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The 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge is ON!
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In this friendly, 12 month competition, employers in southwestern PA track performance, save money, and gain positive recognition for their achievements! Attn: businesses, nonprofits, local government, universities and K-12 schools--you can still sign up to be an "observer!"
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A collaborative group of over 30 community planners, innovators, nonprofits, community leaders, cyclists, city officials, educators, investors, neighborhood developers, business leaders, and civic partnerships, exploring Bus Rapid Transit for Pittsburgh.

Sustainable Pittsburgh is pleased to be part of the Breathe Project.
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12th annual SW
Smart Growth Conference

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Business and Local Government in SWPA "

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Listen to the Walls Street Journal Radio "Green and Alternative Energy Series" - Sustainable Pittsburgh sponsored these short, 60 second radio spots, which explored energy issues including investments, light bulbs, and solar. Listen now.

Greening Southwest PA - A video blog concerning SWPA's municipalities and what they are doing to become more sustainable. Read more.

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Sustainable Pittsburgh "Champions of Sustainability" Forum Series

"Sustainable Pittsburgh's 'Champions of Sustainability' on-line audio library of 33 keynote presentations represents an internationally significant  tutorial on the concepts and promise of sustainability.  Come and 'get it' and accelerate sustainability in your home, business, community, and the world."  
-Court Gould - Sustainable Pittsburgh

in partnership with WDUQ 90.5 FM

On-line Audio Library

For eight years Sustainable Pittsburgh has enjoyed a partnership with WDUQ 90.5 FM, the local National Public Radio affiliate, whereby SP presents the "Champions of Sustainability" series a a live public program and which is taped for broadcast to 175,000 listeners.

The "Champs" series is supported by Mellon Financial Corporation with additional support from the Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

The purpose of the "Champions of Sustainability" series is to:

  • Introduce the region to concepts of sustainable development

  • Give insight to sustainability from many vantages, illustrating the interrelations between economy, equity, and environment

  • Demonstrate sustainability to not be anti-growth nor only an environmental issue, but an issue championed at all levels.

Below is an inventory of the Champs Keynotes presented to date.  The number of those with a link to on-line audio transcripts is growing, so check back soon.

The lectures may take a few minutes to load.  Please be patient.

Friday, December 15, 2006 County Comprehensive Planning for Equitable Development in Southwestern Pennsylvania
john a. powell, Director of Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Americas.  Audio Coming Soon.
Thursday, November 16, 2006 Transportation Funding for Our Region's Prosperity
Larry King, Deputy Secretary for Planning, PENNDOT.  Audio Coming Soon.
Friday, May 19, 2006 Coming Together to Revitalize Our Communities: Cross-Community and Cross-County Collaboration
David Soule, Associate Director, Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University Listen Now!
Friday, April 28, 2006 Transportation: The Key to a Prosperous Future
Anne Canby, President, Surface Transportation Policy Project Listen Now!

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005

Shared Prosperity, Strong Regions: An Agenda for Rebuilding Older Core Cities

Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink, and Radhika Fox, Senior Policy Associate, PolicyLink Listen Now!

Friday, May 20, 2005

National Perspective on Planning, Public Participation, and Targeted Investments

John Norquist, President and CEO of The Congress for the New Urbanism Listen Now!

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004

Sustainable Stapleton: Market  Demand for Urban Living” Listen Now!

Melissa Knott, Director of Sustainability for Forest City Stapleton

Randy Forister, Allegheny County Airport Authority

Erica T. Kagle,  Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Irvin Williams, Ebony Development, LLC

Kevin Silson, Oxford Development Company

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2004

"Metro Louisville: City-County Merger" Listen Now!

Jerry Abramson, Mayor Metro Louisville

Friday, May 21, 2004

"Regionalism, Governance and Western PA's Competitiveness in the Global Economy"  Listen Now!

Dr. Piero Gastaldo, Secretary General, The Compagnia di San Paolo, Turin, Italy

Mr. Sheryl G. Snyder, Chair of the Appellate Practice Group, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Friday, May 14, 2004

"Eco-Municipalities: A Model for Broad-based Sustainable Development" Listen Now!

Sarah James, Co-Author:- The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices

Torbjörn Lahti, Co-Author: The Natural Step for Communities: How Cities and Towns Can Change to Sustainable Practices

Senator Jim Ferlo, Senate District 38

Patricia Schaefer, Councilwoman, Borough of Edgewood

A. Allan Walzak, StrongLand Chamber of Commerce

Laura Zinski, CEO, Mon Valley Initiative

December 9, 2003

"Back to Prosperity: A Competitive Agenda for Renewing Pennsylvania"  Listen Now!

Bruce Katz, Vice president of the Brookings Institution

Bill Bates, Vice President, Real Estate Eat n' Park Hospitality, Inc.

Eloise Hirsh, Executive Director, Mayor's Commission on Public Education

Ken Klothen, Executive Director, Governor's Center for Local Government Services

Scott Brown, Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania


September 26, 2003

“Can Southwestern Pennsylvania work together to achieve Smart Growth?  Can Westmoreland County municipalities work together to achieve Smart Growth?” Listen Now!


Neal R. Peirce, Chairman of the Citistates Group



September 4, 2003

"Building the Uncommon, Common Ground: Regional Alliances that Promote Equity and Prosperity" Listen Now!

Manuel Pastor, Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies and Director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community

Angela Glover Blackwell, President, PolicyLink


Eugenio Matta, Director, Hispanic/Latino Center


Evans Moore, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network


JW Wallace, RODC Senior Director Diversity Initiatives, UPMC/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center



May 31, 2003

"Racism and Metropolitan Dynamics: The Civil Rights Challenge of the 21st Century" Listen Now!


john a. powell, Director of Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in the Americas


Lee Hipps, Urban League of Pittsburgh


Shakura Sabur, East End Neighborhood Forum


Senator Allen Kukovich



November 7, 2002

"Ecological Solutions for Regional Sewer Dilemma" Listen Now!


John Todd, President Ocean Arks International


John Schombert, 3 Rivers Wet Weather Demonstration Program



October 23, 2002

"Property Tax and School Reform: Balancing State-wide Priorities" Listen Now!


Ron Cowell, PA Education Policy & Leadership Center


State Senator Jack Wagner


Dr. Linda Croushore, The Mon Valley Education Consortium


Sandy Zelno, PA School Reform Network



May 22, 2002 

"Closing the Disparities Gap: Improving Regional Quality of Life" Listen Now!


Ralph Bangs, University of Pittsburgh


Max King, The Heinz Endowments


Cameil Williams, Allegheny County Department of Minority, Women and  Disadvantaged Business Enterprise


Dr. Larry Davis, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Stephen Thomas, Center for Minority Health, University of Pittsburgh



April 24, 2002 

"The Mon-Fayette Expressway" Listen Now!


David Burwell, STPP


Frank Kempf, PA Turnpike Commission


Walter Kulash, Glatting Jackson


Tom Michlovic, State Representative


Jim DeAngelis, DeAngelis Associates





November 29, 2001

Steve Curwood, Executive Producer and Host of NPR's Living On Earth


"Social, Economic and Environmental Linkages of Sustainability"



July 11, 2001

Judy Corbett, Executive Director, Local Government Commission Listen Now!


"Creating Livable Communities"



June 13, 2001

Myron Orfield, Founder, Metropolitan Area Research Corporation Listen Now!


"Pittsburgh Metropolitics: A Study of Social Separation and Sprawl"



May 30, 2001

Esther Bush, President and CEO, Urban League of Pittsburgh Listen Now!


"Sustainable Pittsburgh: Our People, Our Communities, Our Responsibility" 



May 17, 2001

John Ikerd, University of Missouri Columbia, College of Agriculture, Listen Now!


Food and Natural Resources


"Sustainable Agriculture for a Sustainable Society: Economics as if People Mattered"



April 18, 2001

David Orr, Chair Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College


"Educating for a Sustainable Future"  Listen Now!



April 4, 2001

Robert Bullard, Director, Environmental Justice Resource Center, Clark Atlanta University


"Building Just and Sustainable Communities: Making Smart Growth


Work for all Communities" Listen Now!



March 14, 2001

Robert Costanza, Director, University of Maryland Institute for Ecological Economics


"Designing a Sustainable and Desirable America" Listen Now!



February 28, 2001

John Hanger, President and CEO, PennFuture


"Greening Our Economy Through Energy and Tax Policy" Listen Now!



July 13, 2000

Caren Glotfelty, Maurice K. Goddard Chair in Forestry and


Environmental Resource Conservation, Penn State University


(now with the Heinz Endowments)


"Pennsylvania's Sustainability Agenda -- The 21st Century Environment Commission and Beyond" Listen Now!



June 14, 2000

Paul O'Neill, Director and Chairman of the Board, Alcoa


"Sustainability: Getting the Goals Structure Straight"



May 17, 2000

Ron Sims, County Executive, King County (Seattle, WA)


"Saving Cities Through Sustainability"


Introduction by Jim Roddey, County Executive, Allegheny County



April 19, 2000

Andre Heinz, Director, International Programs, The Natural Step


"The Natural Step to Sustainability" Listen Now!



March 15, 2000

Richard Florida, H. John Heinz III Professor of Regional


Development, H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and


Management, Carnegie Mellon University


"The Environment, Amenities & the New Economy"

Listen Now!



February 9, 2000

John Murray, President, Duquesne University


"The Critical Window Of Opportunity" Listen Now!



May 27, 1999

John Craig, Editor Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


"Benchmarking Pittsburgh"



March 18, 1999

Bill McDonough, Dean of Architecture University of Virginia


"The Next Industrial Revolution" 



January 28, 1999

Jay Apt, Director, Carnegie Museum of Natural History


"Can Life on Earth be Sustained? A Perspective from Orbit"



December 7, 1998

Linda Boxx, President, Allegheny Trail Alliance and Chair


Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation


"Retooling for Regional Cooperation”



October 26, 1998

Dr. Jared Cohon, President Carnegie Mellon University


"The Many Dimensions of Sustainability”


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