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This is a worthwhile event for anyone to attend to get some ideas on how to make this city even better. I would highly recommend attending...

A "green" forum to build strategies for reuse of vacant land in the city is scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Pittsburgh Project, 2801 N. Charles St., North Side.

An initiative of the Urban Ecology Collaborative and the mayor's Green Vacant Land Working Group, the forum seeks public input the first day and an audience with neighborhood advocates, developers and public-policy professionals the second.

The public session will be Thursday from 4 to 9:30 p.m. The Friday session runs from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives of groups in Baltimore and Philadelphia that have created public-private greening projects are expected to attend.

There is no cost to participants. PNC Bank and the Sprout Fund are the major underwriters.

The result of the forum will be a report compiled by a team from the Heinz School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and presented to the mayor's office in December.

For more information, contact Justin Sosne at [email protected].

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Continuing the trend of Pittsburgh as a focal point of "Green" development, the Urban Land Institute is holding a mini conference on the topic here (at the Westin) in April.

Developing Green: Integrating Sustainability with Success

Topic include...

Green Building + Smart Growth = Sustainable Communities

Designing Whole Systems to Achieve Sustainability and Profitability

Residential Green: Healthful and Affordable

Financing Green Mixed-Use Projects

Land Use, Transportation and a Sustainable Energy Future

Retrofitting Green: Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck

Europe and Asia: Lessons Learned in Green Development

How real estate deals are getting done through innovative public and private financing techniques.

ULI is the preeminent development organizations in the country, so its a pretty big deal that they will be in town.

*note, this isn't an add, but if you have an extra grand laying around, you can attend too :shok:

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