GWC 4.0 Workshop 9

Sustainability on a Budget: How to Implement Low-Cost Initiatives and Find Funding for More

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Date

Wednesday, May 24

Time

8:00 am - 11:00 am

(8:00 am - 8:30 am: Registration, Networking & Breakfast)

Location

Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office

1520 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cost

$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

Overview

Many sustainable practices can be implemented for free, or at a very low cost. Other practices may be eligible for financial assistance or tax incentives. For instance, employers and employees can save tax dollars by taking advantage of the Commuter Choice pre-tax benefit.

How can your organization leverage free or low-cost actions to help fund more high-impact but expensive sustainable improvements? What’s more, how can employers find funding opportunities such as grants or loans for such improvements? Participants in this workshop learned how to fund sustainability initiatives using a variety of funding sources and strategies.

All were invited. Participation in the Green Workplace Challenge was not required.

Featured Presenters

Jamie Colecchi, Community Assistance Manager, Southwestern PA Commission

Julie Collins, Housing Development Coordinator, Allegheny County Economic Development

Lauren Connelly, Manger, Business Development Division, Allegheny County Economic Development

Kevon Copeland, Senior Business Development Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Kevin Gurchak, Vice President of Sustaianbility and Natural Resources, Allegheny County Airport Authority

Matt Hannigan, Co-Founder and Deputy Director, The Sprout Fund

Todd Kirkpatrick, C&I Energy Efficiency Program Manager, First Energy

Mary Ellen Ramage, Borough Manager, Borough of Etna

A. Secrest on behalf of Miriam Parson, Pittsburgh Action Stratgist, IOBY (In Our Back Yard) Pittsburgh

Quianna Wasler, Facade Program Manager, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Agenda

8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration, networking and breakfast

8:30 am – 8:35 am Welcome and Introduction

Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

8:35 am – 8:45 am Allegheny County Economic Development Programs: Small Business Loans, Active Allegheny Grant Program, Vacant Property Recovery Program, Allegheny Together and Allegheny Grows

Lauren Connelly, Manager, Business Development Division, Allegheny County Economic Development

Julie Collins, Housing Development Coordinator, Allegheny County Economic Development

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8:45 am – 8:50 am Q&A

8:50 am – 9:00 am Funding Sources for Small Municipalities: A Development Case Study

Mary Ellen Ramage, Borough Manager, Borough of Etna

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9:00 am – 9:05 am Q&A

9:05 am – 9:15 am Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh: Funding for Façade Improvements, Business Development and more

Quianna Wasler, Façade Program Manager, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

Kevon Copeland, Senior Business Development Specialist, Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

9:15 am – 9:20 am Q&A

9:20 am – 9:30 am Opportunities for Energy Efficiency and Improvement

Todd Kirkpatrick, C&I Energy Efficiency Program Manager, First Energy

9:30 am – 9:35 am Q&A

9:35 am – 9:45 am Case Study: Large-Scale Energy Savings and Solutions

Kevin Gurchak, Vice President of Sustainability and Natural Resources, Allegheny County Airport Authority

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9:45 am – 9:50 am Q&A

9:50 am – 10:00 am Conservation Consultants, Inc.: Energy Audits for Smaller-Scale Improvements

A. D. Secrest on behalf of Tammy Lee, Coordinator of Market Initiatives, Conservation Consultants, Inc.

Questions can be directed to: KathrynF@getenergysmarter.org or TammyL@getenergysmarter.org

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10:00 am – 10:05 am Q&A

10:05 am – 10:15 am Designing Small-Scale Programs for Maximum Impact

Matt Hannigan, Co-Founder and Director, The Sprout Fund

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10:15 am – 10:20 am Q&A

10:20 am – 10:30 am Crowdfunding: Building Support for your Big Idea

A. D. Secrest on behalf of Miriam Parson, Pittsburgh Action Strategist, IOBY (In Our Back Yard) Pittsburgh

Questions can be directed to miriam.parson@ioby.org

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10:30 am – 10:40 am Do-it-Yourself: Developing a “Green Fund” in Your Workplace

Jamie Colecchi, Green Team Leader, Southwestern PA Commission

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10:40 am – 10:45 am Q&A

10:45 am – 11:00 am Closing Remarks

GWC Actions

Participants in this workshop learned supplementary information to aid in the completion of the following Green Workplace Challenge 4.0 actions:

E12: Apply for sustainability focused grants (1 to 10 points)

E14: Establish a “Green Fund” (5 points)

EN34: Conduct an energy audit (20 points)

EN35: Implement suggestions from your energy audit (1 point)

M13: Institute sustainable landscape maintenance practices for parks and municipal grounds (2 points)

M15: Develop walking and biking trails (1 to 5 points)

M20: Adopt a multi-municipal comprehensive plan as an official map (3 points)

Earn points for attending this workshop:

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