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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7 reasons we love the Green Workplace Challenge

Here at GTECH, we love to be challenged, to be inspired, to learn and to improve our ability to be environmental stewards. Participating in the Green Workplace Challenge (GWC), sponsored by Sustainable Pittsburgh, has allowed us to do those things and more. From an internal green competition to the opportunity to show off our solar panels, we've really enjoyed participating in the GWC and hope that your organization considers participating next year! 1. Solar Showcase Happy Hour: We're excited to have friends, partners and fellow…

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GTECH’s Next Three Years

GTECH CEO, Andrew Butcher, unpacks GTECH's three year strategic plan.   As you may know, we at GTECH started off this year with a healthy dose of strategic planning. It has been three years since our last planning process and a lot has happened since then. We doubled our staff and revenue, hosted more than 90 Ambassadors in more than 60 communities, launched new initiatives like Lots To Love; Green Playces; and The Healthy Home Incentive Program, retired the ReFuel Pgh program, and transitioned our energy…

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Event – The 4th Annual Two Wheels Lots of Green Bike Tour is August 22.

Pittsburgh Nonprofit Hosts Event Combining Biking and Community Development in Conjunction with Bike PGH’s Bike Fest PITTSBURGH–GTECH’s fourth annual fundraising bike tour and post-ride celebration will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 starting at 2PM at the Wigle Whiskey Barrelhouse at 1055 Spring Garden Ave. The day will kick off with a bike tour highlighting GTECH’s vacant land reclamation sites and other resident-driven community projects throughout the Northside’s 18 neighborhoods. The bike tour is followed by an after event at…

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11 Pittsburgh-based grad students are mapping what the Northside has to offer

Have you heard of these spots in the Northside? This summer I am one of a group of local graduate students that will be working on an asset identification project in the Northside. We are currently in our fifth week of exploration and research, and I would like to share a few of my favorite places while trekking the Northside's 18 neighborhoods. Neukirche is an art center in East Deutschtown that is community focused and works to make art accessible to everyone. Their Fallow…

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ReEnergize Pgh Finds a New Home

ReEnergize Pgh finds a new home with Conservation Consultants, Inc. In the fall of 2012, GTECH along with partnerships from local foundations (such as The Heinz Endowments and The Pittsburgh Foundation), the Allegheny County Executive's Office, national nonprofit Green For All, as well as dozens of other local agencies representing the spectrum of energy efficiency, launched ReEnergize Pgh. The goal of the cohort is to reduce home energy waste, increase demand for services and establish new standards for linking and aligning existing services. Since the launch, GTECH has convened…

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Health Impact Assessment of the Healthy Homes Incentive Program

What is a Health Impact Assessment? A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) provides recommendations to communities about how they can remain healthy, much like a doctor advises patients.  According the the Center for Disease Control (CDC) a full workup for a community includes the following: Screening (identifying plans, projects or policies for which an HIA would be useful), Scoping (identifying which health effects to consider), Assessing risks and benefits (identifying which people may be affected and how they may be affected),…

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3 Must See GTECH Events in May

It is a busy, busy spring here at GTECH.  We have 3 events during the month of May that we think you might like. Check them out on GTECH's event calendar by clicking the links below. ReClaim the Route MAY 3 @ 6:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Free As a part of an annual partnership with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, GTECH and community partners work to activate one of the hundreds of vacant lots that line the marathon route. This…

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Pittsburgh, We Need Your Cans for Marathon Day!

For a one-of-a-kind event for Pittsburgh Marathon Day! For the past few years GTECH has partnered with the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to activate a vacant lot along the marathon route in Homewood. This year the vacant lot is along Frankstown Ave. Clean Up Day - April 24 GTECH, along with 50 other Fed EX Ground employees, will clean up the space and plant a community garden with Operation Better Block in Homewood. Race Day - May 3 On race day, Canstruction…

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