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September 2023

Emerald Evening 2023

September 21, 2023 | 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
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Join us on September 21 for the 30th anniversary of the go-to sustainability networking event of the year, celebrating three decades of healthy and high-performing spaces in Western Pennsylvania. During this special evening, the GBA will celebrate the dedication of the individual and acknowledge the power of our community – the collection of people, partnerships, and projects that together are working to address climate change, advance human health, achieve social equity, and create thriving economies.

Guests of Emerald Evening will have access to one of the world’s greenest buildings— the special events hall, the tropical rainforest, and the lush outdoor lower campus of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Treat your senses to the glory of an evening in one of our region’s most iconic spaces.

evolveEA is a proud sponsor of Emerald Evening 2023. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Greenbuild 2023

September 26, 2023 - September 29, 2023
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW Washington, DC 20001 + Google Map

This year, Greenbuild’s theme highlights the decades-long legacy and unwavering commitment of the green building movement to transforming the built environment to serve, prepare and protect our communities in a rapidly changing world.

Join the evolveEA team and thousands of others to create a more sustainable and resilient future, commemorate the USGBC’s 30th anniversary and mark the debut of LEED v5, the latest iteration of the LEED green building program that advances decarbonization, equity, health, biodiversity, and resilience in the built environment.

Greenbuild will take place September 26-29, 2023, in Washington, DC. For more information and to register, visit https://informaconnect.com/greenbuild.

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October 2023

APA PA 2023

October 15, 2023 - October 17, 2023
Hilton Scranton & Conference Center Scranton,

The Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is hosting its annual conference in Scranton, PA, October 15-17, 2023.

Members of evolveEA are presenting at these sessions:

An Innovative and Equitable Vision for Pittsburgh’s Riverfront
Sunday, October 15, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Incorporating Data-Driven Energy Decision-Making Into Communities With Diverse Priorities
Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

For more information and to register, visit this website.

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November 2023

Mpact Transit + Community Conference

November 5, 2023 - November 8, 2023
Mpact 2023 conference poster

Conference poster artwork by Tato Caraveo, an artist and musician who grew up in South Phoenix.

The Mpact Conference (formerly Rail~volution) is a national gathering focused on transit, connected mobility options and transit-oriented development. Through more than 60 conference sessions as well as plenaries and networking events, attendees delve into issues facing cities and regions everywhere, including climate change, transit-oriented development, housing affordability and designing cities around transit and emerging mobility options. This year’s conference is taking place November 5-8 in Phoenix, AZ.

More information can be found on the Mpact Conference webpage.

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What will we be talking about at the conference?

Here are some thoughts and projects we’ve shared, including a sneak peak at some of the content being presented by our team and colleagues from a variety of professions:



Transit Oriented Development: Form or Finance

What roles do density, transit, and zoning play in the affordability of housing?
This session will feature developers and policy experts strategies for affordability in transit oriented development.

Transit Station Accessible Design - evolveEA


Wayfinding and Transit Design: True Accessibility and Universal Design

As we design transit stations, it is important to remember that for many people with disabilities, several barriers remain in navigating to and within the pedestrian environment. Ron Brooks will be talking with Sarine Sahakian about new technology and wayfinding strategies.


Mobility + Transit Projects and Articles on evolveEA.com

Browse more of our mobility-focused content, including transit system planning, station area design, community planning and active transportation planning at all scales from neighborhood development to multi-county regions and beyond.


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2023 Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership Summit

November 9, 2023 - November 10, 2023
David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States

Transformative Leadership, Partnership, and Co-creation

The Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership (GPNP) biennial Summit offers an opportunity to connect 1,000+ attendees with pertinent resources; identify and develop cross-sectoral strategies for nonprofit organizations, local businesses, and the public sector; and empower individuals as well as organizations to collaborate, advocate, and act. This year’s Summit will focus on celebrating and elevating our region’s existing transformative leaders and collaborative partnerships, while sparking innovative solutions for co-creating an equitable future.


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TransportationCampPGH 2023

November 18, 2023 | 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
University of Pittsburgh

At this year’s TransportationCamp, we’re discussing accessible public transit, walkable and bikeable communities, and emerging technologies and we want to hear your thoughts on improving all things transportation. This is the platform to share your ideas and questions about the future of mobility, whether they’re big or small. Join fellow innovative thinkers and doers in the transportation field from PA and beyond to revolutionize how we move!

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December 2023

Bridge to 2030 – U.S. Steel Tower

December 12, 2023 | 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Hybrid event

Bridge to 2030: US Steel Tower Hub Space & Forest Hills Net Zero Energy Borough! (Hybrid event)

Visit the GBA event page for details

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January 2024

APA Sustainable Communities Division 2024 Symposium

January 18 | 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us at the SCD Annual Symposium 2024 – Health, Equity and Climate Change 

Registered attendees will receive a Zoom webinar link prior to the event. You can attend one session, or multiple sessions. CM Credits will be available for individual sessions. AICP CM Credits pending (3 hours).

Thursday, January 18, 2024
(1-5 pm EST, 12-4 pm CST, 11 am – 3 pm MST, 10 am – 2 pm PST)

Welcome: Introduction to the Symposium with Karla Ebenbach, Chair-Elect of the APA Sustainable Communities Division and Shannon Roberts, Partnerships Co-Chair (10 min)
Introduction from EDI Committee & Planning in the Black Community Division with Dr. David Abraham (10 min)
Keynote: Health, Equity and Climate Change (20 min)
Melissa Jones, Executive Director Executive Director of the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII)

Session 1: Integrating Equity in Public Health Community Planning (1 hour, 20 min)
Integrating equity into public health community planning is a fundamental approach that seeks to ensure fair and just distribution of resources, opportunities, and outcomes within diverse populations – our panel will discuss on their work addressing these challenges, where there are opportunities to integrate equity and health, and what still needs to be addressed.

  • Anna Rosenblum (Moderator), EcoDistricts AP, LEED O+M AP, LFA, evolveEA
  • Robyn Bussey, JUST Health Director at the Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Lindy Wordlaw AICP, Chicago Recovery Plan Director
  • Derrick Neal, Chief Public Health Officer, Cambridge Public Health


Session 2: Integrating Climate in Public Health Community Planning (1 hour, 20 min)

Integrating climate considerations into public health community planning is a crucial initiative that recognizes the intricate interplay between environmental factors and public well-being. Learn how our panel is integrating climate considerations into their work and where they would like  to see it expand in the future.

  • Donny Goris-Kolb, AICP, LEED AP O+M, Envision SP (Moderator), VHB
  • Dr. Alonzo Plough, VP Research & Evaluation and Chief science Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Fleming El Amin, Planning Director at FTA
  • Dr. Patrice Williams, Professor, Northeastern University
  • Dr. Ann-Christine Duhaime, Pediatric Neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital
Symposium Reflections & Closing (30 min)
  • Shannon Roberts, AICP, LEED BD+C, PMP (Moderator), Jacobs
  • Keynote: Melissa Jones (Tentative)
  • Session 1: TBD
  • Session 2: Dr. Patrice Williams, Northeastern University
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Consortium for Scenario Planning 2024 Conference

January 30 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ecotrust Building Portland, Oregon

The Consortium for Scenario Planning will host its seventh annual conference in Portland, Oregon, from January 31 to February 2, 2024. Christine Mondor, FAIA, and Ashley Cox, AICP, will be presenting:

Housing Futures :: Scenarios for the Triboro Ecodistrict to understand the driving forces and possible futures for housing in Millvale, Sharpsburg, and Etna, Pennsylvania.

Scenario planning is a tool we share with communities to assist them in their quest to be agile decision-makers. Our project was supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s Consortium for Scenario Planning in order to address housing affordability challenges nationally.


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May 2024

Mountain State Land Use Academy

May 21 - May 22
Oglebay Resort Wheeling, WV

evolveEA is a proud sponsor of
The Sixth Statewide Mountain State Land Use Academy
organized by the WVU Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic

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