The Punch List – 9/28/18

Roadrunner Recycling

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 and take the Make My Trip Count Survey.

The Amazon of Healthcare. This week, UPMC unveiled plans for three new hospital complexes in Oakland, Shadyside, and Uptown—a $2 billion project. A part of UPMC’s vision to become the “Amazon of healthcare,” these state-of-the-art designs are focused on providing more efficient medical care. The three hospitals will include a cancer treatment center with robot accommodations, a heart and transplant center that will feature green views, and a vision and rehabilitation hospital that is designed for easy navigation by visually impaired patients.

Fighting clean. Pittsburgh-area environmentalists are speaking out against President’s vehicle emissions standards. Nationally, Vehicles are a leading source of air pollution, and this rollback would freeze current industry standards and could possibly prevent states from preventing their own standards. What are locals saying about the rollback? “It would just add to the already burdened region,” says executive director of the Breathe Project Matthew Mehalik. Share your thoughts on the rollback thoughts with the EPA and DOT here.

Allegheny County recycling just got an upgrade. Allegheny County signed a $150,000 contract with Pittsburgh-based startup Roadrunner Recycling. Roadrunner uses “Uber-like” technology, sending small-fleet truck drivers can take recycling routes between their normal hauls to make extra cash. Plus, it keeps takes different types of recyclables in separate loads, making our region’s recycling more viable on the international secondary materials market.

Warning: this post may be bugged. Carnegie Museum of Natural History launched a new bug ID website to help citizen scientists help track clean waterways through its insects. Incidentally, the site’s 150 zoomable bug mugs have attracted fly fishers. Now, the museum is exploring new ways to expand the program to help fishermen and women both tie flies and monitor stream health.

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