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Sustainable Pittsburgh

307 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1500
Pittsburgh, PA

Substantiating the regional economic payoffs of sustainable development

Sustainable Pittsburgh engages with regional policy leaders on issues that affect sustainability for southwestern Pennsylvania.

Sustainability Assessments for Developments of Regional Importance

SP works with developers to identify how a proposed development project advances sustainability as well how the project could be improved using the lens of sustainability.  The approach facilitates dialogue and collaboration for accelerating the policy and practice of sustainable development in the region.
View the Sustainability Assessment.

P4 Pittsburgh | People, Planet, Place and Performance

The City of Pittsburgh and The Heinz Endowments are spearheading a major effort to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive and sustainable. This model is based around a central, unifying framework—p4: People, Planet, Place and Performance.

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT)

SP serves as facilitator of the BRT Stakeholders Advisory Committee, engaging all sectors in exploring the development of bus rapid transit between downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, and the East End.  For more information on this project, visit

Regional Energy Plan and Strategy

This past December, SP was one of the 20 regional institution to host “Energy for the Power of 32” at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.  This groundbreaking event served as the formative kickoff of a process to develop a regional energy plan and strategy for the 32-county, Power of 32 region. The event featured keynote presentations, an energy planning engagement session, and release of the first regional energy baseline commissioned by Sustainable Pittsburgh (and published as a full page feature in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and to be posted to the energy website of the National Academies of Sciences).  For videos from the event, as well as our region’s first ever regional energy baseline, please visit

Regional Planning

  • SP collaborates with the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) and other organizations on regional planning and sustainability assessment including:
  • Assisted SPC to conduct a special forum on Environment and Sustainability.
    Submitted an input letter to the Pittsburgh City Planning Commission regarding SP’s collaboration with the Pittsburgh Penguins to conduct a Sustainability Assessment of the Civic Arena Redevelopment Project.