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Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers–1,000 Hours Initiative

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Join Green Building Alliance and Women for a Healthy Environment for our virtual Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers to celebrate National Radon Action Month on January 18th. With the generous support of The Heinz Endowments, Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) and Green Building Alliance (GBA) re-launched the 1000 Hours a Year Initiative in 2020 to help offset costs associated with testing and remediation of lead and radon in schools and early learning centers. Since 2017, the 1,000 Hours a Year project has equipped approximately 45 school personnel with the technical knowledge to test and remediate radon in their buildings.

The virtual training will take participants through the radon testing process and provide all needed training, resources, and guidance to conduct their own testing. Receiving this training can save school districts a significant amount of money on hiring an outside consultant and will equip the giving facility staff with the knowledge and technical training needed to protect school students and early childcare centers from radon exposure.

This four-hour course will be offered virtually twice on January 18th (8:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-6pm) for any school facility directors, assistant facility directors, maintenance personnel, or tradespeople who work in K-12 schools or childcare centers. The program is primarily open to school facilities located in Allegheny County with some spaces open for other counties. The cost of the course is $15, but we are able to waive the fee if a special request is submitted. Please email Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) regarding the waived fee exception. Radon tests for your buildings will be included in course participation. Your registration will not be complete until after you complete the form emailed to you after registering on the GBA website.


Meet your Instructor: Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr.

Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr. is a radon testing and mitigation expert with over 30 years’ experience using short-term and long-term passive radon devices, along with several continuous radon and work level monitors. Burden’s early career was spent as a nuclear operator at the decommissioned Shippingport LWBR Atomic Power Station and Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Pennsylvania, but much of his career has centered on international and domestic radon testing and mitigation projects. Burden has worked on countless radon mitigation and research projects, including serving as a special consultant of radon testing and mitigation for the DOD American Army facilities, performing hyper radon mitigation consultations and research with the Argonne National Laboratory at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and historical radon mitigation design and installation for an Air Force/Navy facility with historical Underground Railroad in the Warminster, PA. He currently is the Pennsylvania AARST chapter president, sits on the national AARST board of directors, and is a part of several ANSI-AARST radon measurement and mitigation standards committees, including one for schools and large buildings.  He also sits on the National Radon Action Program (NRAP) for environmental radon justice projects.



Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience 

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in your field who are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps to apply in your own school setting  


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Bridge to 2030: Water

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

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3:00 – 5:00 – Presentations, Panel Discussion, and Q&A
5:00 – 6:00 – Networking Reception



James Stitt, PWSA
How does water get from our rivers to our buildings and why does water efficiency matter? Learn why wasted water is tied to wasted energy and what you can do to help. Also, Save the Date for a tour of PWSA’s water treatment facility on June 7.

Heather Schrock, Bonneville Environmental Foundation
Using renewable energy certificates (RECs) to reach your 2030 Challenge energy goals? Consider Water Restoration Certificates (WRCs) for your water goals.

John Norbut, Highmark
Highmark has seen tremendous reductions in water use on their way to achieving the 2030 Challenge Goals. Learn how they’ve achieved these savings using their faucets and fixtures. You’ll also hear about their water filtration and testing programs.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand why wasted water equals wasted energy.
  2. Gain insight into how water gets to your building.
  3. Discover how WRCs can help you meet your 2030 Challenge or LEED goals.
  4. Learn strategies for increased water efficiency in your building.


This event is pending approval for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events). Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


Bridge to 2030: Water is sponsored by:



Interested in sponsoring the Bridge to 2030 Series? Contact Ryan Walsh or call 412-773-6017 to learn about opportunities.

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“City-Wide Green First Plan” Released for Public Comment

On December 2, 2016, the City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released their “City-Wide Green First Plan” for public comment.  Those two entities, along with four consulting teams, worked to create both an innovative and cost-effective plan that would meet the Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to […]

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One Hundred Property Partners = Milestone Success!

The Pittsburgh 2030 District hit another major milestone on October 21, adding YWCA Greater Pittsburgh as its 100th Property Partner! Besides committing its headquarters located on Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, the YWCA also plans to implement lessons learned through participation at locations in Homewood-Brushton and Allison Park. Located in Pittsburgh since 1867, YWCA Greater […]

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Proposed Stormwater Management Plan Poised to Create Economic Development Opportunities

Over the past year, the City of Pittsburgh has worked with Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to develop a scalable and adaptive green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back-ups, and localized flooding. The proposed plan includes job creation and economic development opportunities in city neighborhoods. On September 26, 2016, Mayor William Peduto, his administration, […]

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Green Infrastructure Maintenance Resource Materials

3 Rivers Wet Weather is a nonprofit environmental organization created in 1998 to support 82 Allegheny County municipalities and the City of Pittsburgh in addressing the region’s wet weather overflow problem. Below are some resources from a recent event they hosted at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. PowerPoint Presentations: Rain Garden Maintenance Presentation Porous Pavement […]

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3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference

17th Annual 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference

October 7-8, 2015
Monroeville Convention Center

More than 400 municipal officials, engineers, managers, public works directors and wet weather experts will gather on October 7-8 to learn, educate and share experiences for overcoming the wet weather problems that have plagued the Pittsburgh region for decades. Scores of exhibitors will share their products and services while local, regional and national speakers will present educational sessions on a variety of wet weather issues. See the 2014 conference brochure for a sample agenda.

Register online by September 30 to pay a registration fee of $75 for both days.  After September 30, the fee is $85.  To avoid long registration lines at the conference, complete your registration and pay online by October 1. If you have not registered by the deadline, you will need to register on-site* at the conference.  Registration form in Microsoft Word format.  All registered attendees will have the opportunity to win an exhibitor-sponsored prize package.

*All walk-in registrations will receive conference materials, but are not guaranteed promotional items.

Continuing Education
A continuing education form will be provided at the conference so that attendance can be verified.

Certified Wastewater Operators
This two-day conference is a DEP-approved wastewater training program. Pennsylvania-certified wastewater operators can earn up to four contact hours by attending the two-day event. If you are a certified wastewater operator, you will need to include your DEP Client ID number on your continuing education form. You will find this 5 or 6 digit-number in blue ink on your PA certification pocket card. Note: Class A, B and C wastewater operators need to complete 15 contact hours for the first renewal (3 years) and 30 for every renewal thereafter. Class D and E operators need 8 hours and 15 hours subsequently.

Licensed Professional Engineers
Licensed professional engineers may use the continuing education form to request a conference completion certificate from 3 Rivers Wet Weather. Your professional licensing board will determine the credit you will earn from attending the conference.

Cancellations must be received no later than noon on September 30 for a refund. Fax registrations are considered an attendance commitment; such registrations will be invoiced unless cancelled. Substitutions (from the same organization/company) may be made. However, 3RWW requests notification prior to the conference for preparation of registration materials.

Admission to the conference is afforded without regard to race, color, age, sex, religion, political affiliation, national origin or disability. If special accommodations are required, please contact 3RWW at least five working days prior to the program.

For questions, contact 3 Rivers Wet Weather at 412-578-8375.

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Green Infrastructure Maintenance Workshop

Designed for individuals responsible for designing or maintaining green infrastructure such as municipal public works, landscapers, students, landscape architects and engineers.

Registration Fee

  • $60 Registration
  • $30 Discounts available for Municipalities & Non-Profit Staff
  • Scholarships available for students

Workshop Schedule (3 hours of continuing education)

  • 8:00–8:45 a.m.  Registration and continental breakfast
  • 8:45-9:00 a.m. Welcome
  • 9:00–9:30 a.m. Rain Gardens, Eric French, Eisler Landscapes
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. Green Roofs, Eric French, Eisler Landscapes
  • 10:00–10:15 a.m.  Break
  • 10;15–10:45 a.m. Pervious Concrete and Porous Asphalt Pavements, Bruce Cody, PA Aggregates & Concrete Association
  • 10:45–11:15 a.m. Permeable Pavers, Phil Austin, Unilock
  • 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Lunch
  • 12:30–2:00 p.m. Tour/Practicum Rain Garden, Green Roof, Porous Asphalt Pavement

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand how GI maintenance impacts performance
  • Identify ways that GI design impacts maintenance, with lessons learned
  • Evaluate GI maintenance requirements specific to Southwestern PA
  • Determine GI maintenance frequency and requirements based on GI type


Call 3RWW at 412-578-8375.

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Behind-the-Scenes Tour: PWSA’s Water Treatment Facility

Join GBA for a tour of the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority’s water treatment facility.


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Ever wonder what it takes to transport water from Pittsburgh’s rivers and into your kitchen sink? Curious about how much energy is required to distribute and treat Pittsburgh’s water supply? Find out on a tour of PWSA’s water treatment facility along the Allegheny River. You’ll get to see PWSA’s historic building exterior full of modern filtration equipment and testing facilities, its unique mosaic map of Pittsburgh, and an on-site demonstration rain garden. Gina Cyprych, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, and James J. Stitt, Manager of Sustainability, will lead our tour, and GBA will provide the bagels and coffee.


1. Understand Pittsburgh’s demand for water and PWSA’s distribution plan.

2. Discuss the process of treating water from the Allegheny River into potable water and historical developments in water treatment.

3. Explore PWSA’s water testing requirements and common pollutants found in local water sources before treatment.

4. Summarize the need for stormwater management in Pittsburgh and the benefits of green infrastructure, including rain gardens.


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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Engineering Sustainability 2015: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line

The Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation at the University of Pittsburgh and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research at Carnegie Mellon University are pleased to announce Engineering Sustainability 2015: Innovation and the Triple Bottom Line.

For more information and to register, click here.

This focused conference will bring together engineers and scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

The built environment, which includes buildings, the transportation grid, and water collection and treatment systems, helps to sustain our economy and way of life, but at the cost of heavy resource use and waste generation. Buildings alone consume a substantial percentage of the materials produced globally each year and require significant amounts of energy for operation. Transportation grids are material-intensive, and the maintenance requirements of aging infrastructure in the developed world are stressing the abilities of municipalities to maintain viable systems. Renewal of urban water infrastructure with new, more sustainable systems delivering higher performance is a critical need, as failing infrastructure systems in many cities impact economic vitality and quality of life for residents. Stormwater management systems in many cities are inadequate and based on old paradigms, exacerbating flooding problems and leading to sewer overflows. Water also is interlinked with energy production and use, as significant amounts of water are required for energy generation, and production of high purity water with current membrane technologies requires significant amounts of energy.

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