World Environment Day

This year's World Environment Day is on Sunday, June 5th. This year, it's hosted by Angola, with the theme "fight against the illegal trade in wildlife" Sure, that sounds great, you might be thinking, but we don't have lions or elephants here to protect. How is this stuff related to me? But World Environment Day is more than celebrities imploring you to stop buying ivory. At its core, World Environment Day is about realizing nature's beautiful bounty and making sure that…

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Find Your Greenspace on Lots to Love

The warm weather appears to be here to stay and it is not too late to put your green thumbs to use! Don't have the outdoor space to accommodate a garden? Check out Lots to Love and find a lot in need of your attention. Lots to Love is a online tool designed to equip Pittsburgh residents with the resources they need to navigate and utilize vacant land in their neighborhoods. We see such parcels of land not as a waste of…

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Circle Economy Follow Up

If you need a quick primer on the Circle Economy - check out this video that Andre shared Rethinking progress: the Circular Economy. The circular economy can be applied to help communities minimize waste, maximize value creation, and generate new opportunity for prosperity. -Andre Struker The circular economy is all about closing resource loops, mimicking natural ecosystems in the way we organize our society and businesses. Andre Struker, Strategic Advisor to Amsterdam's water utility Waternet, came to Pittsburgh to share his expertise on how the facility's…

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PCRG Mobile Workshop Recap

PCRG's Community Development Summit took place this week. The topic this year was Power of Place. GTECH, along with our partners - Propel Schools, Healthy Ride, Manchester Growing Together Garden, and One Northside - hosted a mobile workshop: It Takes a Village: Addressing Vacancy Through Community Partnerships in Pittsburgh’s Northside. There’s lots to love, because lots need love. And you can see it happening by bike! The tour highlighted some of GTECH’s work with key partners over the past 3-5 years in Pittsburgh’s…

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19 Reasons You Should Help Us Plan A Northside Trail System This Week

Imagine an urban trail system that connected Northside residents and visitors to all that the Northside has to offer....   We're honored and delighted to be working with One Northside on initial planning efforts for an urban trail system in the Northside. Since January, we've been conducting some foundational planning work such as benchmarking of other successful urban trail systems, presenting the concept at community meetings, identifying potential funding sources, and developing draft routes which maximize neighborhood and asset connectivity. Now…

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Citymart

Citymart was not a real store - I knew that much.  But I didn’t really understand the name until I dug a little deeper.  Browse around the organization’s website and you may come across this passage: “Citymart partners with cities to rethink their spending habits so they focus on what problems they need to solve instead of what things they want to buy. Cities will spend money in better ways, create new opportunities for local businesses, and find the best…

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We asked a bunch of 3rd graders….

...what they would do with a greenplayce. Part of what makes our Green Playces program so neat is our community driven design process. So we asked a class of third graders from McKeesport what they would like out of a greenplayce. We weren't really sure what we would get back. The results were pretty tremendous. We got letters from each student, and pictures from some. They described classes they would like to have outside, opportunities for education outside the classroom…

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The gift of safe, vibrant and healthy green spaces

There are 27,000 vacant lots in the City of Pittsburgh. 45,000 vacant lots in Allegheny County.  What if instead we saw 45,000 community-designed gardens, parklets, and play spaces for youth. Imagine how the image, identity, and perceptions of blighted neighborhoods would change. - Andrew Butcher, CEO and Founder, GTECH Strategies GTECH Strategies works with people to transition land use liabilities into community assets and improve the economic, social, and environmental health of our communities. We firmly believe that good design,…

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Administrative Professionals Week!

Happy Administrative Professionals Week! Of course, we think you should celebrate them everyday, but still take a special moment this week to celebrate the Administrative Professionals that you know. Originally called National Secretaries Week, this celebration started in 1952, to recognize "the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of which business and government depend." This week of celebration and thanks was originally a part of a movement to recognize the work of administrative staff, grow the field,…

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Educational Opportunities and Events Around Green Playces

Along with the flowers, trees, and shrubs, GTECH's projects start to bloom in the spring. Our staff members are stir-crazy from the long winter and our projects are starting to heat up! This year our Green Playces initiative has four sites to design and build out at the Hilltop, Wilkinsburg, McKeesport, and the Hill District. Along with building out the sites with the help of volunteers, GTECH is exploring how our partnerships can expand into additional events and educational opportunities. This past week we…

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Urban trails around the country inform Northside trail planning

Here at GTECH, we spend a lot of time thinking about how people relate to the places they live. That's why we're so excited to be working with One Northside to plan for a trail system that would connect all 18 neighborhoods in Pittsburgh's Northside. This project stemmed out of our work last year mapping and cataloguing over 1800 assets in the Northside and responds directly to One Northside's goal of improving the quality of spaces and places in the Northside.…

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Healthy Neighborhoods, Healthy You

"America is built on the notion that we are our brothers' and our sisters' keepers, and that we all have certain obligations to one another. Never is that idea truer than when ensuring the health of the world our children will live in long after we are gone. This week, let us treat every child as if they are our own by accepting our responsibilities to leave them with a healthier, cleaner planet than we have, and let us continue…

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