Sustainability

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 Peduto Launches Resilience AmeriCorps…

PITTSBURGH, NEW YORK AND WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mayor William Peduto joins Cities of Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps, and the Rockefeller Foundation in announcing today the 10 cities which together form the first Resilience AmeriCorps cities in the United States. The cities of Anchorage, Ala., Boulder, Colo.,  Chicago, Ill., El Paso, Texas, Minot, N.D., New Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Ariz., and Tulsa, Okla. were selected for local vulnerability to climate-related risk, demonstrated commitment or efforts to improve environmental resilience, and city government capacity to host and implement Resilience AmeriCorps in their cities.

Oakland Recycling & Reuse Collection Event Tomorrow

Do you have some hard to recycle items that you need to let go? Are you a resident of Oakland? Well have we got an event for you! The Pennsylvania Resources Council, Pitt Serves, the Colcom Foundation, and the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC) are sponsoring the Oakland Recycling & Reuse Collection event tomorrow, Saturday, August 15 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the corner of Meyran and Sennott.

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.