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Pittsburgh 1 of only 18 U.S. Municipalities to Reach "ICLEI Milestone 5" Sustainability Goal

Pennsylvania Works! Coalition Praises State House for Passing Green Building Bill

Governor Rendell Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners

City Council To Consider Legislation for Reducing Pittsburgh's Greenhouse Gases

 

 

Pittsburgh Transportation Exploration Set for September 23

Local organizations to Showcase Sustainable Commuting Options

Pittsburgh, PA (September 9, 2011) – A coalition of local transportation groups will host “Transportation Exploration” on Friday, September 23 from 7:30 – 9:30 AM in Market Square. All are encouraged to bike, bus, carpool, or simply walk downtown to celebrate sustainable transportation, where participating organizations will be on hand to help commuters learn how to make the most of their daily trips. The event will also announce the completion of the installation of bike racks on all Port Authority buses, an important development for people looking to combine transportation options. The crowd will be welcomed and addressed by BikePGH Executive Director Scott Bricker, Port Authority CEO Steve Bland, GBA Director of Innovation Aurora Sharrard, and others. Immediately following the speakers, all attendees are strongly encouraged to join a group photo to show the Pittsburgh region's support of this worldwide effort to go beyond fossil fuels.

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Pittsburgh 1 of Only 18 U.S. Municipalities to Reach "ICLEI Milestone 5" Sustainability Goal

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PITTSBURGH, Oct. 25, 2010

Award Recognizes City's Achievement in Addressing Climate Change

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In recognition of its continual work to measure and reduce greenhouse gases, Pittsburgh has received a "Milestone Five" Award from ICLEI: Local Governments for Sustainability.  In ICLEI's Five Milestone program, local governments commit to inventory greenhouse emissions, set realistic reduction goals, develop and implement hands-on climate action plans that yield results, and measure the impacts of their actions. Pittsburgh is one of only 18 municipalities nationwide to receive this recognition.


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Pennsylvania Works! Coalition Praises State House for Passing Green Building Bill

Harrisburg, Pa., July 13, 2009 / – Pennsylvania Works!, a coalition of environmental, conservation, preservation, housing, and research groups, praised the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for its passage today of the Green Buildings Bill (HB 444) by a vote of 180 - 17. This bill requires many new and renovated state-owned buildings, as well as certain state-funded buildings such as schools, to meet green building standards.

“This bill is a win-win for both the environment and taxpayers, since green buildings save money, energy, and resources,” said Ed Boito, coalition campaign director, who works for PennFuture. Green Buildings also create a better and healthier environment for working and learning. They are less expensive to operate, with significantly lower energy costs. They cause far less pollution, particularly reduced heat-trapping gases that cause global warming. And this bill will grow green jobs, increasing the demand for workers who can build and operate green buildings.”

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Governor Rendell Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners

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HARRISBURG, Pa., April 14, 2009 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today recognized fifteen Pennsylvania businesses and organizations that are adopting environmentally friendly practices and technologies and are working to revitalize communities, reduce pollution, and educate the public on the benefits of being good stewards of the state's natural resources.

"What these businesses and organizations and one inspiring educator all have in common is their ability to view environmental challenges as opportunities to do things differently," said Governor Rendell in announcing the recipients of the 2009 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence. "Their leadership is inspiring and together we will continue to preserve and protect the commonwealth's precious natural resources."

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Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh, for launching and leading the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative, an organizational partnership responsible for guiding completion of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan. The plan's goal is to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2023, using 2003 as the baseline level.

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City Council To Consider Legislation for Reducing Pittsburgh's Greenhouse Gases


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PITTSBURGH, June 23, 2008/PRNewswire/ -- A resolution being introduced in City Council tomorrow is designed to generate a 20-percent reduction in Pittsburgh's greenhouse gas emissions by 2023.

To achieve its goal, the resolution contains a Climate Action Plan, which details specific actions municipal government should take while endorsing a series of recommendations for community organizations, businesses and institutions of higher education.

The resolution and its Climate Action Plan were developed by the Green Government Task Force (GGTF), a coalition of local, state and federal officials as well as representatives from businesses, universities, foundations and non-profit organizations. Co-chairs of the GGTF are Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto and Pennsylvania State Senator Jim Ferlo. Rebecca Flora, executive director of the Green Building Alliance, first convened the group two years ago and serves as its facilitator.

"Our goal in reducing Pittsburgh's greenhouse gases is to continue Pittsburgh's leadership in green innovation and solutions," Flora said. "Pittsburgh's actions to combat climate change will position the city to achieve economic and health benefits while reducing our impact on the natural environment that we greatly value in Western Pennsylvania."

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