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Last week, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its comprehensive draft City-Wide Green First Plan for public comment. This week — courtesy of the Sierra Club — you have the opportunity to hear Tim Duggan of Phronesis Design describe the benefits of a green approach. Duggan is a major architect of Kansas City’s Clean And Green approach to controlling the wet weather sewage overflow by maximizing green infrastructure and neighborhood investment.

He was in Pittsburgh in March at an event called “Beyond Tunnel Vision: Good Jobs and Green Communities – Lessons from Kansas City,” held at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden. From the Post-Gazette article about that event:

“An adaptive management plan that front loads green solutions and fixes for the problem is the best approach for any city,” said Mr. Duggan, noting that Kansas City, Mo., is about six years ahead of Alcosan in implementing a green approach. “It’s not a case of gray tunnels versus rain barrels or rain gardens. It needs to be both. But the strategy behind doing green infrastructure projects first is that it allows you to scale back the gray.”


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The Sierra Club notes that the work to bring green solutions to the ALCOSAN sewer fix is at a critical stage. That’s why they’re hosting Mr. Duggan, tomorrow, at the First Unitarian Church. They want as many as possible to hear him explain how a green approach will “not only stop the pollution of our waterways by sewage, but also will solve our flooding problems, bring multiple other benefits to our communities, and fight climate change locally.”

There will be a Q&A session after Mr. Duggan’s presentation.

To register for this event, please click here.

And, don’t forget that you have the opportunity to comment on the City’s Green First plan. You can read it here and submit your comments by email at greeninfrastructure@pgh2o.com.

Sierra Club’s Presentation of the Clean and Green Plan
When: Wednesday, December 07, 2016, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: First Unitarian Church, 605 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Register: Here