Category: Environment and Sustainability

Volunteer to Help Build a Rain Garden

Volunteer to Help Build a Rain Garden

Rain gardens provide an enormous benefit to the Pittsburgh region. Because in many areas, our sewage and storm water systems are still connected, it takes as little as a tenth of an inch of rainfall to overload them–causing sewage to overflow into our streams, yards, and rivers. Moreover, rain gardens absorb and naturally filter pollutants that would eventually end up in our freshwater.

Kingsley Association’s STREAM Program Helps Teens Respond to Their Environment

Kingsley Association’s STREAM Program Helps Teens Respond to Their Environment

While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it’s designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week–Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series: Midsummer Night’s Jam

Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series: Midsummer Night’s Jam

Homemade jam on warm bread—a slice of heaven! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to make jam, now’s your chance. Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series is holding a class to teach you techniques to stretch your leftover fruit harvest into a delicious spread to bring you a bit of summer into the cold months ahead. And, since midsummer is peak time for berries here in Pennsylvania, what better time to hold a jam-making class?

Come to the City Council Urban Agriculture Zoning Hearing

Come to the City Council Urban Agriculture Zoning Hearing

On Tuesday, June 23rd, Pittsburgh City Council will hold a public hearing on amendments to the zoning code related to urban agriculture. The City Planning Department has been working with leaders from Pittsburgh’s urban agriculture community over the past few years to revise and update our urban agriculture zoning code. There have been changes made to many aspects of urban agriculture including vegetable sales, full-fledged urban farms, and the keeping of bees, chickens, ducks and goats.

Apply for a PWSA Green Infrastructure Grant

Apply for a PWSA Green Infrastructure Grant

The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is committed to making green infrastructure part of the solution to improve water quality affected by stormwater runoff in our area. They are currently accepting applications for PWSA’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Residents can apply for up to a $50,000 matching grant, and community organizations can apply for up to a $5,000 mini grant for storm water mitigation projects.

Public Comment Period & Public Participation Panel for SPC’s Long Range Plan

Public Comment Period & Public Participation Panel for SPC’s Long Range Plan

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the regional planning agency for our area (including Allegheny and nine other counties). The Commission is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region. Moreover, the Commission “develops plans and programs for public investments; fulfills federal and state requirements for transportation, economic development, and local government assistance programs; and operates with public involvement and trust.” They are currently updating their long range plan (“Mapping the Future: The Southwestern PA Plan”) to meet future needs to the year 2040. They have put out a notice for a public comment period and public meetings. The next meeting to be held in Pittsburgh will be on June 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the SPC Conference Center at Two Chatham Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Inspire Speakers Series: Charles Montgomery & Chris Koch on Achieving Happy, Equitable Cities

Inspire Speakers Series: Charles Montgomery & Chris Koch on Achieving Happy, Equitable Cities

The Green Building Alliance’s Inspire Speakers Series presents monthly lectures by both nationally renowned experts and local specialists in various fields of sustainability. The theme for their 2014-2015 Inspire Speakers Series is: Creating the Most Livable Places for All. Their upcoming lecture stakes out the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. On Thursday, May 14th, Charles Montgomery and Chris Koch will discuss “Using Urban Design to Achieve Happy, Equitable Cities.”

City Calls for Public Input on Community & Transit Improvements in Uptown & Oakland

City Calls for Public Input on Community & Transit Improvements in Uptown & Oakland

Public meetings on BRT and EcoInnovation District set for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is seeking public input on an action plan for transit improvements and community development in the corridor between Downtown and neighborhoods east.

Earth Week Festivities Continue with FutureFest 2015

Earth Week Festivities Continue with FutureFest 2015

Tomorrow, April 25th (rain or shine), you can get a glimpse of the future at FutureFest 2015. This new, public festival is being coordinated by Communitopia and will be held on the historic front lawn of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FutureFest celebrates Pittsburgh’s successes and helps visitors to imagine our city’s achievable, sustainable future through art, demonstrations, music, science, food, and hands-on activities for all ages.

City, Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District Flip the Switch on Earth Hour 2015

City, Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District Flip the Switch on Earth Hour 2015

PITTSBURGH, PA (March 23, 2015) – Lights out, Pittsburghers. On Saturday, March 28, more than 50 buildings and monuments in Downtown and Oakland will celebrate Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Led by Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District partners, the City of Pittsburgh, and other key partners (listed below), dozens of buildings in Downtown and Oakland will turn off their non-essential lighting. The result will be a dramatic shift in the city’s skyline and an increased awareness of environmental issues.