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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity430
Don’t litter359
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons330
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 327
Call a friend or family member 302
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons288
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 281
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 280
Donate to a thrift shop278
Wash fruits and vegetables 275
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations269
Care for someone in need257
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities255
Save money 255
Don’t dump in storm drains252
Register to vote and do it 251
Give to your local food bank248
Use natural daylight241
Use both sides of paper 240
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle231
Pay bills electronically227
Help your neighbors 225
Only wash clothes as often as necessary225
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 224
Wash clothes in cold water 223
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 219
Support local businesses 217
Buy recycled and used products 212
Participate in your municipal recycling program 205
Provide healthy and safe working environments 202
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 196
Buy organic or naturally grown196
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 194
Buy from thrift shops 194
Maintain a budget 191
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.190
Volunteer regularly185
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 185
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region183
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable183
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store182
Air dry dishes 181
Buy Energy Star appliances 181
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge180
Support a cause, join an organization178
Service your vehicle regularly 177
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 176
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 175
Take shorter showers172
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights171
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies171
Assist disadvantaged groups 170
Consolidate trips to the store 169
Buy and support local goods and services. 168
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 167
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 167
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals165
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided164
Thank a social worker 163
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 162
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”162
Grow your own food 162
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light158
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 156
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 156
Use natural cooling155
Avoid idling your vehicle 154
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 154
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy153
Use a programmable thermostat 152
Park in shady areas when possible 152
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 148
Water your lawn only when it needs it 148
Recycle ink cartridges 146
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 145
Leave clippings on the lawn. 144
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups144
Buy "free-range" products 144
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 144
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Buy products in bulk 142
Grow a vegetable garden 141
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 140
Make a commitment to drive less 138
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 137
Tutor someone 137
Drive steadily at posted speed limits137
Fix leaks 136
Support elected officials that are doing a good job136
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)133
By fair trade products132
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program131
Promote and support renewable energy sources131
Help children with homework 130
Pick up your pet’s waste129
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 129
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact127
Offer to serve on a committee 125
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 125
Line-dry clothes 124
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org124
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 124
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 122
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)120
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 120
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 117
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings117
Ensure your home is properly insulated117
Replace furnace filters regularly 117
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 116
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 116
Donate to environmental organizations115
Donate blood114
Check for drafts 114
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 112
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 112
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 109
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 109
Host/attend a yard sale 108
Run errands during low traffic times107
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts104
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 104
Use a compost bin103
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh100
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.99
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 96
Attend town meetings 93
Clean up your neighborhood park93
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 92
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 91
Buy natural fiber clothing 90
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 83
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new80
Lower hot water heater temperature79
Use paints with low VOC emissions 79
Install door sweeps78
Buy a front load washer 78
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 78
Purchase renewable energy 77
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content77
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 76
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 76
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
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 71
Use recycled ink cartridges70
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 68
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 67
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 65
Use a rain barrel 65
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn64
Insulate water heater 64
Plant only native species 61
Drink shade grown coffee 59
Carbon offset your lifestyle 57
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 53
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently51
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 50
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 club39
Attend PTA meetings 35
Buy a hybrid car 31
Buy carbon offsets 31
Drip irrigation 29