Help Wanted: Must Have Gumption

Edward Abbey wrote that “Language makes a mighty loose net with which to go fishing.”  Well, I believe we are all in the business of fishing - for that reason “gumption” is perhaps the closest thing to a verbal harpoon that I can think of when describing the qualities I aspire for and consider necessary for effective leadership. After 10 years of start-up, organizational growth, and evolution filled with countless moments of inspiration, joy, and gratitude, I am proud to…

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Intern Goodbye!

This post was written by our Alcoa Foundation summer interns on their last day. We're so lucky to have had them this summer! Yes, there were casualties -- we regret to report that paint got on kids’ shoes, shirts, and shorts. Other than those few incidents (which the kids probably view not as incidents, but as moments of sheer joy), "Learn, Climb, and Grow in Wilkinsburg" at the Green Playce at the Hosanna House went very well. In some ways…

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Introducing Shy

Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming Shy to the team for the summer as a design intern. She'll be working mostly with our Green Playces team. We asked Shy to tell us a little more about herself, and wanted to share what she wrote with you too: My name is Shynika Deandrae Stokes, but you can call me Shy. I am originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina, a small college town where the majority of the residents works at various industrial…

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We’re in for GWC 4.0!

GTECH Strategies is excited to participate again in the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge, a local competition put on by Sustainable Pittsburgh to recognize and encourage sustainable achievements by businesses and organizations. Even though we have a green and healthy environment in mind when designing our projects, the Green Workplace challenge encouraged us to look internally at our office behaviors and policies and make them even greener. If you remember last year, GTECH’s hard work and dedication led us to victory…

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We Want To Hear From You!

When you’re planning a trip to a new city and are trying to decide where to eat, you likely check out Yelp reviews to find the best restaurant at the lowest cost. When you’re trying to decide whether to purchase that self-watering planter on Amazon, you might first scroll to the bottom of the page and see what others have thought of it. Online reviews drive so much of our purchasing decisions these days; even the comedian Aziz Ansari has…

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Two Great Jobs, One New Organization!

After a great deal of research in preparation with our partners, we here at GTECH are thrilled we spread the word about not one but TWO awesome job openings at a brand new Pittsburgh organization.  A snippet from the job descriptions below should provide a few hints as to why we're so excited (and hope you are too!): After nearly 2 years of planning, national best practice benchmarking and site visits, and significant outreach, a collaborative effort between six non-profits has given…

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Combining the Giving Power of Individuals with Companies

An estimated $6 to $10 billion in matching gift funds goes unclaimed per year.  - Double the Donation The GTECH Social Capital Council is a cadre of energetic and socially conscious professionals who actively support and promote GTECH. It is a way for those who don’t necessarily work in the social sector to connect with community development activities, green economy issues and other sustainability projects. Council members promote and support GTECH through projects, events and contributions. We find that many…

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GTECH wins the Green Workplace Challenge!

We didn't just participate in the Green Workplace Challenge, we WON the Green Workplace Challenge. (And we have the trophies to prove it!) Green Workplace Challenge 2015 Results: Small Nonprofit Category Winner: GTECH –722 points Top Commuter Footprint Reducer: GTECH Strategies - 9.4% Reduction In case you missed the announcement - GTECH was the winner of the Small Nonprofit Category AND the Top Commuter Footprint Reducer of the 2015 Green Workplace Challenge (GWC)! You may remember the GWC from our September post,…

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Online Shopping this Season? Make us smile with AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is an easy & free way to to have your online gift giving give back. Will you be online shopping this Black Friday and Cyber Monday? If you happen to be on the Amazon.com taking advantage of the holiday deals, take one extra step and sign up for AmazonSmile -- GTECH gets 0.5% back on your items purchased. It isn't a whole lot, but here at GTECH we believe all big breakthroughs start with little bets and little contributions. Every little…

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Join the #GivingTuesday Movement

As the holidays approach, the “season of giving” is easy to mistake for the season of materialism. It’s easy to get ‘wrapped up’ in all of the incredible deals, just yesterday I caught myself thinking “That self-watering planter is 86% off? Until now I didn’t realize how much my plants needed to water themselves!” It then occurred to me that I’m spending more on myself than on gifts for others. I started to wonder if I’d lost sight of what…

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15 Reasons to Donate to GTECH’s $15k for $15k in 2015

GTECH just launched our 2015 year-end donation campaign, which is particularly special this year because we have the opportunity for $15,000 of donations to be matched. That’s right: $15k matched for $15k in 2015! To put it in perspective, $15k could help support 15 more Ambassadors lead the way towards healthier, more vibrant communities. Fifteen more energetic leaders means 15 more hubs of creativity, passion and innovation that will connect to and inspire hundreds more. If you’re still searching for…

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A Fond Farewell and a Happy Welcome

It's with mixed emotions that I announce my last day here at GTECH Strategies as the Marketing and Communications Manager. It's been a wonderful three years 3 months. During my time here I've worked with amazingly smart and dedicated individuals and connected with incredible organizations who are making Pittsburgh (and beyond) a better place. My next adventure involves working on my new home and consulting in the world of marketing and communications. So if you find yourself in need of demo…

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