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I Can’t Think When It Rains

One month ago, every community in Pittsburgh experienced a life-altering trauma.  For some, the Tree of Life shooting directly touched their family. For others, the events triggered the memory of an equally horrifying experience. But much like the attacks on the World Trade Center, every one of us will remember where we were on the […]

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Books for Sustainability Nerds Volume II

A Review of Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History How do we make energy for all? Well, Science Historian Richard Rhodes’ Energy: A Human History attempts to answer that question by looking at the past 500 years of European and North American history. More of a read for policy wonks than technocrats, Energy won’t bring […]

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The Punch List – 11/19/18

Not quite a Turkey. In fact, not quite like any bird previously recorded. A Pittsburgh-region amateur birder Lowell Burket discovered a new, hybrid species from an uncommon cross between birds from two different genera.  Burket and his bird, aptly named the Burket’s bird have been published in 27 countries. Who’s taking a piece of the […]

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The Punch List – 11/14/18

Changes in the Political Ecosystem. Tuesday’s midterms made great changes in both the national and regional political ecosystem. This change includes local candidates such as Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee who have made national news for their climate change activism. House Call.  The Pittsburgh Regional Tenants’ Union is making a city-wide house call to action. […]

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The Punch List – 10/26/18

Pittsburgh-area murder scene. A group of crows is called a murder, and right now, there’s a murder on the lose on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus—and it’s growing. An annual occurrence, this serial murder can create quite a slipping hazard. Pitt’s maintenance staff are finding ways to spook the crows to “quoth, ‘Nevermore.’” Spook strategies […]

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The Punch List – 10/22/18

Destination: Jobs. For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh ranked #1 for jobs on Glassdoor’s Best Cities for Jobs 2018.  A job search and recruiting website, Glassdoor’s ranking was equally based on cost of living, the potential for getting hired, and job satisfaction. What’s Pittsburgh doing to top the list? Well, some think that […]

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Going with the Flow: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Builds First Passive House Certified Library in North America

The Carrick Branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) will be the first Passive House certified library in North America. This significant green building achievement tells the story of Pittsburgh: a community for all, where everyone has access to learning opportunities and has access to healthy, safe spaces. What’s the coolest feature of the […]

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The Punch List – 10/15/18

Talk about self-driven. Pittsburgh-based startup Aurora Innovation, Co. just received the first ever official (but still voluntary) state authorization to test self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and surrounding municipalities. In April, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Authority urged self-driving car companies to make testing #official, a process which includes filing a safety plan, mapping routes, and […]

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The Punch List – 10/8/18

Money on My Drain. Pittsburgh Water and Sewage Authority is considering implementing a stormwater fee.  Though details are still under development, the plan could largely affect “grey” infrastructure such as parking lots. Many such businesses don’t have any water access on their sites and have never been charged by  PWSA before. Why? “If we can control the […]

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The Punch List – 9/28/18

A bus by any other name…. Port Authority Buses are getting a rebrand—and we’re not just talking about new colors. This year-long process will promote a new Port Authority philosophy that celebrates fast, clean, and friendly public transit. Want to be a part of making public transportation better for all Pittsburghers? Be a mobility influencer […]

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