Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Event Overview: Smart Energy Use for a Healthier Business Climate and Clean Air
Cost: $45 for C4S/Sustainable Pittsburgh Members
Free for Green Workplace Challenge Participants
Students: Special Rate
Breakfast and Lunch Provided
Event Summary (will be posted shortly)
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- How can I better manage utility costs to free up operating dollars?
- Why is air quality an important consideration for business operations?
- What are the risks to not having an energy strategy for my business?
“Smart Energy Use for a Healthier Business Climate and Clean Air” features industry leaders sharing insights to their achievements and practical advice for smarter ways to use energy and save money. Speakers include national visionaries presenting a strong business case for energy and air quality programs in the workplace, local corporate leaders who have risen to the top of the leaderboard of the Green Workplace Challenge, as well as small business owners who have reduced their energy expenses, giving them more capital to operate their businesses.
This workshop will benefit professionals, managers, and corporate and community leaders from all sectors (manufacturing, tech, pharmaceutical, etc.) who are interested in gaining knowledge and how-to assistance on a variety of topics related to energy management programs that reduce costs, open up new opportunities, and improve air quality.
The private sector has been a leading force in Southwestern Pennsylvania’s transformation from its industrial past to a present-day balanced economy and higher quality of life. Business leaders have taken on tough, interlocking issues in order to achieve economic development goals.
One remaining challenge is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s air quality. Despite many regional, sustainability-driven improvements, the region’s air quality continues to rank among the worst in the nation. Regional private sector leaders recognize that their future workforce’s talent, health, and competitiveness necessitate improving the region’s air quality.
The good news is that there are short-term, bottom-line economic benefits to implementing practices that simultaneously save money and improve air quality. Smart energy practices bind the nexus of short term cost savings and air quality improvements, as well as long term healthier communities where future employees choose to live.
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Agenda - With Presentations
Bios of All Participants
7:30 – 8:00 Registration and Breakfast
8:00 – 8:10 Welcome and Background on the Air Quality Series
8:10 – 8:45 Keynote Strategy Address
Rocky Mountain Institute
8:45 – 9:00 Q&A
9:00 – 9:05 Green Workplace Challenge Leaderboard reveal
9:05 – 9:10 GWC Total Impact of the Competition through May 2012
9:10 – 9:30 Clean Air Strategy Address
Clean Air Task Force
9:30 – 9:40 Q&A
9:40 – 9:50 Break
9:50 – 10:05 Breathe Project Participation
Manager of Corporate Sustainability
The PNC Financial Services Group
10:05– 10:45 Panel 1: Clean Air Quality Practice Panel
Utility Energy and Conservation Specialist
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership
Regional Markets, Energy Efficiency
10:45 – 10:55 Panel 1 Q&A
10:55 – 11:40 Panel 2: Clean Energy Leadership
Executive Vice President
pair Networks, Inc.
Site Facilities Planning Coordinator, Robinson Facilities
Director, Corporate Sustainability
Sustainability Process Manager
11:40 – 11:55 Panel 2 Q&A
11:55 Survey of participants on energy and clean air practices
12:00 Lunch with discussion group breakout sessions on clean air and clean energy topics
12:45 Event summation and take aways
About the Business of Clean Air Series
The C4S Air Quality Series Planning Committee is organizing a series of workshops that advance the mutually reinforcing agendas of sustainability and air quality in Southwestern Pennsylvania. This effort, sparked by interest from some of the region’s businesses and leaders in the Breathe Project, has garnered support for organizing informative workshops that focus on sustainable solutions that improve air quality and business operations. The C4S Series will feature business operational practices that save energy, save money, and improve the region’s air quality.
Student registation and other questions, please contact:
Matthew M. Mehalik, Ph.D., Program Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh firstname.lastname@example.org