How Were Recommendations Formulated?

The first step in the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative was to determine the amount of greenhouse gases Pittsburgh emits annually, a study that was conducted in collaboration with the Green Building Alliance, Clean Air-Cool Planet and the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University.

Next, municipal, community, business and higher education leaders were asked how their organizations could reduce emissions in their specific areas. As a part of the community discussion, eigtht town-hall meetings were conducted in which Pittsburgh residents offered their ideas on how the city could reduce greehouse gases. Click here for a report on those suggestions.

The Green Government Task Force then reviewed all the suggestions submitted and created the Pittbsurgh Climate Action Plan, Version 1.0. This plan was accepted by the City as a guiding document in August 2008.

To implement the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan recommendations, the Pittsburgh Climate Initaitive leads four steering committees, each focused on achieving reductions in their specific area:

Municipal City of Pittsburgh Sustainability Commission
Community Black and Gold City Goes Green Campaign
Business Climate Coalition
Higher Education Higher Education Climate Coalition