In April 2011, my time as an SCA Sustainability Fellow with the Allegheny County Sustainability Program has been lively and worthwhile. I perform a wide variety of tasks in support of efforts to implement measures that will result in a cleaner, more cost-efficient Allegheny County. In addition to such daily administrative tasks as scheduling meetings and delivering documents to County partners, I have also been engaged in numerous projects.
Under Sustainability Manager Jeaneen Zappa, I have continued to work with the County’s internal “green teams” to identify and support energy efficiency measures that are happening within each respective County department. As part of Allegheny County’s recycling efforts, I have drafted and designed a draft “intranet” resource page that is aimed at best assisting County employees with what can be recycled and where it can be recycled. I have proofread and edited numerous documents related to recycling efforts and green purchasing, and am still currently engaged with efforts to implement a more comprehensive and wide-spread recycling policy. I also performed project research, aided in the editing and drafting of internal recycling policies, and assisted the Coordinated Weatherization Campaign by writing a "white paper" report on the annual progress of the campaign. In addition to this work in the "primary" tasks, I also organized and hosted several meetings consisting of both internal and external stakeholders, business interests or employees. These activities range from coordinating projects with various partner organizations to writing and drafting newsletter articles, emails, or policies in support of advancing the County's sustainability goals. Lastly, I have been engaged with both Allegheny County and the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) in a project to inventory and address CCAC's greenhouse gases and its carbon footprint. These activities, along with numerous other small projects and several dozen meetings, are among the many service items that I have performed in the month of April.