Infrastructure & Utilities Coordination Working Group

First Draft of CONNECT's Regional Climate Action Plan (feedback encouraged)

The CONNECT Regional Climate Action Plan, developed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, is a draft plan that aims to help Allegheny County’s local governments address climate change. CONNECT submitted the first draft of the plan, and presented it to the Executive Committee and the Infrastructure & Utilities Coordination Working Group, the last week of July 2021.

Explore ways your local government can implement sustainability and climate action in your community by clicking on the sections you are interested in below.

Executive Summary & Goals
Municipal/Commercial/Industrial Buildings
Residential Buildings
Materials Management
Water & Wastewater Management
Transportation
Land Use & Climate Adaptation
Equity
Full Plan (Including GHG Inventory, community vulnerabilities, methodology, references, etc.)

Feedback, edits, and inquiries are encouraged! To submit or suggest edits, download this Word doc of the plan. Edit the Word doc directly; it will track your changes. Then email the document to Eric at ejr73@pitt.edu.

Take CONNECT's Regional Climate Action Plan Survey

Make your voice heard!

What can our region do about climate change and the vulnerabilities it creates in our communities? This survey will only take about 5 minutes and will help our local governments plan for our future. Anyone who resides or owns a business in Allegheny County is invited to take the survey.

Regional Climate Action Plan

In the last years, 6 CONNECT communities (Munhall, West Homestead, Millvale, Etna, Sharpsburg, Pittsburgh) inventoried their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and developed individualized plans to guide future emissions reductions in their jurisdictions. Starting in 2020, CONNECT joined with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and ICLEI to complete a Regional GHG Inventory and Climate Action Plan that represents all CONNECT communities and will help members reach their economic and environmental sustainability goals. Then, CONNECT worked with utility companies on behalf of our members to compile their emissions and water data. Now, we are drafting a Regional Climate Action Plan with input from many local governments and partners.

Join us at the next I&U Working Group meeting on July 29th at 1pm to give us your feedback on the draft. Connect with us if you are interested in leading this work.

Finalized and passed Climate Action Plans through the DEP's Local Climate Action Program:

Resources

Stormwater

The first is stormwater regionalization and management. Flooding is a perfect example of something that cannot be solved at the municipal level. CONNECT partners with 3 Rivers Wet Weather, ALCOSAN, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, Allegheny County Conservation District, students from our home in the Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, and other partners to make state policy recommendations. We also highlight available green infrastructure funding to municipalities. 

Coordinate PA

Our second active issue in this working group is implementing PA One Call's CoordinatePA software. Has it ever happened where your municipality's public works paves a road in the spring, and in the fall, a utility company needs to rip it up to do maintanence and then re-pave it? Coordinate PA find opportunities for utility providors and municipalities to work together and save construction time and share costs. It is most effective when everyone uses it, so CONNECT has made it a goal to get all of our members feeling comfortable utilizing the software.

Other issues

Our members care about other infrastructure & utilities issues as well. While we have the capacity to fully engage in one or two policy items per working group, other areas CONNECT keeps members up to date on include joint energy purchasing, available grants for municipal infrastructure projects, and seeing the completion of the last decade's sewer regionalization project with ALCOSAN.

Next Subcommittee Meeting

Monday, September 20, 12:00-1:00pm
Everyone is welcome. Please register.