The City of Pittsburgh is proud to host this year’s APWA Sustainability in Public Works Conference
June 25-27.The city is home to one of the most dramatic environmental transformations in the world. So extreme was its makeover, in fact, that the city was named among the 20 great places in the world to experience in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler
Over the past half-century, the Pittsburgh region has undergone an incredible urban environmental transformation. Once known as the “Smoky City,” it’s now considered America’s “Most Livable City,” and it continues to rank among the top 10 cities in the United States for green certified building space. While there is more work to do, the story of the historic public-private partnerships that transformed the environment of this region is an inspiring tale of an urban renaissance that saved a major American city from environmental catastrophe.
Pittsburgh has set an example by renewing, reclaiming and redeveloping its environment through a series of lasting public-private partnerships going back more than 65 years—from the first air quality legislation to robust reclamation of Brownfield sites and river cleanups during the past 25 years. Today Pittsburgh is the materials innovator and supplier for a greener global economy, leveraging world-class manufacturing capabilities to create better-performing green products and building technologies. Pittsburgh is a “Top 10 Metro” for Green Jobs (Global Insight
) and Pennsylvania has more than 5,000 green building product manufacturers employing 200,000 people.
About APWA Sustainability Conference
Amid the continuing national debate on infrastructure, sustainability has become an important strategic imperative helping communities meet the demands for economic, social and environmental responsibilities. At this conference you will hear about the latest innovations in sustainability tools, practices and resources. Developed with the APWA Center for Sustainability, this conference is designed to provide public works professionals with the up-to-the-minute skills, networking and sustainable infrastructure case studies that create and maintain healthy communities.
This year’s Keynote Session on June 25th
at 5:30 p.m. will feature Mayor Patrick Henry Hays of North Little Rock, Arkansas, who is also President and Chairman of the Board of ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability USA. He will speak about public works’ role in sustainable communities’ leadership. Hays is a major voice who speaks out on sustainable communities, economic prosperity and common sense, so I urge you to join this special highlight of this year’s Sustainability Conference.
If you are interested in participating in APWA’s Fourth Annual Sustainability Conference (www.apwa.net/sustainability
) to go to the conference registration area. As a participant, you can attend all of the over 30 educational sessions on sustainable public works, such as Constructed Wetlands, How One Small Community Saved BIG Bucks on CSO Long-term Control Plan, Go Green Without Going Extreme, PlanitGreen: A Two Community Sustainability Plan Thinking Seven Generations Ahead, Innovate, Educate, and Implement a Sustainable Diverging Diamond Interchange, Sustainable Vs. Conventional, A Matrix for Decision-Making, Effective and Sustainable Public-Private Partnerships, and much more!
Also, there will be three APWA Technical Tours on Monday, June 25th
from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., which will have limited space but will include a Classroom Workshop/Walking Tour of the Allegheny County Green Roof, a Walking Workshop/Tour of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and the North Park Lake – Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration (Bus Transportation Provided).
We look forward to seeing you there in Pittsburgh for this year’s Sustainability Conference! You can plan toattend today by registering for the conference online at: www.apwa.net/sustainability