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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity458
Don’t litter379
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons353
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 351
Call a friend or family member 319
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons310
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 300
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 299
Donate to a thrift shop295
Wash fruits and vegetables 294
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations281
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities275
Save money 271
Don’t dump in storm drains269
Care for someone in need268
Give to your local food bank264
Register to vote and do it 263
Use natural daylight257
Use both sides of paper 255
Pay bills electronically248
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle248
Only wash clothes as often as necessary241
Help your neighbors 238
Wash clothes in cold water 238
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 234
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 232
Support local businesses 232
Buy recycled and used products 226
Participate in your municipal recycling program 219
Provide healthy and safe working environments 216
Buy organic or naturally grown209
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 207
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 204
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.204
Buy from thrift shops 202
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 200
Maintain a budget 200
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable197
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region196
Air dry dishes 195
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge194
Buy Energy Star appliances 194
Volunteer regularly193
Service your vehicle regularly 193
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store192
Support a cause, join an organization189
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 188
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 184
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights183
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies182
Take shorter showers182
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 181
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 181
Consolidate trips to the store 180
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals179
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided178
Buy and support local goods and services. 176
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 175
Assist disadvantaged groups 173
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light172
Grow your own food 171
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”170
Thank a social worker 168
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 167
Avoid idling your vehicle 166
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 165
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 164
Use natural cooling164
Use a programmable thermostat 162
Park in shady areas when possible 162
Water your lawn only when it needs it 161
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy160
Recycle ink cartridges 160
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 157
Buy products in bulk 157
Leave clippings on the lawn. 155
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups154
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 154
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 152
Buy "free-range" products 151
Grow a vegetable garden 151
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 150
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Drive steadily at posted speed limits146
Fix leaks 145
Make a commitment to drive less 144
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)143
Support elected officials that are doing a good job143
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 142
By fair trade products141
Promote and support renewable energy sources140
Tutor someone 140
Pick up your pet’s waste138
Help children with homework 137
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program135
Offer to serve on a committee 133
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact132
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)132
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org132
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 132
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 131
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 131
Line-dry clothes 130
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 130
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 129
Replace furnace filters regularly 129
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 125
Ensure your home is properly insulated125
Donate to environmental organizations124
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 124
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings123
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 122
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 121
Donate blood119
Check for drafts 119
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 118
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 115
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 115
Host/attend a yard sale 114
Run errands during low traffic times111
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts108
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 108
Use a compost bin108
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.105
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh105
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 103
Attend town meetings 102
Clean up your neighborhood park100
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 98
Buy natural fiber clothing 97
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 96
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Carpool 89
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 87
Lower hot water heater temperature86
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 85
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new83
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 83
Buy a front load washer 83
Purchase renewable energy 82
Install door sweeps82
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content82
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 81
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 78
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 74
Use rain barrels 74
Use recycled ink cartridges74
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 73
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 73
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 72
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn67
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 66
Insulate water heater 66
Use a rain barrel 65
Plant only native species 65
Drink shade grown coffee 62
Carbon offset your lifestyle 60
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 56
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently53
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 52
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Install lights sensors 46
Plant a rain garden in your yard45
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 44
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club42
Attend PTA meetings 38
Buy a hybrid car 34
Buy carbon offsets 31
Drip irrigation 30