Archive for June 26, 2013

President Obama Announces Plan on Climate Action

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, President Barack Obama announced his plan for fighting global climate change, including growing clean energy, collaborating with other countries, and improving efficiency of the built environment. Many of the recommendations also address climate adaptation and increasing the resiliency of communities.

For more information, view a Fact Sheet from the White House or read the full Climate Action Plan.

Comment to let us know what you think about the President’s leadership on climate change. What makes you excited? What do you think is missing?

Consider voicing your support of this recent action by contacting the White House or signing onto an existing support letter, like the one started by Blue Green Alliance.

Photo Credit: The Associated Press

Green Workplace Challenge Now Open– Kick- Off Event June 26th!

Join Sustainable Pittsburgh in kicking off the 2013-2014 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) on Wednesday, June 26 at 8:30 am at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium!

The GWC is a yearlong competition that helps your organization save money while enabling you to track and measure improvements in the areas of energy, water, and (new this year) waste, and transportation. This year, the GWC is open to nonprofits, colleges/universities, and municipalities in addition to small, medium, and large businesses in southwestern Pennsylvania.

During the 2011-2012 competition, participants saved enough energy to power nearly 6,000 average U.S. households for a year, saving over $4.2 million. Enough water was saved to fill Heinz Field 13 feet deep!

When an organization is more efficient in its use of resources, it increases profits, reduces cost, and more money is available for reinvestment. Sign up today to compete! Use the GWC to showcase and receive credit for your organization’s green achievements.

The kickoff event on June 26 features opening remarks from County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, along with insights from past winners. Be sure to attend to witness the goals this year’s participants pledge to achieve.

Featured Speakers
– Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
– Dr. Barbara Baker, CEO, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
– Angela Garcia, Deputy Director, Global Links
– Aftyn Giles, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh
– Kanak Iyer, President, Kanakadhara Financial
– Barb Kviz, Sustainability Coordinator, Carnegie Mellon
– Christine Mondor, Principal, evolveEA
– Marily Nixon, Breathe Project Coordinator, The Heinz Endowments
– Jim Pashek, Principal, Pashek Associates
– Jonah Paul, Analytics Manager, Eaton
– Dan Santmyer, Pittsburgh Site Director of Operations, Bayer Corporation
– John Trant, Jr., Chief Strategy Officer, Cranberry Township

The sign-up period for the competition ends July 31, 2013. To sign up, simply create an account at

To RSVP for the Kick-off, please email full contact information to Kimberly Olivito at [email protected]

Recent Letters to Editor Discuss Lack of Action on Climate Legislation

Two recent “Letters to the Editor” in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette discussed the need for action on climate change.

“Curbing Carbon: It’s time to finalize this EPA pollution standard,” from June 10th, 2013

“We Have No Time To Waste in Countering Climate Change,” from June 17th, 201