Sustainability

Hazelwood community members talking to developers about the Hazelwood Green development. They are pointing to different sections of the master plan and writing comments. Hazelwood development community meeting. Photo by Annie O'Neill
At a Glance

  • Inclusive Economy
  • Clean Economy
  • Equitable Development
  • Environment & Public Health
  • Sustainable Food Systems
  • Military Veterans

Overview

The Endowments’ Sustainability strategic funding area incorporates the activities of the foundation’s former Environment & Health and Community & Economic Development program departments. The Sustainability funding area seeks to address underlying threats to Pittsburgh’s quality of life while focusing on opportunities to support the region’s health, safety and prosperity, now and for the future.

The Sustainability area’s vision is to contribute to a Just Pittsburgh, where economic and community development and healthy environment systems protect and benefit all citizens, where race, experience, identity and zip code do not determine life outcomes, where air and water are safe and where large sections of poor and vulnerable populations are not left behind.

As part of our Sustainability strategy, the Endowments seeks to improve the economic position of marginalized populations and places by advancing a clean economy, protecting the environment and public health and pursuing equitable development.

The Endowments also is focused on reducing disparities in our broad community related to environmental health, increasing access to healthy foods and successfully reintegrating veterans and their families into our community, in recognition of the assets they represent for our region.

Goals & Strategies
Goal 1: Inclusive Economy

Improve people's economic position through higher wages, family-sustaining employment and entrepreneurship.

Strategies:

  • Connect workers on the margins to family-sustaining employment.
  • Expand minority entrepreneurs’ access to capital and business development assistance.
  • Bolster opportunities for minority entrepreneurs to manage and increase their own income.
  • Connect opportunities from the innovation economy to all residents.


Endowments point of contact: Rob Stephany, Director, Community & Economic Development

Goal 2: Clean Economy

Advance a clean economy with renewables, green infrastructure and climate-friendly solutions.

Strategies:

  • Implement renewable and alternative energy solutions.
  • Apply green infrastructure best management practices to improve the water quality in Pittsburgh’s rivers and streams while providing secondary benefits to communities.
  • Promote innovative strategies at the neighborhood, local and regional level to reduce climate pollution.


Endowments point of contact: Philip Johnson, Director, Environment & Health

Goal 3: Equitable Development

Pursue socially just economic opportunity so that distressed neighborhoods thrive without displacing vulnerable residents.

Strategies:

  • Target distressed neighborhoods that are adjacent to strong markets that can leverage public and private capital to improve housing markets without displacing vulnerable residents.
  • Embrace first-in-class civic design.
  • Connect Pittsburgh through “complete streets,” transit-oriented development and alternative transportation.
  • Engage the arts and artists in socially just community revitalization, ennobling culture and neighborhood beautification.


Endowments point of contact:  Rob Stephany, Director, Community & Economic Development

Goal 4: Environment & Public Health

Restore and protect Pittsburgh’s environmental systems, and enhance its public health.

Strategies:

  • Protect all populations from disproportionate harm caused by pollution and reduce environmental health burdens, especially among those experiencing environmental injustice.
  • Encourage socially and environmentally responsible use of western Pennsylvania’s natural resources.
  • Deepen community engagement and leadership networks through education, outreach and advocacy.
  • Advance independent, comprehensive and fact-based scientific knowledge to foster healthy environments.


Endowments point of contact: Philip Johnson, Director, Environment & Health

Goal 5: Food Systems

Promote community health and vitality through sustainable food systems, especially in food deserts.

Strategies:

  • Improve access to fresh, healthy, local foods in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Promote urban agriculture as a means of increasing food security and educating participants about food systems.


Endowments point of contact: Andrew McElwaine, VP of Sustainability

Goal 6. Military Veterans

Create communities where military veterans and their families are welcomed, valued and understood.

Strategies:

  • Create easy-to-navigate pipelines to family-sustaining jobs, services, and opportunities for veterans and service members in the region.
  • Equip post-9/11 veterans and service members with the skills and networks necessary to become regional leaders.
  • Promote changes in workforce initiatives, social services, program funding and community conversations about veterans by supporting and advancing the narrative that veterans are assets for the region.
  • Work proactively and preventatively in the support of veterans, service members and family members, and promote best practices to impact predominantly reactive public policy.


Endowments point of contact: Megan Andros, Program Officer, Community & Economic Development

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Women for a Healthy Environment

Women for a Healthy Environment educates and empowers women to act as ambassadors about environmental risks so that they can make healthy choices for themselves and their families. WHE's "Healthy Homes" recommendations offer information and action plans for identifying and reducing toxins in homes, while the organization's lead-in-water action page provides guidance and resources. The 3rd Annual Healthy Schools Summit 2018 will take place on Oct. 26, presented by WHE and Healthy Schools PA. 

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The Heinz Endowments and the City of Pittsburgh host new p4 Conference

The p4 event opened at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on April 25 and continues through April 26 focused on the theme ‘Future City.’  Following are opening remarks by Grant Oliphant, President of the Endowments. For more information about p4 visit www.p4pittsburgh.org.

p4 2018 Opening Remarks
Grant Oliphant

This happened recently. This is Pittsburgh artist Alisha Wormsley’s work, “There are black people in the future.” As great art often does, it provoked a huge reaction. Because it was in East Liberty, it made a powerful statement about forces of gentrification, displacement, and cultural erasure. It seemed to ask—who is this community for? 

The absurd decision to take it down illustrated white America’s huge discomfort with race. I can just imagine the “All Lives Matter” crowd grumbling, “What about white people? Is she saying there won’t be white people?” And of course that’s not what she’s saying, but you just know it happened. Actually, you don’t need to guess, you can check online.

Which tells you something about how tribal and divided we’ve become. Incidentally, because now the forces of oppression routinely co-opt progressive language to justify their heinous views, let me say this: it is emphatically NOT tribal for an oppressed minority or gender or group to protest their oppression and claim their absolute right to full and equal participation in American democracy and society. Black Lives Matter, Me Too, Times Up, are a cry for universal freedom, not special privilege, and any attempt to silence these voices in the name of tolerance is a disgusting and self-serving sham.

Somewhat wonderfully, Ms. Wormsley says she had none of this in mind. She describes herself as a sci-fi nerd who just wondered where the black people were in stories about the future. Her work basically asked, Who is the future for?

I celebrate this work because of all of that, but mostly because for me it so perfectly captures the core concept at the heart of p4, which is to be intentional about the city and the future we are creating, especially in terms of who it is for. 

I love the fact that tomorrow outside this conference a protest is planned, I think even by some of you, against Amazon HQ2 coming to town. We may agree or disagree on elements of that, but wherever you stand on it, we should all want to live in a community where these questions are being actively debated, discussed, and planned for—and I just want to say to everyone who feels passionately about that, whether we agree or not on the particulars, thank you. 

P4 merely gives us a framework for how to think about all of this, to be truly thoughtful – in a way virtually no American community ever has been – about what we are wishing into being. We started this 3 years ago, so what have we learned, thanks primarily to all of you, both inside and outside of this process?  

We’ve learned that our original premise was even more correct than we assumed. The planet is indeed urbanizing, and Pittsburgh is indeed benefiting from those global trends. There’ll be 10 billion people on the planet by 2050, about 6.6 billion in cities. We need cities to reinvent themselves in a way that feeds human aspiration and doesn’t cause widespread misery along with the poisoning of our climate, seas, air, water, and public health. 

We are learning that Pittsburgh’s outstanding research universities, deep sense of place, walkable communities, and cultural and natural amenities really are a magnet for entrepreneurs, innovationbased companies, and creative people of all types, from restaurateurs to bloggers. We have the goods and the people to create a future-oriented economy, but only if we value them. 

We have also learned the perils of taking that for granted. We’ve learned that air quality really does matter, that water quality really is important, that public health really counts for something. For our health, obviously, and we should just be able to stop there, end of sentence, full stop. But in America we always have to justify things in terms of money and economy.

So, fine, we have also learned that this shiny economic future collapses if we can’t get our

environmental act together. How do we imagine that stories likening our water system to Flint or our air quality to the worst in the country, land on people and companies that might want to locate here? How

do we imagine they land on us here? This is not a PR problem – it is a failure of public will, of imagination and of effort. It is a fixable problem—so for God’s sake, let’s fix it.

We have learned that equity really counts. That when we are mindless about displacing people, or oblivious to how growth affects neighbors, or indifferent to how prosperity gets shared, or mindless about who wins and who loses from development, or willfully ignorant about how we are poisoning the homes and neighborhoods of the least advantaged worst of all, we sow the seeds for present suffering and future failure.  It should be enough to say this is about fairness, but it rarely is. So let’s acknowledge what we are learning from the widening and increasingly obscene wealth disparity around the globe, that unfettered capitalism stripped off social value and free of policy constraint is a formula for social, political and economic decline.

We’ve learned that quality of life and how we design our cities and technologies, and who we design them for, matters. The companies that are coming here or staying and growing here are doing it because of investments we have made in art, culture, parks and public space, in inspiring design and walkable neighborhoods, in real places that benefit people first. To take one small example, Mayor Peduto took a boatload of heat for his commitment to bike lanes, but bike lanes are one small symbol of a broader commitment to sustainability and to being a city for the young and the not so young.

We are learning how right we were in our concern over the connection between cities and climate change. We are baking our planet faster than we had anticipated and cities need desperately to offer new paths forward, and the ones who do will seize the future. Faced in this country with the complete collapse of a hostile federal government on this and so many other critical policy fronts, we need to become the engines of innovation and change. The fight for our climate future starts right here.

We have learned what we apparently keep needing to learn and relearn in this country, that racism and sexism and all manner of other-ism are alive and well in America and in Pittsburgh, and that they hurt us all. We must stand against these forces with all the vigilance and force in our power. But more than that, we have to stand FOR something, which we describe with banal words like inclusion and diversity when what we really need is love. We need to love each other enough to make room for everyone. Regions seen as hostile to others because of their religion, the color of their skin, their gender or gender orientation, their sexual orientation, where they came from, their immigration status—these regions may become safe havens for hate, but they will fail. 

Look, we have learned and are learning so much. But basically what we have learned is that this is our moment to do something right in Pittsburgh that no American city has gotten right before—to use this period of momentum to strive to become a community that embraces all its people, that respects its environment and planet, that protects its sacred places and heritage and identity and connections with history and the land, and that understands its obligation to perform at a high standard of excellence for all. How do we make that our future city?

When we launched this process, we acknowledged that we were already operating in a moment in time, a brief window of opportunity when a new momentum was making change possible but it was not already too late to chart a course to where we really wanted to go. That moment is further along now, and we cannot act as though the window will remain open forever. 

Bob Dylan, who even I can quote now because he’s a Nobel Prize winner, once sang, “He who’s not being born is busy dying.” What we’ve tried to do in this conference is to array some voices who can help us think about what we want to be born to now. And then it will be up to us, collectively and individually, to get busy giving birth to something new. What will it be?  So let’s get started. Mayor Bill Peduto…

Click here for a PDF of Grant's remarks.

 

p4 Progress Takes Hold in Uptown

There may be no more appropriate community “welcome” sign than resident James Simon’s soaring mosaic and mirror sculpture that greets those traveling on Fifth Avenue from Oakland into the heart of Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood. Bright leaves, birds and fantastically colored wildlife shine, their individual brilliance joining to form the 25’ tall tree-shaped “Welcome to Uptown” sign. It has become a landmark for this 1.5 mile stretch along the Monongahela that connects the city’s university corridor with the Golden Triangle. Longtime residents, students and tech entrepreneurs join artists and families to form a lively neighborhood with both historic buildings and new apartment structures.

It is in this arena of new construction that Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh’s Jeanne McNutt works to ensure that the ideals of Pittsburgh’s p4 conferences have demonstrable effect on the neighborhood where she lives and works. Co-convened by The Heinz Endowments and City of Pittsburgh, the p4 Conferences – 2015, 2016 and April 2018 – tackle issues of people, planet, place and performance, and have provided inspiration for new initiatives that foster sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth.

As Uptown Partners’ executive director, Ms. McNutt is a longtime resident and advocate for the neighborhood, and serves as a community voice as new development takes hold in the Uptown EcoInnovation District (EID). She has worked with the City’s Department of City Planning, institutions and stakeholders in Uptown to create the “The EcoInnovation District Plan” – Pittsburgh’s first City-adopted community plan.

“The EcoInnovation District Plan” was built through an extensive City and neighborhood-led community planning process and was inspired by both national best practices and concepts generated during the p4 conferences. Meant to guide both community and public partners who have a stake in Uptown’s future, neighborhood input was key in the EID Plan’s creation. Public gatherings designed to collect input – including outdoor events with food trucks and music – attracted over 550 people, and 50 individual interviews and 20 focus group meetings were among the outreach efforts that lead to the plan.

Not only was the two year input process valuable for neighborhood planning purposes, it also had an unexpected benefit. “The interactive planning events brought the diverse community together,” said Ms. McNutt. “The bonus was hearing residents’ enthusiasm for more opportunities to enjoy each other’s company.”

Those involved in the planning process shared input, including safety concerns due to vacant land, buildings and surface parking lots that are empty at night. The input gathered at public sessions - along with citywide discussions like the p4 Framework - shaped the EID plan and its vision for the district. The Department of City Planning then created a new land use system based on the community’s goals and the vision articulated in the plan. The EcoInnovation District Zoning announced on March 1 includes a Performance Points System that allows flexibility for developers while ensuring that projects keep within parameters outlined by the neighborhood.

The Performance Points System includes a “height bonus” element, allowing buildings to rise above the normal height limit in exchange for inclusion of one or more components from a list of public amenities identified through public input during the EID planning process. Consistent with the p4 Framework, the slate of height bonus options includes affordable housing, management of stormwater with green infrastructure, building energy efficient structures, inclusion of historic design elements and rehabilitation of older buildings. Ms. McNutt believes the new height bonus “is the carrot that has the potential to entice new construction, and be a win for both community and developers. This is an innovative development tool to help us 'get it right' as we respond proactively to pressures of a changing market.”

Ms. McNutt knows that Uptown has its challenges, but believes with continued thoughtful, community-focused planning it can thrive. She, too, loves the colorful, soaring “Welcome to Uptown” sign for all the creative energy it represents.  “Uptown has the right combination of location, character, development opportunities and determination to be an even more vibrant part of the fabric of The City of Pittsburgh.”

Read the City of Pittsburgh’s full EcoInnovation District Plan here or the EcoInnovation District Zoning press release here

Photo by Heather Mull

CMU launches Metro21: Smart Cities Institute

Carnegie Mellon University has launched Metro21: Smart Cities Institute as a university-wide academic center for excellence in research, development and deployment in addressing 21st century challenges facing metro areas.

The goal of the initiative is to create Pittsburgh as the hub of pioneering work to improve the metropolitan quality of life for all citizens. Metro21 will lay the groundwork for innovations in technology, policies and their interactions to foster smart and connected cities and communities.

Metro21 is founded on the three pillars of research, education and partnerships with the public and private sectors. Metro21 will study, model, enhance and optimize all aspects of urban issues including transportation, utilities (including water, sewer, electricity, gas and telecommunications), law enforcement, safety and air and noise quality.

At a launch event today (March 2, 2018), Farnham Jahanian, CMU’s Interim President, was joined by keynote speakers Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Chief Executive; Karina Ricks, Director Department of Mobility and Infrastructure at the City of Pittsburgh and Grant Oliphant, President of The Heinz Endowments.

Grant Oliphant’s remarks available here.

Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city

Pittsburgh’s innovation economy is strong and growing, but city leaders can do more with its existing assets to compete globally and capitalize on the region’s growing innovation clusters, according to a new report from the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Initiative on Innovation and Placemaking at the Brookings Institution.

The culmination of an 18-month study, “Capturing the Next Economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city” examines Pittsburgh’s unique opportunity to become a top global destination for technology-based economic activity and as a key part of Pittsburgh’s efforts to become a world-class innovation city.

Program Staff
Andrew S. McElwaine
Andrew S. McElwaine Vice President, Sustainability
Karen Abrams
Karen Abrams Program Officer, Equitable Development
Megan Andros
Megan Andros Senior Program Officer for Veterans
Matthew  Barron
Matthew Barron Program Officer, Sustainability
Philip R.S. Johnson
Philip R.S. Johnson Director, Environment & Health
Yassiris Mahan
Yassiris Mahan Administrative Assistant, Sustainability
Rob Stephany
Rob Stephany Director, Community & Economic Development
Mary M. Program Assistant, Community & Economic Development

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How perceptions about natural gas production, climate change have changed How perceptions about natural gas production, climate change have changed

A new Franklin & Marshall College and StateImpact Pennsylvania poll on climate change and shale gas surveyed 423 Pennsylvanians – all registered voters, equally distributed across the state. The mix of party affiliations – Democrats, ...

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New WITF Conservation Heritage Documentary: Rachel Carson -Voice Of Nature

WITF this week premiered another in its series of PA Conservation Heritage documentaries-- Rachel Carson - Voice Of Nature. This program focuses on Rachel Carson’s connection to Pennsylvania and the impact her work has had ...

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First Lady Frances Wolf Joins Adjutant General And Pennsylvania Commission For Women To Honor Female Veterans During Women’s History Month

Harrisburg, PA - First Lady Frances Wolf and Major General Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's Adjutant General, today joined the Pennsylvania Commission for Women to host the third annual Female Veterans Day Ceremony in celebration of Women's ...

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The People Have Spoken! Landforce Winner Of Google Impact Challenge In Pittsburgh

The people have voted-- for the Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Landforce which polled more online votes than three other groups to win the second round of the  Google Impact Challenge Pittsburgh and $50,000...(Read more)

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Brian O'Neill: In these 'tranquil' city hollows, voices rise

There is nothing older than yesterday’s newspaper. That’s an old saying in more than one language, but there is something even older: a government report. Generally, they get churned out only so politicians have something for their ...

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Want to learn about the polluted air you breathe? Start here.

Pittsburgh’s air was once so soot-filled that Downtown office workers would bring a second shirt to work each day, changing midday so they wouldn’t be walking around with a fine dusting of ash on their ...

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Opening Doors to the Outdoors: A Legacy of Advocacy and Play — free panel discussion

Pittsburgh’s outdoor amenities and green spaces have been touted by everyone from National Geographic to The New York Times, but how can the region ensure that our environmental assets are protected, preserved and accessible to ...

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Ready or not: Tech boom brings complex changes to Pittsburgh’s real estate market

PITTSBURGH — It’s Sunday morning and the Strip District sizzles with tourists hitting up President Obama’s favorite breakfast spot. Others duck into one of the many immigrant-owned markets along Penn Avenue or grab some Steelers ...

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With or without HQ2, Hazelwood home sales picking up speed

Real estate speculators have been turning up the heat in Hazelwood as rumors fly that the online giant Amazon could relocate its second headquarters there.

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Connecting reporters with experts, Sciline wants to improve the quality of today’s science reporting

If you believe the experts, regularly eating dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure, make you smarter, and help you lose weight. Also, say the experts: Chocolate can contribute to obesity and diabetes and ...

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New Oakland-based partnership focused on building Pittsburgh’s Innovation Economy New Oakland-based partnership focused on building Pittsburgh’s Innovation Economy

InnovatePGH was born from the 2017 Brookings Institution study: “Capturing the next economy: Pittsburgh’s rise as a global innovation city,” which was funded by the Heinz Endowments and the Hillman Foundation. Formed to implement key ...

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Karen Abrams shares her passion for Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the great outdoors Karen Abrams shares her passion for Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the great outdoors

We catch up with Karen Abrams two months after she started her new position as Program Director for Equitable Development at The Heinz Endowments. An avid hiker, urban planner and equity advocate, Karen previously served as manager ...

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What will emerge from the launch of InnovatePGH? What will emerge from the launch of InnovatePGH?

InnovatePGH, launched yesterday as a “public-private partnership conceived to accelerate Pittsburgh’s growth as a global destination for technology-based economic activity,” is rebranding Oakland and its surroundings as an “innovation district.” The new initiative aims to “implement recommendations ...

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Pittsburgh leaders announce InnovatePGH partnership

Regional leaders announced a new public-private partnership called InnovatePGH, meant to accelerate Pittsburgh’s global innovation city status...

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Public-private partnership formed to feed city's tech economy

A public-private partnership has been formed to accelerate Pittsburgh’s growing tech economy, with Oakland serving as the hub...

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List Of Design Teams Announced For Public Plaza At Hazelwood Green Site In Allegheny County

Hazelwood Green, a former steel mill site that is the City of Pittsburgh’s largest riverfront redevelopment project and last urban brownfield, Monday announced the names of eight design teams that will vie for the ...

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New frontiers: A clever CMU program scouts out the latest in artificial intelligence

Carnegie Mellon University has hit on an interesting strategy for predicting which industries are most likely to be affected by artificial intelligence in coming years — knowledge that has the potential to affect government policy, ...

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St. Francis University releases comprehensive review on energy development

St. Francis University’s Institute for Energy has finished a comprehensive review on energy development on Pennsylvania’s public lands. 

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Millvale event helps educate about lead exposure Millvale event helps educate about lead exposure

As of Jan. 1, it is mandatory for children residing within Allegheny County to undergo blood screenings between 9 and 12 months old and again at 2 years of age to detect lead exposure...

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Pittsburgh Organization Offering Free Water Filters, Hosting Events On How To Prevent Lead Exposure Pittsburgh Organization Offering Free Water Filters, Hosting Events On How To Prevent Lead Exposure

A local nonprofit is offering free water filters to Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority customers, while working to educate Pittsburgh-area residents on preventing lead exposure...

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$15M in tax credits to transform former steel mill into tech hub $15M in tax credits to transform former steel mill into tech hub

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that the state will pitch in $15 million in tax credits to expedite construction at Hazelwood Green — the site of a massive abandoned steel mill that a group of ...

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Karen Abrams appointed program director for equitable development

The Heinz Endowments has appointed Karen Abrams program director for equitable development. Abrams, who most recently was manager of diversity and community affairs for the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, starts her new post at the ...

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Continuing to serve: A bipartisan PAC wants more vets in Congress

Congress needs less partisanship and more earnest problem-solvers. That means calling in the Marines, along with the Army, Navy and Air Force, according to one newly launched political action committee...

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Endowments names Karen Abrams Program Officer for Equitable Development

The Heinz Endowments today announced the appointment of Karen Abrams as program officer for equitable development. Ms. Abrams joins the Endowments Dec. 7 and will focus on infusing equity into the Endowments’ redevelopment funding ...

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A free Primanti's sandwich or Sheetz car wash? Businesses offer thanks for vets' service A free Primanti's sandwich or Sheetz car wash? Businesses offer thanks for vets' service

The grizzled military veterans stood sentry in a line that started around 9:30 a.m. Saturday and grew longer by the minute. Many had beaming families by their side, children and grandchildren in tow.

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'Veterans Breakfast Club' offers help to heal from moral injuries 'Veterans Breakfast Club' offers help to heal from moral injuries

For several months, Diana Nelson Jones has been listening to the stories of war veterans over coffee, at their workplaces, in lunch booths, at conferences and at gatherings of the Veterans Breakfast Club. Each one ...

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Nonprofit sets goals for connecting Pittsburgh-area veterans and jobs Nonprofit sets goals for connecting Pittsburgh-area veterans and jobs

At least 50 organizations in the Pittsburgh region have declared a mission to serve veterans in some capacity, from housing assistance to education to social services. For one of the most basic — getting a job ...

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Google launches $250,000 Pittsburgh Impact Challenge for nonprofits Google launches $250,000 Pittsburgh Impact Challenge for nonprofits

Google officially launched a $250,000 challenge that will provide funding to Pittsburgh-area nonprofits with ideas on how to grow the local economy.

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2017 Shale & Public Health Conference Nov. 13 In Pittsburgh

The League of Women Voters of PA and University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will host the 2017 Shale and Public Health Conference on November 13 at the Pitt University Club, 123 University ...

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Breathe Initiative Transitions to Independent Local Nonprofit Organization

PITTSBURGH, Pa., Oct. 26, 2017 – The Breathe Project, a web and social media platform developed by The Heinz Endowments to increase community awareness about Pittsburgh’s poor air quality, has completed its transfer to local ...

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Getting Real About Climate Change Getting Real About Climate Change

This week in Pittsburgh, about 1300 people are in training to become climate leaders in their communities. That means convincing other people to make changes to their lives. But how? Ken Berlin is the president ...

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Al Gore: We’re Getting Close to Bipartisan Action on Climate Al Gore: We’re Getting Close to Bipartisan Action on Climate

Al Gore says he’s optimistic the U.S. will break its political standoff over climate change, and that the U.S. is “not that far” from a bipartisan consensus on climate change.

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From Flint to Pittsburgh, children need protection from lead, pediatrician says From Flint to Pittsburgh, children need protection from lead, pediatrician says

“How do we preserve the tomorrows of our kids?” asked Flint, Mich., pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha at an event Wednesday sharing her ongoing advocacy for eliminating lead exposure in children, first sparked by her city’s water ...

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Gore Tells Climate Activists: ‘We’re Going to Win This’ Gore Tells Climate Activists: ‘We’re Going to Win This’

Al Gore stood on a stage at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center showing a crowd of 1300 would-be climate activists what is by now his signature visual aide: his slide show.

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Last Major Pittsburgh Steel Mill Site Reborn As Hazelwood Green

With key infrastructure elements and land remediation at or near completion at the 178-acre Almono site in Hazelwood, Allegheny County elected officials, community leaders and Almono LLC Project Director Rebecca Flora gathered October 13 to ...

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Al Gore hosts 3-day climate change workshop in Pittsburgh this week Al Gore hosts 3-day climate change workshop in Pittsburgh this week

Just days after the Trump administration signaled its continued retreat from Obama-era climate change policies, former Vice President Al Gore will open his latest Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program in Pittsburgh this week.

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Pittsburgh's last major steel mill development site renamed Hazelwood Green Pittsburgh's last major steel mill development site renamed Hazelwood Green

The owners of Pittsburgh's last major industrial property rechristened the 178 acres along the Monongahela River on Friday after its host neighborhood: Hazelwood Green.

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Al Gore coming to Pittsburgh next week for climate change workshop Al Gore coming to Pittsburgh next week for climate change workshop

Al Gore will be in Pittsburgh next week headlining a three-day climate change workshop for more than 1,000 environmentally minded activists, scientists and community leaders.

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Crossing the Corporate Bridge: BNY Mellon Hosts Veterans Leadership Forum in Pittsburgh

A recent Veterans Leadership Forum (VLF), hosted by the Pittsburgh chapter of BNY Mellon's VETNET employee resource group, brought together senior BNY Mellon executives and talent professionals, members of the broader Pittsburgh nonprofit and academic ...

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Ahead of our time in life sciences

Pittsburgh is usually ahead of its time. Occasionally we get reminded of this in surprising and satisfying ways.

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Study: Pittsburgh and its universities aren't leveraging full economic potential Study: Pittsburgh and its universities aren't leveraging full economic potential

Pittsburgh talks a lot about its great universities, hospitals and their draw for businesses, but the region isn’t really exploiting the assets that have been so attractive to so many tech giants, among others, according ...

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New Pittsburgh multicultural unit to translate 5 languages for immigrants New Pittsburgh multicultural unit to translate 5 languages for immigrants

Pittsburgh will translate messaging from its public safety departments into Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Spanish and Swahili as part of an effort to ensure that immigrants and refugees can access city services.

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Pittsburgh's new multicultural unit will help communication — in Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Spanish and Swahili Pittsburgh's new multicultural unit will help communication — in Arabic, Chinese, Nepali, Spanish and Swahili

Pittsburgh's Public Safety department is angling to strengthen ties — and trust — with refugee and immigrant communities through a multicultural program.

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Almono mega-development in Hazelwood aims to be a “24/7 neighborhood” Almono mega-development in Hazelwood aims to be a “24/7 neighborhood”

The big piles of dirt move, sometimes. So far, one might think that’s the extent of the excitement at the long-awaited Almono development in Hazelwood. As much as $1 billion in development has been mapped ...

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Despite greater scrutiny, depth of schools' lead problem unclear Despite greater scrutiny, depth of schools' lead problem unclear

Ronald Joseph recalled waking up anxious every Friday for two months straight. The chief technology officer of Pennsylvania's second-largest school district described having "a hold-your-breath moment" each week during summer 2016 as he met with ...

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Hilltop Urban Farm in South Pittsburgh is set to become the largest urban farm in the country

"First ribbon-cutting for a farm in probably 100 years in the City of Pittsburgh,” quipped Mayor Bill Peduto at the future site of Hilltop Urban Farm, a 107-acre property in the city’s tiny St. Clair ...

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One of the country's largest urban farms is underway at former St. Clair Village public housing project One of the country's largest urban farms is underway at former St. Clair Village public housing project

Aimee Mangham has found shoes, dolls, baby booties and jump ropes in the soil as she plows around the horseshoe that used to be Bonifay Street. With her husband James, she co-owns Go Supreme, a ...

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Urban farm planned for former Pittsburgh housing project site Urban farm planned for former Pittsburgh housing project site

Rev. Maurice C. Trent Jr. remembers walking the streets of St. Clair Village when the former Pittsburgh housing project was a notorious haven for drug dealers, gang activity and murder.

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New Tazza d’Oro coffee shop to anchor Millvale’s Bennett Station project New Tazza d’Oro coffee shop to anchor Millvale’s Bennett Station project

It took nearly 25 years, but Millvale is finally getting its Tazza d’Oro.

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No One Left Behind is the “first friend” to America’s wartime allies in Pittsburgh No One Left Behind is the “first friend” to America’s wartime allies in Pittsburgh

“The first thing we say is, ‘Welcome home,’” says Tiffany Landis, director of family services for the newly-launched Pittsburgh branch of No One Left Behind. “That’s when the real work begins.”

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Robotics institute set to anchor Pittsburgh's mammoth Almono development Robotics institute set to anchor Pittsburgh's mammoth Almono development

Carnegie Mellon University's Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute will be the first anchor tenant to set up shop in a former Hazelwood steel mill, officials said Monday.

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Al Gore wants Pittsburgh to join the fight against climate change, and he’s giving us the tools to do it

Want to do something about climate change but don’t know where to start? What better way to learn than through an event organized by one of the world’s most famous environmental activists: former Vice President ...

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Renovation of Elizabeth Pharmacy could be a sign of bigger things to come in Hazelwood Renovation of Elizabeth Pharmacy could be a sign of bigger things to come in Hazelwood

Joe Reich surveys the aisles of his pharmacy as he walks toward the front, winding his way around a cart with dry goods an employee has parked by the food shelves. He exchanges warm hellos ...

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Gore to host climate change workshop in Pittsburgh Gore to host climate change workshop in Pittsburgh

Al Gore, former vice president of the United States and climate change crusader, is bringing his Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program to Pittsburgh in October.

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CREATE Lab clears the air with improved Smell PGH app and new website CREATE Lab clears the air with improved Smell PGH app and new website

Smell PGH—a mobile app built by Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab—has provided residents with a tool to sniff out the sources behind noxious, and possibly dangerous odors in their neighborhoods. And in Pittsburgh, a city ...

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Foundations gather in Pittsburgh to talk about lending support to help low-wage workers Foundations gather in Pittsburgh to talk about lending support to help low-wage workers

Stephanie Fello, a prepared-foods clerk at the South Side Giant Eagle, rose through the ranks of the union representing workers during her nearly six years with the O’Hara-based grocer.

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Pittsburgh plans to spend $5 million to simplify building permit approval process

The city of Pittsburgh plans to spend more than $5 million in a bid to simplify and speed up its system for approving permits, an issue that has been the topic of growing complaints from ...

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Smell Something, Say Something Smell Something, Say Something

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's CREATE Lab are rolling out new features in Smell PGH, a smartphone app that helps Pittsburgh area residents collectively report foul odors and alert each other to suspicious smells that ...

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After two years, countywide solar campaign ends on sunny note After two years, countywide solar campaign ends on sunny note

Randy Bondi had never given solar energy much thought until he noticed a serendipitous advertisement. One day in the fall of 2015, he saw an item in Etna’s borough newsletter about a campaign launching to ...

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Hire the vet: A comprehensive effort to employ veterans’ skills

The Heinz Endowments’ new campaign to promote the hiring of veterans is about more than putting people in jobs. It’s about getting employers to understand the sophisticated skills veterans bring to the table and matching ...

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Campaign urging Pittsburgh employers to hire vets

As a maintenance officer in Iraq during the Second Gulf War, Megan Andros commanded more than 100 troops in a heavy brigade combat team, and oversaw millions of dollars worth of weapons and other equipment.

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Heinz Endowments launches campaign for vets Heinz Endowments launches campaign for vets

The Heinz Endowments has unveiled a national campaign to help veterans re-enter the civilian workforce.

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Heinz Endowments' new messaging campaign to rethink veterans

PITTSBURGH Pa., June 1, 2017 -- A major public campaign was today launched in the Pittsburgh region in efforts to help create a true understanding of the challenges faced by veterans seeking to re-integrate into ...

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Etna receives funding for commercial, residential redevelopment

Etna has received two grants to revitalize its business district for commercial and residential use, according to borough Manager Mary Ellen Ramage.

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Penn State: Shale Gas Threat To Forests Can Be Eased By Consolidating Infrastructure

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians — driven by pipeline and access road construction — is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in ...

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Pittsburgh groups work to rid schools and child care centers of lead, radon

Two nonprofits are launching a program to help Pittsburgh-area schools and child care centers get rid of lead and radon hazards.

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1,000 Hours a Year initiative will help local schools test for lead and radon 1,000 Hours a Year initiative will help local schools test for lead and radon

Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) and the Green Building Alliance (GBA) announced at a joint press conference Thursday a new initiative, 1,000 Hours a Year, that will provide funding to local schools and early ...

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Pittsburgh environmental groups launch initiative to help schools and child-care facilities address lead and radon Pittsburgh environmental groups launch initiative to help schools and child-care facilities address lead and radon

Children spend an estimated 1,000 hours every year in schools, early-education centers and after-school programs. While parents can work to protect their children from environmental hazards like lead and radon at home, they have little ...

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This new initiative will help Pittsburgh-area schools and pre-schools test for lead and radon This new initiative will help Pittsburgh-area schools and pre-schools test for lead and radon

Superintendent Patrick Graczyk didn’t sleep for 48 hours after he had received his school district's lead testing results.

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Pittsburgh could spend $900K to restructure PWSA Pittsburgh could spend $900K to restructure PWSA

Pittsburgh has chosen a Maryland-based infrastructure consulting firm to manage a possible restructuring of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.

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Data Doesn't Solve Problems, But It Sure Can Help

Bob Gradeck can’t stand the term “data-driven.” It might seem odd that the project director of the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center would recoil at a data-centric phrase, but Gradeck sees data as tools and ...

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What it was like “Living Downwind” of Shenango Coke Works What it was like “Living Downwind” of Shenango Coke Works

In 2015, communities near Neville Island rejoiced when it was announced that the Shenango Coke Works, a plant blamed for pumping out noxious pollution, would shut down. In the months since it officially closed, organizations ...

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Shale gas threat to forests can be eased by consolidating infrastructure

Fragmentation of ecologically important core forests within the northern Appalachians -- driven by pipeline and access road construction -- is the major threat posed by shale-gas development, according to researchers, who recommend a change in ...

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Crazy Mocha banks on Braddock, invests in community revitalization

The blighted town of Braddock is poised for a jolt of caffeine from a brand-name coffeehouse that could open this fall if financing comes through.

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Kidsburgh: Local High School Students Jumpstart Redevelopment Kidsburgh: Local High School Students Jumpstart Redevelopment

A group of incredibly impressive kids and their passionate, dedicated teacher at Brownsville Area High School in Fayette County, are getting national recognition for helping jumpstart redevelopment in their boarded up downtown.
 

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Report Finds Fracking Companies Often Get Slap-On-The-Wrist Fines Report Finds Fracking Companies Often Get Slap-On-The-Wrist Fines

According to a new report from the group PennEnvironment, only 17 percent of environmental or health violations by fracking companies in Pennsylvania resulted in fines. And when companies did get fined, the penalties were relatively ...

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La Gourmandine opens new storefront and bakery facility in Hazelwood La Gourmandine opens new storefront and bakery facility in Hazelwood

Second Avenue in Hazelwood is smelling much sweeter these days as French bakery La Gourmandine prepares to open its third Pittsburgh location on Monday. The artisan bakery is a key part of the area’s revitalization ...

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