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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity537
Don’t litter448
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons420
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 415
Call a friend or family member 374
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons367
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 367
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 357
Wash fruits and vegetables 356
Donate to a thrift shop351
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations339
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities338
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Save money 327
Don’t dump in storm drains323
Register to vote and do it 317
Give to your local food bank309
Care for someone in need308
Use natural daylight308
Pay bills electronically307
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle302
Use both sides of paper 301
Help your neighbors 291
Wash clothes in cold water 290
Only wash clothes as often as necessary284
Support local businesses 278
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 277
Participate in your municipal recycling program 275
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 274
Buy recycled and used products 270
Provide healthy and safe working environments 257
Buy organic or naturally grown253
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 250
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.245
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 243
Buy from thrift shops 243
Maintain a budget 241
Service your vehicle regularly 239
Buy Energy Star appliances 238
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 237
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store237
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable237
Air dry dishes 231
Support a cause, join an organization230
Volunteer regularly230
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 230
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights229
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge228
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 228
Consolidate trips to the store 226
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals224
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region221
Take shorter showers221
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies218
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 217
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light217
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 216
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided216
Buy and support local goods and services. 215
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 211
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 206
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 205
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 204
Park in shady areas when possible 204
Grow your own food 203
Assist disadvantaged groups 202
Use a programmable thermostat 202
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”201
Water your lawn only when it needs it 201
Use natural cooling200
Avoid idling your vehicle 199
Thank a social worker 194
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy194
Leave clippings on the lawn. 191
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 189
Recycle ink cartridges 188
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups187
Buy "free-range" products 187
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 187
Grow a vegetable garden 184
Buy products in bulk 184
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 183
Support elected officials that are doing a good job182
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Fix leaks 179
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 179
Drive steadily at posted speed limits178
Make a commitment to drive less 177
By fair trade products172
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)170
Promote and support renewable energy sources170
Replace furnace filters regularly 167
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 166
Offer to serve on a committee 164
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 164
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)164
Pick up your pet’s waste163
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org163
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 162
Tutor someone 162
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program158
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 158
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 157
Help children with homework 156
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings155
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 155
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 155
Donate to environmental organizations154
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 154
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 154
Line-dry clothes 152
Ensure your home is properly insulated150
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 149
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 148
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact146
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 146
Host/attend a yard sale 145
Check for drafts 144
Donate blood141
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 141
Run errands during low traffic times140
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 137
Use a compost bin132
Attend town meetings 131
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts125
Clean up your neighborhood park125
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 124
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.122
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 122
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 121
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh120
Buy natural fiber clothing 120
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 114
Lower hot water heater temperature110
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 109
Buy a front load washer 108
Carpool 107
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 107
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 106
Purchase renewable energy 105
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new104
Install door sweeps103
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content102
Use rain barrels 97
Use recycled ink cartridges94
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 93
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 93
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 89
Use a rain barrel 86
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn84
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 83
Insulate water heater 82
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 80
Plant only native species 80
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 79
Drink shade grown coffee 78
Carbon offset your lifestyle 74
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently71
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 71
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 65
Install lights sensors 59
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 53
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club52
Plant a rain garden in your yard51
Attend PTA meetings 48
Buy a hybrid car 41
Buy carbon offsets 37
Drip irrigation 37