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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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3 Things the Super Bowl Teaches Us About Being Green.

By now you're back in the office, the chili bowls are empty and the Seahawks have been crowned Super Bowl champs. Besides discovering that Seattle has one heck of a defense, we can glean a few lessons from last night's gridiron matchup:   Host more get togethers. According to Opower's 2012 analysis of residential energy usage, consumption dropped up to 5 percent below average during the Super Bowl. Why? More eyes on fewer televisions. Don't wait until the next major…

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Start a Love Affair with your Community.

This Valentine's Day why not fall in love with your community? At GTECH, we believe that environmental, economic and social problems degrade the health of our communities and create barriers to progress. The only way to conquer these issues is to speak up for the future of your neighborhood. That's why we want you to show and spread the love you have for your community.  Share photos that inspire others with the best of what your neighborhood has to offer. It's…

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Favorite Moments 2013

Our office closed for the holiday break, giving us an opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Just as quickly as you could say, “Happy 2014,” the past few weeks flew by. We took a moment to reflect on the year — five themes emerged as staff shared favorite memories. 1. Sharing the community-development limelight "So many wonderful moments, memories, and events from 2013.  One that certainly tops the list is the opportunity to share the stage at Green…

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