Category: Environment and Sustainability

Learn About the City’s Clean and Green Plan at the Sierra Club

Learn About the City’s Clean and Green Plan at the Sierra Club

Last week, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its comprehensive draft City-Wide Green First Plan for public comment. This week — courtesy of the Sierra Club — you have the opportunity to hear Tim Duggan of Phronesis Design describe the benefits of a green approach. Duggan is a major architect of Kansas City’s Clean And Green approach to controlling the wet weather sewage overflow by maximizing green infrastructure and neighborhood investment.

City of Pittsburgh and PWSA Release Draft City-Wide Green First Plan for Public Comment

City of Pittsburgh and PWSA Release Draft City-Wide Green First Plan for Public Comment

PITTSBURGH, PA (December 2, 2016) — Today, the City of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released its comprehensive draft City-Wide Green First Plan for public comment. The plan outlines how Pittsburgh intends to use innovative, cost-effective, and green infrastructure approaches to manage stormwater. Implementing the plan will mitigate local street flooding and sewer backups caused by large rainstorms. The stormwater management practices outlined in the plan will help the City and the region comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) combined sewer overflow mandates and improve the quality of local waterways.

PWSA Community Meetings on Lead in Our Water

PWSA Community Meetings on Lead in Our Water

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is holding a series of community meetings regarding lead in our water, how residents can limit exposure to this lead, and the steps being taken to address the issue. Meetings are being held by City Council District, and while there will be data presented specific to each district, each meeting is open to all. Meetings will include a Q+A session during which residents can ask questions to PWSA experts.

Love Your [Resilient] Block Grant Award Program Seeking Applications for 2017

Love Your [Resilient] Block Grant Award Program Seeking Applications for 2017

PITTSBURGH, PA – (November 22, 2016) Mayor William Peduto announced today that applications are available for the City of Pittsburgh’s 2017 Love Your [Resilient] Block grant award program. The block revitalization program gives organizations up to $1,500 in funds for a neighborhood resilience-building project that mobilizes community volunteers. In addition, the group with the project identified to have the most positive impact will be awarded an additional $3,000 to further their efforts.

Fall Yard Waste Curbside Collection Guidelines – Saturday, November 12, 2016

Fall Yard Waste Curbside Collection Guidelines – Saturday, November 12, 2016

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 27, 2016) -The Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

Join the Global Debate on Inclusive Cities

Join the Global Debate on Inclusive Cities

What is an inclusive city? How do we achieve “the City that does not exclude”? You’re invited to join online in a global debate on the concept of the “inclusive city.” The ideas and recommendations garnered from this discussion will feed a Citizen Call for Action to be presented during the Cities for Life Global Summit for Inclusive, Smart and Resilient Cities. The summit will take place on November 21st and 22nd at Paris City Hall. It’s being hosted by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, and the Mayor of Medellin, Federico Gutierrez.

Mayor Celebrates Public Park Recycling Program Expansion

Mayor Celebrates Public Park Recycling Program Expansion

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 20, 2016) – The Office of Mayor William Peduto, City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works (DPW) and Councilman Dan Gilman today celebrated a successful deployment of a pilot recycling program that deployed 35 new recycling containers in eight public parks throughout the city.

Uptoberfest Block Party: Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Uptown/West Oakland

Uptoberfest Block Party: Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Uptown/West Oakland

Uptown and West Oakland have long suffered from a history of disinvestment, despite the fact that this area is strategically located between two of the three largest “city centers” in Pennsylvania — Downtown and Oakland. But, the tide is turning with new investments in housing and start-up businesses being made in and around Uptown. The Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District combines the goals of both an EcoDistrict (a resilient and sustainable bottom-up development area) and an Innovation District (an area where leading-edge anchor institutions/companies cluster in close proximity to transit-accessible, mixed-use housing, office, and retail for maximum job growth and economic opportunity).

Last Chance to Register for the Second Annual Tree Tender Symposium!

Last Chance to Register for the Second Annual Tree Tender Symposium!

The Pittsburgh City Paper has called Tree Tenders “the national guard of the arborist world: a civilian group taking care of what the pros can’t quite get to.” On Saturday, July 16th, Tree Pittsburgh will host a Tree Tender Symposium for Tree Tenders from across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. The symposium will provide the opportunity for Tree Tenders to network with fellow tenders, share strategies for tree advocacy in their neighborhoods, and learn about highlighted projects and neighborhoods for inspiration.

The Perfect Gift for our City’s 200th Birthday? How About a 660 Acre Park and a Family of Bald Eagles!

The Perfect Gift for our City’s 200th Birthday? How About a 660 Acre Park and a Family of Bald Eagles!

The City of Pittsburgh has received a gift in its 200th year far too big to wrap with a bow: 660 acres of parkland known as Hays Woods. Mayor Peduto announced the closing today of the transaction, following negotiations between the City by Pittsburgh Development Group II and Mayor Peduto’s Chief of Staff and URA board chairman Kevin Acklin.