Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Comcast and Wes.Net Announce Sustainability Dashboard at the Frick Environmental Center


Custom dashboard supports sustainability efforts and education through real-time data

PITTSBURGH – June 16, 2020 – The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (pittsburghparks.org) today announced a partnership with Worldwide Environmental Services (WES) and MachineQ, a Comcast Company, to monitor and measure the Frick Environmental Center’s sustainability efforts with real-time information available to the public through a dashboard at pittsburghparks.org.

Developed through WES’s customized deployment of the Foreseer Monitoring System and MachineQ sensors using long-range wide-area networking (LoRaWAN®) technology, this customized dashboard provides data on energy use, carbon offset, solar energy generation, air quality, ambient light, water collection, resource use and other information about the Frick Environmental Center, one of the greenest buildings in the world. The project is also facilitated via ethernet connections delivered by Comcast Business.

With the generous help of Comcast and WES, the Frick Environmental Center will be able to advance its goal of promoting sustainable initiatives to a broader audience, while providing the tools to view the data in new and exciting ways. This dashboard will serve as a hub for sustainable resources with the potential to reach a global audience and can create learning opportunities ranging from school children to industry professionals.

“The importance of having this information in the palm of our hands can’t be underestimated. We’re thrilled to be able to offer this digital platform for children and adults alike to explore and learn about our living facility,” says Camila Rivera-Tinsley, director of education, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.

The Frick Environmental Center has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification at the Platinum level, the highest possible designation attainable through the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and is the first and only municipally owned, free and open to the public building to earn “living building” certification through the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most stringent green building certification program.

WES Chief Technology Officer Mark Welsko expressed his excitement for working on this cutting-edge project.

“Working with MachineQ and the Parks Conservancy has been an honor and tremendous educational experience for our organization,” he said. “We are proud that our work will contribute to Frick Environmental Center’s living building performance and will be forever memorialized in a database that students and professionals can use for generations to come.” 

Today’s announcement also advances the partnership between Comcast and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. Comcast in 2018 provided free public Xfinity WiFi hotspots in areas around the Frick Environmental Center and entered into a multi-year agreement to support digital education and related programming at the center through cash and in-kind contributions.  

“We are proud to continue our partnership with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and to bring our company’s technology to the Frick Environmental Center in a way that underscores our commitment to innovation and sustainability, while furthering education about this unique building,” said Michael Parker, senior vice president of Comcast’s Keystone Region.

The Frick Environmental Center provides families, students, and learners of all ages with a state-of-the-art space for hands-on, experiential environmental education. The Environmental Center serves as the classroom base for programming that extends into the surrounding park woodlands, streams, meadows, and trails.


About Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy:
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy was founded in December 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s historic city parks. A non-profit organization, the Parks Conservancy works closely with the City of Pittsburgh under an official public-private partnership agreement to restore and improve the city’s park system to its full potential. To date, the Parks Conservancy has raised more than $131 million and completed 22 major park improvement projects. The Parks Conservancy works with thousands of volunteers and provides programming for more than 7,500 children annually.

About WES:

WES is your trusted advisor, advocate and partner for assessing, integrating and optimizing your critical environment. WES remains true to its 40+ year commitment of being a customer focused partner. Our knowledge, consultative approach and straightforward methods have proven results. This enhances your ability to maintain and operate critical facilities utilizing personalized data and information.