September 21-23, 2022

Off Site Visits and Open Houses

The Global Clean Energy Action Forum invites registered members of the community to visit several of southwestern Pennsylvania’s premiere locations for clean energy, technology innovation, advanced manufacturing, workforce training, and sustainability on Thursday, September 22, 2022, between 9am and 11:45am ET.

The Off Site Visits (tours) and Open Houses are:

Guided Tours with Transportation Provided (site-specific pre registration required)  Site 1: Eos Energy Inc.
Site 2: The Pittsburgh International Airport – Microgrid Tour
Guided Tour (Transportation not provided; Registration required for each tour time) Site 4: CMU Energy Research at Hazelwood Green
Open House (GCEAF registration confirmation required) Site 5: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 

The Off Site Visits provide an opportunity to network before the formal programming begins. The opportunity to sign up for Off Site Visits with guided tours and transportation will be open on a first come, first serve basis until all spaces are filled to capacity. 

Signing up does not guarantee you are confirmed for a tour. Confirmations for tours will be communicated once all spaces are filled, prior to September 22. An email with additional details regarding these opportunities will be distributed to registered guests for the transportation-provided tours.

Note: Closed toe shoes are recommended for each of the visits.


Guided Tours with Transportation Provided (site-specific pre registration required) 

Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc.

700 Braddock Ave., Turtle Creek, PA 15145 (approximately 30 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh)

Limit: 40 participants

On a mission to accelerate the shift to clean energy with solutions that transform how the world stores power, Eos Energy Enterprises, Inc. has designed and engineered Eos ZnythTM, an aqueous zinc battery that overcomes the limitations of conventional lithium-ion technology.

Manufacturing this breakthrough technology in southwestern Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley, an area that once drove energy innovation and manufacturing in the 20th century, Eos is revitalizing and advancing that legacy in the 21st century by providing a safe, scalable, efficient, sustainable, and commercially proven energy storage alternative.

Visitors will:

  • Tour the manufacturing facility of the only alternative to lithium-ion batteries in the world
  • Learn about the industrial history of the facility and understand its part in a clean energy future
  • Discover Eos’ research and development efforts as it pursues its next generation battery

Please reserve 90 minutes for this tour (inclusive of transport).

Pre Registration for this visit is required to secure transportation. You can find additional details at the following link:  https://cvent.me/0Vvx7e

Guided Tour (Transportation not provided; Registration required for each tour time)

Carnegie Mellon University Energy Research @ Hazelwood Green

Mill 19 @ Hazelwood Green, Building A, 4501 Lytle St, Pittsburgh, PA 15207 (approximately 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh)

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is a world leader in academic research and innovation, leading in the intersection of technology and society. CMU’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation brings together more than 175 energy experts from around the world to work towards a sustainable, low-carbon future, putting CMU at the center of the clean energy conversation.

Just off main campus is Mill 19, which includes CMU’s auxiliary research and development space. Built on the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site, Mill 19 once served as the region’s most productive steel mill. Today, it houses the headquarters for CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Institute (MFI), Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, and Catalyst Connection as well as other advanced manufacturing institutes. Students and faculty researchers partner with industry pioneers to apply machine learning, advanced manufacturing technologies, robotics, and human intelligence to the production of the future.

Visitors will: 

  • Tour Mill 19, a steel mill turned advanced manufacturing research facility covered in the largest (2.1 MW) sloped solar array in the entire United States.
  • View demonstrations of cutting-edge robotics and clean energy technology research from Carnegie Mellon, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute, and Catalyst Connection.
  • Discover how CMU helped the City of Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania transform from an industrial powerhouse to a climate-conscious industry leader.

Please select a tour time at the registration link. There will be three times available. Each tour time will have limited capacity.

  • Tour 1: 09:15
  • Tour 2: 09:45
  • Tour 3: 10:15

Gather location: South Porch

Mill 19 is 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Participants can utilize Pittsburgh Regional Transit (public transit), rideshares, or drive on their own. Parking is available on site.

Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow for parking and check-in.

No food or beverages are allowed on the tour.

Masks are required unless you are fully vaccinated.


Open House (GCEAF registration confirmation required)

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

One Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (approximately 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh)

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens boasts an impressive, 15-acre campus that includes a 14-room glasshouse conservatory which opened in 1893, 23 distinct gardens, and three state-of-the-art, net-positive-energy buildings: the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, the only building in the world to achieve seven of the highest certifications for green construction; the Nature Lab at Phipps, a high-efficiency, non-toxic modular classroom; and the Exhibit Staging Center, a formerly dilapidated 1960s block building on a remediated brownfield transformed into a state-of-the-art LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum certified facility.

Each of the three new facilities make more energy on-site from renewable sources than they use each year, represent a unique use and construction type — new, modular, and adaptive reuse — and demonstrate the potential of integrated, regenerative design across a variety of occupant types, from office workers to children to maintenance laborers. The entire campus is powered by electricity generated on-site or purchased from renewable sources.

Visitors may:

  • Take a self-guided tour through the historic glasshouse and gardens, taking in the institution’s industrial age origins as a prelude to its sustainable future;
  • Get an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at all three net-positive energy facilities with informative docents on hand to discuss the design process, building features and more;
  • Explore the Tropical Forest Conservatory, a greenhouse that eliminates the greenhouse effect through a palette of innovative design strategies;
  • See “Planets Earth,” Phipps’ first exhibition space dedicated specifically to climate change
  • Dig deeper with educational signage throughout the site prepared especially for GCEAF

Participants in the Open House should read this document prior to coming to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

Please reserve 60 minutes for this Open House.

GCEAF registration confirmation will be required for entry. Please present your registration confirmation email via phone or print out at Phipps’ Welcome Center.

Parking at Phipps is limited and some options require payment. For a list of parking options, visit https://www.phipps.conservatory.org/visit-and-explore/visit/directions-and-parking. Rideshare or Pittsburgh Regional Transit (public transportation) is also an option. 


Pittsburgh International Airport – Microgrid Tour

1000 Airport Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15231

Limit: 30 participants per tour

Pittsburgh International Airport, innovation can be found everywhere: from its industry-leading passenger sensory room, Presley’s Place, to the technology monitoring wait times and the future tech in development at the xBridge. The 8,800-acre campus is also home to an additive manufacturing hub, apiaries and construction of the first airport designed for a post-pandemic world, slated to open in 2025. Its why Fast Company named the airport one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2020. Experience energy innovation the second you touch down, as the entire airport is powered by a first-of-its kind microgrid using natural gas and solar energy.

Tour the 20 MW natural gas-fired energy plant and see the 3 MW solar array, with more than 9,000 panels, located on 8 acres of a repurposed landfill – on an exclusive tour for confirmed GCEAF attendees.

  • Tour 1: Monday, Sept 19, 2-2:45pm
  • Tour 2: Tuesday, Sept 20, 10-10:45am

Please reserve 45 minutes for this tour (exclusive of transport). We will provide baggage storage service if touring upon your arrival to the PIT. Our airport is approximately 30 minutes’ drive from downtown Pittsburgh and parking – short-term/long-term (first hour free) is available on site. Participants can also utilize Pittsburgh Regional Transit (28x) or rideshares if coming from the City.

Pre-registration is required. Please click HERE to select tour date and time. Each tour time will have limited capacity (30 participants).


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