How Are Residents Making a Difference?

Success in reducing Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions requires a broad base of participation. Simple, everyday changes in behavior by city residents have the potential to generate dramatic reductions in heat-trapping gases and their impact on climate change.

The Black & Gold City Goes Green is the community emissions reduction campaign lead by PennFuture.  The campaign encourages Pittsburghers to take no-cost and low-cost steps toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, often saving money.  To get involved, visit the campaign’s website and report your actions.

Neighborhood Blitzers hand out energy-efficient supplies to residents in Bloomfield.

Another way for residents to get involved is by participating in a “Neighborhood Blitz”.  A Neighborhood Blitz is when volunteers go door-to-door delivering free bags of energy saving tools to resident’s doorsteps. Neighborhood Blitzes usually occur once a month in a target neighborhood in partnership with a ReEnergize Pgh “Energy Ambassador”. Since its pilot in 2010, there have been 22 blitzes in various neighborhoods across Pittsburgh.  Thanks to actions taken in 2013 alone, residents will save 1.5 million lbs of CO2 per year!

With the input of local residents, PennFuture and the Community Partners developed a set recommendations for Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0 on how community groups, such as non-profits, neighborhood associations, faith groups, scout troops, concerned residents and others, can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. These recommendations address home energy use, transportation, food and waste, green space, and building capacity through partnerships and funding.


Case Study: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh


Opened in 2009, the new Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC employs a wide variety of measures to use key resources such as energy, water, materials and land more efficiently. Environmentally friendly practices will include the use of:
  • Building materials with recycled content (including recycled post-consumer structural steel);
  • Local/regional construction materials to reduce transportation issues;
  • Low VOC materials such as sealants, adhesives, paints, and carpets; and
  • Air filtration systems that improve indoor air quality.

Black & Gold City Goes Green Contact

Evan Endres
Project Coordinator, Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future
(412) 258-6687
[email protected]