Archive for March 30, 2012

Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2

The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2 is now final and published electronically in the Resources section of this site.

On March 6, 2012, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously endorsed the implementation of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.  Mayor Luke Ravehstahl signed this resolution on March 12, 2012.  City Council’s full resolution can be downloaded at:

Prepared in 2010 and 2011 by the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative Partners and a wide number of other stakeholders, the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2 reviews the greenhouse gas reduction measures that government, businesses, higher education institutions, and residents in the Pittsburgh region have already undertaken (especially those actions included in the original Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 1).  The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0 also proposes new measures that these sectors can implement in order to help meet the local greenhouse gas reduction target of 20% below 2003 levels by 2023.

The updated Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan follows a framework similar to its predecessor by organizing recommendations in the following sectors: government, business, community, and higher education. Recommendations were developed by the leading committee for each sector, which included the:

Additionally, in this updated Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, the government sector has been expanded to include three City of Pittsburgh Authorities: the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA).

City of Pittsburgh Sustainability Best Practices

Since the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative collaboration was founded in late 2008, the City of Pittsburgh has been implementing a lot of sustainability best practices.  Summaries of 16 of these activities are now downloadable!

Learn from the City’s experiences with the following sustainability best practices:

  • Bike & Pedestrian Initiatives
  • Employee Behavior Change
  • Energy Audits & Retrofits
  • Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
  • Farmers Markets
  • Green Building Legislation
  • Greening the Fleet
  • Open Space Plan
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Recycling & Composting
  • Renewable Energy
  • Student Involvement
  • Sustainability Commission
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Urban Greening
  • Vending Machine Misers

City of Pittsburgh “Earth Market”

Calling all green businesses! The City of Pittsburgh will be hosting the first ever Earth Market in Market Square to celebrate Earth Day. The market will be open daily April 23rd through 27th from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Participation is free, but vendors must pre-register by contacting the City’s Sustainability Coordinator, Aftyn Giles, at 412-255-2254 or [email protected] The deadline to register is April 18th–but register early to make sure you get a spot! For more information, see the Earth Market invitation. 

“Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong”


“Why the Global Warming Skeptics Are Wrong”

An interesting article by William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University, exploring the claims of climate change skeptics. Nordhaus has received support for research on the economics of climate change during the last decade from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the Glaser Foundation.