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Sustainable Pittsburgh announces the winners of the 2018-2019 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge

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October 23, 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh names dynamic visionary as new Executive Director

February 28, 2018 March 12 – Steel Chef Cookoff combines workforce training for teens with culinary delights

January 24, 2018 New partnership invites region’s largest energy users to accelerate trends of purchasing renewables, advance sustainable development goals

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Dec. 11, 2017: New Year.  New Challenge.  New Ways to Compete.  Save.  Win. EMPLOYERS:  Go further in 2018 and sign up for the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge!

June 20, 2017: Southwestern Pennsylvania Business Leaders Launch CEOs for Sustainability to Advance Economic and Social Prosperity for Region

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7/18 How sustainable is your favorite Pittsburgh restaurant?

 This week, Sustainable Pittsburgh just made it easier for us to support restaurants that align with our values. The nonprofit has launched the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant Program, a program that recognizes restaurants that aim for a “triple bottom line” in Southwestern PA. A triple bottom line demands focus not only on profits but also on people and the planet.

7/16 Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program open for business

The possibility that the Pittsburgh region could become a national forerunner in the still-emerging restaurant sustainability movement became a reality July 16.

6/27 Millenials, developers increasingly drawn to Homestead

“We have a great location. We are on the city side of the Squirrel Hill tunnels with very affordable housing. In the early 1900s, when the mills were booming, they built this housing stock to last. It’s close to a walkable business district right on the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail and a number of regional and recreational assets.”

The bike trail is a great draw for many people. Homestead has bike racks and a bike corral provided by Sustainable Pittsburgh.

6/16 City of Pittsburgh selects consultant team to assist with Uptown Ecoinnovation District plan

Court Gould, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh said, “Pittsburgh’s strategic investment in the future of Uptown is a watershed moment in lifting up the principles of sustainable development for lasting prosperity for the benefit of all neighborhoods.  The choice of Interface Studio backs this commitment by deploying a world-class team to address social, economic, and environmental imperatives in this pilot effort to demonstrate the community sustaining impact of the new EcoInnovation District framework.”

6/12 Pittsburgh flexes its sustainability muscle

Establishing management systems and practices, and then reporting publicly to key stakeholders, are key tenets of the process. Ultimately, a company should be able to align its sustainability strategy to its corporate strategy, as well as to its stakeholders’ concerns.

The same approach can be used by a region to identify and prioritize sustainability issues, and then develop and implement initiatives to address them.

Sustainable Pittsburgh and Southwest Pennsylvania are well on their way to achieving this regional level of coordination and execution. As a region, SWPA can tackle material environmental issues such as waste, carbon emissions and water use.

Additional news coverage in 2015


  • 12/19 PGH Biz Times “Power of 32 meeting sets stage for regional plan”
  • 12/16-12/17 Pennsylvania Cable Network – full energy event except for breakouts.
  • 12/16 PG “Pittsburgh conference seeks input for region’s energy future”
  • 12/11 Observer Reporter “Work on regional energy policy powers up”
  • 12/7 PG “The Next Page: ‘Power of 32’ Court Gould presents a snapshot of regional energy use and invites a discussion about the future”
  • 12/1 Trib “Power plan needs producers”
  • 11/28 PGH Biz Times “Power of 32 developing regional plan for ‘energy revolution’”
  • 12/11 WESA – “Power of 32 Kicks Off Energy Conference”
  • 12/6 WPXI “Talking Pittsburgh” Interviewed: Court Gould – Energy for the Power of 32
  • 12/1 WESA – Corporate Social Responsibility reporting; Interviewed: Matt Mehalik
  • 12/1 WESA “Essential Pittsburgh” Interviewed: Matt Mehalik – Corporate Social Responsibility reporting
  • 12/1 “Energy For Power Of 32 Unveils Energy Baseline, Plan For Western PA Dec. 11”
  • 11/18 NEXTpittsburgh “Pittsburgh energy forum invites the public to raise their voice in region’s first strategic energy plan”
  • 11/17 PA Environment Digest Energy For The Power Of 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future Dec. 11 In Pittsburgh
  • 7/9 PGH City Paper: Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge
  • 7/8 PG: University of Pittsburgh steps up energy efficiency programs
  • 7/8 PG: DMI Companies decides to walk the walk
  • 7/8 PG: Changing Behaviors
  • 7/8 PG: From natural light to pen recycling
  • 7/8 PG: Getting the LED in
  • 7/8 PG: The lab on the sixth floor
  • 7/8 PG:East End architecture firm strives for carbon-neutral status
  • 7/7 90.5 WESA: Green Workplace Challenge Winners Announced
  • 6/27 KQV Live Line Interview “PGH Green Workplace Challenge”

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Heard on the Radio

Watched on TV

  • 12/8 WPXI “IMPACT” – 12th annual SWPA Smart Growth Conference
  • 5/12 WPXI “Talking Pittsburgh” Great Outdoors Week
  • 5/7 KDKA “Pittsburgh Today Live” Great Outdoors Week
  • 3/20 KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live “Walls are Bad – upcoming Spring activities”
  • 1/31 KDKA “Pittsburgh Today Live” – Walls are Bad
  • 1/13 KDKA “Pittsburgh Today Live” – MLK Jr. Day plus other outdoor activities

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  • 01/12/12 KQV “Bus Rapid Transit”
  • 12/13 KQV “Smart Growth Conference”
  • 12/5 KDKA – AM – Transportation funding crisis
  • 6/10 KQV 1410 AM “Input Sought on Transportation”
  • 5/19 WDUQ 90.5 FM “Biking, Climbing Paddling Highlight Outdoors Celebration”
  • 4/27 Allegheny Front 25th Anniversary Interviewed: Court Gould

Watched on TV

  • 01/13/12 KDKA “Pittsburgh Today Live” – MLK Jr. Day plus other outdoor activities
  • 01/31/12 KDKA “Pittsburgh Today Live” – Walls are Bad
  • 5/12 WPXI “Talking Pittsburgh” Great Outdoors Week Guest: Ginette Walker Vinski
  • 5/9 KDKA “Pittsburgh Today Live” Great Outdoors Week Guest: Ginette Walker Vinski
  • 1/17 – KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live “Walls are Bad”

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Heard on the Radio

  • WYEP – promos for Great Outdoors Week
  • 12/6-7 – WDUQ Interviewed: Matt Mehalik “Energy Efficiency Workshop”
  • 12/5 – WDUQ “Peter Calthorpe Broadcast”
  • 4/25 – DUQ broadcast of REDS keynote & some Q&A
  • 3/11 KQV-AM – World Environment Day
  • 3/11 WDUQ – World Environment Day

Watched on TV

  • 11/9 – KDKA – Pittsburgh Today Live “Top 5 Trails and Fall Outdoor Activities”
  • 8/15 – KDKA – Sunday Business Page “Downtown First”
  • 6/21 – KDKA – Pittsburgh Today Live “Walls are Bad” Guest: Ginette Walker Vinski
  • 5/31 – WQED – onQ, “What’s in the Water” Guest: Court Gould
  • 5/31 Pittsburgh Today Live appearance on KDKA Guest: Ginette Walker Vinski 5/26 – PCNC – Impact, “World Environment Day” Guest: Ginette Walker Vinski
  • 3/11 KDKA-TV – World Environment Day

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  • 12/15 KQV-AM – Live Line interview of John Kromer re: Blighted and Abandoned Properties
  • 12/15 WDUQ-FM – Regional Equitable Development Summit
  • 12/15 – DUQ – “Blighted and Abandoned Properties,” Regional Equitable Development Summit
  • 12/15/09 – KQV – “Blighted and Abandoned Properties” Live Line Interview
  • 11/16/09 – Pittsburgh Business Radio: Former Allegheny County Executive Jim Roddey looks at the influence that “going green” has had on Pittsburgh’s business climate. Jim talks with a number of local business leaders who are currently implementing green technology and resources into their operational strategy
  • 9/23/09 – WYEP – Allegheny Front “Experts Weigh in on Sustainability of Pittsburgh”
  • 9/10/09 – DUQ – “Sustainable Pittsburgh Releases ReportInterviewed:  Lee Hipps
  • 8/19/09 DUQ – Greening the G-20
  • 5/22/09 DUQ – story about the 9th Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Smart Growth Conference
  • 5/21/09 DUQ – “9th Annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Smart Growth Conference Held”
  • 5/15-16/09 DUQ – “Great Outdoors Week”
  • 5/14/09 KDKA 1020 – “Great Outdoors Week”
  • 4/17/09 DUQ – “One Step at a Time: Student Sustainability Symposium”

Watched on TV

  • 11/5/09 WPXI “Our Region’s Business” Interviewed: Lee Hipps (SP Board Chair)
  • 10/15/09 WPXI – 6pm Evening news. Interviewed: Matt Mehalik
  • 10/5/09 KDKA – Pittsburgh Today Live “Children and Nature” Walls are Bad segment
  • 9/11/09 KDKA-TV Pittsburgh Today Live ” Laurel Highlands” Walls are Bad segment
  • 8/19/09 KDKA-TV Group Pushes for ‘Green’ Elements to G-20
  • 8/14/09 KDKA-TV Pittsburgh Today Live “Bike Fest” Walls are Bad segment
  • 7/10/09 KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live – Walls are Bad – “Water Trails” Walls are Bad segment
  • 5/21/09 PCNC Night Talk, guest appearance “Green Tech/Jobs”
  • 5/8/09 KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live “Great Outdoors Week” Walls are Bad segment