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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity542
Don’t litter454
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons425
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 419
Call a friend or family member 379
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 373
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons372
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 360
Wash fruits and vegetables 360
Donate to a thrift shop354
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations343
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities340
Save money 330
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Don’t dump in storm drains329
Register to vote and do it 322
Care for someone in need312
Give to your local food bank311
Pay bills electronically311
Use natural daylight310
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle306
Use both sides of paper 305
Help your neighbors 295
Wash clothes in cold water 293
Only wash clothes as often as necessary287
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 281
Support local businesses 280
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 279
Participate in your municipal recycling program 279
Buy recycled and used products 274
Provide healthy and safe working environments 261
Buy organic or naturally grown255
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 254
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.247
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 245
Maintain a budget 245
Buy from thrift shops 245
Service your vehicle regularly 241
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 240
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store240
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable240
Buy Energy Star appliances 239
Support a cause, join an organization235
Air dry dishes 234
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights233
Volunteer regularly232
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 231
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 230
Consolidate trips to the store 230
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge229
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals228
Take shorter showers223
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region222
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies221
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light220
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 219
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 219
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided218
Buy and support local goods and services. 217
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 214
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 208
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 206
Grow your own food 206
Park in shady areas when possible 206
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 205
Assist disadvantaged groups 204
Use a programmable thermostat 204
Water your lawn only when it needs it 204
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”203
Use natural cooling202
Avoid idling your vehicle 200
Thank a social worker 196
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy196
Leave clippings on the lawn. 193
Recycle ink cartridges 193
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 191
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups190
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 190
Buy "free-range" products 188
Grow a vegetable garden 187
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 186
Buy products in bulk 186
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Support elected officials that are doing a good job184
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 182
Fix leaks 181
Drive steadily at posted speed limits180
Make a commitment to drive less 179
By fair trade products175
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)173
Promote and support renewable energy sources173
Replace furnace filters regularly 169
Offer to serve on a committee 168
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 168
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 165
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 165
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)165
Tutor someone 165
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org165
Pick up your pet’s waste164
Help children with homework 160
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 160
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program159
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 159
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 159
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings157
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 157
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 157
Donate to environmental organizations156
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 156
Line-dry clothes 154
Ensure your home is properly insulated151
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 150
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 150
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact147
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 147
Host/attend a yard sale 146
Check for drafts 145
Donate blood143
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 142
Run errands during low traffic times142
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 138
Attend town meetings 135
Use a compost bin134
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts127
Clean up your neighborhood park127
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 127
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.125
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 123
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 122
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh122
Buy natural fiber clothing 121
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 115
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 111
Lower hot water heater temperature111
Buy a front load washer 109
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 109
Carpool 108
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 108
Purchase renewable energy 107
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new105
Install door sweeps104
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content103
Use rain barrels 99
Use recycled ink cartridges95
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 94
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 94
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 90
Use a rain barrel 87
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn85
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 84
Insulate water heater 83
Plant only native species 81
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 80
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 80
Drink shade grown coffee 79
Carbon offset your lifestyle 76
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently74
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 72
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 67
Install lights sensors 60
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 56
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club53
Plant a rain garden in your yard52
Attend PTA meetings 49
Buy a hybrid car 43
Buy carbon offsets 39
Drip irrigation 38