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5 Favorite GTECH Memories

After three and a half years, my last day working at GTECH will be this Friday. I've decided to take a leap into the world of ornithology (the study of birds). Before I leave, I'm taking a moment to reflect on my experiences here. These are five of my favorite memories at GTECH: 1. Learning the people's history of Pittsburgh One of my first tasks at GTECH in 2013 was to interview our incoming ReClaim South Ambassadors about their experiences of…

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Volunteer

GTECH Super-Volunteer: Scott!

Building out projects like our Green Playces takes a lot of hard work.  If we had to it all ourselves, they'd never get done.  We love working with the users and neighbors of these spaces, but we also welcome volunteers from around Allegheny County (and beyond, if you like). One of these volunteers really stepped up for the build out of our Hill District Green Playce. He attended every one of our five build days and played a huge role in developing…

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ioby

Have ideas, need funds? Meet ioby!

Do you have an idea for a community project but no funding to get it off the ground? We’d like to introduce you to ioby. It's an amazing organization dedicated to helping neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. ioby’s crowd-resourcing platform connects leaders with funding and support to make our neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable and more fun.  While ioby is a national organization, they recently opened a branch in Pittsburgh! We want to introduce you to one of…

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Welcome Shequaya & Anna

Meet Shequaya and Anna We're excited to welcome 2 great new team members to the GTECH staff. Read more about them below. Shequaya Bailey Position: Administrative Coordinator (shared with Landforce) Hometown: Pittsburgh Background: Shequaya has a Bachelors degree from from Penn State in Health Policy and Administration. She has 15 years of experience in administration, management, HR, finance, and hospitality. What led her to GTECH: She values the mission and appreciates that the work is being conducted in her hometown.…

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5 Easy Ways to Stay Warm & Cozy this Winter

GTECH interns Kate and Tom compiled five different ways to keep yourself warm, environmentally conscious, and wallet-friendly this season. Heat only the rooms you are using and perhaps, dare I say it, lower your thermostat just one degree; doing so can decrease your heating costs by up to 5%! Open your curtains! Not only does sunlight make you happier, but it can heat your room during the day. When your windows are sealed properly, this is a great way to…

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GTECH Has A New Executive!

I am tremendously proud to announce that the GTECH Board of Directors has unanimously selected Evaine K. Sing to be GTECH's next leader.  Cue the balloon drop! As GTECH's current (award winning) Chief Operating Officer, Evaine was the clear choice for advancing our goals and building from our strong momentum (much of which she is responsible for).   Since the launch of our public search in September, we received over 120 applicants from around the country.  While it has been…

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walking biking

Northside neighborhood trail maps now available!

Whether you live in Pittsburgh's Northside or not, it's unlikely that you've been able to explore each and every one of its 18 neighborhoods. Now you can do just that! We have trail maps, fresh off the press, for each of the Northside's neighborhoods. Over the past 2 years we've worked alongside One Northside and Northside residents to map out important community treasures and identify the best routes to explore them. Not surprisingly, there are a lot of assets! Our…

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Trauma Informed Community Development: An Interview with Paul Abernathy, Part 2

GTECH is about to embark upon a new round of work in the Hill District, ReClaim Central.  But, as always, we aren’t going it alone. The Hill District Consensus Group brought us on board to help develop some of the vacant lots around Bedford Dwellings as part of the Choice Neighborhood planning process. Meanwhile, down the street, FOCUS Pittsburgh had been working on an intensive project to improve one block on Webster Avenue.  So, rather than pursue another effort separately,…

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Trauma Informed Community Development: An Interview with Paul Abernathy, Part 1

GTECH is about to embark upon a new round of work in the Hill District, ReClaim Central.  But, as always, we aren’t going it alone. The Hill District Consensus Group brought us on board to help develop some of the vacant lots around Bedford Dwellings as part of the Choice Neighborhood planning process. Meanwhile, down the street, FOCUS Pittsburgh had been working on an intensive project to improve one block on Webster Avenue.  So, rather than pursue another effort separately,…

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What GTECHers Are Thankful For

What a year 2016 has been. Over the last 365 days, GTECH has celebrated the completion of four new Green Playces, launched our second Ambassador program in the Mon Valley and reimagined how we calculate the impact of our work, just to name a few of our successes. This season, and throughout the year, we are reminded that we have so much to be thankful for. Recently, the GTECH staff took a few minutes to assemble a gratitude list, highlighting…

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Welcome GSI Community Liaisons

How can the Pittsburgh region maximize community benefit associated with Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) investments? We just launched the GTECH GSI project in the Woods Run (O-27) sewershed which seeks to apply a methodology to do just this - engage residents in shaping land use decisions related to upcoming stormwater infrastructure investments, so that community benefit can be maximized. Our Foundation: Work Closely with the Community As part of this project, we're delighted to have the opportunity to work with 4 residents from the…

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Vacant Lot Garfield Kincaid

The stress of living with vacant land

There are over 45,000 vacant lots in Allegheny County. If you live here, it's likely you see vacant lots near your home or on your route to the grocery store, work, or school. Have you ever thought about how those vacant lots affect you and your neighbors? Does one lot really make a difference? Well, the research says "yes". One lot really does make a difference. The places that we live in are ingrained in us. When a vacant lot disrupts the…

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