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Thank You!

With your help we raised $18,627 during our year end fundraising campaign! Here are a few things to look forward to in 2015: 1 brand new, very helpful website that will help Pittsburgh residents tackle vacant land in their communities. 20 new, Ambassador-led green spaces popping up on vacant lots in the Northside and Mckeesport. 300 residents in Millvale, Homewood and Hazelwood competing to save the most energy. What are you looking forward to in 2015? Tell us below.

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An Ambassador Holiday Tale

An Ambassador Holiday 'Twas the eve of  December 10 and all through the venue, GTECH Ambassadors shuffled in, bearing dishes to add to the menu. An old-fashioned potluck was all that was promised, But, boy oh boy, were those Ambassadors in attendance astonished! See there were 6 generations of Ambassadors present that eve, With 16 communities being represented, I do believe. They chatted and laughed -- sharing stories and tips aplenty, About building gardens, comfy homes and filling lots that were empty. Miss Lisa…

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Blue State of Mind

On November 13, 2014,  over 130 people came out to the Inspire Speaker Series event to hear Lisa Schroeder of Riverlife and Dr. Wallace J. Nichols talk about the effect water has on the social, economic and environmental health of communities.  There was a lot of social buzz about the event, including a blog by audience member Cheryl Speir. After the talk audience members, including GTECH Staff and Ambassadors who attended the event provided testimonials about what change they would…

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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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5 Ways to Give Back your Energy This Holiday

Here are a few of my favorite ways to give back your energy this Holiday Season: Seal any air leaks If it feels like Jack Frost is blowing at your window, it is time to seal up your windows. Plastic and a little caulk can go a long way for not a lot of money. Anywhere you feel a little air coming into your home means that you’re losing energy! Don’t pay to heat the outside, find these spaces and seal them up.…

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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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3 Surprising Effects of Community Gardens

A community garden is a wonderful idea for a vacant lot. The benefits outside of fresh produce, became very real to Lisa Freeman after founding the Manchester Growing Together Community Garden in 2011. Just a few blocks from her home in Pittsburgh's Northside, the garden has had a lasting impact not only on her, but the surrounding community as well. Gardens Are a Tool for Crime Prevention Lisa had a hard time ignoring the illegal activities happening on the corner near her garden. She would…

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Happy Book Lovers Day!

The first Saturday of November is Book Lover's Day! In honor of that we are encouraging you at attend an upcoming Inspired Speaker Series bookclub event.   Blue Mind by Wallace J. Nichols About the book: "Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, Nichols shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success." Join GTECH, Green Building Alliance and other water lovers,  for…

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Preserving a Piece of Pittsburgh’s Incline History

Pittsburgh is the only city in the United States that still has two operational inclines — you know them as the Duquesne and the Monongahela. Back in the heyday of steel milling and coal mining along the three rivers' shores, dozens of inclines connected downtown with the housing on the hills. Not only did they serve as people carriers, they also hauled freight, horses and buggies and, later, cars. One such incline that is no longer in use is the Knoxville…

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