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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity434
Don’t litter363
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons333
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 330
Call a friend or family member 306
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons291
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 285
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 284
Donate to a thrift shop281
Wash fruits and vegetables 279
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations272
Care for someone in need261
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities259
Save money 258
Don’t dump in storm drains256
Register to vote and do it 254
Give to your local food bank250
Use both sides of paper 244
Use natural daylight244
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle234
Pay bills electronically231
Only wash clothes as often as necessary229
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 227
Help your neighbors 227
Wash clothes in cold water 226
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 223
Support local businesses 218
Buy recycled and used products 215
Participate in your municipal recycling program 208
Provide healthy and safe working environments 203
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 200
Buy organic or naturally grown200
Buy from thrift shops 196
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 195
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.193
Maintain a budget 192
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 188
Volunteer regularly187
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable186
Air dry dishes 185
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region184
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store184
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge183
Buy Energy Star appliances 183
Support a cause, join an organization181
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 179
Service your vehicle regularly 179
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 176
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights174
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies173
Take shorter showers173
Consolidate trips to the store 172
Assist disadvantaged groups 171
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 171
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 170
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals169
Buy and support local goods and services. 169
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided167
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”166
Thank a social worker 164
Grow your own food 164
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 163
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light162
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 158
Use natural cooling158
Avoid idling your vehicle 157
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 157
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 157
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy156
Use a programmable thermostat 154
Park in shady areas when possible 153
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 151
Water your lawn only when it needs it 151
Recycle ink cartridges 148
Leave clippings on the lawn. 147
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups147
Buy "free-range" products 147
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 147
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 146
Buy products in bulk 145
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 144
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Grow a vegetable garden 142
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 139
Fix leaks 139
Make a commitment to drive less 139
Drive steadily at posted speed limits139
Tutor someone 138
Support elected officials that are doing a good job137
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)135
By fair trade products135
Promote and support renewable energy sources134
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program133
Help children with homework 132
Pick up your pet’s waste130
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 130
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact129
Offer to serve on a committee 128
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 128
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org127
Line-dry clothes 126
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 126
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 126
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)122
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 121
Ensure your home is properly insulated120
Replace furnace filters regularly 120
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 119
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings119
Donate to environmental organizations118
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 118
Check for drafts 117
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 117
Donate blood115
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 115
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 114
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 111
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 111
Host/attend a yard sale 109
Run errands during low traffic times108
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts105
Use a compost bin105
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 104
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh101
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.100
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 98
Attend town meetings 95
Clean up your neighborhood park95
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 94
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 93
Buy natural fiber clothing 92
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Carpool 87
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 84
Use paints with low VOC emissions 82
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new81
Lower hot water heater temperature81
Install door sweeps80
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 79
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content79
Buy a front load washer 79
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 79
Purchase renewable energy 78
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 76
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 72
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 72
Use rain barrels 72
Use recycled ink cartridges71
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 70
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 68
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 66
Use a rain barrel 65
Insulate water heater 65
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn64
Plant only native species 62
Drink shade grown coffee 60
Carbon offset your lifestyle 59
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 55
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 52
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently51
Install lights sensors 45
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Plant a rain garden in your yard42
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 42
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club41
Attend PTA meetings 36
Buy a hybrid car 31
Buy carbon offsets 31
Drip irrigation 29