A Duquesne University professor has been instrumental in planning the first northeast conference of Solar America Cities, which will be hosted by Pittsburgh on Thursday, Oct. 15, and Friday, Oct 16.
Dr. Stanley J. Kabala, associate director of Duquesne’s Center for Environmental Research and Education, has been part of the steering committee of the Solar America Cities Pittsburgh Project since its inception in mid-2007 and will moderate two panels during the event, by the City’s Office of Sustainability. Solar America Cities is a nationwide program established and supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and Sandia National Laboratory. Pittsburgh was named the 13th Solar America City in 2007. The conference will target more than 20 cities with colder climates, intending to advance the integration of solar technology in the northeastern U.S.
“This program is an important first step toward helping our northern cities reduce their carbon footprints and move toward sustainable practices,” said Kabala, who has initiated greenhouse gas inventories at Duquesne and helped other universities and municipalities to learn the software and process of collecting such data.
Invitations were issued to 125 municipal employees in cities including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Buffalo, Cleveland and Hartford, Conn. Those attending will learn how to replicate Pittsburgh’s solar program through seminars about planning and zoning, solar access laws, solar financing, and inspection from representatives from the Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the International Renewable Energy Council.
Seven graduate students from Duquesne’s Environmental Science and Management program also will attend.
For more information on CERE and its programs, visit www.science.duq.edu/esm/cereabt2.html.