GTECH’er in Germany: Day 1

This week, our Director of Operations and Programming is in Germany! Follow Evaine on a wonderful learning opportunity and journey this week.  This week, I have the privilege of joining a Case Study Trip to Hamburg, Germany; a Cities in Transition (CIT) initiative organized by the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and financially supported by the Kresge Foundation. The goal of this trip is to foster exchange and networking among policymakers and…

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Welcome Ambassadors

This week, GTECH welcomes 37 new ambassadors into our family through the ReClaim McKeesport, ReClaim Northside and ReEnergize Pittsburgh programs. ReClaim McKeesport ReClaim Mckeesport is GTECH's first-ever vacant land Ambassador program held outside of the city. These 11 residents are excited and ready to start reclaiming vacant lots in their neighborhoods. ReClaim Northside This is our third year working in the Northside neighborhoods. The ReClaim Northside Ambassadors are eager to learn how to transform some of the Northside's 5400 vacant lots into…

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Thank You for Attending Wet Hoptober Fest!

Cheers and thanks to all who came out and supported GTECH at the 2nd annual (sold out!) Wet Hoptober Fest. Together we raised nearly $4500 that will go towards reclaiming some of the 27,000 vacant lots in the City of Pittsburgh. PHOTOS FROM WET HOPTOBER In case you missed the event, here are a few of our favorite pictures and a few words from attendees. All photos are courtesy of East End Studios. If you'd like a full-resolution copy, please email Sara.  …

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5 Reasons We Are Working in McKeesport

ReClaiming Vacant Lots in McKeesport: 5 Reasons Why We are There. This fall, 10 McKeesport residents have the opportunity to clean and green vacant lots in their neighborhood. This is GTECH Strategies’ first vacant land Ambassador program outside of the City of Pittsburgh. In honor of that, James Snow, the project manager for ReClaim McKeesport, gives you his top five reasons why we chose to work with the City of Mckeesport to create new community green spaces.   1. The…

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On Air with McKeesport-based Tube City Online

James Snow, GTECH project manager, and A.J. Tedesco, Director of Community Development for McKeesport, spoke on-air with Jason Togyer of Tube City Online's new program, "Two Rivers, 30 Minutes" about our upcoming launch of the ReClaim McKeesport Ambassador Program. This is the first GTECH program focused on vacant land outside the City of Pittsburgh, illustrating that this is an issue in other parts of Allegheny County. James talked about how GTECH uses vacant lots to bring a community together. The ultimate goal of…

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Save the Date! The Third Annual Two Wheels Lots of Green Bike Tour.

Explore Some Urban Green during the Pittsburgh Bike Fest. The 3rd annual bike tour, Two Wheels Lots of Green, will take place August 16, during the 2014 Pittsburgh Bike Fest organized by Bike Pgh. The bike tour take riders on a journey through Pittsburgh neighborhoods and highlights the residents who are repurposing former vacant, urban lots into positive, green places.     Looking for questions about sponsorships, partnerships, volunteer opportunities or anything in between? Fill out the form below, and we will get in touch.…

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Smart(er) Days: Things get real

So...everybody and their grandmother seems to ride a bike in Amsterdam.  No joke.  There are close 800,000 residents of Amsterdam and over 900,000 bikes.  More bikes than humans...that is how this place rolls!  Literally. Not only are there a lot of individuals in physical - self propelled movement, but also there are surging levels of energy from the entrepreneurs and start-up community focusing on sustainability, climate resiliency, renewable energy, smart energy and systems design and behavior change. To put this in…

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GTECHer Spotlight: Brian Verdi

Get to know...Brian Verdi [one_half] [/one_half] [one_half_last] Role at GTECH: Research Intern for Knots on Lots Hometown: Pittsburgh Alma Mater: Washington and Jefferson College - Cell/Molecular Biology Current Education Endeavor: part-time Duquesne University student in the Environmental Science and Management Master's Program Favorite Burrito Topping: Guacamole [/one_half_last] I started volunteering with GTECH because of the many outstanding projects they help accomplish in Pittsburgh. I plan to provide whatever assistance I can to help this organization continues to enhance and strengthen the…

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Pittsburgh Day of Giving 2014

This year The Pittsburgh Foundation switched up the invariably fall giving campaign to this spring - May 6, 2014. Even though it hasn't been a full year we've been up to a thing or two: Trained 10 new Ambassadors in the Hilltop neighborhoods, who together will be turning 12 vacant lots into productive green spaces, including a life-sized checker's board Recycled 741 gallons of waste cooking oil used community-based Lenten Fish Frys Launched a brand new project, where GTECH is giving…

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Gravity

Today, GTECH turns 7. When you think about it, "growth" as a physical phenomenon is not really in our favor. As individual humans, there is an entire atmosphere of stuff (that's a technical term) that weighs down upon us. Not to mention lurking hungry bears - who tire of nuts and berries -  ready to pounce out of the shadows.  No wonder there is such joy in watching our offspring defy the odds of survival and manage to prosper and…

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GTECH launches new program: ReDo

Pittsburgh - April 1, 2014 - Growth Through Energy and Community Health [GTECH] Strategies launches new program, ReDo. The focus of the program will be helping community-based hair salons come up with creative reuses for hair clippings. GTECH CEO, Andrew Butcher, formulated the idea during a weekly visit to his barber shop. "I first thought of this idea while at my weekly 4 hour barber visit during my second facial treatment.  Many people don't know that I produce an inordinate…

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