Category: Environment and Sustainability

Mayor William Peduto and Shade Tree Commission Schedule Tree Giveaway

Mayor William Peduto and Shade Tree Commission Schedule Tree Giveaway

Free Dogwood seedlings available on Earth Day, April 22

Next Tuesday — Earth Day — the City of Pittsburgh will give away free trees during an event on the City-County Building Portico.

Apply for a Scholarship to the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh

Apply for a Scholarship to the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh

The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) advocates for equitable policies and adequate resources to build vibrant and strong urban neighborhoods. As part of PCRG’s mission, they will be presenting the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh on May 14th and 15th. The summit brings together community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others–more than 500 in all–who care about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

Mayor William Peduto Announces 18 New ‘Love Your Block’ Grant Recipients

Mayor William Peduto Announces 18 New ‘Love Your Block’ Grant Recipients

Mayor William Peduto today announced the 18 organizations that will receive funding for the sixth round of the Love Your Block (LYB) grant program, a servePGH initiative. Through the block revitalization program, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, the City awards $2,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a special $3,000 prize will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria. Spring project implementation will take place from April 15 to June 30, 2014.

Mayor William Peduto Statement on Saw Mill Run Project Grant

Mayor William Peduto Statement on Saw Mill Run Project Grant

The American Architectural Foundation has selected Pittsburgh and the Saw Mill Run Integrated Watershed Management Project to participate in the 2014 Sustainable Cities Design Academy.

Mayor Peduto Announces Extended Application Period for Love Your Block Program

Mayor Peduto Announces Extended Application Period for Love Your Block Program

Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications have been extended for the spring 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. Applications will now be available until Friday, March 7. This season, the block revitalization program will give organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers.

Something for Everyone: Dozens of Volunteer Opportunities!

Something for Everyone: Dozens of Volunteer Opportunities!

No matter where your interest lies, there’s a volunteer opportunity out there to match it. Pittsburgh Cares gathers dozens and dozens of volunteer opportunities from their regional nonprofit partners and lists them on their website. They make it easy for anyone to volunteer by allowing you to search by date through their calendar, or by keyword, or by proximity, or various other criteria.

Love Your Block Grant Award Program Seeking Applications

Love Your Block Grant Award Program Seeking Applications

Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications are available for the City’s Spring 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. The block revitalization program gives organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary for a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Applications will be available until Friday, Feb. 28 and project implementation will begin April 15.

Take the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Take the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Join with PennFuture and their partners, the Sierra Club and SUNWPA, for the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour — a look at Pittsburgh homes and businesses that use solar energy and other green technologies. This year’s tour is on Saturday, October 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are 22 different locations across Western PA, including the City of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Millvale, Aspinwall, Moon Township, Fair Oaks, Saxonburg, Sarver, Rochester, Cheswick, and Bentleyville.

Help a Local Community Food Market Open in Upper Lawrenceville

Help a Local Community Food Market Open in Upper Lawrenceville

Deirdre Kane and Dora Walmsley are two Pittsburghers who have a dream — one they share with many of their Upper Lawrenceville neighbors — to open a fresh retail corner store offering grocery staples, prepared foods, and bulk items (like grains and rice). They also envision the 52nd Street Market being a community meeting place — a space where neighbors can come together for a cup of coffee and conversation. The women are more than just dreamers — they have a combined 25 years of restaurant industry and food service experience between them, including working at the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank so there is an understanding of food insecurity and equitable access to food. They also have a building owner who is working with them, as well having many professional mentors, and have surveyed their community.

Help Send Young Pittsburghers to Power Shift Conference

Help Send Young Pittsburghers to Power Shift Conference

10,000 youth leaders will be converging in Pittsburgh this fall for Power Shift. The conference is being held to help to build a stronger climate movement to “fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, demand climate justice, and build a clean energy economy that works for everyone.” Usually, Power Shift is a Washington, D.C. event, but for the first time it will be held here in Pittsburgh (October 18 – 21, 2013).