Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge winners reduced landfill waste, cut water usage and more

About 50 area employers participated in Sustainable Pittsburgh’s third “friendly competition” to see who could most reduce their use of energy and other resources over the past year. Competitors – including businesses, nonprofits, universities and government entities ranging from tiny to huge – earned points for everything from switching to more energy-efficient lightbulbs to installing solar panels.

Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge winners: How they did it

The employers highlighted by Sustainable Pittsburgh‘s Green Workplace Challenge are varied; some are small companies, some are universities, some are municipalities. But the small steps each employer took to make their workplaces greener can add up to a serious impact. The friendly competition, now in its third year, ran from October 2014 for a full year and encouraged companies in the Greater Pittsburgh area to earn points in the competition by taking “green actions,” which ranged from using more energy-efficient…

MWCDC spins off trail corps, ED to head new entity

Big changes are ahead for the Mount Washington Community Development Corporation (MWCDC), when executive director Ilyssa Manspeizer officially steps down on Dec. 14 to lead the spin-off of the Emerald Trail Corps in January.

Mount Washington trail-building program expected to branch out

The work of a corps of young men who built 10 miles of trail in Mount Washington’s Emerald View Park has inspired a new venture to be expanded and taken citywide and beyond in the next two years. An outgrowth of the Emerald Trail Corps will become the Pittsburgh Conservation Corps, in partnership with the Allegheny Land Trust, GTECH — Growth Through Energy and Community Health — Strategies, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and PGH Works.

Ilyssa Manspeizer to head green job training program as it expands citywide

Improving public lands while offering employment at the same time has been a successful venture of Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation’s (MWCDC) Emerald Trail Corps (ETC) since 2011—so successful, in fact, that the project is being spun-off and expanding citywide.

Winners announced in Green Workplace Challenge

A friendly environmental competition among 50 Western Pennsylvania companies, nonprofits and other organizations resulted in $1.5 million in energy savings and 436 fewer tons of waste heading to landfills over the past year, organizers said. The Green Workplace Challenge, which wrapped up its third installment with an awards ceremony at the Andy Warhol Museum Wednesday evening, encouraged participants to reduce energy and water use, cut pollution and get more employees involved in environmentally friendly work. Participants earned points in the…

Transforming Urban Blight Into Community Spaces In Pittsburgh

Vacant properties in Pittsburgh are increasingly becoming more abundant, driving property values down and costing tax payers nearly $400,000 a year. Essential Pittsburgh spoke to several PA based nonprofits to discuss blight and what is being done to remediate it. GTECH's Director of Operations and Programming Evaine K. Sing discussed how GTECH is fighting blight in the region through programs like Green Playces.

Grant to fund outdoor YouthCAST project in McKeesport

A new McKeesport YouthCAST initiative, Bring Youth Outdoors, has drawn $25,000 in continued support from the Heinz Endowments. YouthCAST — Communities and Schools Together — Leadership Network is an organized youth-driven model that engages youth in sixth through 12th grades. In collaboration with Mayor Michael Cherepko's office and McKeesport Area School District, YouthCAST has provided young McKeesporters with opportunities for community engagement. With this grant, YouthCAST and its community partners can sustain many of GTECH Strategies' nine ReClaim McKeesport sites,…

Larimer landlord sees solar energy as way to cut costs for tenants

GTECH landlord Craig Marcus explains the effects of installing an array of 54 solar panels on the roof of the building and 52 panels on a shed behind it. The array is expected to pay for themselves in five to six years. Then, Mr. Marcus will be able to sell excess energy back to the power company while his tenants, GTECH Strategies and Grow Pittsburgh, get 70 percent of their electrical needs supplied by solar.