On December 11, 2014 more than 400 people gathered at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the Energy for the Power of 32 Conference. We presented our posters to attendees ranging in topics from city resiliency to impact investing to green roofing. It was exciting to be able to talk with others about a topic we are passionate about outside of the classroom.
The keynote speaker in the morning was very informative. He discussed how we need to focus on health as a reason to improve our energy. He used Pittsburgh as an example of how cleaning up your city can improve the quality of life for citizens and help business at the same time.
The highlight of the conference was the chance to work in small groups to discuss regional energy values and principles, key issues and opportunities to be addressed in a regional plan, and how to best conduct the Power of 32 regional energy planning process. After the discussions, ideas were shared with the larger group. It was interesting to see the wide range of ideas that came out of the conference and what our regions future may look like.