Category: Environment and Sustainability

Help Revitalize Pittsburgh One Block at a Time

Help Revitalize Pittsburgh One Block at a Time

Love Your Block grants are a joint program of the City of Pittsburgh and The Home Depot Foundation that enable community groups and residents to revitalize our city one block at a time. Since its start in 2011, the program has engaged 3,994 volunteers and impacted 321 blocks with a grand total 117 projects completed in Pittsburgh!

Last Call for Tree Request Forms & Tree Request Form Walk

Last Call for Tree Request Forms & Tree Request Form Walk

Calling all Shadyside Tree Tenders and Neighborhood Tree Sympathizers! You have less than a week to turn in your Tree Request Forms as they are due Thursday, Sept. 18th. There will also be one final Tree Request Form Walk in Shadyside tomorrow in an effort to promote the love of trees and collect more forms.

Construction Continues of Pittsburgh’s Latest Protected Bike Lanes

Construction Continues of Pittsburgh’s Latest Protected Bike Lanes

PITTSBURGH, PA (August 26, 2014) – The City of Pittsburgh today announced the installation of a third protected bike lane as part of the two-year long PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project program that was announced in March.

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable On Clean Technology

Mayor William Peduto Hosts Roundtable On Clean Technology

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 31, 2014) – A roundtable discussion today at Mayor William Peduto’s office will underscore Pittsburgh’s leading role in the growing Clean Technology industry, and include presentations by national, state and local leaders.

Mayor Announces Extended Application Period, Informational Session For Love Your Block Program

Mayor Announces Extended Application Period, Informational Session For Love Your Block Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 3, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications have been extended for the fall 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. Applications will now be available until Friday, July 18. In addition, there will be an informational session Wednesday, July 9, to assist interested applicants. First-time applicants and past grantees are encouraged to attend.

Mayor & The Home Depot Foundation Announce $200,000 Grant to Help Veteran Homeowners in Pittsburgh

Mayor & The Home Depot Foundation Announce $200,000 Grant to Help Veteran Homeowners in Pittsburgh

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will receive funds in support of servePGH’s Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP)

PITTSBURGH, PA (June 11, 2014) – Mayor William Peduto today announced that The Home Depot Foundation will provide $200,000 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a partner with the city’s Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP), to expand services to support 28 veterans’ home repairs in the Pittsburgh region.

Join in the Emerald View Park BioBlitz

Join in the Emerald View Park BioBlitz

A BioBlitz is a biological survey conducted over a short period of time (usually 24 hours or less) where an attempt is made to record every living species in a designated area. The first BioBlitz occurred at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, Washington D.C. in 1996–approximately 1,000 species were identified at that event. BioBlitzes are often held in urban parks to allow for as much public participation as possible and to encourage the public’s interest in biodiversity.

Mayor William Peduto Announces Revamped Volunteer Litter Program

Mayor William Peduto Announces Revamped Volunteer Litter Program

More than 2,000 volunteers fuel effort citywide

PITTSBURGH, PA. – Mayor William Peduto announced today that the city’s volunteer litter initiative has been renamed “Beautify Our ‘Burgh” and will receive new signage.

Get Your Hands Dirty and Volunteer with Love Your Block!

Get Your Hands Dirty and Volunteer with Love Your Block!

Love Your Block grants are a joint program of the City of Pittsburgh and The Home Depot Foundation to revitalize our city one block at a time. The program gives organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and the equipment necessary for a neighborhood block improvement project. The projects must mobilize community volunteers. There are nearly 20 community projects starting Saturday, May 10 and running through June 31. Projects this season range from installing a rain garden, to building an outdoor structure for a farmer’s market, to panting a community mural, to erecting a handicap accessible planter bed.

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

In his “The Revolt of the Cities” piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are “mapping the future of liberalism” by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can’t. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors–including Pittsburgh’s own Bill Peduto–to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don’t stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America’s largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.