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.
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.
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).
Community gardens provide numerous benefits. They preserve green space, create a sense of community, provide exercise and nutritious food, and improve the overall quality of life in a neighborhood. Grow Pittsburgh teaches people how to grow food in urban areas through a variety of programs including encouraging and assisting people to start community gardens. This year, Grow Pittsburgh has a new program: The 2013 Community Garden Sustainability Fund.
“The Pittsburgh Region Goes Green: Community Benefits from Local Green Infrastructure Projects“ is the latest talk in the Beyond Tunnel Vision speaker series. Highlighting successes in the Pittsburgh region, it aims to show that “We CAN do green infrastructure here AND people are already doing it!” Councilman Bill Peduto will give the introduction and municipal and community leaders will share information about local green projects happening in the City of Pittsburgh, Etna, Homestead/Munhall/W. Homestead, Millvale, and elsewhere.
According to the Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA), over 100,000 pedestrians and 75,000 vehicles travel through Oakland each and every day. OTMA’s mission is to create a better and safer transportation environment for those who visit, work, and live in the Oakland area by decreasing the amount of people using single occupancy vehicles, supporting the use of public transit, and encouraging walking and cycling.
90% of our drinking water comes from our rivers, yet almost every time it rains in Allegheny County, our sewer system is overwhelmed–overflowing sewage into our rivers, our streams, and often into our basements. In 2008, a federal consent decree by the Environmental Protection Agency required the prevention of almost all sewer overflows and long-term wet weather control planning. The question was whether “green” solutions–like rain gardens, porous pavement, rain barrels, green roofs, and more trees–would be used or would billions be spent on “gray” solutions.
Last week, we told you where you could recycle old electronics, this week it’s how you can safely and responsibly dispose of household hazardous wastes. These are common household chemicals that typically contain words such as “caution,” “warning,” “poison,” or “flammable” on their label, but aren’t regulated as hazardous waste by either state or federal laws. However, as you may imagine, these are chemicals which are not good for the environment and that shouldn’t be dumped along with the rest of our trash. Most of us know that we shouldn’t so these products tend to get shoved to the back of a cupboard or basement or garage. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of these common chemicals!
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What would you say about a program for children that promotes healthy lifestyles, improves academic achievement, encourages environmentalism and enjoyment of nature, and encourages community involvement? That’s a program you’d want to support, right? If so, Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh could use just a couple of hours of your time this summer.
Since January, Pennsylvania’s Covered Device Recycling Act has disallowed the disposal of televisions (and some other electronic devices) with your regular garbage. All electronic devices may contain some hazardous waste. Televisions and monitors with Cathode ray tubes (CRTs) contain relatively high concentrations of lead and phosphors which make them particularly hard to recycle.