Environment

Good Jobs & Green Communities – Lessons from Kansas City

On Wednesday, March 9, the Clean Rivers Campaign, Phipps Conservatory and Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will hold a public presentation, "Beyond Tunnel Vision: Good Jobs & Green Communities - Lessons from Kansas City." In 2010, Kansas City became the first city in the nation to enter into a federal consent decree incorporating green infrastructure solutions to reduce combined sewer overflows. The presentation will focus on Kansas City's green-first, green-preferred approach and the potential these concepts have in Pittsburgh.

Larimer and East Liberty Park Planning Community Workshop

On Tuesday, March 8th, there will be a community workshop so that residents can view proposed designs for the new neighborhood park and open space network that will serve the Larimer and East Liberty communities. The space will start with a 3-acre neighborhood park at Larimer Avenue and Station Street.

ALCOSAN Customer Assistance Program (CAP) Public Hearing

Some of you may be familiar with customer assistance programs (CAP) by electric and gas utility companies that offer bill payment assistance to qualified, low-income customers. However, there has been no such CAP programs to assist with water and sewage bills--until now. The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has committed to creating a customer assistance program to help low and fixed income customers with their sewer bills and will be holding a hearing on Monday, November 16th to allow the public to give input on creating the best, most accessible program for our community.

Yard Debris Collection Saturday, ‘Pothole Blitz’ Scheduled for 3 Days Next Week

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 13, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh announced today that a three-day Pothole Blitz will take place next week, starting on Monday, November 16 and lasting through Wednesday, November 18.

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.

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.

Visit Solar Homes and Enjoy the After Party at the Pittsburgh Solar Tour

October is National Solar Tour month at the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), so tours and open houses are being held across the country now. In our region, October 17th will see the fifth annual Pittsburgh Solar Tour. The tour gives participants the chance to tour both featured solar installations and open houses.

Mayor, Chief of Staff To Attend Welcome Ceremony For Pope Francis At White House

PITTSBURGH, PA (Sept. 23, 2015) - Mayor William Peduto and Chief of Staff Kevin Acklin will be honored guests today at the White House Arrival Ceremony honoring His Holiness Pope Francis.

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.

City of Pittsburgh Launches Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 8, 2015) - The City of Pittsburgh today launched the “Pittsburgh Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation,” a strategic plan that will support equitable access to technology, City resources, and information. Championed by Mayor William Peduto’s Department of Innovation & Performance and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Roadmap for Inclusive Innovation is a strategic plan aimed to improve the quality of life for all residents. The Roadmap encompasses more than 100 projects and initiatives the City of Pittsburgh will undertake in the coming months and years.