Tag: Environment

Mayor William Peduto Statement on Saw Mill Run Project Grant

Mayor William Peduto Statement on Saw Mill Run Project Grant

The American Architectural Foundation has selected Pittsburgh and the Saw Mill Run Integrated Watershed Management Project to participate in the 2014 Sustainable Cities Design Academy.

Mayor Peduto Announces Extended Application Period for Love Your Block Program

Mayor Peduto Announces Extended Application Period for Love Your Block Program

Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications have been extended for the spring 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. Applications will now be available until Friday, March 7. This season, the block revitalization program will give organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers.

Love Your Block Grant Award Program Seeking Applications

Love Your Block Grant Award Program Seeking Applications

Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications are available for the City’s Spring 2014 Love Your Block grant award program. The block revitalization program gives organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary for a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Applications will be available until Friday, Feb. 28 and project implementation will begin April 15.

The Rust Belt of Tomorrow

The Rust Belt of Tomorrow

Rustbelt Almanac is a new quarterly magazine that takes a look at “the industrious people of the Rust Belt.” While manufacturing may have left this region, the work ethic of its artists, craftsman, laborers and entrepreneurs have not and are building something brand new. What better person to take on the subject of the rebirth of the Rust Belt than the Mayor Elect of Pittsburgh: Bill Peduto. Below is an excerpt from his article in Rustbelt Almanac. You can read the entire piece here.

Take the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Take the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Join with PennFuture and their partners, the Sierra Club and SUNWPA, for the 2013 Pittsburgh Solar Tour — a look at Pittsburgh homes and businesses that use solar energy and other green technologies. This year’s tour is on Saturday, October 12th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There are 22 different locations across Western PA, including the City of Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Millvale, Aspinwall, Moon Township, Fair Oaks, Saxonburg, Sarver, Rochester, Cheswick, and Bentleyville.

Help Send Young Pittsburghers to Power Shift Conference

Help Send Young Pittsburghers to Power Shift Conference

10,000 youth leaders will be converging in Pittsburgh this fall for Power Shift. The conference is being held to help to build a stronger climate movement to “fight fracking, divest from fossil fuels, demand climate justice, and build a clean energy economy that works for everyone.” Usually, Power Shift is a Washington, D.C. event, but for the first time it will be held here in Pittsburgh (October 18 – 21, 2013).

Beyond Tunnel Vision Speaker Series: The Pittsburgh Region Goes Green

Beyond Tunnel Vision Speaker Series: The Pittsburgh Region Goes Green

“The Pittsburgh Region Goes Green: Community Benefits from Local Green Infrastructure Projects is the latest talk in the Beyond Tunnel Vision speaker series. Highlighting successes in the Pittsburgh region, it aims to show that “We CAN do green infrastructure here AND people are already doing it!” Councilman Bill Peduto will give the introduction and municipal and community leaders will share information about local green projects happening in the City of Pittsburgh, Etna, Homestead/Munhall/W. Homestead, Millvale, and elsewhere.

Bill Peduto Praises PWSA’s Green Stormwater Plan

Bill Peduto Praises PWSA’s Green Stormwater Plan

90% of our drinking water comes from our rivers, yet almost every time it rains in Allegheny County, our sewer system is overwhelmed–overflowing sewage into our rivers, our streams, and often into our basements. In 2008, a federal consent decree by the Environmental Protection Agency required the prevention of almost all sewer overflows and long-term wet weather control planning. The question was whether “green” solutions–like rain gardens, porous pavement, rain barrels, green roofs, and more trees–would be used or would billions be spent on “gray” solutions.

How You Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

How You Can Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste

Last week, we told you where you could recycle old electronics, this week it’s how you can safely and responsibly dispose of household hazardous wastes. These are common household chemicals that typically contain words such as “caution,” “warning,” “poison,” or “flammable” on their label, but aren’t regulated as hazardous waste by either state or federal laws. However, as you may imagine, these are chemicals which are not good for the environment and that shouldn’t be dumped along with the rest of our trash. Most of us know that we shouldn’t so these products tend to get shoved to the back of a cupboard or basement or garage. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an average home can easily accumulate 100 pounds of these common chemicals!

It Takes a Village to Maintain a School Garden!

It Takes a Village to Maintain a School Garden!

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What would you say about a program for children that promotes healthy lifestyles, improves academic achievement, encourages environmentalism and enjoyment of nature, and encourages community involvement? That’s a program you’d want to support, right? If so, Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh could use just a couple of hours of your time this summer.