The Punchlist 4-30-21

Each week at the end of the week, we’ll share some of our favorite sustainability, climate, local, and whatever else – related stories.

This week’s edition features more exciting local and national news about the environment!

Dropped Plans: Previous plans for a fracking company to drill for gas at a Pittsburgh area steel mill have been dropped. Initially, US Steel had plans to appeal a denied permit extension, but later decided to pull the plug on the project. The project has faced years of opposition from local residents. Residents feared it would add to the air pollution caused by the US Steel’s Edgar Thomson Works.

Improving Global Building Supply Chain: The Green Building Alliance (GBA) is collaborating with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on a project to improve the energy efficiency and carbon footprint of the global building supply chain. With the success of the 2030 District Program, Pittsburgh and GBA have been experiencing a rising international profile. The International Climate Initiative award will allow GBA to build upon its current programs as well as create jobs in order to further support this effort.

Penguins Join Green Sports Alliance: The Pittsburgh Penguins and PPG Paints Arena have joined the Green Sports Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on environmental and social responsibility. After becoming the first sports facility in North America to be LEED Gold Certified in 2010, PPG Paints Arena has continued to promote environmental responsibility. The members of Green Sports Alliance include professional sports leagues, teams, venues, universities, and corporate partners. The collaboration between all of these organizations will expand the collective impact of the sustainability programs.

Pirates Homers Plant Trees: The Pittsburgh Pirates have partnered with Duquesne Light Co. in continuation of the power hitters program. Every home run the Pirates hit at PNC Park will plant a new tree in Pittsburgh. These trees will be planted in neighborhoods that are susceptible to heat island impacts due to buildings, roads and other infrastructure that absorb the heat from the sun. Trees will hopefully alleviate some of effects of the heat island impact. The Pirates are also reopening the Urban Garden which produces more than 300 pounds of fresh produce each season.

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