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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GTECH Celebrates 8 Years.

Happy Birthday to Us. GTECH Strategies turns 8 and we finally got was our first-ever, beautifully designed annual report!   We have one thing to say to you for our birthday – Thank you. Thank you to the communities that engaged us in taking action where action was possible. Thank you to the residents of those communities as well as the 36  Ambassadors from 2014 an 2015 for dedicating their time towards making positive change. Thank you to our partners who made projects…

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Inspiration to Action Breakfast

What do you talk about over breakfast when you have some of Pittsburgh's most predominate local food advocates, policy makers, grant makers, and health and university officials in the same room with Growing Power's Will Allen? Dirt. Well not dirt exactly, but nutritionally dense soil. This was the topic of conversation this morning at the Hill House's Kaufmann Center, when representatives from Grow Pittsburgh, Community Kitchen Pittsburgh, Just Harvest, Chatham University, the City of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Health Department and other neighborhood-based organization,…

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Lunch & Learn with ACHD

On Friday, March 6th the ACHD Healthy Homes & Lead Program taught GTECH staff and ReEnergize Pgh Ambassadors the ins and outs of their program over a brown bag lunch session. Richard Paul, the Public Health Educator and Jeff O'Brien, the Program Manager walked us through the relationship between home health and and the health of those who live in them. The ACHD Healthy Homes & Lead Program covers a variety of home health and safety issues, provides home assessments as well as education on…

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