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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity427
Don’t litter356
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons327
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 323
Call a friend or family member 300
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons285
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 279
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 278
Donate to a thrift shop274
Wash fruits and vegetables 272
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations267
Care for someone in need256
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities254
Save money 254
Don’t dump in storm drains249
Register to vote and do it 248
Give to your local food bank245
Use both sides of paper 238
Use natural daylight238
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle229
Help your neighbors 224
Pay bills electronically224
Only wash clothes as often as necessary223
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 222
Wash clothes in cold water 220
Support local businesses 216
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 215
Buy recycled and used products 211
Participate in your municipal recycling program 203
Provide healthy and safe working environments 201
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 194
Join groups (e.g., arts, sports, religion) or a project likely to lead to making new friends of different race, ethnicity or different social class 193
Buy organic or naturally grown193
Buy from thrift shops 192
Maintain a budget 191
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.188
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region183
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 183
Volunteer regularly182
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable181
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store180
Air dry dishes 180
Buy Energy Star appliances 180
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge176
Support a cause, join an organization176
Service your vehicle regularly 176
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 174
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 173
Take shorter showers170
Assist disadvantaged groups 169
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights169
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies169
Buy and support local goods and services. 168
Consolidate trips to the store 168
Plug your TV, DVD player, and other equipment into a power strip. When you turn them off, turn off the strip, so they won't be drawing "phantom power" while you're not using them 167
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 166
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals163
Thank a social worker 162
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 162
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided162
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”161
Grow your own food 161
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light156
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 155
Avoid idling your vehicle 154
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 154
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 152
Use natural cooling152
Use a programmable thermostat 151
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy151
Park in shady areas when possible 151
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 147
Water your lawn only when it needs it 147
Recycle ink cartridges 145
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 144
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 144
Leave clippings on the lawn. 143
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups142
Buy "free-range" products 142
Grow a vegetable garden 141
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Buy products in bulk 141
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 139
Make a commitment to drive less 138
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 136
Drive steadily at posted speed limits136
Fix leaks 135
Support elected officials that are doing a good job135
Tutor someone 135
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)132
By fair trade products132
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program130
Promote and support renewable energy sources129
Help children with homework 129
Pick up your pet’s waste128
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 127
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact126
Offer to serve on a committee 124
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 124
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 124
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org123
Line-dry clothes 122
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 121
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)120
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 119
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 117
Ensure your home is properly insulated117
Replace furnace filters regularly 117
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 116
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings115
Donate to environmental organizations114
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 114
Check for drafts 114
Donate blood112
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 112
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 111
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 108
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 108
Host/attend a yard sale 106
Run errands during low traffic times105
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts104
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 104
Use a compost bin102
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.99
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh99
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 96
Clean up your neighborhood park93
Attend town meetings 92
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 92
Buy natural fiber clothing 90
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 90
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Carpool 86
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 82
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new79
Install door sweeps78
Lower hot water heater temperature78
Buy a front load washer 78
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 78
Purchase renewable energy 77
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content77
Use paints with low VOC emissions 77
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 76
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 75
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 72
Use rain barrels 72
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 71
Use recycled ink cartridges70
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 68
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 67
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 64
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn64
Use a rain barrel 64
Insulate water heater 64
Plant only native species 60
Drink shade grown coffee 58
Carbon offset your lifestyle 57
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 53
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently51
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 49
Install lights sensors 45
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Plant a rain garden in your yard41
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 41
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club39
Attend PTA meetings 34
Buy carbon offsets 31
Buy a hybrid car 29
Drip irrigation 28