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Bridge to 2030: Water
September 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
The Bridge to 2030 educational series invites Pittsburgh to go deep on topics integral to the Pittsburgh 2030 District – energy, water, transportation, indoor air quality, and financing.
Jordan Fischbach of RAND will talk about how climate change exacerbates stormwater issues. We’ll also take a deep dive into how Alex Wasko & Megan Hicks, two GIS analysts at PWSA, are determining impervious surfaces in Pittsburgh, in an effort to minimize runoff in the future and collect more accurate stormwater data. Information gathered in the study will be used as background data for the upcoming stormwater fee from PWSA. Finally, we will close the event with a stormwater capture and reuse system on CMU’s campus, explained by Martin Altschul.
3:00 – 5:00 – Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
5:00 – 6:00 – Networking Reception with Appetizers!
Ballroom at Hotel Fairmont – 510 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
- Jordan Fischbach, Ph.D. – Co-Director, RAND Climate Resilience Center
- The Pittsburgh region is challenged by a number of stormwater impacts, including flooding and sewer overflows. Climate change is expected to exacerbate these impacts by increasing the intensity and volume of rainfall. Jordan will describe how the RAND Corporation team has been working to address this urgent planning need by evaluating the potential benefits and costs from green stormwater infrastructure across the region as well as in key City of Pittsburgh watersheds.
- Alexandra Wasko & Megan Hicks – GIS Analysts, PWSA
- Alex & Megan will take a dive into their GIS research determining impervious versus pervious surfaces in the region. This research will be the background PWSA’s upcoming stormwater fee.
- Martin Altschul, P.E. – Director of Strategic Facilities Initiatives, Carnegie Mellon University
- Martin will give us an overview on CMU’s innovative water capture system, how they treat it, and use it to supplement building’s condenser water for cooling on campus.