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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity553
Don’t litter462
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons433
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 427
Call a friend or family member 387
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons379
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 379
Wash fruits and vegetables 366
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 365
Donate to a thrift shop365
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations350
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities346
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Don’t dump in storm drains337
Save money 334
Register to vote and do it 329
Care for someone in need318
Give to your local food bank317
Pay bills electronically317
Use natural daylight312
Use both sides of paper 310
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle309
Wash clothes in cold water 300
Help your neighbors 299
Only wash clothes as often as necessary293
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 287
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 286
Support local businesses 282
Participate in your municipal recycling program 282
Buy recycled and used products 277
Provide healthy and safe working environments 265
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 261
Buy organic or naturally grown261
Buy from thrift shops 251
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 250
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.250
Maintain a budget 246
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 244
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store244
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable243
Service your vehicle regularly 243
Air dry dishes 241
Buy Energy Star appliances 241
Support a cause, join an organization240
Volunteer regularly237
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights237
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 236
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge233
Consolidate trips to the store 233
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals231
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 231
Take shorter showers226
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region225
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies224
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light223
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 222
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 221
Buy and support local goods and services. 220
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided219
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 217
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 212
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 210
Assist disadvantaged groups 209
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 209
Grow your own food 209
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”208
Water your lawn only when it needs it 208
Use a programmable thermostat 207
Park in shady areas when possible 207
Avoid idling your vehicle 204
Use natural cooling204
Thank a social worker 201
Leave clippings on the lawn. 201
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy200
Recycle ink cartridges 198
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 195
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups193
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 193
Buy "free-range" products 192
Grow a vegetable garden 191
Buy products in bulk 189
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 188
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Support elected officials that are doing a good job186
Fix leaks 183
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 183
Drive steadily at posted speed limits183
By fair trade products180
Make a commitment to drive less 180
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)175
Promote and support renewable energy sources175
Offer to serve on a committee 171
Replace furnace filters regularly 170
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 169
Tutor someone 169
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 169
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)168
Pick up your pet’s waste168
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org168
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 167
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 164
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program163
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 163
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 161
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 161
Help children with homework 161
Donate to environmental organizations159
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings159
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 159
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 158
Line-dry clothes 157
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 154
Ensure your home is properly insulated154
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 152
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 152
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact150
Check for drafts 147
Host/attend a yard sale 147
Donate blood144
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 144
Run errands during low traffic times144
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 139
Attend town meetings 137
Use a compost bin137
Clean up your neighborhood park130
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 129
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts128
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.127
Buy natural fiber clothing 125
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 125
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 124
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh123
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 116
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 114
Lower hot water heater temperature113
Carpool 111
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 111
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 110
Buy a front load washer 109
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new108
Purchase renewable energy 107
Install door sweeps106
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content105
Use rain barrels 101
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 97
Use recycled ink cartridges97
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 95
Purchase bleach-free toilet paper and paper towels that are made from the highest post-consumer waste content you can find 92
Use a rain barrel 89
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn87
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 86
Insulate water heater 85
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 84
Plant only native species 84
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 81
Drink shade grown coffee 80
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently77
Carbon offset your lifestyle 76
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 73
Sign up to receive local Air Quality Alerts via EnviroFlash email notification (
Implement/Volunteer/Send kids to an after-school program 68
Install lights sensors 62
Help start a recycling program if one does not exist in your municipality, school, office, place of worship, etc. 57
Arrange a neighborhood exercise club, book club, or cooking club55
Plant a rain garden in your yard53
Attend PTA meetings 50
Buy a hybrid car 45
Buy carbon offsets 40
Drip irrigation 38