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Virtual Bridge to 2030: Marshall Plan for Middle America

December 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Free – $5
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The Bridge to 2030 educational series invites Pittsburgh and Erie to delve into topics integral to 2030 District progress, including energy, water, transportation, indoor air quality, and financing.


About this Event

Join Green Building Alliance for our next edition of Bridge to 2030, where we will hear from Pittsburgh’s Mayor William Peduto about a new Marshall Plan for Middle America. The Marshall Plan for Middle America (MP4MA) Roadmap aims to build a regional, multi-sectoral coalition of stakeholders to drive investment in infrastructure and energy diversification that will catalyze more equitable economic recovery while laying a foundation for the Ohio Valley (including both Pittsburgh and Erie) to be a global leader in cleaner energy resources and circular economy practices. Mayor Peduto will be joined by Dr. Leslie Marshall, Associate Director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Sustainable Business and Lead Author of the Marshall Plan for Middle America Roadmap.

This meeting will be hosted on Zoom, and registered participants will receive a link to join the meeting on the day before the event.


About our Speakers

William Peduto
Mayor of Pittsburgh

William Peduto was elected to the office of Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh in the General Election on November 5, 2013.  He took office as Pittsburgh’s 60th Mayor in January of 2014. Prior to taking office, he worked for 19 years on Pittsburgh City Council – seven years as a staffer followed by twelve years as a Member of Council. Since taking office, Mayor Peduto has led a collaborative effort to make Pittsburgh a leading 21st Century city. The Peduto administration has partnered with the White House on numerous initiatives, resulting in direct access to federal support related to affordable housing, education, economic development, energy efficiency, immigration, manufacturing, community policing, workforce development, technology and transportation. Under Peduto’s leadership, the City of Pittsburgh has played an active role in National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Pennsylvania Municipal League initiatives. Pittsburgh was recently selected to join the Rockefeller Foundation network’s 100 Resilient Cities, which provides resources to improve city resilience in the face of climate change, globalization and urbanization trends. In 2015 Mayor Peduto signed a unique agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to make the city a world leader in district energy production and Pittsburgh joined the UN’s Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of climate leaders committed to local action and global impact. Recently Mayor Peduto joined with mayors across the world to reaffirm Pittsburgh’s commitment to the Paris Agreement and efforts to combat climate change. Mayor Peduto is also a founding member of the MetroLab Network, a national alliance of cities and universities committed to providing analytically-based solutions to improve urban infrastructure, services and other public sector priorities. The Peduto administration is working to ensure that everyone benefits from Pittsburgh’s transformation and growth because, “If it’s not for all, it’s not for us.


Leslie Marshall, Ph.D. 
Associate Director, University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business

Dr. Leslie Marshall serves as the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Business in the Katz Graduate School of Business and College of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh, overseeing all aspects of the center’s programming. Her research focuses on how socio-economic class, ethnicity, and gender intersect to influence cooperation in groups and the implications for policymaking. Most recently, she served as Co-Principal Investigator, Project Manager, and Lead Author for the Marshall Plan for Middle America (MP4MA) Roadmap, a non-partisan, multi-sectoral research effort to envision a more equitable and sustainable regional economic future for the Ohio River Valley and Upper Appalachia. She has extensive field experience coordinating large-scale data collection efforts in Lebanon, Uganda, and the United States. As an independent consultant, she has worked with the United Nations Development Programme and Innovations for Poverty Action. She is an affiliate of the Economic and Social Rights Research Group of the University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute and previously collaborated with the Centre for Women in Governance (Uganda) and with the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies. She also co-owns a small consulting firm, the Research Group for Sustainable Impacts, based in Pittsburgh, PA and Munich, Germany, that assists organizations in developing more inclusive and sustainable practices for measuring and evaluating the impact of their programs. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Denison University.


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The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a Green Building Alliance strategic initiative, is presented by Title Sponsor:


Presenting Sponsor:

Program Sponsors: 

Stantec             TEN            Superior Essex

Meeting Sponsors:

Duquesne Light, evolveEAFiltechJendoco ConstructionMascaro Construction, St. Moritz Building Services, Trane, Urban Redevelopment Authority,
Total Energy Resources, 3R Sustainability,
and WGL Energy.


December 8, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Free – $5
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