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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity794
Don’t litter644
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons626
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 603
Call a friend or family member 560
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons547
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 527
Wash fruits and vegetables 517
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations513
Donate to a thrift shop511
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 504
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities494
Don’t dump in storm drains474
Register to vote and do it 467
Save money 464
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Pay bills electronically450
Help your neighbors 448
Give to your local food bank439
Care for someone in need437
Use natural daylight435
Use both sides of paper 429
Wash clothes in cold water 427
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle427
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 417
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 410
Only wash clothes as often as necessary408
Provide healthy and safe working environments 397
Participate in your municipal recycling program 390
Buy recycled and used products 388
Support local businesses 378
Buy organic or naturally grown368
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.364
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 363
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 360
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 355
Maintain a budget 354
Support a cause, join an organization348
Service your vehicle regularly 347
Buy from thrift shops 346
Buy Energy Star appliances 344
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store343
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable341
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 340
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights336
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 329
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge327
Air dry dishes 326
Volunteer regularly324
Consolidate trips to the store 323
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region322
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals320
Take shorter showers319
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 316
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies315
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light312
Buy and support local goods and services. 309
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided306
Water your lawn only when it needs it 304
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 302
Assist disadvantaged groups 301
Grow your own food 299
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 298
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 297
Thank a social worker 293
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 291
Park in shady areas when possible 291
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups286
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 286
Use a programmable thermostat 286
Use natural cooling283
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”278
Leave clippings on the lawn. 277
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy276
Grow a vegetable garden 275
Buy products in bulk 274
Recycle ink cartridges 271
Buy "free-range" products 269
Avoid idling your vehicle 268
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 268
Support elected officials that are doing a good job265
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 264
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 264
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Fix leaks 261
Drive steadily at posted speed limits254
Make a commitment to drive less 252
Pick up your pet’s waste249
Replace furnace filters regularly 249
By fair trade products248
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 247
Tutor someone 243
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 242
Promote and support renewable energy sources239
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program238
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 238
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 238
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 238
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 238
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)235
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)235
Offer to serve on a committee 229
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 229
Help children with homework 229
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 226
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org226
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 223
Line-dry clothes 222
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings215
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 215
Run errands during low traffic times214
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 214
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact213
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 210
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 209
Use a compost bin209
Attend town meetings 206
Ensure your home is properly insulated204
Donate blood203
Donate to environmental organizations203
Check for drafts 203
Host/attend a yard sale 201
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 200
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 191
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts185
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Clean up your neighborhood park176
Buy natural fiber clothing 175
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 175
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 174
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.173
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 172
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh167
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 163
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 162
Install door sweeps160
Carpool 160
Purchase renewable energy 158
Lower hot water heater temperature157
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 156
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 155
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new153
Buy a front load washer 152
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 145
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content140
Use rain barrels 135
Use recycled ink cartridges133
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 128
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 125
Insulate water heater 124
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 123
Use a rain barrel 121
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 117
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 117
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn113
Plant only native species 112
Drink shade grown coffee 111
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently109
Carbon offset your lifestyle 107
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 102
Install lights sensors 101
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 94
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club79
Attend PTA meetings 78
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 78
Buy a hybrid car 72
Plant a rain garden in your yard68
Drip irrigation 55
Buy carbon offsets 53