Volunteer to Help Build a Rain Garden

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.

Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series: Midsummer Night’s Jam

Homemade jam on warm bread---a slice of heaven! If you've always wanted to learn how to make jam, now's your chance. Penn State Extension’s Urban Homesteading Series is holding a class to teach you techniques to stretch your leftover fruit harvest into a delicious spread to bring you a bit of summer into the cold months ahead. And, since midsummer is peak time for berries here in Pennsylvania, what better time to hold a jam-making class?

Apply for a PWSA Green Infrastructure Grant

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.

Inspire Speakers Series: Charles Montgomery & Chris Koch on Achieving Happy, Equitable Cities

The Green Building Alliance's Inspire Speakers Series presents monthly lectures by both nationally renowned experts and local specialists in various fields of sustainability. The theme for their 2014-2015 Inspire Speakers Series is: Creating the Most Livable Places for All. Their upcoming lecture stakes out the intersection between urban design and the emerging science of happiness. On Thursday, May 14th, Charles Montgomery and Chris Koch will discuss "Using Urban Design to Achieve Happy, Equitable Cities."

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City Calls for Public Input on Community & Transit Improvements in Uptown & Oakland

Public meetings on BRT and EcoInnovation District set for Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6 PITTSBURGH, PA (April 28, 2015) The City of Pittsburgh is seeking public input on an action plan for transit improvements and community development in the corridor between Downtown and neighborhoods east.

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Earth Week Festivities Continue with FutureFest 2015

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.

City, Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District Flip the Switch on Earth Hour 2015

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.

Attend the City Planning Commission Hearing on Revisions to the Urban Agriculture Zoning Code

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.

Mayor & The Home Depot Foundation Announce $200,000 Grant to Help Veteran Homeowners in Pittsburgh

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh will receive funds in support of servePGH's Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP) PITTSBURGH, PA (June 11, 2014) - Mayor William Peduto today announced that The Home Depot Foundation will provide $200,000 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a partner with the city’s Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP), to expand services to support 28 veterans’ home repairs in the Pittsburgh region.

Cities Are “Charting a New Course for American Liberalism”

In his "The Revolt of the Cities" piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are "mapping the future of liberalism" by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can't. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors--including Pittsburgh's own Bill Peduto--to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don't stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America's largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.