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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity275
Don’t litter234
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons219
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 204
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 201
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons198
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 198
Donate to a thrift shop198
Call a friend or family member 191
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations190
Wash fruits and vegetables 187
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities182
Register to vote and do it 176
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 172
Don’t dump in storm drains171
Save money 169
Use both sides of paper 168
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle167
Use natural daylight164
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 163
Support local businesses 163
Pay bills electronically163
Care for someone in need161
Buy recycled and used products 159
Only wash clothes as often as necessary158
Participate in your municipal recycling program 155
Wash clothes in cold water 154
Buy organic or naturally grown153
Give to your local food bank146
Buy from thrift shops 146
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store143
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 141
Help your neighbors 140
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable138
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.138
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies137
Maintain a budget 136
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 135
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights134
Provide healthy and safe working environments 133
Buy Energy Star appliances 133
Air dry dishes 129
Buy and support local goods and services. 129
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 127
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 126
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 126
Service your vehicle regularly 126
Support a cause, join an organization123
Grow your own food 123
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”122
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 120
Volunteer regularly120
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 120
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 120
Consolidate trips to the store 120
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 117
Take shorter showers117
Use a programmable thermostat 116
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals116
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light115
Park in shady areas when possible 115
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided114
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy113
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 113
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 111
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups111
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region110
Avoid idling your vehicle 110
Assist disadvantaged groups 110
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 110
By fair trade products110
Buy "free-range" products 110
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Grow a vegetable garden 109
Use natural cooling108
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 107
Recycle ink cartridges 107
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 105
Leave clippings on the lawn. 104
Make a commitment to drive less 104
Support elected officials that are doing a good job102
Thank a social worker 101
Promote and support renewable energy sources99
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 99
Buy products in bulk 99
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 98
Water your lawn only when it needs it 97
Line-dry clothes 96
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 95
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org95
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)94
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 93
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge92
Fix leaks 92
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings90
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 90
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)90
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 90
Drive steadily at posted speed limits90
Donate to environmental organizations89
Replace furnace filters regularly 89
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 87
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 87
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 86
Tutor someone 85
Ensure your home is properly insulated85
Pick up your pet’s waste84
Offer to serve on a committee 82
Check for drafts 80
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 80
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 80
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 79
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 78
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 78
Use a compost bin76
Donate blood75
Run errands during low traffic times75
Host/attend a yard sale 75
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.72
Buy natural fiber clothing 72
Clean up your neighborhood park70
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh67
Help children with homework 66
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 65
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 65
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program64
Attend town meetings 64
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 64
Purchase renewable energy 64
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 64
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 63
Install door sweeps62
Lower hot water heater temperature61
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content60
Use paints with low VOC emissions 60
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact59
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 59
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts57
Use rain barrels 57
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 55
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 55
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 53
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn52
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new51
Carpool 51
Use a rain barrel 51
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 50
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 49
Use recycled ink cartridges48
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 45
Buy a front load washer 45
Plant only native species 45
Insulate water heater 44
Carbon offset your lifestyle 41
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently41
Drink shade grown coffee 41
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 37
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 36
Plant a rain garden in your yard34
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 29
Install lights sensors 28
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club28
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 24
Buy carbon offsets 23
Attend PTA meetings 22
Buy a hybrid car 21
Drip irrigation 20