City of Pittsburgh Sustainable Lighting Ordinance

November 24th, 2014
Pittsburgh lighting code

To act in accordance with the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, AE Works President/ CEO Michael Cherock, PE, LC helped author a Lighting Code for the City so that when new lighting systems are put in place, they achieve minimum performance requirements. 

CHALLENGE 
The groups involved in reviewing and commenting had a wide range of views, interests and knowledge of the code and sustainability. The local chapter of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Green Building Alliance, manufacturers, city council, public works, Clinton Climate Initiative, general public and non-profits were just some of the many groups that provided comments. 

OUTCOMES
The lighting ordinance eventually passed after 5 years. The passage of the ordinance rested on facilitating an interactive planning process, working collaboratively with stakeholder groups to define goals and expectations. In support of this code, the City of Pittsburgh also created a task force to develop a strategy to replace the existing streetlights with more energy efficient systems. As a member of the Task Force, AE Works provided professional consulting on how to maximize energy savings.