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Be My Neighbor – Building Equity in the Steel City

“Mister Rogers Neighborhood” debuted in 1966 to a Pittsburgh that was about to embark on a total economic overhaul. Its foundation as the world’s mecca of steel manufacturing was shaken by a shifting world economy that would send Pittsburgh into economic upheaval. While Mr. Rogers began asking, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” neighborhoods throughout the […]

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What Happened to Pittsburgh’s Glass Recycling?

On January 1st, 2019, Pittsburgh area recycling bins were rocked by a tremendous scandal. As they waited patiently for curbside pick-up, they were struck by the uncanny notion that something was missing.  As of January 1st, that something was glass. Many residents in the greater Pittsburgh area have by now received notification that glass is […]

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Tami Dixon and the Art of Storytelling

For Tami Dixon, the world is her theatre. As the Principal Creative and Co-Founder of Bricolage Production Company in Pittsburgh, she’s brought countless stories of quirk to Pittsburgh audiences, in addition to acting, writing, and directing virtually any sort of interactive experience. We discuss how she fell in love with the arts, her critically acclaimed […]

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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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