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Pittsburgh 2030 District

First announced in August 2012, the Pittsburgh 2030 District is a collaborative, nationally recognized, but local community of high performance buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.  District-wide goals include 50% reductions below national and Districts baselines in energy, water, and transportation emissions by the year 2030, along with carbon neutral new construction by the year 2030.

Convened and facilitated by Green Building Alliance (a Pittsburgh Climate Initiative Partner), the Pittsburgh 2030 District is currently focused on Downtown Pittsburgh, with 65 properties totaling 23.9 million square feet already committed to reaching for District goals.  Both the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are Property Partners of the Pittsburgh 2030 District and partners of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative.

District Property Partners are solidly supported in their quest by 25 Community and Resource Partners — a long list that includes the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative and its individual Partner organizations (Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, Student Conservation Association, and Sustainable Pittsburgh.

Learn more about the Pittsburgh 2030 District at

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).