Infrastructure & Utilities Coordination Working Group

Final Draft of CONNECT's Climate Action Plan Is Complete!

The CONNECT Climate Action Plan, developed in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability, is a 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. Suggested changes from members and partners were then incorporated into a second version of the Draft Plan before Dec 9th, 2021. Final visual edits were incorporated into a third and final draft voted on and formally adopted by our members via Resolution 22-05 at CONNECT's 12th Annual Legislative Session!

Explore ways your local government can implement sustainability and climate action in your community by clicking on the Plan and a shortened version below:

CONNECT Climate Action Brief 

CONNECT Climate Action Plan Full

 

We thank everyone who provided their input throughout this process. You can still click on the comment links below to see comments.

Visit the links below to view our replies to your comments, suggested changes, and conversations from those who left feedback on the previous Drafts!

2nd Draft CONNECT Climate Action Plan Brief                 (View Comments Here)

Recommended Climate Actions 1-Pager         (View Comments Here)

2nd Draft Full Plan (Including Exec. Summary, Vulnerability Assessment, Official Inventory, and Appendices)                (View Comments Here)

1st Draft Full Plan (Including Exec. Summary, Vulnerability Assessment, Official Inventory, and Appendices)    (View Comments Here)

Take CONNECT's Regional Climate Action Plan Survey (Closed)

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 few years, 7 CONNECT communities (Etna, Forest Hills, Millvale, Munhall, Sharpsburg, West Homestead, and the City of 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. CONNECT has worked with utility companies on behalf of our members to compile their emissions and water data and we are drafting a CONNECT Climate Action Plan with input from many local governments and partners.

Join us at our next I&U Working Group meeting, CAP Subcommittee Meeting, or 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.