Scheduled to open in 2009, the new Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will employ 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.

How Can Residents Make a Difference?

Success in reducing Pittsbugh’s greenhouse gas emissions will require 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.

PennFuture is leading community emissions reductions through a Pittsburgh-wide campaign launched in March 2009: ‘The Black & Gold City Goes Green’.  The campaign encourages Pittsburghers to take no-cost and low-cost steps toward reducing their greenhouse gas emissions, often saving money.  Please visit the campaign’s web-based to get involved, or view contact information.

The Green Government Task Force submitted to City Council a series of short-term (Less than 2 years), medium-term (2 to 5 years) and long-term (more than 5 years) recommendations on how community groups, such as non-profits, neighborhood associations, faith groups, scout troops, concerned residents and others, can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.


Click here to view the complete list of community recommendations available in the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan.




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