Allegheny County created a Green Team and hired a Sustainability Manager in 2009 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability in County government operations, as well as by working with County municipalities. The County has installed a green roof on its office building, conducted a GHG inventory and climate action plan of government operations, and hosts the annual Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival in the fall.
Carbon Emissions Reporting: Allegheny County created a baseline report for carbon emissions using 2008 data. The County is currently creating a procedure to prepare for the 2014 carbon emissions update. In this process, the County has created a carbon emissions calculator tool and is expecting to make this tool freely available to other local government entities. The County’s carbon emissions reduction information will be released in late 2014 or early 2015.
Energy Efficiency: A $32 million investment in energy efficiency upgrades at major County facilities will result in $64 million energy savings over the next 15 years. With these energy savings, the County will save 8,793 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. This is the equivalent of removing 1,947 cars off the road for a year or planting 1,828 Heinz football fields worth of trees!
County Office Building Green Roof: The County Office Building green roof was designed as an educational model to demonstrate the benefits of green roofs and green roof technology. Construction started in April 2010 and was completed in June 2010. This project reduced energy costs in the first year by roughly $80,000.
Biking: Allegheny County achieved the first-ever Bike Friendly Employer Certification for a local government building in 2012. As of 2013, Allegheny County has received the Bike Friendly Employer Certification from Bike Pittsburgh at two major facilities. Allegheny County also finished in 7th place in the Pittsburgh employers category of the National Bike Challenge competition.
Green Workplace Challenge: Allegheny County finished as the top scorer in their category for the 2012 Green Workplace Challenge and are currently strong participants in the Municipality category for the 2013 challenge.
Employee Engagement: Allegheny County convenes an active Green Team and has recruited 76 employees to serve as Green Champions who promote sustainability initiatives in their respective departments. The County also maintains an internal online sustainability community for county employees to remain active in sustainability office initiatives.
Events: The Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival promotes awareness of regional sustainability initiatives. Approximately 8,000 – 10,000 individuals attend the festival annually.
Allegheny County Sustainability Office Contact