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Working Together for Clean Water: How Communities & Businesses are Addressing the Region's Stormwater Problem


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Thursday, April 27


8:00 am - 11:00 am

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



3300 Preble Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Getting There

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NOTE: Public transportation options may be limited. We encourage attendees to carpool when driving.

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Parking is available at the ALCOSAN facility.

NOTE: Attendees are encouraged to carpool.


$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

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Sustainable Pittsburgh is teaming up with ALCOSAN for this month’s GWC workshop!  Attend to learn how your organization can earn GWC points while helping to fix the shared challenge of sewer overflows in the region, resulting in cleaner rivers, healthier people, and potential cost savings for your organization. 

The GWC Playbook offers several actions for competitors from all sectors to mitigate their stormwater impact while getting ahead in the GWC competition.  For an in-depth look at several examples, workshop participants will hear first-hand from area businesses, communities and municipal leaders about collaborative projects and case studies.

The region’s sewer system is complex.  It is shared among 83 local municipalities and authorities who own and operate their own collection sewers; thousands of property owners, with sewers of varied ages and structures; and ALCOSAN, which owns and operates the major sewer interceptors and wastewater treatment facility.  When it rains or snows the sewer systems are overwhelmed, resulting in diluted sewage mixed with stormwater and groundwater overflowing into local rivers and streams.  The solution to this problem requires multiple sectors working together.  This workshop provides insight as to what is currently being done to solve the challenge and practical options for how organizations can get involved to make a positive difference.

Join Sustainable Pittsburgh and ALCOSAN for this April 27 event and be sure to invite your co-workers to earn more points.  After presentations conclude, participants are invited to join ALCOSAN for a tour of the facility.

All are invited. Participation in the Green Workplace Challenge is not required.

Featured Presenters

Tim Prevost, Manager of Wet Weather Programs, ALCOSAN

William Rossey, Borough Manager, Borough of Sharpsburg

Kanak Iyer, Ph.D., President, Kanakadhara Financial

Patrick Rakszawski, Architect, AE Works

Preliminary Agenda

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

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

8:35 am - 8:50 am Welcome to ALCOSAN

8:50 am - 9:00 am Q&A

9:00 am - 9:15 am Green Infrastructure

9:15 am - 9:20 am Q&A

9:20 am - 9:35 am Sharpsburg's Ravine Street Project

9:35 am - 9:40 am Q&A

9:40 am - 9:55 am Small Business Case Study: Saving Money with Rain Barrels

9:55 am - 10:00 am Q&A

10:00 am - 10:15 am Green Roof Case Study: Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum

10:15 am - 10:20 am Q&A

10:20 am - 11:05 am Follow Your Flush: Tour of the ALCOSAN Facility

GWC Actions

Participants in this workshop will learn supplementary information that may aid in the completion of the following Green Workplace Challenge 4.0 actions:

EN29: Install a cool or green roof (1 to 10 points)

WA4: Reduce your organization’s water usage (10 to 1925 points)

WA15: Reuse greywater and rainwater for irrigation, toilet flushing or other uses (1 point)

WA20: Create stormwater management landscaping (1 to 10 points)

WA21: Use rain barrels (1 point)

WA22: Install a green roof (1 to 10 points)

WA23: Use porous paving to reduce stormwater impacts (10 points)

WA25: Attend an ALCOSAN sponsored event to learn about the region’s Clean Water Plan (1 to 5 points)

WA26: Tour ALCOSAN’s wastewater treatment facility (1 to 5 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.

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