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.

Planning the Future of Transportation for Our Region

Whether you travel by car, bus/T, ridesharing, taxi, bike or walking, we all use our streets, roads, and sidewalks and we all should have a say in the future of transportation in our region. So far, over 20,000 of you have taken the “Make My Trip Count” survey, which is a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school. If you still haven't participated, you have about 24 hours left to make your voice heard!

By | October 30th, 2015|Bill Peduto, Transportation|78 Comments

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

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.

City Sponsored Steel City Codefest App ‘’ Connects Residents with Refuse/Recycling Pickup

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 29, 2015) The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) along with the City of Pittsburgh announced today the official launch of, a City-sponsored app created to help tame the complexity of the trash and recycling collections schedule for City residents.

Register Now for Pittsburgh Blight Bootcamp!

There are more than 50,000 vacant houses in Allegheny County according to the most recently available data from the 2010 census. Too many of these houses have succumbed to blight. According to Department of Permits, Licenses & Inspections Director Maura Kennedy in a WESA article, "Blight can spread like a weed." "But the opposite is also true," she said. "Once you start holding people accountable and forcing change it’s really exciting to see the spread of dumpsters and people painting their porches and reinvesting in their community.”

Mayor William Peduto Announces Free Afterschool Meal Program

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 24, 2015) – Over a meal of mini twin cheeseburgers, whole fruit juice cup, fresh baby carrots and fat free chocolate milk, Mayor William Peduto broke bread with a group of students today at Ammon Recreation Center to launch the city’s free afterschool meals program.

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.

Make My Trip Count: 1st Commuter Survey for Pittsburgh Region Will Help Planning for Future

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 14, 2015) Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, Envision Downtown and others, today announced the “Make My Trip Count” survey, a first-of-its-kind effort to learn how commuters in the Pittsburgh region travel to work and to school. The two-part survey takes three to 10 minutes and is available online at through October 16, 2015. Information gathered from the respondents will create a valuable set of information about local commuters, enabling local decision-makers to have more complete data when making important strategic decisions regarding transportation, infrastructure and development.

By | September 14th, 2015|Bill Peduto, Press Release, Transportation|79 Comments

Alphabet Trail and Tales: Pittsburgh’s Largest Read Aloud

Each year, Citiparks celebrates the joy of reading with “Alphabet Trail and Tales.” This is an annual event and is free for the whole family. “Alphabet Trail and Tales” focuses on early and elementary literacy. Children follow the Alphabet Trail from A to Z where the best in children’s books is presented. This year, the books being read are Caps for Sale, Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move, Number One SamTops and Bottoms and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.

By | September 11th, 2015|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Education and Youth|9 Comments