Recently, six municipalities in southwestern Pennsylvania gained momentum on their sustainability projects through volunteer assistance from motivated business professionals. Called the “Corporate Sustainability Municipal Consultation” project, this unique public-private partnership matched corporate personnel from Alcoa with local municipalities to provide pro bono technical assistance on sustainability projects.
Alcoa employees were allotted time off to offer free advice from a wide range of professional specialties, including, but not limited to, legal, strategic analysis, engineering, real estate, and ethics and compliance. Projects ranged from optimizing recycling collection and processing in the City of Pittsburgh to assessing vacant and underutilized real estate in Sharpsburg’s central business district and developing a plan to get those properties back on the market.
Over the next few weeks, Sustainable Pittsburgh will share short videos about the projects. This first video provides a brief overview of the partnership and features interviews with some of the participating municipalities.
The “Corporate Sustainability Consultation to Municipalities” project was funded through the Legacy Alcoa Foundation in partnership with Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, Local Government Academy and Sustainable Pittsburgh.