GWC 4.0 Workshop 7

Air Quality: Creating Healthy Spaces



Thursday, March 30


4:00 PM - 7:30 PM

(4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Registration, Networking & hors d'oeuvres)


August Wilson Center for African American Culture

980 Liberty Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


$10.00 for Green Workplace Challenge Participants

$25.00 for Sustainable Pittsburgh Member/GWC Non-Participant

$35.00 for Sustainable Pittsburgh Non-Member/GWC Non-Participant


The Pittsburgh region has become known for its environmental transformation. However, our region still struggles with high levels of ground-level ozone pollution and fine particulate pollution (PM2.5). As reported in the 2016 Southwestern Pennsylvania Sustainability Goals and Indicators Report,

“All seven Pittsburgh MSA counties were listed as being in nonattainment with National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone in 2015. Allegheny County was one of only 20 U.S. counties in nonattainment of the current PM2.5 standard.”

These pollutants not only create unhealthy conditions outdoors, but they can negatively influence productivity and quality of life indoors. Poor air quality also impacts our region’s ability to attract and retain a talented workforce.

Fortunately, there are several actions our region’s organizations can take to mitigate these impacts. Attendees joined Sustainable Pittsburgh to learn more about how air quality is impacting our region's health, and how to improve air quality, productivity and quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania. This workshop also examined how the region's organizations and individuals can participate in research that will help our region improve air quality far into the future.

Featured Presenters

Chris Champagne, Air Quality Impact Area Leader, AEWorks

Beatrice Dias, Project Director, SmellPGH, The Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Filippini, Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)

Zaheen Hussain, Sustainability Coordinator, Millvale Community Library

Abby Lawler-Morycz, Sustainability Specialist, Allegheny County

Marcel Minutolo, Associate Professor of Management, Robert Morris University

Ron Sarrick, Sustainability Administrator, Township of Upper St. Clair

Jeaneen Zappa, Executive Director, Conservation Consultants, Inc.


4:00 pm – 4:30 pm Registration, networking and hors d’oeuvres

4:30 pm – 4:35 pm Welcome and Introduction

Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

4:35 pm – 4:55 pm Improving Air Quality in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Rachel Filippini, Executive Director, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP)

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4:55 pm – 5:00 pm Q&A

What’s New in Regional Air Quality Research?

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm SmellPGH: CREATELab’s App for Reporting What You Smell

Beatrice Dias, Project Director, SmellPGHThe Robotics InstituteCarnegie Mellon University

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5:15 pm – 5:20 pm: Q&A

5:20 pm – 5:35 pm Millvale Air Quality Baseline Study: Findings and Future Directions

Zaheen Hussain, Sustainability Coordinator, Millvale Community Library 

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5:35 – 5:40 pm: Q&A

Getting Involved: Participating in Research and Reducing Air Pollution

5:45 pm – 6:20 pm ROCIS: What We Learned from Monitoring Air at Home and in the Office

Panel Discussion facilitated by Marcel Minutolo, Associate Professor of Management, Robert Morris University

6:20 pm – 6:30 pm Green Workplace Challenge Standings: Air Quality Ribbon-Earners and Action Submissions

Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

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6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Networking and hors d’oeuvres in Donor Lounge

GWC Actions

Participants in this workshop learned supplementary information that could help in the completion of the following Green Workplace Challenge 4.0 actions:

AQ1: Monitor indoor particulate matter in your home or office (5 points)

AQ2: Monitor radon in your home or office (5 points)

AQ3: Monitor carbon dioxide in your home or office (5 points)

AQ4: Monitor carbon monoxide in your home or office (5 points)

AQ6: Share and / or present your monitoring data (2 to 4 points)

AQ10: Conduct a post-intervention air quality assessment (5 to 20 points)

AQ12: Interpret data from your monitoring period (1 to 4 points)

AQ13: Write an air quality intervention and improvement plan (5 points)

AQ18: Install a radon mitigation system (10 points)

AQ26: Advocate for better air quality in your neighborhood (5 points)

AQ27: Sign up for action day forecasts (1 to 10 points)

AQ28: Implement Air Quality Flagging program at your organization (3 points)

Earn points for attending this workshop:

Additional points were awarded for GWC participants who attended workshops with action, E33: Attend GWC Workshops (1 to 32 points). Large and medium organizations received 1 point for every 5 employees who attended. Small and micro organizations are awarded 1 point for every 20% of employees who attended. Employers were eligible to earn even more points when employees share the event on social media. See the GWC Master Playbook for full details.