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 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.
Transportation justice is the belief that all neighborhoods and communities should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options. Having good alternatives to cars — such as public transit, bikes, and safe sidewalks — helps to ensure that everyone can access employment opportunities, decent schools and affordable housing. Additionally, less reliance on cars, reduces pollution. Transportation justice also seeks to ensure that everyone — including those with disabilities, the elderly, children, and low-income residents — all have equal access to good mobility.
Where are the best places to locate “green infrastructure” in Squirrel Hill? There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, June 1st to both provide information about green infrastructure and to get your ideas on specific places to put these locations in Squirrel Hill. The meeting is being hosted by the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition (SHUC), with a mini-grant from the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA). There will be presentations from University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University researchers, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, and Stormworks.
PennFuture and Stay Positive Clairton will hold an Air Quality Expo in Clairton on Sunday, May 15th. There will be games and informational resources from various environmental and public health groups so that residents and other attendees can learn more about the air quality in the Clairton community. Food and beverages will be available served. Featured at the expo will be the premier of PennFuture’s documentary, “Clairton Coke Works, Clean Up Our Air.” PennFuture produced the short film that spotlights local residents who share their stories on how the air quality in the Mon Valley affects them. Matt Brosey directed and edited the film.
Friday, May 6th will see the 7th Geek Art/ Green Innovators Festival (GA/GI) — Pittsburgh’s only eco, art and tech fest! It takes place as part of the “Unblurred First Fridays” series on Penn Avenue in Garfield (at venues between Mathilda and Negley). It’s a totally unique mash-up of displays, demos, exhibits and music produced by the Passports Art Diversity Project in partnership with the Bloomfield Garfield Corporation, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pittsburgh Technology Council and others.
Friday, April 29th is Arbor Day — a holiday in which we’re all encouraged to plant and care for trees. It was founded in 1872 and an estimated one million trees were planted on the very first Arbor Day. This Arbor Day, Tree Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission, will be celebrating the holiday by holding a tree seedling giveaway in Pittsburgh’s Market Square!
Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty — literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for you?”
April 22nd is Earth Day, but here in Pittsburgh, we’ll be celebrating citywide from Thursday, April 21st to Sunday, April 24th! This year’s theme is “Steel to Sustainable” — honoring our transformation from Steel City to a thriving home for green innovation. Come out and help celebrate all the advancements made in sustainability, technology, and innovation where people live, work, and play!
You see them in pretty much every neighborhood. Weed-filled or strewn with garbage. A waste of space and energy. We’d all like to see vacant lots properly maintained. GTECH is currently partnering with UrbanKind Institute (Dr. Jamil Bey), Fourth Economy Consulting, Pitt’s University Center on Social Urban Research (UCSUR), A. Phillip Randolph Institute, City Source Associaties, KRJ Contracting, Landforce, the Hilltop Men’s Group, and YouthPlaces to help redesign and relaunch the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vacant land maintenance process.