University of Pittsburgh

Building Sustainable Neighborhoods: Powering Sustainable Development in Allegheny County

The University of Pittsburgh School of Law Innovation Practice Institute and Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law Present
February 13, 2012 - 8:30am4:00pm
Phipps Conservatory
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Don’t miss this compelling discussion as legislators, innovators, and industry experts collaborate to foster insightful solutions to capitalize on Allegheny County’s potential to be a leader in sustainable growth and energy development.

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This forum is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided for a fee of $10. The fee is waived for students.

This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for six (6) hours of substantive credit. The cost to obtain CLE for the morning or afternoon session is $30; cost to obtain CLE for full-day attendance is $60. Checks should be made payable to the University of Pittsburgh

Agenda

8:30AM - 9:00AM REGISTRATION/BREAKFAST

9:00AM - 9:15AM OPENING REMARKS

  • Mary Crossley, Dean, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Richard Piacentini, Executive Director, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Tara Tighe, Editor-in-Chief, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law

9:15AM - 9:45AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS 
The Transition to Renewable and Alternative Energy

  • Mike Doyle, U.S Congressman, 14th Congressional District of Pennsylvania

9:45AM - 10:15AM PANEL DISCUSSION
Local Energy Initiatives: Power Grid Infrastructure and Integration

  • MODERATOR
    • Ken Zapinski, Senior Vice President, Allegheny Conference on Community Development
  • PANELISTS
    • Gregory Reed, Director, Power & Energy Initiative; Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering
    • Nathaniel S. Doyno, Director of Business Development, AllFacilities Energy Group (AFEG)
    • John Metzger, Director of Nuclear Engineering, University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering
    • Carolyn Pengidore, President & CEO, ClearChoice Energy
    • Colin Huwyler, Founder & CEO, Optimus Technologies

10:15AM - 10:30AM BREAK

10:30AM - 10:45AM POLICY SPOTLIGHT

  • Douglas Shields, Former Member of the Pittsburgh City Council

10:45AM - 11:30AM PANEL DISCUSSION
The Sustainability of Natural Gas Development

  • MODERATOR –
    • Jim Roddey, Principal, ParenteBeard; Allegheny County Executive (2000 – 2004) Co-Chair of the Marcellus Shale Roundtable
  • PANELISTS
    • Paul King, President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
    • David Wagner, Attorney, Reed Smith
    • Jill Kriesky, PhD, Senior Project Manager, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
    • Steve Forde, Vice President, Policy & Communications, Marcellus Shale Coalition
    • Matt Pitzarella, Director of Corporate Communications, Range Resources

11:30AM - 12:00PM PANEL DISCUSSION
University Research – At the Vanguard of Regional Development

  • MODERATOR
    • Christina Gabriel, President, University Energy Partnership
  • PANELISTS
    • Eric Beckman, Co-Director, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation; Professor, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering
    • Volker Hartkopf, Professor of Architecture; Director, Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Robert Sroufe, Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness, Duquesne University MBA Sustainability Program

12:00PM - 1:00PM LUNCH

12:15PM - 12:45PM LUNCH SPOTLIGHT
Preserving Historical Roots in the Face of Innovation

  • Rob Pfaffmann, President, Pfaffmann + Associates; Former President, Preservation Pittsburgh; Board of Advisors, Preservation Pennsylvania

12:55PM - 1:00PM AFTERNOON OPENING REMARKS

  • Justine Kasznica, Executive Director, Innovation Practice Institute

1:00PM - 1:30PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Pennsylvania: Capitalizing on Innovation Without Sacrificing Environmental Resources

  • Michael Krancer, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

1:30PM - 1:45PM GREEN INNOVATORS SPOTLIGHT

  • Thomas Bartnik, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Green Innovators

1:45PM - 2:30PM PANEL DISCUSSION
Green Buildings: Investment and Payback (1:45PM – 2:30PM)

  • MODERATOR
    • Mike Schiller, Executive Director, Green Building Alliance
  • PANELISTS
    • John Greenwald, President, Mechanical Operations & Consulting
    • Tom Tighe, former Director of Stationary Affairs, International Union of Operating Engineers
    • Bill Cagney, Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 95
    • Melissa Bilec, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation

2:30PM - 2:45PM BREAK

2:45PM - 3:30MPM PANEL DISCUSSION
Growing the Green Economy: Green Jobs and Economic Development

  • MODERATOR
    • Matt Smuts, Sustainable Design Coordinator, Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • PANELISTS
    • Bill Miller, Vice President, Pittsburgh Gateways
    • Andrew Butcher, Chief Executive Officer/Founding Principal, GTECH
    • Jeaneen Zappa, Sustainability Manager, Allegheny County
    • Allison Robinson, Director of Environmental Initiatives, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

3:30PM - 4:00PM PANEL DISCUSSION
Growing the Green Economy -  Social Enterprise (3:30PM – 4:00PM)

  • MODERATOR
    • Bill Peduto, Pittsburgh City Council Member
  • PANELISTS
    • Tim Zak, Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Institute for Social Innovation, Carnegie Mellon UniversityJulie Butcher Pezzino, Executive Director, Grow Pittsburgh
    • Julie Butcher Pezzino, Executive Director, Grow Pittsburgh
    • Abe Taleb, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, ReWork
    • Raymar Hampshire, CEO & Co-founder, SponsorChange.org
    • Nathan Martin, CEO and Creative Director, deeplocal

4:00PM - 4:30PM RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT
National Academies of Science Framework for Sustainability at EPA: The Green Book

  • Bernard Goldstein, Professor and Dean Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

4:20PM - 4:30PM CLOSING REMARKS

  • Tara Tighe,Editor-in-Chief, Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law
  • Justine Kasznica, Executive Director, Innovation Practice Institute

 

This forum is being generously underwritten by the following organizations as well as the Reed Smith Energy Innovation Fund.

      

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