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Marathon Junk Collage

We Want Your Junk! For the second year in a row, GTECH is partnering with the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and Operation Better Block to green-up a vacant lot around the route.  On the day of the Marathon, GTECH, Operation Better Block’s Junior Green Corps and the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse will set up a space adjacent to Homewood’s water station at North Lang Avenue and Frankstown Road. With your help, we will be collecting  “junk” to be incorporated…

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GTECH’er Spotlight: Court Gould

Get to know...Court Gould [one_half] [/one_half] [one_half_last] Role at GTECH: President of GTECH's Board of Directors Day Job: Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh Hometown: Pittsburgh Alma Mater: University of Southern California Favorite Activity: Trying to live simply, love generously and leave the world better than I found it Favorite Burrito Topping: Bring on the rice!   [/one_half_last] "The GTECH Board of Directors is united around the mission to cultivate communities' capacities to advance sustainability for local well-being. There's a can-do…

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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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GTECHer Spotlight: Nicole Miller

Get to know...Nicole Miller [one_half] [/one_half] [one_half_last] Role at GTECH: Project Coordinator for ReEnergize Pgh Hometown: Pittsburgh Alma Mater: Denison University Major: Religion Favorite Activity: Hiking, skiing, gardening - anything outdoors! Favorite Burrito Topping: Guac (on guac, on guac)   [/one_half_last] "I like that we [GTECH] didn't look at energy efficiency and see something that had already been done. We saw it as something that could be done better and something that could better people's lives. I enjoy that we…

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GTECHer Spotlight: Ava Weiskopf

Get to know...Ava Weiskopf [one_half][/one_half] [one_half_last] Current GTECH Project: Tiny Town Hometown: Pittsburgh Alma Mater: Syracuse University Favorite Activity: running with her dog Cincy Favorite Burrito Topping: Sour Cream (always!) Website: http://cargocollective.com/avaweiskopf [/one_half_last] Working at GTECH has been a wonderful experience! It’s a diverse team with excited and passionate people. They opened the doors to the nonprofit world for me and allowed me to share my design knowledge with them. I got to be involved in a little bit of everything…

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The Women of GTECH

Today is International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the "economic, social and political achievements " of women around the globe. This year's theme is: Inspiring Change. Nonprofits are institutions and advocates for a change across a wide spectrum of issues, particularly social affairs, facing our country. The women of GTECH sat down and discussed why we work at a nonprofit, and the ways we are inspiring change in our own communities. Why do you work for a nonprofit? Lydia…

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Lessons Learned from Green Eggs and Ham

Doing a lot with a little. In 1960, Dr. Seuss wrote one of the bestselling children's books of all time, “Green Eggs and Ham.” According to Wikipedia, the work was a result of a bet between Seuss and his publisher that the author could not complete an entire book using fewer than the 225 in “The Cat in the Hat.” Not only did Seuss write Green Eggs and Ham in less than 225 words, he did it using just 50.…

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Community-Driven Design in the Hilltop

The first step in reducing blight in the Hilltop is seeking ideas from the citizens that live there. On Thursday evening, Hilltop residents, Grow Pittsburgh, Penn State Cooperative Extension, Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Block Watch, Chatham University’s Urban Design Lab, ReClaim South Ambassadors, the Hilltop Alliance, and many others convened at the Lighthouse Cathedral in the Hilltop to explore ideas for re-purposing the 115 vacant acres of the former St. Clair Village site. GTECH has been part of the steering committee for…

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Public Opinion: GTECH’s response to a Pittsburgh Land Bank

In January of this past year, Councilwoman Deb Gross from District 7 introduced City Council Bill #2014-0025, a Pittsburgh Land Bank ordinance, to the Pittsburgh City Council. According to the Smart Growth America, land banks "are public authorities created to acquire, hold, manage and develop vacant properties. Land banks aim to convert vacant properties that have been neglected by the open market into productive use, thereby transforming neighborhood liabilities into assets." Currently the bill is in its public comment phase, which…

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Brews and Biofuels at this Month’s Green Drinks Pittsburgh

Brews + Biofuels = Green Drinks Pittsburgh   Join us this Thursday at Gus's Cafe in Lawrenceville. The ReFuel team, along with Greenlight Biofuels will be talking about how turning used cooking oil into fuel can be a way to build community and create green jobs. Register for the FREE event below.

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Volunteers in Action

GTECH held its first volunteer day of the season this past weekend, hosting about 60 student volunteers from Students Today Leaders Forever. For this group of high school students, GTECH was just one stop on the organization’s “Pay it Forward” tour this February, a five-day servant leadership trip during which young adults in middle school, high school and college volunteer during the morning and participate in leadership activities during the day. We are thankful that these young leaders lent so…

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GTECH Staff love their communities

Love is in the air and on your block. This Valentine's Day week, we are asking everyone to share some loving' for their 'hood. Here is some GTECH Staff some photos from the staff on what they swoon over in their stomping grounds. Want to share you're own? [one_half][/one_half][one_half_last] Sara Innamorato Neighborhood: Lawrenceville "I love that is live in walking distance of delicious croissants" [/one_half_last] [one_half][/one_half][one_half_last] Travis Mecum Neighborhood: Larimer "I really like this bench in the Larimer Green Team…

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