Pennsylvania’s Parks Are Recharging…Themselves

Nationwide, cities have become the rock stars of climate change. With few exceptions, America’s largest metropolises have set the most progressive standards for carbon reduction, including aggressive renewable energy targets, mandatory building benchmarking, and clean energy tax credits. But among the New Yorks and Seattles of the race is an unlikely contender—the Pennsylvania Department of […]

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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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Pittsburgh River Towns Unite to Create Triboro EcoDistrict

Environmental issues do not observe political boundaries. As rivers and valleys tie regions together, they equally bind diverse communities to a shared future. In Pittsburgh, the three river towns of Millvale, Etna, and Sharpsburg are forging their own connections, and the newly launched Triboro EcoDistrict promises to be a model for neighborhoods around the country. […]

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We Stand in Unity

On behalf of Green Building Alliance, we are heartbroken by the recent tragedy at Tree of Life Congregation. We are deeply troubled by the rhetorical and physical acts of violence that have taken place across our nation and now in our own community.  We believe that an injustice to any of us is an injustice […]

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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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