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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity790
Don’t litter641
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons622
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 599
Call a friend or family member 557
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons543
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 524
Wash fruits and vegetables 514
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations510
Donate to a thrift shop508
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 501
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities491
Don’t dump in storm drains471
Register to vote and do it 464
Save money 461
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Pay bills electronically447
Help your neighbors 445
Give to your local food bank436
Care for someone in need434
Use natural daylight432
Use both sides of paper 426
Wash clothes in cold water 425
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle424
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 414
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 407
Only wash clothes as often as necessary405
Provide healthy and safe working environments 394
Participate in your municipal recycling program 388
Buy recycled and used products 386
Support local businesses 375
Buy organic or naturally grown365
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.361
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 360
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 357
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 352
Maintain a budget 351
Support a cause, join an organization345
Service your vehicle regularly 344
Buy from thrift shops 343
Buy Energy Star appliances 341
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store340
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable338
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 337
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights333
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 327
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge325
Air dry dishes 323
Volunteer regularly321
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region320
Consolidate trips to the store 320
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals317
Take shorter showers316
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 313
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies312
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light310
Buy and support local goods and services. 306
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided304
Water your lawn only when it needs it 302
Assist disadvantaged groups 299
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 299
Grow your own food 296
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 295
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 294
Thank a social worker 290
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 288
Park in shady areas when possible 288
Use a programmable thermostat 284
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups283
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 283
Use natural cooling280
Leave clippings on the lawn. 276
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”275
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy273
Grow a vegetable garden 273
Buy products in bulk 271
Recycle ink cartridges 268
Buy "free-range" products 266
Avoid idling your vehicle 265
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 265
Support elected officials that are doing a good job262
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 261
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 261
Fix leaks 259
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Drive steadily at posted speed limits251
Make a commitment to drive less 249
Pick up your pet’s waste248
Replace furnace filters regularly 247
By fair trade products245
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 244
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 240
Tutor someone 240
Promote and support renewable energy sources237
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program236
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 236
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 236
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 235
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 235
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)232
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)232
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 227
Offer to serve on a committee 226
Help children with homework 226
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 225
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org224
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 220
Line-dry clothes 219
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings213
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact212
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 212
Run errands during low traffic times211
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 211
Use a compost bin208
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 208
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 207
Attend town meetings 203
Donate blood202
Ensure your home is properly insulated202
Check for drafts 201
Donate to environmental organizations200
Host/attend a yard sale 200
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 197
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 189
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts183
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 174
Clean up your neighborhood park173
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 172
Buy natural fiber clothing 172
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.170
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 169
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh166
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 161
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 160
Carpool 158
Install door sweeps157
Purchase renewable energy 156
Lower hot water heater temperature155
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 154
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 154
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new151
Buy a front load washer 151
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 143
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content138
Use rain barrels 134
Use recycled ink cartridges130
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 127
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 122
Insulate water heater 122
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 120
Use a rain barrel 120
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 116
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 114
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn112
Plant only native species 111
Drink shade grown coffee 109
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently107
Carbon offset your lifestyle 104
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 101
Install lights sensors 100
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 94
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Attend PTA meetings 78
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club77
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 77
Buy a hybrid car 72
Plant a rain garden in your yard68
Drip irrigation 54
Buy carbon offsets 52