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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

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Treat others with respect and dignity532
Don’t litter444
Don't participate in discrimination or devaluating persons415
I will share these ideas with my family, friends, and neighbors. 409
Call a friend or family member 371
Turn equipment and lights off when not in use 363
Speak up against discrimination or devaluating persons362
Spend more time outdoors, exploring and enjoying nature. 353
Wash fruits and vegetables 353
Donate to a thrift shop348
Support rights of all walks of life, lifestyles, and orientations333
Try paddling, camping, biking or other outdoor recreational activities333
I will urge five (5) others to take the I Am Sustainable Pittsburgh pledge
Save money 323
Don’t dump in storm drains320
Register to vote and do it 313
Give to your local food bank308
Care for someone in need305
Use natural daylight304
Pay bills electronically303
Use both sides of paper 298
Practice the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle298
Help your neighbors 287
Wash clothes in cold water 287
Only wash clothes as often as necessary281
Support local businesses 275
Seek to add diversity in all social and professional circles 274
Buy goods where manufactured under fair conditions, such as “fair trade” certified 272
Participate in your municipal recycling program 272
Buy recycled and used products 266
Provide healthy and safe working environments 254
Buy organic or naturally grown250
Extend the life of your clothing and shoes 245
Turn off the water between washing hand/brushing teeth/washing dishes, etc.242
Buy from thrift shops 241
Use reusable dishware instead of plastic ware 240
Maintain a budget 237
Buy Energy Star appliances 237
Service your vehicle regularly 237
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store235
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 234
Recycle mixed paper, cardboard, plastic bottles & jugs, aluminum and steel cans, and glass bottles that are not reusable234
Air dry dishes 229
Volunteer regularly228
Stop unwanted junk mail, telemarketers, catalogs 227
Support a cause, join an organization226
Switch out incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) or Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights226
Use your dishwasher and clothes washer for only full loads 226
I will congratulate participants in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge225
Consolidate trips to the store 223
Prepare dishes that will provide several meals221
I will educate myself about the region's energy portfolio by examining the Energy Baseline for the Power of 32 Region218
Take shorter showers217
Buy local or seasonal foods and produce and support local farmers/companies216
Buy used books, clothing, etc. 215
Use windows and curtains to help maintain comfortable room temperature/ventilation and to provide/reduce natural light215
Make sure your tires are properly inflated 214
Print only when necessary and print/copy double-sided213
Buy and support local goods and services. 212
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 210
Use reusable canvas bags instead of plastic or paper 204
Refrain from purchasing bottled water 202
Create, save, reclaim, or maintain a healthy habitat for native plants and animal species 201
Grow your own food 201
Park in shady areas when possible 201
Use cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, and hair products not tested on animals (or their ingredients) – look for the “bunny”199
Use a programmable thermostat 199
Assist disadvantaged groups 198
Water your lawn only when it needs it 198
Avoid idling your vehicle 196
Use natural cooling196
Thank a social worker 193
Eat less meat, seafood and dairy192
Leave clippings on the lawn. 189
Keep up to date on important issues by following unbiased news sources and discussing them with others. 187
Recycle ink cartridges 186
Avoid unnecessary items such as straws and plastic cups185
Buy "free-range" products 185
Consider the real cost of everything you buy. Think about the resources, production and packaging, and waste they generate 184
Avoid or peel fruits with high pesticide residue levels 181
Grow a vegetable garden 181
Buy products in bulk 181
Support elected officials that are doing a good job179
Ride a bike Walk, bike, and use public transportation. CommuteInfo is a helpful resource. (
Fix leaks 177
Avoid "Jack-rabbit" starts and hard braking 176
Drive steadily at posted speed limits176
Make a commitment to drive less 175
By fair trade products170
Use your vehicle’s air conditioner sparingly (and turn it off when not being used for cold air)167
Promote and support renewable energy sources167
Replace furnace filters regularly 164
Recycle old tires, appliances, electronics, bicycles, etc. 163
Offer to serve on a committee 162
Use non-toxic cleaning supplies 162
Water during the early morning or late evening parts of the day (before 10am/after 6pm)162
Pick up your pet’s waste161
Dispose of hazardous household waste products at the proper facility (Learn more about proper disposal of household chemicals at www.prc.org161
I will congratulate businesses that have earned recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Small Business Designation 160
Tutor someone 159
Keep pesticide/herbicide use to a minimum or do not use at all 156
Use low-phosphate or phosphate-free detergent 156
Help children with homework 156
I will congratulate municipalities that have earned certification in the Sustainable PA Community Certification program154
Mentor someone of a different ethnic/religious group 153
Donate to environmental organizations152
Promote the reuse and preservation of historical buildings152
Purchase products with minimal packaging to reduce waste 152
Avoid "wash separately" clothes 152
Eat seafood that is sustainable (i.e.: abundant populations, hook and line fishing method, low impact on natural habitat) 151
Line-dry clothes 150
Ensure your home is properly insulated148
Plant trees, vines and shrubs (they can be used to shade your home and reduce your energy bills) 147
I will congratulate businesses that have achieved recognition in the SWPA Sustainable Business Compact145
Remove clothing from dryer before cycle ends 145
Compost leftover coffee grounds, produce scraps, leaves, and grass clippings 144
Host/attend a yard sale 144
Check for drafts 142
Organize/participate in a sports league or other club 140
Donate blood139
Run errands during low traffic times137
Plant groundcover (annuals, perennials, fruits, vegetables, herbs, ornamental grass) 135
Attend town meetings 129
Use a compost bin129
I will congratulate property owners that are participating in the Pittsburgh 2030 Districts124
Clean up your neighborhood park123
Donate used building materials to a place like Construction Junction (
Investigate and invest environmentally and socially responsibly 122
I will become a partner in the Breathe Project to clean our air for healthier communities and a stronger economy.121
Install or adapt for low volume flush toilets 120
Donate unneeded or excess food to the shelters or food banks in town 119
Buy natural fiber clothing 119
I will become a supporting member of the nonprofit organization, Sustainable Pittsburgh117
Donate other materials to craft shops or places like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (
Use paints with low VOC emissions 112
Lower hot water heater temperature109
Build or incorporate green building practices in your home or business 108
Buy a front load washer 107
Install water-saving shower heads and low-flow faucet aerators 106
Carpool 105
Organize a social gathering in your neighborhood 105
Purchase renewable energy 104
Participate in a clothes swap with friends instead of buying new103
Install door sweeps101
Purchase printer paper with a high post-consumer waste content101
Use rain barrels 95
Use recycled ink cartridges93
Improve street-scaping and remove graffiti and litter 91
Start a backyard wildlife habitat project 91
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 84
Plant wildflowers or clover to replace lawn83
Buy organic clothing, bedding, or towels 83
Insulate water heater 81
Dispose of cigarette butts in an appropriate receptacle 79
Put up nesting boxes for native birds 78
Plant only native species 78
Drink shade grown coffee 78
Carbon offset your lifestyle 73
Use a fertilizer with time-released, water insoluble nitrogen 69
Look up the life cycle analysis of some products used frequently68
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 40
Buy carbon offsets 37
Drip irrigation 36