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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity529
Don’t litter441
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons413
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 407
Call a friend or family member 370
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons361
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 359
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 350
Wash fruits and vegetables 350
Donate to a thrift shop347
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities332
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations331
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Save money 321
Don’t dump in storm drains318
Register to vote and do it 313
Give to your local food bank306
Use natural daylight304
Care for someone in need303
Pay bills electronically301
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle298
Use both sides of paper 296
Help your neighbors 285
Wash clothes in cold water 285
Only wash clothes as often as necessary280
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 273
Support local businesses 273
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 271
Participate in your municipal recycling program 270
Buy recycled and used products 265
Provide healthy and safe working environments 252
Buy organic or naturally grown249
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 242
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.241
Buy from thrift shops 240
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 239
Maintain a budget 236
Buy Energy Star appliances 236
Service your vehicle regularly 236
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable234
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store233
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 232
Air dry dishes 229
Volunteer regularly226
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 226
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge225
Support a cause, join an organization225
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 225
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights224
Consolidate trips to the store 222
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals220
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region218
Take shorter showers216
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 215
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies215
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 213
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light213
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided213
Buy and support local goods and services. 211
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 208
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 203
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 202
Grow your own food 201
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 200
Park in shady areas when possible 199
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”198
Use a programmable thermostat 198
Assist disadvantaged groups 197
Water your lawn only when it needs it 197
Avoid idling your vehicle 196
Use natural cooling196
Thank a social worker 192
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy191
Leave clippings on the lawn. 188
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 187
Buy "free-range" products 185
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups184
Recycle ink cartridges 184
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 183
Grow a vegetable garden 181
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 180
Buy products in bulk 180
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Support elected officials that are doing a good job178
Fix leaks 175
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 175
Drive steadily at posted speed limits175
Make a commitment to drive less 174
By fair trade products170
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)167
Promote and support renewable energy sources167
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 163
Replace furnace filters regularly 163
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 161
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)161
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 160
Offer to serve on a committee 160
Pick up your pet’s waste160
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org160
Tutor someone 159
Help children with homework 156
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 155
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 155
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program154
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 153
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 152
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings151
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 151
Donate to environmental organizations150
Line-dry clothes 150
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 150
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 147
Ensure your home is properly insulated146
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact145
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 144
Host/attend a yard sale 144
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 143
Check for drafts 140
Donate blood139
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 139
Run errands during low traffic times137
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 134
Use a compost bin129
Attend town meetings 127
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts124
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 122
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.121
Clean up your neighborhood park121
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 119
Buy natural fiber clothing 119
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 119
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh116
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 112
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 108
Lower hot water heater temperature108
Buy a front load washer 107
Carpool 105
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 105
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new103
Purchase renewable energy 103
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 103
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content101
Install door sweeps100
Use rain barrels 95
Use recycled ink cartridges92
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 91
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 90
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 89
Use a rain barrel 84
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn83
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 83
Insulate water heater 80
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 79
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 78
Plant only native species 78
Drink shade grown coffee 77
Carbon offset your lifestyle 72
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 69
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently68
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 64
Install lights sensors 59
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 53
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club52
Plant a rain garden in your yard51
Attend PTA meetings 48
Buy a hybrid car 40
Buy carbon offsets 37
Drip irrigation 36