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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity473
Don’t litter395
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons364
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 363
Call a friend or family member 330
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons321
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 315
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 311
Wash fruits and vegetables 308
Donate to a thrift shop304
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations291
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities286
Don’t dump in storm drains283
Save money 283
Care for someone in need275
Register to vote and do it 273
Give to your local food bank272
Use natural daylight272
Use both sides of paper 262
Pay bills electronically261
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle257
Help your neighbors 249
Only wash clothes as often as necessary249
Wash clothes in cold water 246
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 242
Support local businesses 242
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 238
Buy recycled and used products 235
Participate in your municipal recycling program 231
Provide healthy and safe working environments 223
Buy organic or naturally grown218
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 213
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.213
Maintain a budget 211
Buy from thrift shops 211
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 210
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 209
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable208
Buy Energy Star appliances 205
Service your vehicle regularly 203
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge202
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region202
Air dry dishes 201
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store200
Volunteer regularly199
Support a cause, join an organization198
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 195
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 194
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights193
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies191
Consolidate trips to the store 191
Take shorter showers190
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 189
Buy and support local goods and services. 188
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 186
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 186
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals186
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided184
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light183
Assist disadvantaged groups 180
Grow your own food 178
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”176
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 174
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 173
Use a programmable thermostat 173
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 173
Thank a social worker 172
Avoid idling your vehicle 171
Water your lawn only when it needs it 171
Use natural cooling170
Park in shady areas when possible 168
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy167
Recycle ink cartridges 164
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 163
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 163
Leave clippings on the lawn. 162
Buy products in bulk 161
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups160
Buy "free-range" products 158
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 158
Grow a vegetable garden 157
Fix leaks 156
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 155
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Drive steadily at posted speed limits151
Support elected officials that are doing a good job149
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 148
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)148
Make a commitment to drive less 148
Tutor someone 147
By fair trade products144
Pick up your pet’s waste144
Promote and support renewable energy sources143
Help children with homework 143
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program140
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)140
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 140
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 140
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 139
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org139
Replace furnace filters regularly 138
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact137
Offer to serve on a committee 137
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 137
Line-dry clothes 135
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 132
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 131
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 130
Ensure your home is properly insulated130
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings129
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 129
Donate to environmental organizations128
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 128
Donate blood126
Check for drafts 123
Host/attend a yard sale 123
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 122
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 121
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 120
Run errands during low traffic times117
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 116
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts113
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.110
Use a compost bin110
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh110
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 109
Attend town meetings 105
Clean up your neighborhood park103
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 103
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 102
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Buy natural fiber clothing 101
Use paints with low VOC emissions 93
Lower hot water heater temperature92
Carpool 92
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Buy a front load washer 90
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 90
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new89
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 89
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 88
Install door sweeps85
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content85
Purchase renewable energy 84
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 81
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 77
Use rain barrels 77
Use recycled ink cartridges77
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 74
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 74
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 74
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn70
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 69
Insulate water heater 69
Use a rain barrel 67
Plant only native species 67
Drink shade grown coffee 64
Carbon offset your lifestyle 63
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 58
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently56
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 54
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Install lights sensors 49
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 47
Plant a rain garden in your yard46
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club44
Attend PTA meetings 41
Buy a hybrid car 34
Buy carbon offsets 32
Drip irrigation 31