Category: Environment and Sustainability

Resilient Pittsburgh Community Deliberative Forums: Nov. 17 & 19

Resilient Pittsburgh Community Deliberative Forums: Nov. 17 & 19

City resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Of course, Pittsburgh had to be resilient after the collapse of the steel industry. However, as noted by Mayor Peduto, “But we don’t know what the challenges of tomorrow will be. We can start to prepare for them, but what it does require is that as we develop and as we grow that part of that planning process involves resiliency and sustainability at the core of that decision-making process.”

ALCOSAN Customer Assistance Program (CAP) Public Hearing

ALCOSAN Customer Assistance Program (CAP) Public Hearing

Some of you may be familiar with customer assistance programs (CAP) by electric and gas utility companies that offer bill payment assistance to qualified, low-income customers. However, there has been no such CAP programs to assist with water and sewage bills–until now. The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has committed to creating a customer assistance program to help low and fixed income customers with their sewer bills and will be holding a hearing on Monday, November 16th to allow the public to give input on creating the best, most accessible program for our community.

Yard Debris Collection Saturday, ‘Pothole Blitz’ Scheduled for 3 Days Next Week

Yard Debris Collection Saturday, ‘Pothole Blitz’ Scheduled for 3 Days Next Week

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 13, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh announced today that a three-day Pothole Blitz will take place next week, starting on Monday, November 16 and lasting through Wednesday, November 18.

Join Tree Pittsburgh for the First Ever Pittsburgh Ginkgo Fest

Join Tree Pittsburgh for the First Ever Pittsburgh Ginkgo Fest

The ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is a “living fossil”–meaning that it’s similar to a species which is otherwise known only from fossils and has no close living relative. The ginkgo tree species in particular dates back some 270 million years. The tree is native to China, where some trees planted at temples are believed to be over 1,500 years old! Ginkgos adapt remarkably well to the urban environment–tolerating pollution and confined soil spaces–which is why they are widely planted along many city streets. Ginkgos have various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.

YPA Holding “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities” 1960s-themed Party

YPA Holding “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities” 1960s-themed Party

The Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh’s (YPA) slogan is Give life to history®. Representing younger voices in historic preservation, they use community engagement and education to advocate for the preservation of historic sites and structures in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Each year, they release their list of “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities.” Over the course of a decade, they’ve had many successes including the Dormont Pool, Connellsville Aaron’s Building, and the Cork Factory in the Strip District.

Cause an Effect: Eat at Chipotle to Raise Funds for Student Conservation Association

Cause an Effect: Eat at Chipotle to Raise Funds for Student Conservation Association

The mission of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is to build the next generation of conservation leaders. They engage young people (age 15 to young adults) in hands-on service to the environment in order to inspire lifelong stewardship of the land. They target high school and college students, or recent graduates interested in green careers from all 50 states and from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Be Part of the Public Space + Public Life Survey

Be Part of the Public Space + Public Life Survey

You can help create a “Downtown for All.” On Wednesday, October 21st and Saturday, October 24th, you can make your voice heard as part of the Public Space + Public Life Survey. Representatives from Gehl Studio, Envision Downtown, and volunteers will be conducting a survey–a count of where people are and what they are doing–to help better understand who uses Downtown Pittsburgh’s public spaces, and what they do there. The findings will be used to understand and improve public spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh and benchmark their success.

Visit Solar Homes and Enjoy the After Party at the Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Visit Solar Homes and Enjoy the After Party at the Pittsburgh Solar Tour

October is National Solar Tour month at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), so tours and open houses are being held across the country now. In our region, October 17th will see the fifth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour. The tour gives participants the chance to tour both featured solar installations and open houses.

Mayor, Chief of Staff To Attend Welcome Ceremony For Pope Francis At White House

Mayor, Chief of Staff To Attend Welcome Ceremony For Pope Francis At White House

PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 23, 2015) – Mayor William Peduto and Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin will be honored guests today at the White House Arrival Ceremony honoring His Holiness Pope Francis.

Speak Out at the Pittsburgh Clean Power Plan Listening Session

Speak Out at the Pittsburgh Clean Power Plan Listening Session

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced earlier this month that they will hold fourteen listening sessions on the federal Clean Power Plan to give Pennsylvanians the chance to comment on the plan to cut carbon pollution. The idea is to prepare a plan customized for PA that will still be in compliance with the federal plan. Pittsburgh is set to host a hearing next week at CMU on Tuesday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m.