Zaheen Hussain – Millvale Sustainability Coordinator
A native of Bangladesh and a Pittsburgh transplant by way of Connecticut, Zaheen serves as Millvale's Sustainability Coordinator. Supported through the Millvale Community Library, and working with the Millvale EcoDistrict Collaborative, Zaheen is a shared community resource that helps advance Millvale's EcoDistrict goals in the areas of food, water, energy, mobility, air quality, and equity. Prior to his work in Millvale, Zaheen worked on various sustainability initiatives as a Project Manager at GTECH Strategies. Focusing primarily on Energy Efficiency, Zaheen helpes lead the ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition, where he works collaboratively to increase demand for energy efficiency services through bridging organizational partnerships and increasing community level advocacy and educational programming.
Diana Marques - KEEA
As KEEA’s Business Engagement Manager, Diana works on a local and regional level to engage KEEA members, new partners and elected officials to highlight energy efficiency project and businesses. She strives to tell positive stories and emphasize positive communities impacts that help advance energy efficiency policies in Pennsylvania. Before coming to KEEA, Diana worked for the Pennsylvania State Legislature in both the House and Senate prior to moving into the non-profit sector. She has served in roles managing policy, advocacy and outreach agendas working on human services issues that affect communities and families across Pennsylvania. Diana is a graduate of Moravian College (B.A., Political Science) and Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (M.S.S.)
Nate Natale - Home Performance Coalition (HPC)
Nate Natale is the Vice President of Education and Events at HPC. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the coalition’s conference and education work- including site selection, program development, logistics, fundraising and communications. Nate also convenes, manages, and facilitates stakeholder groups and represents HPC through participation in a variety of external industry groups.. He worked in education, both in the classroom and behind the scenes, for a number of years before transitioning to association management. Prior to joining HPC in 2010, Nate spent four years managing many aspects of the conference and continuing education programs of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society. He earned a B.S. in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Professional Writing degree from Chatham University. Nate lives in Mt. Lebanon with his wife, two awesome daughters, and trusty pit bull, Ace.
Sarah Ralich - ACTION-Housing
Annie Regan -PennFuture
Annie Regan, a Pittsburgh native, is the Western PA Outreach Coordinator at PennFuture. PennFuture is a statewide environmental advocacy organization that acts as Pennsylvania's watchdog for clean air, pure water, and a healthy climate. She works with the Air Quality Collaborative to reduce air pollution in the region. She also focuses on community and coalition outreach around storm water management, energy efficiency, environmental enforcement and legal work, and sound environmental policy. Prior to joining PennFuture, Annie was a policy intern for American Forests. She was also a legislative intern for the office of Senator Robert Casey, Jr. Annie earned an interdisciplinary bachelor's degree from American University (AU), majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG) with a minor in Spanish. She is a proud Bike Pittsburgh member and can most likely be found reading at Frick Park.
Christa Ross –RE/MAX Select Realty
Christa Ross is a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh and full-time real estate agent with RE/MAX Select Realty. She grew up in Hampton, and then moved to the west, south, and now the east of the city, where she lives with her husband and two kids. In addition to helping customers find a homes that fit their needs, Christa is dedicated to supporting the development of green and sustainable residential development (and green living) in Pittsburgh. As an Ecosociate™ and GREEN designee she has invested time into understanding the environmental aspect of real estate, and in turn can help customers find homes that are better for their wallet, family, health and planet. Christa also serves on the advisory panel for Allegheny County’s Housing Market Analysis Project. In her spare time you can find her outside, whether it’s mountain biking, skiing, road racing or participating in a triathlon.
Kathryn Schlesinger - PCRG
Hailing from sunny south Florida, Kathryn moved to the Pittsburgh area in 2010 to attend the University of Pittsburgh where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and History, as well as a GIS Certificate. Upon graduating, she decided to stay in Pittsburgh to pursue a career in the public sector and currently, Kathryn is working at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group as the Policy Coordinator. At PCRG, Kathryn manages working groups including GoBurgh and the Banker Collaborative Councils, works with member organizations to develop and expand PCRG’s advocacy agenda, and works on projects surrounding city/county initiatives including the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan 3.0, Plan for a Healthier Allegheny, and the East Busway station improvement project. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, taking long hikes through the Pittsburgh parks, and cuddling with her two cats, Pluto and Ezio.
Alison Steele –CCI
Alison Steele brings with her extensive experience in the energy industry and is currently serving as the Director of Community Programs & Advocacy at Conservation Consultants, Inc. In her role at CCI, she leads community engagement activities that result in energy efficiency education, home weatherization projects, and advocacy for public policy that improves home efficiency and home performance. Prior to starting at CCI, Alison managed energy efficiency programs for utility companies and spent time as a sustainability consultant in the Pittsburgh area. A published author in the subject of corporate energy efficiency initiative adoption, Alison earned her undergraduate degree in Physics from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and her MBA in Sustainability from Duquesne University. Outside of work, Alison is an avid runner and sings in a choir that performs music from the middle ages.
Jeaneen Zappa –CCI
With more than 20 years of professional experience spanning the for-profit, public, and not-for-profit sectors, Zappa’s background and expertise ranges from strategic planning to partnership development, program management and sustainability/climate action planning. Zappa serves on the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Land Trust, and she is a former member of the Pittsburgh Green Innovators, the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Green Advisory Council, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association Board, Crafton Public Library Board, Hollow Oak Land Trust Board, and the PowerLink Board. Her previous professional roles include serving as the first Sustainability Manager for Allegheny County, Deputy Director of the Green Building Alliance, Director of Strategic Marketing for Descartes Systems Group and Marketing Manager for Vocollect voice recognition technology. After hours, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking with her husband and dog, and bagpiping.
Lucy de Barbaro – CCI
Lucy de Barbaro brings her passion and knowledge to manage CCI’s Sound Home Plan and contribute to ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition. She earned a Master of Science in particle physics from Jagellonian University in her hometown, Cracow, Poland, and a Doctorate from University of Rochester, N.Y. Subsequently to her career in physics, she worked as a test engineer in the telecommunication industry before joining CCI. Lucy’s commitment to conservation flourished in Pittsburgh where she helped to design, construct and certify the first residential Passive House in the city. This net-positive building, complete with solar panels, reduces building energy use by about 80% compared to typical new construction. A believer in making a positive change, Lucy is volunteering for several environmental and community organizations and shares her knowledge of energy efficiency. She applies the same passion and drive to her work at CCI.
Alissa Burger -PEC
Alissa Burger comes to PEC with national and international experience in climate issues, distributed energy resources, and low-carbon futures. As Senior Policy Advisor for Energy & Climate she is responsible for implementation of PEC’s ongoing decarbonization initiative, working with state and national stakeholders to achieve deep carbon and greenhouse gas emission reductions in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining PEC in 2018, Alissa worked on climate and energy policy at the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) in California; the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) in Washington, D.C.; and PennFuture and Sustainable Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Her recent work has focused on transformative market mechanisms, building performance policy, overcoming regulatory barriers, clean energy investment, urban innovations, and climate resiliency strategies. A Western Pennsylvania native, Alissa returns to Pittsburgh to join the staff at PEC’s Southwest regional office. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. from Knox College.
The ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition aims to reduce residential energy waste throughout Allegheny County, help create jobs, and improve air quality.
Our goal is to develop a national model for sustainable community development by dramatically increasing the scale of residential energy upgrades to support a vibrant industry that works to improve quality of life throughout Allegheny County.
The finance committee is working on compiling and uploading all of the assistance and incentives available for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy generation in both the residential and commercial sectors.
This committee will also be working on promoting the Home Energy Score and the Homeowner's Energy Efficiency Loan Program (HEELP) as well as bringing in the Homestyle Energy Efficiency Mortgage.
The policy committee is currently working on advocating for Act 129 and the newly introduced update to the Building Codes.
ReEnergize Pittsburgh will be creating a preemptive letter and signing on with another in favor of Act 129 and against the proposed opt-out to the bill.
The Building Codes update will be state wide and ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition can help by hosting and funding the landing page for these updates.
ReEnergize Pittsburgh Coalition Comittees
The outreach committee is working on building a survey. The objective of this survey is to gather the thoughts of homeowners or potential homeowners with regards to why it is important to start thinking about the health, comfort, and financial benefits of energy efficiency improvements in the home.
The outreach committee is always looking for new members and partners for the coalition.