Office of Mayor William Peduto
Mayor William Peduto to Hold Roundtable Thursday on Clean Technology

Media Advisory

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 28, 2014) - Mayor William Peduto will host a roundtable Thursday with local Clean Technology leaders, and discuss ways the city can better support this growing movement.

Clean technology is where business solutions intersect with environmental challenges. Among other things it is the study of how energy systems can be created that provide reduced or no carbon impact, or how building materials can improve efficiency and costs while reducing pollutants or supply chain impacts.

Pittsburgh is already a leader in the corporate, start-up and non-profit clean technology sector and Mayor Peduto’s roundtable will discuss further ways to support its growth.

Participants and their subject areas include: Phipps Conservatory Executive Director Richard Piacentini, on green buildings and materials; Stan Caldwell, associate director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Traffic 21 Initiative, on connecting university talent to the local community; Kim Kipin-McDonald, head of Sustainability North America for Bayer Material Science, on corporate manufacturing and sustainability; WindStax founder Ron Gdovic, on local clean tech manufacturing; and Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Deb Gross, on neighborhoods and clean tech companies.

EPA Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin and State Senator Matt Smith will be in attendance and providing remarks on federal and state initiatives.

Following a June session on the Maker movement, Thursday’s event will be the second of four roundtables the Mayor is hosting this summer highlighting innovative organizations in the city of Pittsburgh. On Aug. 6 he will hold another on co-working and accelerator spaces. On Aug. 13 he will hold a roundtable on startups.

The events are being held in conjunction with the White House Business Council.

Due to space constraints the 2 p.m. session this Thursday, July 31, is not open to the public, but will be broadcast live on the City Cable Channel (Comcast 13/Verizon 44). Staff will be live-tweeting from the event at @PghIP.



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