Rain gardens provide an enormous benefit to the Pittsburgh region. Because in many areas, our sewage and storm water systems are still connected, it takes as little as a tenth of an inch of rainfall to overload them–causing sewage to overflow into our streams, yards, and rivers. Moreover, rain gardens absorb and naturally filter pollutants that would eventually end up in our freshwater.
While the Kingsley Association has been around in one form or another since 1893, their STREAM Program (Science Technology Reading Engineering Agriculture and Math) is definitely future-minded as it’s designed to promote interest among teens in 21st Century Career pathways. The program is for youths ages 15 to 19. It seeks to promote social action and academic growth through hands on projects and workshops. The summer program (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) runs five days a week and the fall program (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM) runs two days a week–Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) is committed to making green infrastructure part of the solution to improve water quality affected by stormwater runoff in our area. They are currently accepting applications for PWSA’s Green Infrastructure Grant Program. Residents can apply for up to a $50,000 matching grant, and community organizations can apply for up to a $5,000 mini grant for storm water mitigation projects.
Tomorrow, April 25th (rain or shine), you can get a glimpse of the future at FutureFest 2015. This new, public festival is being coordinated by Communitopia and will be held on the historic front lawn of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. FutureFest celebrates Pittsburgh’s successes and helps visitors to imagine our city’s achievable, sustainable future through art, demonstrations, music, science, food, and hands-on activities for all ages.
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 23, 2015) – Lights out, Pittsburghers. On Saturday, March 28, more than 50 buildings and monuments in Downtown and Oakland will celebrate Earth Hour from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Led by Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District partners, the City of Pittsburgh, and other key partners (listed below), dozens of buildings in Downtown and Oakland will turn off their non-essential lighting. The result will be a dramatic shift in the city’s skyline and an increased awareness of environmental issues.
With the rise in interest in city farming, beekeeping, backyard chicken raising and all things agricultural, there has been an equal rise in the need to revise and update city zoning code on urban agriculture. This Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., there will be a public hearing on the City Planning Commission’s plans to amend text to the zoning code related to urban agriculture. The meeting will take place at the John P. Robin Civic Building at 200 Ross Street in Pittsburgh.
The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works, Bureau of Environmental Services will be collecting leaf and yard debris from all residents in a special curbside collection on Saturday, November 8, 2014.
Do you care about the quality of the air in the City of Pittsburgh? If so, you have the opportunity to hear various experts give their testimony to Pittsburgh City Council on air pollution in our region and what can be done to combat it. Councilor Corey O’Connor will host the post agenda meeting this Thursday in Council chambers. Speakers will include representatives of environmental groups, academia, and the health care industry.
Love Your Block grants are a joint program of the City of Pittsburgh and The Home Depot Foundation that enable community groups and residents to revitalize our city one block at a time. Since its start in 2011, the program has engaged 3,994 volunteers and impacted 321 blocks with a grand total 117 projects completed in Pittsburgh!
Calling all Shadyside Tree Tenders and Neighborhood Tree Sympathizers! You have less than a week to turn in your Tree Request Forms as they are due Thursday, Sept. 18th. There will also be one final Tree Request Form Walk in Shadyside tomorrow in an effort to promote the love of trees and collect more forms.