SMARTRAFFIC
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    Discover how the City of Gainesville and Alachua County, Florida developed and implemented a county-wide SMARTRAFFIC Advanced Traffic Management System that includes innovative use of technology, improved communication, improved partnerships, and sustainable principles.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Determine how Advanced Traffic Management Systems can improve highway efficiency and sustainability.
    2. Figure out how to communicate with stakeholders and gain buy-in and establish funding mechanisms and partnerships.
    3. Benefit from the City of Gainesville’s example in establishing a SMARTRAFFIC program.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Philip R. Mann, PE
      Asst. Public Works Director,  City of Gainesville,  Gainesville,  FL

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Traffic Engineering

3:15 PM - 4:05 PM
    The City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy have had an effective and sustainable public-private partnership in place for over a decade, leading to the rebirth of Pittsburgh’s historic urban parks. This partnership has raised over $50 million for park improvements, completed ten major capital projects, increased park use, and improved the quality of life for the residents of Pittsburgh by restoring the parks system to excellence.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Evaluate how success is achieved through a fully integrated public-private partnership.
    2. Examine the benefits of an effective and sustainable public-private partnership.
    3. Develop a model for implementing and achieving value from a public-private partnership.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Michael A. Gable
      Director,  City of Pittsburgh,  Pittsburgh,  PA
    • Philip J. Gruszka
      Director, Parks Management & Maintenance,  Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy,  Pittsburgh,  PA

    Category:
    • Parks and Grounds

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    The City of Cleveland Division of Water Pollution Control is completing the construction of several stormwater BMPs including bio-retention basins, pervious pavements, and rain water reuse. These approaches will help prevent flooding, protect stream channels, maintain groundwater recharge and quality, and reduce pollutants flowing into local streams, rivers, and Lake Erie.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Examine how the City of Cleveland is managing stormwater and using sustainable stormwater practices.
    2. Implement a process of constructing an innovative demonstration project at a public facility that includes the several stormwater BMPs.
    3. Choose which BMP project will be the most effective in collection and treatment for your needs.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Cecilia A. Mazzei, PE
      Consulting Engineer,  City of Cleveland-WPC,  Cleveland,  OH
    • Ossie M. Neal
      Manager of Marketing,  City of Cleveland Department of Public Utilities,  Cleveland,  OH
    • Rachid Zoghaib, PE
      Commissioner,  Water Pollution Control City of Cleveland,  Cleveland,  OH

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Storm Water / Flood Control

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    The Chevy Volts and Nissan Leafs are rolling off assembly lines and municipalities across the country are rushing to install electric vehicle charging facilities on municipal property. The speakers for this session say “not so fast, Charger.” Join in this lively discussion of the appropriate places for charging facilities. Before installing costly infrastructure (and regretting it) learn how electric vehicles are being managed by the early adopters and get an overview of new vehicle and charging technologies.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Determine how to avoid the mistakes of others in setting up charging systems.
    2. Benefit from the practical advice offered in this session.
    3. Improve your methods for communicating about this complex issue.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Kim Lundgren
      LEADERSHIP TEAM,  APWA Center for Sustainability,  Woburn,  MA
    • Erin Russell-Story
      Clean Cities Regional Manager,  U.S. Dept. of Energy National Energy Technology Laborator,  Pittsburgh,  PA

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Environment/Sustainability

4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
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    Lancaster, Pennsylvania has developed an integrated approach to reduce the impacts of combine sewer overflows (CSOs) and stormwater discharges using Green Infrastructure (GI) best management practices. The City is proving that GI can be implemented as part of other public works projects, saving money and achieving regulatory compliance.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify opportunities to implement GI on private and public properties, reducing stormwater problems the “green” way.
    2. Implement a plan to identify, design, construct, and maintain GI including green roofs, green streets, rain gardens, vegetation, tree canopies, bioswales, infiltration, etc.
    3. Educate the public and obtain buy-in on GI BMPs for stormwater control and showing how these approaches provide long-term cost savings and improve quality of life.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Charlotte H. Katzenmoyer
      Director of Public Works,  City of Lancaster,  Lancaster,  PA
    • Brian G. Marengo
      Prinicipal Technologist,  CH2M Hill,  Philadelphia,  PA
    • Andrew Potts
      Project Manager/Engineer,  CH2M Hill,  Philadelphia,  PA

    Category:
    • Storm Water / Flood Control
    • Water / Waste Water

    Each element of public works project development (planning, design, construction, maintenance, environmental and customer impact) impacts the sustainability of the project. A sustainable infrastructure system is one that strikes a balance of these components along with environmental impact and long-term costs. Explore how to make sustainable decisions for your projects.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the processes and practices that combine sustainability with responsible asset management.
    2. Develop an alternative view of project development and delivery that promotes the project goal of lowest total cost over the life of an asset, not the lowest down payment.
    3. Demonstrate how the lowest total cost factors include planning, design, construction, maintenance, environmental and customer costs.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Eric Hemphill, PE
      Director of Maintenance,  North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA),  Plano,  TX

    Category:
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges
    • Construction Management
    • Environment/Sustainability

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    The City of Sioux Falls, South Dakota operates a five-county regional sanitary landfill serving 250,000 citizens. Among the sustainability innovations underway or planned are: construction of a $1.2 million LEED Silver Certified office/collection and education center; a landfill gas energy project; wetland construction and waterfowl mitigation; construction material and demolition recovery facility, leaf composting operation; a shared-use fuel depot; and a wind turbine site.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize the processes and practices that combine sustainability with responsible asset management.
    2. Develop an alternative view of project development and delivery that promotes the project goal of lowest total cost over the life of an asset, not the lowest down payment.
    3. Demonstrate how the lowest total cost factors include planning, design, construction, maintenance, environmental and customer costs.


    SPEAKERS:
    • David McElroy
      Landfill Superintendent,  City of Sioux Falls,  Sioux Falls,  SD

    Category:
    • Solid Waste
    • Environment/Sustainability


Wednesday, June 27, 2012


8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
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    Green infrastructure approaches will be a critical part of complying with the new phase of EPA’s Municipal Separate Storm Water Systems (MS4) Programs. Approaches such as rain gardens, bioretention swales and vegetated roofs can be spread throughout a region to reduce surface runoff and sewer overflows. Join us for this comparison of the efficiency of traditional “grey” to “green” infrastructure approaches in relation to hydrologic model output under current and future climate scenarios.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Anticipate USEPA’s MS4 requirements and alternative approaches to traditional grey water management.
    2. Determine how the Stormwater Management Model could benefit your region or city.
    3. Evaluate the potential benefits of green infrastructure approaches in reducing stormwater discharges to surface waters under both current and future climate scenarios.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Dr. Indrani Ghosh
      Project Professional,  Kleinfelder/SEA Consultants,  Cambridge,  MA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Storm Water / Flood Control

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    The small community of Monaca Borough is recognized as a model of sustainability throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania. How did they do it? Learn about how they used the Sustainable Community Essentials Rapid Assessment Tool and the sustainable strategies implemented for: 1. Converting park lighting to LED, 2. Turning an industrial site into a bike and pedestrian link, 3. Initiating paperless council meetings, 4. Implementing single-stream recycling, and, 5. Installing windmill and residential solar panel solutions.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Evaluate your community by using the Rapid Assessment Tool.
    2. Identify the 14 sustainable community essentials.
    3. Implement sustainable initiatives in your community.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Mario N. Leone, Jr
      Manager,  Borough of Monaca,  Monaca,  PA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management

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    Three municipalities, two ambulance services, and a wastewater treatment authority undertook a feasibility study of the practicality of switching their fleets to cleaner burning natural gas. An important product of this study is a series of report cards that provide a vehicle by vehicle assessment of the environmental and economic benefits and challenges of the switch. Benefits include lower emissions, vehicle life extension, and maintenance and operating costs reductions. Challenges include the upfront costs of conversion and refueling station availability.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Utilize the feasibility analysis model for their own fleets.
    2. Make more informed decisions on future vehicle purchases and possible retrofits using the report cards developed by the study.
    3. Evaluate the benefits and challenges of fleet conversion to natural gas fueling, including those associated with fueling.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Thomas Risley, PE
      Director, Energy Programs,  Life Cycle Engineering, Inc.,  Pittsburgh,  PA

    Category:
    • Fleet Services
    • Environment/Sustainability

10:20 AM - 11:05 AM
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    Cranberry Township engaged the resources of Sustainable Pittsburgh to assemble a team of experts for conducting an intensive assessment of the Township’s physical plan; municipal programs, policies, and planning processes. The resulting recommendations are being evaluated for financial payback and how much risk and effort would be required of the Township to implement.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Assemble the right individuals and knowledge base to evaluate your operation.
    2. Engage citizens and business owners to participate in the process.
    3. Educate staff on the plan and develop action list.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Jason Dailey
      DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS OPS,  Cranberry Township,  Cranberry Township,  PA
    • John Trant
      Strategic Planner,  Cranberry Township,  Cranberry Twp,  PA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management

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    After an extensive review of available technologies, the Village of Downers Grove, Illinois installed twenty-five hybrid lights. They chose a hybrid lighting system because it provides a higher likelihood of full lighting from dusk to dawn, larger battery supply with less maintenance and replacement , direct burial poles, and a bird and bat friendly turbine design. Explore how they obtained neighborhood acceptance and support in this process.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Evaluate the applicability of hybrid street lighting to your situations.
    2. Design a hybrid street lighting system for a residential neighborhood.
    3. Advocate for the use of off the grid lighting technology in neighborhoods.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Kevin Bobikiewicz
      Public Services Coordinator,  Village of Downers Grove,  Downers Grove,  IL

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges

    The core features in the sustainable redevelopment of Uptown Normal are: a roundabout that provides traffic control and an enhanced safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists; an innovative stormwater design that recycles water through irrigation of landscaped beds and evaporation; trees planted in “SilvaCells” that mitigate urban heat generation; and a multimodal transportation facility providing access to Amtrak high-speed rail and local bus transportation.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Integrate innovative traffic management and storm water management systems.
    2. Adapt existing, obsolete infrastructure to be used for sustainable purposes.
    3. Anticipate the type of operational issues that various sustainable designs can generate for municipal staff and revise designs accordingly.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Wayne A. Aldrich
      Director of Public Works,  Town of Normal,  Normal,  IL
    • Peter Lindsay Schaudt, FASLA
      Partner,  Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects,  Chicago,  IL

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Storm Water / Flood Control

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Discover how "Health is the new Wealth" is on the forefront of sustainability planning. Topics covered will include NYC's Green Infrastructure Plan and its applicability to street and streetscape construction and stormwater management; the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan that promotes a vision for enhanced environmental, programmatic, and commercially productive water's edge development; and how integrating health promotion strategies can stretch and reinforce capital investment in communities.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Convince governing bodies of the benefits of adopting green, blue infrastructure and green health.
    2. Make informed budgeting and scope decisions about the impact of services and projects.
    3. Promote the synergistic benefits of reinvesting in existing infrastructure.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Susannah Drake, ASLA, AIA
      Principal,  Dlandstudio PLLC,  Brooklyn,  NY
    • Joyce Lee, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
      International LEED Advisor,  Environetics,  New York,  NY
    • Dino Ng, PE
      Associate Commissioner,  NYC Department of Design and Construction,  Long Island City,  NY

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management

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    State College, Pennsylvania is committed to being a climate protection community. They’ve set a goal of reducing 35% of the municipal waste stream. Key to meeting that goal is to divert organics, both food waste and yard waste to the compost facility. The pilot program included the collection of pre-consumer food waste from over 600 residential and commercial customers. Explore how they did it and get tips for overcoming barriers to food waste collection in similar mid-sized communities

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Launch a pilot food waste project for your community.
    2. Assess the potential for food waste collection in your community.
    3. Evaluate the effectiveness of food waste collection.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Alan W. Sam
      Arborist/Environment Coordinator,  Borough of State College,  State College,  PA
    • Mark A. Whitfield, PLS
      Director of Public Works,  Borough of State College,  State College,  PA

    Category:
    • Solid Waste
    • Environment/Sustainability

    Micro-Surfacing conserves raw materials by using less aggregate. The oils and emulsions used in the process are produced at lower temperatures thereby expelling fewer greenhouse gases. As a light-weight paving process, micro-surfacing provides less stress on bridges while preserving the decks and protecting the substructure. This presentation will discuss costs savings and pavement preservation impacts

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Explore how micro-surfacing is a cost-effective and sustainable pavement preservation program.
    2. Integrate micro-surfacing into existing pavement preservation practices.
    3. Implement a micro-surfacing pavement preservation program.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Patrick T. Sullivan
       Mechanicsburg,  PA

    Category:
    • Streets, Roads and Bridges
    • Environment/Sustainability

1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
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    Discover methods and tools for protecting the urban forest including: tree inventories, a tree protection plan, and the models for measuring the benefits of trees in terms of energy savings, stormwater infrastructure savings, better air quality, and increased real estate values.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. List the technical benefits of protecting trees.
    2. Describe the methods and tools used to protect trees.
    3. Utilize a team approach using effective commuication during the tree protection process.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Chris Cowles
      Senior Consulting Urban Forester,  Davey Resource Group,  Saint Louis,  MO
    • Skip Kincaid
      Sr Consulting Urban Forester,  Davey Resource Group,  Saint Louis,  MO

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Parks and Grounds

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    The Warrior Transition Unit program was developed around a care model that focuses on the warriors’ ability to return to duty and some semblance of normal life, to become independent and enjoy the freedoms they fought for so valiantly. Using design-build, the campus incorporates a creative design scheme that is registered with USGBC and is pursing LEED Silver certification with features like green roofs, rainwater harvesting, and solar collection.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Apply some of the lessons learned from the Walter Reed design-build project to other public facilities and infrastructure projects.
    2. Discover how these examples of energy efficiencies, coupled with the unique parameters to meet special needs can be applied to other complex facilities and projects.The concepts of design, determine and developing unique concepts can be deployed and applied to other projects.
    3. Develop measures for implementing similar complex design challenges.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Sam Estep
      Managing Principal,  Clark Nexsen,  Norfolk,  VA
    • John W. Herzke, PE
      VICE PRESIDENT, MUNICIPAL SERVICES,  Clark Nexsen,  Virginia Beach,  VA
    • David Keith
      Director of Architecture,  Clark Nexsen,  Norfolk,  VA

    Category:
    • Construction Management
    • Environment/Sustainability

1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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    The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) EnvisionTM infrastructure rating system promotes a holistic approach to sustainable design. Two sustainably-conscious cities, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Alexandria, Virginia, who piloted EnvisionTM, will share their findings and insights about how best to take advantage of the benefits of the EnvisionTM rating system and how to use it as a tool to plan and guide infrastructure project development.

    Room :  MONONGAHALA

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Recognize how the EnvisionTM rating system for sustainable infrastructure can be applied to public works projects.
    2. Compare the pros and cons of Envision TM as a tool for infrastructure development.
    3. Discover how EnvisionTM allows for defensible accreditation necessary for getting public support for project funding.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Andrew Dane, AICP
      Community Dev/Sustainability,  Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.,  Appleton,  WI
    • Denise Nelson, LEED AP, PE
      Civil Sanitary Engineer,  Greeley and Hansen,  Richmond,  VA
    • Karen Sands
      Manager of Sustainability,  Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District,  Milwaukee,  WI
    • William J. Skrabak
      Director of Environmental Quality,  City of Alexandria,  Alexandria,  VA

    Category:
    • Environment/Sustainability
    • Management
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    For growing municipalities to be perceived as world class communities, they must move past the era of single objective spending and invest in programs and policies with multiple benefits. Learn how Green Infrastructure (GI) approaches to wet weather management create a range of benefits for the social, economic, and environmental health of a community.

    Room :  ALLEGHENY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Explain the benefits of Green Infrastructure solutions.
    2. Improve the economic, environmental, and social status of today’s communities.
    3. Implement Green Infrastructure in a cost effective manner.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Neil Myers
      Principal,  Williams Creek Consulting, Inc.,  Indianapolis,  IN

    Category:
    • Storm Water / Flood Control
    • Environment/Sustainability

    The Alliance to Save Energy estimates that water system energy usage could be reduced by 25%. The inefficiencies in drinking water systems have reached epidemic proportions and without a comprehensive understanding of the whole system, these issues are impossible to resolve. Find out how extended period water system modeling can address common inefficiencies to make water systems more sustainable.

    Room :  SKY

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Identify common inefficiencies in drinkning water systems.
    2. Determine how to successfully implement solutions to make drinking water systems more efficient and sustainable.
    3. Promote the use of extended period hydraulic modeling to reveal the true status of water systems and improve sustainable decision-making.


    SPEAKERS:
    • Steven Jones
      Principal,  Hansen, Allen & Luce, Inc.,  Midvale,  UT

    Category:
    • Water / Waste Water
    • Environment/Sustainability