SCDN is a program of Sustainable Pittsburgh that aims to enhance the ability of communities in the 10-county region of Southwest Pennsylvania to leverage their knowledge and resources towards a common goal of sustainable development.

The SCDN will facilitate the building of new relationships, promote and support policies to accelerate sustainable solutions, and work to educate leaders and citizens about how to increase their use of sustainable practices.

Sustainable Community Development Network

The SCDN will connect, advocate, and act in order to achieve this objective.

Connect: bring experienced sustainable development practitioners together with other leaders looking to increase their understanding and capacity for sustainable development practices; create a database of case studies that highlights existing best practices; continue hosting Sustainable Development Academy seminars
Advocate:   promote and support policies to accelerate sustainable solutions by joining hands across the region
more than simply a sounding board for ideas, the SCDN will walk the sustainable walk by initiating and completing concrete projects


To enhance communities' agility to adapt and innovate with principles of sustainable development as the common interest and strategy. 


  • Seize market interest in downtowns
  • Develop an agenda that promotes sustainable development
  • Level the field for redevelopment
  • Grow green jobs and sustainable business
  • Revive local economies
  • Lift people, restore hope, and spread opportunity
  • Innovate sustainable community solutions in community development


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