The Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT) is a nonpartisan initiative that convenes neighboring municipalities in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania (including the City of Pittsburgh) that share borders, challenges, and opportunities. The CONNECT network serves as both a policy think tank and membership organization, housed by the Center for Metropolitan Studies based in the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).
Over the past several years, seven (7) CONNECT communities (Munhall, West Homestead, Millvale, Etna, Sharpsburg, Pittsburgh, Forest Hills) inventoried their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and developed individualized plans to guide future emissions reductions in their jurisdictions. Recently, CONNECT joined with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and ICLEI to complete a CONNECT Region GHG Inventory and Climate Action Plan (CAP) that represents all CONNECT communities and will help members reach their economic and environmental sustainability goals. CONNECT also working with utility companies on behalf of our members to compile their emissions and water data.
The first CONNECT Regional CAP is open for comment.