Pittsburgh emitted 6.6 million of tons of carbon dioxide in 2003, according to study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University. To reach its goal, Pittsburgh must eliminate 1.3 million tons of annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2023.

Pittsburgh Climate Initiative

The Pittsburgh Climate Initiative is a collaborative effort designed to lead Pittsburgh’s residents, businesses, government and institutions of higher learning in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Unless action is taken now to reduce these heat-trapping emissions, Pittsburgh could experience significant and irreparable consequences from climate change.

That’s why the City of Pittsburgh has established a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent below 2003 levels by 2023.

To achieve this goal, the Green Government Task Force solicited recommendations and compiled The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 1.0, which was submitted to City Council for approval in June 2008.  In August 2008, Pittsburgh City Council unanimously adopted the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan as a guiding document for the City. 

The Pittsburgh Climate Initiative is charged with guiding implementation of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan.

· PCI Management:  Green Building Alliance oversees PCI facilitation, administration, and collaboration, while also managing measurement and verification of overall PCI greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

· Municipal: City of Pittsburgh and ICLEI - Creating more sustainable City operations.

· Community: PennFuture - Addressing community climate activities through “The Black and Gold City Goes Green” initiative, which was introduced on March 17, 2009.

· Business: Sustainable Pittsburgh - Leading the Business Climate Coalition.

· Translation to County Level: Pennsylvania Environmental Council - Working directly with Allegheny County on its green initiatives, including a greenhouse gas inventory of County municipal operations.

· Higher Education: Green Building Alliance - Engage all Pittsburgh region colleges and universities to share information and set goals regarding research agenda, curricula, operations, outreach activities, and commitments that reduce the greenhouse gas emissions to align with Pittsburgh’s overall greenhouse gas reduction goal.

The Pittsburgh Climate Initiative addresses the major sources of Pittsburgh’s greenhouse gas emissions while taking advantage of existing organizations’ reduction efforts.

· The PCI includes program initiatives in all sectors.

· Each sector is currently focused on short and medium-term recommendations within the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 1.0.

· On March 17, 2009, PennFuture launched the Black and Gold Goes Green campaign to promote community members’ emissions reductions.

· Published in fall 2010, a second greenhouse gas emissions inventory quantifies Pittsburgh's 2008 emissions, a benchmark study to compare to the 2003 Pittsburgh inventory.

· During 2010 and and early 2011, the PCI is developing an updated, expanded Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan, Version 2.0.