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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity592
Don’t litter493
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons464
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 454
Call a friend or family member 409
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 406
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons402
Wash fruits and vegetables 394
Donate to a thrift shop388
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 385
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations374
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities373
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Don’t dump in storm drains360
Save money 355
Register to vote and do it 350
Pay bills electronically341
Use both sides of paper 336
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle335
Use natural daylight334
Care for someone in need333
Give to your local food bank332
Wash clothes in cold water 322
Help your neighbors 314
Only wash clothes as often as necessary312
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 309
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 305
Participate in your municipal recycling program 304
Support local businesses 297
Buy recycled and used products 295
Provide healthy and safe working environments 280
Buy organic or naturally grown278
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 276
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 274
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.272
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable267
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store266
Maintain a budget 266
Buy from thrift shops 266
Service your vehicle regularly 266
Buy Energy Star appliances 262
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 258
Support a cause, join an organization257
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights257
Air dry dishes 254
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 253
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 252
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge251
Consolidate trips to the store 251
Volunteer regularly250
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals250
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 244
Take shorter showers244
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies239
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided239
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 238
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light238
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region236
Buy and support local goods and services. 235
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 232
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 230
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 229
Grow your own food 225
Water your lawn only when it needs it 225
Park in shady areas when possible 222
Assist disadvantaged groups 221
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 221
Use a programmable thermostat 221
Leave clippings on the lawn. 219
Avoid idling your vehicle 219
Use natural cooling219
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”218
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy217
Recycle ink cartridges 216
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups214
Thank a social worker 213
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 207
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 206
Grow a vegetable garden 205
Buy "free-range" products 204
Buy products in bulk 204
Drive steadily at posted speed limits201
Support elected officials that are doing a good job200
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 200
Fix leaks 198
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 198
Make a commitment to drive less 196
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)193
By fair trade products193
Promote and support renewable energy sources190
Replace furnace filters regularly 185
Pick up your pet’s waste184
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 182
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)182
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 181
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 180
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org179
Offer to serve on a committee 178
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program176
Tutor someone 176
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 174
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 174
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 174
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 173
Line-dry clothes 172
Help children with homework 171
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 171
Donate to environmental organizations170
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings169
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 169
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 168
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 166
Ensure your home is properly insulated162
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact159
Host/attend a yard sale 159
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 158
Check for drafts 157
Use a compost bin157
Run errands during low traffic times157
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 152
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 151
Donate blood149
Attend town meetings 145
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts140
Clean up your neighborhood park140
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 139
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.134
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 134
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 132
Buy natural fiber clothing 132
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 Pittsburgh127
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 126
Use paints with low VOC emissions 125
Lower hot water heater temperature123
Purchase renewable energy 118
Carpool 118
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 118
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 118
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content115
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new114
Install door sweeps113
Buy a front load washer 113
Use rain barrels 110
Use recycled ink cartridges106
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 103
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 103
Use a rain barrel 100
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 97
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 93
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn92
Plant only native species 89
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 88
Insulate water heater 88
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 87
Drink shade grown coffee 84
Carbon offset your lifestyle 82
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently82
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 79
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 73
Install lights sensors 70
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 61
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club60
Plant a rain garden in your yard56
Attend PTA meetings 53
Buy a hybrid car 51
Buy carbon offsets 42
Drip irrigation 40