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Bridge to 2030: Water

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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.

Agenda:

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

Location:

Ballroom at Hotel Fairmont – 510 Market Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Speakers:

  • 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.

 

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Breathe Easier with Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

Indoor air quality is one of the many emerging topics of environmental health and green building.  Humans spend more time indoors than out, therefore the air we are breathing while inside is critically important to our health.   As we become more aware of the health impacts of not having a clean breathing environment, products are emerging […]

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Harold Rickenbacker is Engineering Social Equality

Tucked into a university laboratory atop O’Hara Street, Harold Rickenbacker and his career run on tightly calibrated monitors. It’s a demand of his discipline, and in many ways, the self-declared data wonk thrives in an environment of precision and control. But Rickenbacker’s enthusiasm for statistical regressions belies an unusual dedication to the realities outside academic […]

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Five Reports, Five Hundred+ Buildings: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report

The Pittsburgh 2030 District published its fifth annual Progress Report at a reception celebrating years of encouraging and tracking reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions, in addition to improving indoor air quality in the built environment. The largest of the 19 established 2030 Districts in North America by committed square feet, the […]

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Greenbuild-O-Rama

After a week of non-stop education, networking, and brains to the grindstone nerding out, GBA has returned from the world’s largest gathering of green building professionals, courtesy of the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference. Along with 10,000 of our enthusiastic peers, we attended sessions on everything from green infrastructure to sustainable urban art to slow food for […]

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Historic Library to Children’s Lab and an Air Quality Update

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the September Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees learned about the Museum’s current efficiency efforts and their renovation of the former Carnegie Library along with a report from the Allegheny County Health Department on their work, particularly as it relates to our air quality. What We Learned: Opened […]

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Local Innovation to National Leadership: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report for 2016

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, published its annual Progress Report on Tuesday, celebrating four years of rigorous reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions. More than doubling in area and quadrupling from 81 to 491 committed properties since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in committed […]

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The Fourth Metric: Indoor Air Quality and the Pittsburgh 2030 District

If you’re familiar with the Pittsburgh 2030 District, you can probably name the goals of the 2030 Challenge for Planning off the top of your head: 50% reductions (below baselines) for energy, water, and transportation emissions for existing buildings. But did you know that the Pittsburgh 2030 District has indoor air quality as a fourth […]

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Effective & Low-Cost IAQ Management Strategies

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EXPERIENCE

All schools need to have good indoor air quality (IAQ) to ensure that all students and staff are  healthy and can perform as best as possible. But to the untrained eye, it can be hard to tell when a school has good or poor IAQ. This workshop will help you to understand what IAQ issues look like, and what simple measures you can take to reduce pollutant sources and impacts.


SPEAKERS

Dave Blake, Northwest Clean Air Agency; Seattle, WA –  Dave Blake created and has manDaveBlakePhotoaged the indoor air program at Northwest Clean Air Agency since 1991.  Working in close collaboration with Rich Prill, a building scientist with Washington State University Cooperative Extension Energy Program, Dave has completed evaluations of all public and most private schools in a three county area of NW Washington State.  He has responded to a steady flow of indoor air quality concerns in homes, public and commercial buildings referred to him by three county health departments since 1992.  He has delivered hundreds of presentations to diverse audiences on all topics relating to indoor air quality.  He was recognized by EPA Region 10 for asbestos enforcement (1995) and indoor air quality work (2000), and shared the national EPA Indoor Air Quality Special Achievement Award (2002) and EPA Indoor Air Quality Distinguished Service Award (2004) with Rich Prill.

Kevin Stewart, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic –  Kevin Stewart is director of environmental health for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic.  His major responsibilities include informing the public about indoor and outdoor air pollution, its health effects, its sources, and its means of control.  He addresses issues such as secondhand tobacco smoke, biological pollutants, air quality in schools, indoor radon gas and outdoor ozone and fine particle pollution. Kevin also has extensive experience working with schools on the EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools program.

Andrew Ellsworth, Green & Healthy Schools Academy –  Andrew will present a number of case studies of schools and districts that have implemented IAQ Tools for Schools.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

1)  Understand how IAQ is related to occupant health and performance.

2) Learn how to recognize common IAQ problems and what the appropriate solutions are.

3) Know what tools, resources and support resources are available.

 

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

 

Thanks to the generosity of our funders, we have grant funding available to cover the full cost of this workshop for school personnel that would like to attend.  If you work for a school or district, please contact Andrew Ellsworth (andrewe@gbapgh.org) to arrange for discounted registration.

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GBCI CMP  This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.

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Particles II Webinar: Health Impacts, Standards, Monitoring, and Building-Level Mitigation

Join the ROCIS initiative (Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces) for this two-part webinar on indoor air quality.  Join us for one or both of the webinar sessions.

Click here to register for the Particles II Webinar.

EXPERIENCE

Gain a better understanding of the nature of particulate matter – their sources, their health impact and interaction with other pollutants. What insights are emerging regarding their health impacts? What understanding do we have due to air quality monitoring in the U.S., and how have the air quality standards impacted particulate matter measurement? Bill Turner will examine types of monitoring equipment with an explanation of the role and limitations of lower cost monitors that are emerging. Particles comprise a large class of pollutants –knowledge of their characteristics is critical to understanding how building-level mitigation strategies can reduce exposure. Bill will address the current best practices to lower the concentration of building level particulate matter.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. List four factors that increase a person’s vulnerability to particulate matter in their environment, and four health impacts that have been established
  2. Describe the two primary ways the particulate matter is quantified as part of air quality assessment and the limitations of each
  3. Given a case study involving an existing home with a high outdoor particle impact, propose a low-cost (<$1,000) and a higher cost ($1,000 – $5,000) mitigation strategy
  4. Identify four factors to consider when retrofitting a forced air duct system with a high MERV filter

PRESENTER: Bill Turner, President / CEO, Turner Building Science and Design, LLC, Harrison, ME

Bill received his B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from Northeastern University and served for ten years on the research staff of Harvard University School of Public Health. During that time he conducted longitudinal air quality studies inside and outside of homes in six cities, evaluating particles, VOCs, and gases associated with combustion and other sources. Since then, Bill has focused on building science, sustainability, and resilience issues, including energy use, indoor air quality,moisture, building shell design, net zero buildings, building commissioning, and forensic air quality evaluations. His experience includes rebuilding existing homes and other buildings and designing new buildings. He has published and lectured extensively.

RESPONDENT: Tom Phillips, ROCIS Principal Investigator, Schools/Commercial Focus, Davis, CA

Tom has spent his career at the intersection of research and policy, addressing public health, pollution, and buildings. At the California Air Resources Board from 1985 to 2009, he updated air quality standards and wrote IAQ guidelines for homes.  He served as technical advisor for green building programs and large exposure studies, and he helped develop an ozone test method and emission standard for air cleaners.  He also designed and managed research contracts on exposure, activity patterns, and building ventilation.  Since 2010, as principal at Healthy Building Research, Tom has focused on resilient building design and operation and on indoor environmental quality in low energy buildings.

Thanks to The Heinz Endowments for its support of the ROCIS initiative, Reducing Outdoor Contaminants in Indoor Spaces, and this webinar series

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