3 Reasons You Should Join the Social Capital Council Right Now

We think that 2015 is an advantageous time to be a part of the Social Capital Council.  The Council is a cadre of energetic and socially conscious professionals who want to connect with community development activities, green economy issues and social entrepreneurship in Pittsburgh. 1. Attend Fun and Meaningful Events These events aren’t your typical networking events. Sure when you attend a GTECH event you’ll have the opportunity to mingle with community development mavericks, social innovators, and Pittsburgh changemakers, but you'll…

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Round up your grocery bill and help reclaim Pittsburgh!

For the entire month of February, customer of the East End Food Coop have the option to round their shopping bill and donate the difference to GTECH. Like the EEFC, we believe in creating vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities throughout the Pittsburgh region. All donations raised will help us continue our efforts in reclaiming vacant land for the creation of green community places and increasing the adoption of energy efficiency actions throughout Allegheny County. [bctt tweet="I pledge to shop at the @EastEndCoop in Feb.…

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GTECH Launches New Resource Page

Useful community development tools and open data are available on the GTECH website. This month GTECH launched a brand-new resource page. On the page you can find the data that we collect for our projects and reporting as well as the tools and methodologies that we use when approaching a particular issue. Currently there are 5 full-length reports available on the site. Topics cover themes like vacant lot classification in the Northside, to an aggregation of environmental youth programming in the Pittsburgh region as…

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Resilient Pittsburgh

This week, The City of Pittsburgh joined The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient City Network.  This means that The City will join the elite ranks of a few cities around the world whom are recognizing that the key to bouncing back from catastrophic events such as flooding, and extreme weather is to plan to "bounce forward."  This means integrating public services, smart planning, investing in social networks, and prioritizing sustainable  infrastructure in all domains. What is resiliency really about? Resiliency is the…

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Hilltop residents taking action

Hilltop community members know what it takes to reclaim vacant land. This past month we released a mini documentary that sheds light on the issue of vacancy in the City of Pittsburgh, focusing on the people that are doing something about it in the Hilltop neighborhoods.   "The people that live here are the ones that really know the issues and assets here. They know what the people really want to see in their neighborhoods. That's what we want - people to have…

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Happy Thanksgiving: What are you thankful for?

We asked staff, "What are you thankful for this year?" Andrew: "I am thankful for having such an incredible team of hardworking, creative, gumption-filled GTECH'ers to work with. (I'm also grateful for the people reading this post - cause they make it worth it all.)" Cassandra "I am thankful for my family, friends and my relationship with God! I am thankful for a reasonable portion of health for my loved ones and myself." Ellie "I'm thankful for having my own…

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This Cyber Monday make us smile with AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is that easy & free way to keep to have your online gift giving give back. The Monday following Thanksgiving  come to be known as "Cyber Monday".  On this day many people  shop online to take advantage of the holiday deals. If you shop at the online retailer, Amazon and sign up for AmazonSmile -- GTECH gets 0.5% back on your items purchased. It isn't a whole lot, but every little bit helps. It’s very easy to use, especially if you…

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Metabolic: A Systems Approach to Action

What if you could revitalize a brownfield not only in a ecological way, but  also create an active, useful, economically-viable, creative space? What if all the building were made of entirely recycled material and waste wasn't disposed of, but rather reused? This morning Eva Gladek, CEO and founder of Metabolic -- a clean tech development and systems consulting firm based in Amsterdam, spoke to a group of GTECH staff, SCC members and partners about a project that embodied just that. The De Ceuvel, or Cleantech Playground,…

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GTECHer in Germany: Day 5

This week, our Director of Operations and Programming is in Germany! Follow Evaine on a wonderful learning opportunity and journey this week. Screen Shot of Nexthamburg's website Demographics and Inclusion Our final day of programming was really about debriefing what we’ve learned and how we are going to apply it to our work at home. At 6 pm we had one final presentation and discussion with Julian Petrin from Nexthamburg. It was a conversation about demographics, inclusive and participatory planning,…

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GTECHer in Germany: Day 4

 This week, our Director of Operations and Programming is in Germany! Follow Evaine on a wonderful learning opportunity and journey this week.   Tackling the G word We arrive at Hafen City University -- a public university focused solely on the built environment and urban development -- to have a panel discussion with a few exciting guests. The panel included: Andreas Kaufmann, an urban planner from Leipzig, Germany who started his own company, Büro Kaufmann; Mei Ling Liem, a strategic advisor from…

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GTECHer in Germany: Day 2

This week, our Director of Operations and Programming is in Germany! Follow Evaine on a wonderful learning opportunity and journey this week.    DAY 2: 4 Modes of Transportation   9:00A:  Hamburg's Director of the Department of Land Use Planning, Susanne Metz, and Head of Housing, Matthias Kock, spent an engaging two hours giving us some context on the population and planning work that is being done in the city. We are learning about the Green Net plan which looks at…

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