Pittsburgh has become a leader in green innovation, with ambitious goals for further progress on energy efficiency and sourcing, waste reduction, smart development, technology, diversity, resilience, and other fronts.
For the 54th Sustainability Salon, we'll welcome back Mayor Bill Peduto to talk about Pittsburgh's sustainability initiatives, including the Smart Cities project. We'll also have Pittsburgh's Senior Resilience Coordinator Rebecca Kiernan and ResilienceCorps Fellow Alex Cupo with more insights from Grant Street, and Eva Westheimer of Food & Water Watch to bring everyone up to date on the plans for next weekend's March for a Clean Energy Revolution -- before we break for a great potluck supper. Please read on for more info!
The 55th Sustainability Salon will take place on August 13th, and as is our summertime tradition we'll have a more relaxed event with no speakers, just free-flowing conversation and the usual potluck and music.
Another note, then on to the Salon basics. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Roger Westman, former head of the Air Quality Division of the Allegheny County Health Department and until quite recently one of the leading advocates for solar power in our region. He spoke about Solarize Allegheny at the 45th Sustainability Salon last October (pictured here). Continuing to tread lightly on the earth, he was recently laid to rest at the Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, the first green cemetery in Pennsylvania.
Bring food and/or drink to share if you can, along with musical instruments if you play. Check back on MarensList (where you can find information on all sorts of environmental and social justice events) for updates. And if you aren't yet on my list, if you're interested in Sustainability Salons (and our occasional house concert, simply contact me and I'll put you on my email list.
Sustainability Salon is an educational forum; a venue for discussion and debate about important environmental issues; it's a house party with an environmental theme. We usually have featured speakers on various aspects of a topic, interspersed with stimulating conversation, lively debate, delectable potluck food and drink, and music-making through the evening.
Past topics have included fossil energy infrastructure, getting money out of politics, community solar power and the Solarize Allegheny program, the Paris climate negotiations (before, during, and after), air quality (again, with news on the autism connection), reuse (of things and substances), neighborhood-scale food systems, other forms of green community revitalization, solar power, climate change, environmental art, environmental education (Part I & Part II), community mapping projects, environmental journalism, grassroots action, Marcellus shale development and community rights, green building, air quality, health care, more solar power, trees and park stewardship, alternative energy and climate policy, regional watershed issues, fantastic film screenings and discussions (often led by filmmakers) over the winter with Rachel Carson and the Power Of One Voice, Triple Divide on fracking, You've Been Trumped and A Dangerous Game, A Fierce Green Fire, Sustainability Pioneers, films on consumption, Living Downstream, Bidder 70, YERT, Gas Rush Stories, and food, food, food, food, food, food, food, food, and more food (a recurrent theme; with California running out of water, we'd better gear up to produce a lot more of our own!).
Quite a few people have asked me what sorts of food to bring -- and my answer, as always, is whatever inspires you; I believe in the "luck" part of potlucks. Tasty noshings for the afternoon, hearty main dishes or scrumptious salads and sides for dinner, baked goods from biscuits and breads to brownies or baklava -- and/or beverages of any kind: wine, beer, hard or sweet cider (the latter we can mull if you like), juice, tea, whatever. The more the merrier! Local fare is always particularly welcome, whether homegrown or boughten. Dishes containing meat or dairy are fine, though if it isn't really obvious please make a note of it.