Being Green

Igloo, trees and the past looking forward

Monday, 23 August 2010 08:34 PM Written by

bit_o_greenFirst off, the image above has nothing to do with anything other than it is green and I thought it would sit nicely on top of the post. It's a photo of a pumpkin patch at Frazier Farm in South Oakland. I had never seen pumpkins in their early stage before and found this rather eye catching. I've explained my photo choice so let's move on to some serious stuff.

Another chapter in the continuing saga of the Igloo was written today as members of the public and an assortment of politicians had their say before the Sports & Exhibition Authority. Seems the room was pretty well split on what the arena's fate should be. ( Read Mark Belko's story on today's meeting).

This is one story that we should all be watching as whatever the outcome may be, the impact upon the environment of Pittsburgh will be fairly big. 

On another note, we have a tree care day scheduled for tomorrow evening in Wilkinsburg, 24th of August from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Meet outside of the Wilkinsburg High School (747 Wallace Avenue)  You want to contact Sara: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or (412) 371-8779 x 117 if you can attend.

If you can't make it Tuesday night there is another event this coming weekend. Check back later in the week for details. Also, if you're interested in becoming an official Tree Tender, there is a course coming up in September.

Want to win an iPad? What do you see as the defining moment in the history of Southwestern Pa. that turned the region towards the path of sustainability? Want to contribute to the ongoing conversation?

Then you want to enter the Tipping Points for Sustainability Competition at Sustainability Pittsburgh. The deadline is Sept. 24, 2010, with winners being announced at the 10th annual Southwestern Pennsylvania Smart Growth Conference – Regional Collaboration: Investing in Sustainable Communities on Friday, October 15, 2010.


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PG_RivershotBeen working on a rain barrel for my home in an effort to reduce storm runoff but must admit I never clearly or fully understood what the real issues were surrounding storm water runoff.

Then I found the 3 Rivers Wet Weather site with its wonderful animated explanation of the how our wastewater and storm water systems work in Allegheny County.

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rachelcarsonbridgeAs summer starts to wind down and people start thinking about going back to school and all that involves, it's a good time to enjoy being outdoors in the Burgh. And there is nothing like a run followed by a feast.

Start your day on Sunday, Aug. 29, by running in the Running Green for Three Rivers: 5K Run & Walk which starts out from the  16th Street Bridge, Pittsburgh. This 5K run honors the growing sustainability movement in Pittsburgh and is organized by the Three Rivers Community Foundation. You can register at And as part of your registration fee, you get to enjoy a sustainable feast at the end of the run.

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Back to school specials at CRP

Monday, 16 August 2010 08:49 PM Written by

store_pic_2After a week of broken ankles, blown-out knees and a quick trip to Boston, it's back to the blog and all things green or at least going in that direction. Afraid my last minute trip to Boston meant no Innovation Fair at Hartwood for me. Sorry I missed it and look forward to the next one.

Got an email from Erika over at Creative Reuse Pittsburgh with good news for area teachers who are getting ready for the fall term.  You don't have to be a teacher for this sale and the really sweet part is the Teacher Discount:  Get a $10 bulk bag for $8!

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Take a moment

Wednesday, 11 August 2010 09:20 PM Written by

080510greatspangledfritillaryAnd now for something completely different … the folks over at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Blog have been out chasing butterflies with their cameras and have a great photo gallery as a result of the hunt. Take a minute to just enjoy.


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