From our friends at Grow Pittsburgh

Monday, 13 September 2010 10:17 PM Written by


This Wednesday Sept. 15 you might want to consider doing your shopping at the Whole Food Market at 5880 Centre Ave. East Liberty, as they will be donating 5% of the take for that day to Grow Pittsburgh. This is a one-day only deal so get those pencils sharpened and those lists going.

And if you don't have plans for Sunday, you may want to join Chair Franco Harris and family at The Frick Art and Historical Center for dinner and "A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh." This is the first year for what will be an annual fundraiser for group who "envisions the day when growing and eating healthy, local food is commonplace. "

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Second half of September

Monday, 13 September 2010 08:46 PM Written by


Now that the Steel City Pour is over you're wondering what's next on the green agenda for the burgh?

If like me you've been hit with a bumper crop of tomatoes, here's a chance to enjoy them through the winter.

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Bad bugs on good trees

Saturday, 11 September 2010 01:33 PM Written by

Emerald_ash_borer_maleThere's nothing in the world like Pennsylvania in the fall. I've been to New England and still say we have better leaves ... because we have great trees and we want it to stay that way. But there is a nasty bug that is fighting to take away our trees and we need to fight back. And the best way to win that fight is by not doing anything.

According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) beetle has destroyed millions of ash trees over the past couple of years.

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Giving your free time to a good cause

Wednesday, 08 September 2010 12:20 AM Written by
NOrthShore.2One thing I have found as I become more involved in the green community of Pittsburgh is the amazing souls who volunteer so much of their free time to make our region a better place to live not just now but for the future.

Be it the teacher who goes out after a full day of school to help clear trash from a park area or the student who comes out to mulch trees in a part of town he's never visited before, seems like there is always someone out there helping ... and of course there is always a need for willing bodies for the next action.

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Recycling, selling or giving away

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 02:27 AM Written by

Over the last year or so I have been trying to slim down ... not just myself but all the stuff that I have gathered along the way.

When I first came back to the States in 1991 all I had was three kids and two large suitcases. That was an easy move if you set aside clearing customs and immigration in three countries, a nine hour flight with a baby, a toddler and a 6-year-old and trying to quit smoking at the same time.

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All the news fit to ... carry cash in

Monday, 30 August 2010 02:38 PM Written by

wallet22_largeBack from vacation and facing a new season with a fair amount of zeal. And of all the different countries and cities I have lived in,  Pittsburgh, is the most beautiful at this time of year. We should consider ourselves lucky as so many cities have forgotten the importance of trees in the urban environment and we have such an abundance ... but we still use more!

And if you are wondering why there is a picture of a wallet on the top of this post, it is because in a very roundabout way they have something to do with trees as that's where these wallets come from plus they are helping to preserve more trees for the future in their own little way.

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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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