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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mayor describes ongoing city efforts to promote environmental sustainability
“Earth Day is a reminder for all us to be conscious and considerate of the world around us, and of the impact that we can make.
Free Dogwood seedlings available on Earth Day, April 22
Next Tuesday — Earth Day — the City of Pittsburgh will give away free trees during an event on the City-County Building Portico.
The Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) advocates for equitable policies and adequate resources to build vibrant and strong urban neighborhoods. As part of PCRG’s mission, they will be presenting the 4th Annual Community Development Summit in Pittsburgh on May 14th and 15th. The summit brings together community and economic development professionals, lenders, public officials, developers, planners, and others–more than 500 in all–who care about building and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities.
Mayor William Peduto today announced the 18 organizations that will receive funding for the sixth round of the Love Your Block (LYB) grant program, a servePGH initiative. Through the block revitalization program, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, the City awards $2,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a special $3,000 prize will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria. Spring project implementation will take place from April 15 to June 30, 2014.