Archive for April 19, 2013

Mayoral Forum Next Week

Pittsburgh Earth Day Town Hall

The Pittsburgh region’s skilled workforce can be a leader in developing job-creating clean energy solutions to the climate crisis, like solar, wind, geothermal and efficiency — that create jobs here in Pittsburgh.

WHAT: Earth Day Town Hall – Double Down on Clean Energy
WHO: The Sierra Club, the Blue Green Alliance, the United Steelworkers, Clean Energy Developers, and others.
WHEN: Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m.
WHERE: United Steelworkers Building, 60 Blvd of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (map)

Khari Mosley – Blue Green Alliance (Moderator)
Dewitt Walton – United Steelworkers Union
Sharon Pillar – Consultant/Advocate for solar energy and climate change
Joel Thomas – Manager, Business Development, Community Energy, Inc.
David Hassenzahl – Dean and Professor, School of Sustainability and the Environment, Chatham University


Questions?: Contact Randy Francisco at [email protected]


EPA Publishes 18th Annual U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory

In a press release, the U.S. EPA yesterday announced the release of its 18th annual report of overall U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions showing a 1.6 percent decrease in 2011 from the previous year. Recent trends can be attributed to multiple factors including reduced emissions from electricity generation, improvements in fuel efficiency in vehicles with reductions in miles traveled, and year-to-year changes in the prevailing weather.

GHGs are the primary driver of climate change, which can lead to hotter, longer heat waves that threaten the health of the sick, poor or elderly; increases in ground-level ozone pollution linked to asthma and other respiratory illnesses; as well as other threats to the health and welfare of Americans. GHG emissions in 2011 showed a 6.9 percent drop below 2005 levels. Total emissions of the six main greenhouse gases in 2011 were equivalent to 6,702 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. These gases include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.

More on the greenhouse gas inventory report, visit the EPA Climate Change website.

Lecture: To Hell and High Water: What You Need To Know About Climate Change

Learn more and register for this free event here.

PCI Supports Mayoral Forum on Greenspace

The Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance is hosting a Mayoral Candidate Forum on April 24th at the Heinz History Center to hear the candidates’ thoughts on parks, open space, and trails in the City of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Climate Initiative is a proud supported of this event as a “Friend of the Forum.” Please join us at this free event. More information and registration information is available at