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THRIVE: Sustainable Energy, Jobs & Economic Development Symposium

thrive-coverHeld on May 19, 2016 at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh.

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The symposium included a tour of the EIC, which is a green renovation of the former Connelley trade high school. The tour was guided by Penn State Center Pittsburgh’s Cindy Hasenjager.
There was also a small group strategic planning and policy discussion session. Kimberly Kipin-Mcdonald who works in Sustainable Business Development for Covestro gave tour-goers insight into the building materials used in converting the building for LEED platinum certification.

Welcome Symposium

Welcome Remarks: Heather Harr LWVPA Project Director

 Hon. Jim Ferlo V.P. Pittsburgh Green Innovators
 Dr. Deno De Ciantis Director, Penn State Center Pittsburgh
Suzanne Almeida Executive Director, League of Women Voters of PA
Introduction Vera Bonnet  
 Vera Bonnet Chair, LWV Indiana County Environmental Issues
Introduction Ed Johnstonbaugh
Renewable Energy – Solar, Wind, GeoThermal, Small Scale Hydro, BioMass & BioGas
Ed Johnstonbaugh Renewable Energy Educator, Penn State Extension
Introduction Hon. Corey O’Connor
 Sustainable Economic Development – Pittsburgh, Paris, Plans, Projects and Progress
Hon. Corey O’Connor Pittsburgh City Councilman
Closing Remarks
Introduction Patricia DeMarco  


 “The Just Transition” – Transitioning Workers from Fossil Fuel
Patricia DeMarco PhD Visiting Scholar, CMU Institute for Green Sciences
Introduction Matthew Maroon
Batteries, Storage and Grids
Matthew Maroon V.P. Aquion Energy
Natl. Energy Leadership Corps Home Energy Audit & Retrofit Job Training Program



Introduction Cindy Hasenjager
Cindy Hasenjager Manager, Renewable & Alt. Energy, Penn State Center
Solar in W. PA, and Environmental Entrepreneurs’ Clean Energy Jobs Report
Sharon Pillar President, Solar Unified Network of W PA, & E2
Policy Panel
Ed Johnstonbaugh, Hon. Jim Ferlo, Mario Leone Jr. (Monaca Borough Manager)
Best Practices
Jim Price Sustainable Community Certification Program, Sustainable Pittsburgh
Vera Bonnet League of Women Voters Indiana County Sustainable Energy Inventory, EcoTourism
Commentary: Khari Mosley, BlueGreen Alliance; Anna J. Siefken, Green Building
Alliance; Lindsay Baxter, Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Suzanne Almeida Executive Director, League of Women Voters of PA

Suzanne Almeida


Kimberly Kipin-Mcdonald giving a tour.

Ed Johnstonbaugh

Dr. Patricia DeMarco

Dr. Patricia DeMarco

Matthew Maroon

Matthew Maroon

Hon. Corey O’Connor

Hon. Corey O’Connor