How Is Government Making a Difference?


City of PittsburghThe City of Pittsburgh has a variety of sustainability activities both complete and in progress, including: a Sustainability Commission (founded in 2008), Sustainability Coordinator (hired in 2008), and a municipally-specific chapter of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2. Currently, the Sustainability Coordinator is working on reducing energy use in City buildings, as well as working with community groups to incorporate green building and landscape design principles into their projects. Learn more about specific internal City efforts.

Allegheny CountyAllegheny County created a Green Team and hired a Sustainability Manager in 2009 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainability in County government operations, as well as by working with County municipalities. The County has installed a green roof on its office building, conducted a GHG inventory and climate action plan of government operations, and hosts the annual Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival in the fall. Learn more about specific County efforts.

Other Government Authorities collaborate with PCI to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Pittsburgh, including the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP), the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA), the Sports and Exhibition Authority (SEA), and the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA).

The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0 contains a series of short-term (within 2 years), medium-term (within 5 years) and long-term (beyond 5 years) recommendations on how the City of Pittsburgh’s government can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Pittsburgh City County Building

City County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh

The City of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, the PPG Zoo and Aquarium, the Sports and Exhibition Authority, and several municipalities in Allegheny County currently purchase 15 percent of their energy needs from renewable resources, eliminating more than 7,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

City Sustainability Commission Contact

Aftyn Giles
City Sustainability Coordinator
(412) 255-2254
[email protected]

Allegheny County Sustainability Office Contact

Kathleen Hrabovsky
Sustainability Manager
(412) 350-6506
[email protected]