Millvale Community Library to hold EcoDistricts Micro-Incubator for interested Pittsburgh communities

November 3, 2016

Millvale Community Library Presents: The EcoDistrict Micro-Incubator

Join us at the Millvale Community Center (416 Lincoln Avenue) on Saturday, November 19th from 10am-3:30pm for the Millvale EcoDistrict Micro-Incubator!


Pioneered in Portland, Oregon, the EcoDistrict Planning Process believes that “within every neighborhood there lies the opportunity to design truly innovative, scalable solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing city makers today: income, education and health disparities; blight and ecological degradation; the growing threat of climate change; and rapid urban growth.”

Since 2012, in partnership with evolveEA, Millvale has been working with residents, businesses, non-profit partners, and consultants to create and implement a strategic community development plan that works to address the community’s biggest self-identified challenges.  These efforts have led to the development of the American Planning Association award winning Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot Plan.  The plan approaches Millvale’s community development through the resident-led lens of Food, Water, Energy, Air, Mobility, and Equity.

Tailored for municipal leaders, community based organization representatives, and active resident leaders, participants in this program will learn about the EcoDistrict Process, how it has worked in Millvale, and then in a workshop setting, practice visioning sustainable development for their own communities, using the EcoDistrict Process.

This program is available for free to Neighborhood Allies Focus Neighborhoods, and at a cost of $20 per attendee for all other communities.  Lunch will be provided!

Click this link to register! Deadline is Thursday, November 17th.  

Payment can be made in the form of a Donation to the Millvale Community Library.  Please bring receipt with you on the day of the program for verification or cash/check payment (made payable to Millvale Community Library) on the day of.


EcoDistrict Introduction – 10:00am-11:30am

  • What are EcoDistricts?
  • How are they formed?
  • Why Millvale?

Lunch – 11:30am-12:00pm

Millvale EcoDistrict Tour – 12:00pm-1:15pm

  • Sustainability Projects in Millvale and how EcoDistricts ties them together

Break – 1:15pm-1:30pm

Visioning – 1:30pm-3:30pm

  • What are the primary assets and challenges in your neighborhood?
  • How can EcoDistricts as a process help leverage assets and tackle challenges?
  • Next Steps

Join us for a beer at Grist House afterwards!

Incubator Leaders:


Brian Wolovich: Brian Wolovich has been a leader in the development and implementation of the Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot Plan from the very beginning.  A full-time father and teacher, Brian also serves as President of the Millvale Community Library, is a Millvale Borough Councilman, and is also one of the founders of New Sun Rising, an organization specializing in community development and business support services.  Brian has been a participant in Millvale’s EcoDistrict since 2012, and in 2016, attended the National EcoDistrict Incubator with a team of Millvale leaders to learn national best practices in EcoDistrict Development.



Zaheen Hussain: Working as the Millvale Sustainability Coordinator, Zaheen comes with experience in community development through the lens of the environmental sciences and economics.  Having previously worked with GTECH Strategies, Zaheen has over four years of experience in working with neighborhoods all across Pittsburgh in resident leadership and community development projects.  While in Millvale, Zaheen helped steer the development of the Millvale EcoDistrict Pivot Plan 2.0, and also attended the National EcoDistrict Incubator.  This September, Zaheen attended the EcoDistrict Protocol Accredited Practitioner Training designed to help district teams understand and successfully navigate the EcoDistrict Certification Protocol.



This program is made possible with support from Neighborhood Allies

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