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Sustainable Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity632
Don’t litter533
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons490
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 483
Call a friend or family member 438
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 436
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons422
Donate to a thrift shop421
Wash fruits and vegetables 420
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 417
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities400
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations397
Don’t dump in storm drains388
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Save money 378
Register to vote and do it 377
Pay bills electronically369
Use both sides of paper 356
Give to your local food bank355
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle354
Use natural daylight353
Care for someone in need352
Help your neighbors 348
Wash clothes in cold water 347
Only wash clothes as often as necessary333
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 328
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 320
Participate in your municipal recycling program 320
Support local businesses 314
Buy recycled and used products 310
Provide healthy and safe working environments 304
Buy organic or naturally grown293
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 291
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 290
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.290
Service your vehicle regularly 288
Maintain a budget 285
Buy Energy Star appliances 285
Buy from thrift shops 284
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store283
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable282
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights275
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 275
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 273
Support a cause, join an organization272
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 270
Air dry dishes 265
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 264
Consolidate trips to the store 263
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals262
Take shorter showers262
Volunteer regularly261
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light258
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge257
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies252
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided252
Buy and support local goods and services. 249
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 247
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region246
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 246
Water your lawn only when it needs it 244
Use a programmable thermostat 241
Grow your own food 241
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 240
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 240
Park in shady areas when possible 238
Leave clippings on the lawn. 234
Avoid idling your vehicle 232
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups230
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 230
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”230
Recycle ink cartridges 229
Use natural cooling228
Assist disadvantaged groups 227
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy227
Thank a social worker 224
Grow a vegetable garden 220
Buy products in bulk 219
Buy "free-range" products 217
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 216
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 216
Drive steadily at posted speed limits216
Support elected officials that are doing a good job214
Make a commitment to drive less 212
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 209
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 209
Fix leaks 208
Replace furnace filters regularly 202
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)201
By fair trade products200
Pick up your pet’s waste199
Promote and support renewable energy sources197
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)195
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 192
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 188
Offer to serve on a committee 186
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 186
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org186
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 185
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 185
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 184
Help children with homework 184
Tutor someone 183
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program182
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 182
Line-dry clothes 181
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 178
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 178
Donate to environmental organizations176
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 176
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 175
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings174
Ensure your home is properly insulated169
Run errands during low traffic times168
Use a compost bin167
Host/attend a yard sale 167
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 166
Check for drafts 165
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact164
Donate blood164
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 163
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 158
Attend town meetings 157
Clean up your neighborhood park148
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts144
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 144
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 142
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 139
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.138
Buy natural fiber clothing 136
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 132
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh132
Use paints with low VOC emissions 131
Lower hot water heater temperature130
Carpool 125
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 125
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 123
Install door sweeps122
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new121
Purchase renewable energy 121
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content118
Buy a front load washer 118
Use rain barrels 115
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 113
Use recycled ink cartridges113
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 107
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 105
Use a rain barrel 104
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn96
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 96
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 94
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 93
Insulate water heater 93
Plant only native species 92
Drink shade grown coffee 89
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently85
Carbon offset your lifestyle 84
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 83
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Install lights sensors 77
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 75
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 65
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club61
Plant a rain garden in your yard58
Attend PTA meetings 58
Buy a hybrid car 52
Buy carbon offsets 43
Drip irrigation 42