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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity413
Don’t litter345
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons315
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 311
Call a friend or family member 288
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons275
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 267
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 267
Donate to a thrift shop263
Wash fruits and vegetables 262
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations257
Care for someone in need248
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities247
Save money 244
Register to vote and do it 240
Don’t dump in storm drains239
Give to your local food bank236
Use both sides of paper 228
Use natural daylight227
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle221
Help your neighbors 216
Pay bills electronically216
Only wash clothes as often as necessary215
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 214
Wash clothes in cold water 211
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 208
Support local businesses 208
Buy recycled and used products 204
Participate in your municipal recycling program 195
Provide healthy and safe working environments 191
Buy organic or naturally grown190
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 186
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 185
Buy from thrift shops 185
Maintain a budget 182
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region180
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.179
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 178
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store174
Volunteer regularly173
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable173
Buy Energy Star appliances 173
Air dry dishes 172
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge168
Service your vehicle regularly 168
Support a cause, join an organization167
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies166
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 166
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 165
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights163
Assist disadvantaged groups 162
Consolidate trips to the store 162
Take shorter showers162
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 161
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 160
Buy and support local goods and services. 160
Grow your own food 157
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 155
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals154
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided154
Thank a social worker 153
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”152
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light150
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 149
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 148
Avoid idling your vehicle 147
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 147
Use a programmable thermostat 147
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy146
Use natural cooling145
Park in shady areas when possible 143
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 141
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups138
Water your lawn only when it needs it 138
Recycle ink cartridges 138
Buy "free-range" products 137
Grow a vegetable garden 137
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 137
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 137
Leave clippings on the lawn. 135
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 134
Make a commitment to drive less 132
Buy products in bulk 132
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 131
Tutor someone 130
Drive steadily at posted speed limits130
By fair trade products129
Fix leaks 128
Support elected officials that are doing a good job127
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program125
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)124
Pick up your pet’s waste124
Help children with homework 124
Promote and support renewable energy sources123
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact122
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 121
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org119
Line-dry clothes 118
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 118
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 117
Offer to serve on a committee 116
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 115
Replace furnace filters regularly 114
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)113
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 113
Ensure your home is properly insulated113
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 112
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 111
Donate to environmental organizations110
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings110
Donate blood109
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 109
Check for drafts 108
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 107
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 105
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 103
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 103
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 101
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts100
Host/attend a yard sale 100
Run errands during low traffic times98
Use a compost bin97
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.96
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh95
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 92
Clean up your neighborhood park90
Buy natural fiber clothing 88
Attend town meetings 86
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 86
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 85
Carpool 83
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 77
Purchase renewable energy 76
Buy a front load washer 76
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new75
Install door sweeps74
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content74
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 74
Use paints with low VOC emissions 74
Lower hot water heater temperature73
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 73
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 71
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 69
Use rain barrels 69
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 68
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 66
Use recycled ink cartridges66
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 63
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn62
Use a rain barrel 62
Insulate water heater 62
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 60
Plant only native species 58
Drink shade grown coffee 57
Carbon offset your lifestyle 55
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently49
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 49
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 47
Install lights sensors 42
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 40
Plant a rain garden in your yard39
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club36
Attend PTA meetings 32
Buy carbon offsets 30
Buy a hybrid car 28
Drip irrigation 27