Denmark and Sweden - A Sustainability Mission

Denmark and Sweden – A Sustainability Mission

The Pittsburgh Technology Council is now accepting applications for our second international benchmarking mission.  In the Spring of 2019, we will be visiting Copenhagen, Denmark and Malmö, Sweden, two former industrial cities that are leaders in sustainability and clean energy.

Much like Pittsburgh, this region has a deep history based in heavy industry followed by decline and economic struggle. Now, they are successful models for urban renewal. Both sides will benefit from the mission, as we will share different success stories.

During this mission, participants will enjoy first-hand learning opportunities through case studies, direct interaction with thought leaders and site visits to some of the city’s treasured assets. The trip aims to be a case study on successful economic development through sustainability initiatives and technology innovation. Our goal is to learn, exchange ideas, and bring best practices back to the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Trip Topics and Highlights

As of August 2018, we are in the preliminary stages of planning this program. The complete agenda will be fully developed as we work with our partners in Scandinavia.  We will learn the history of each city, including the origins of their sustainability initiatives. We will also discuss how each city was affected by sustainability initiatives and how sustainability and clean tech have been catalysts for economic development.

Who Should Consider Attending? 

All professionals who are interested in learning more about the economic development benefits of sustainability initiatives and clean energy will be encouraged to apply. We anticipate our mission to include a diverse array of participants including: business leaders, executives from Pittsburgh’s non-profit institutions, technology companies, universities, manufacturers, policymakers and funders. 


If you are interested in joining us, please fill out the application located here.

If you have any questions, please contact Monica Takacs at: 

More details will be announced soon as we confirm the details of the trip.  

Tentative Agenda (Subject to change)

  • Saturday, May 4 – Depart Pittsburgh
  • Sunday, May 5 – Arrive Copenhagen
  • Monday, May 6 – Copenhagen Program Day 1
  • Tuesday, May 7 – Copenhagen Program Day 2
  • Wednesday, May 8 – Day trip to Malmö, Sweden
  • Thursday, May 9 – Optional group trip to tourist destination
  • Friday, May 10 – Return to Pittsburgh

Sponsorship Opportunities 

If you are interested in sponsoring this trip, please contact Monica Takacs,
5/4/2019 - 5/10/2019

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