Decisions, trees and the weekend

Thursday, 15 July 2010 01:10 PM Written by

1971_civic_arena_0530_500Sometimes there are decisions that need to be made and people need to voice their opinion. The Civic/Mellon Arena/Igloo has been the subject of discussion throughout the region for months now. Please take a second and voice your opinion of the Arena's future in our PG poll.  And catch up on the latest Arena news with Mark Belko.

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Recycle that PG!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 12:06 PM Written by

newspapers12Many people are predicting the death of newspapers. I have ten good "green" reasons that we need to keep the industry alive.

1. Newspapers make great liners for your cat's litter tray.

2 Instead of wasting money on paper towels to clean your windows, just crumple up yesterday's sports section, use a little vinegar and water, you're set to go. 


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If it's Wednesday ... it's Creative Reuse day!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010 03:09 AM Written by

materials_53Here at the PG's universal desk area we have our own recycling center going. Our collection includes paper clips ( a semi-rare find in this newsroom), dead batteries ( NOT a rarity for sure), wine corks (look at the work we do) and empty DVD/CD jewel cases. The batteries head upstairs to our main recycling center, the corks head home with me (more on that another day), the paper clips just disappear as fast as they come in and the jewel cases head to the wilds of Point Breeze and Creative Reuse Pittsburgh.

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Busy weekend coming up

Tuesday, 13 July 2010 01:00 AM Written by

newdrinksHow often do you get the chance to go out on a Friday night for a few drinks in an electric garage? This Friday Green Drinks of Pittsburgh will be gathering at CMU's ChargeCar's Electric Garage in the 4600th block of Forbes Ave. in Oakland. Meet the crew, check out the project and maybe sign up to become part of their data study.

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Welcome to the Green side

Monday, 12 July 2010 02:02 AM Written by

InewMG_1904Welcome to "Being Green." What is going to happen here (I hope) is people around Pittsburgh helping each other find information about living a "greener" lifestyle both at home and work.

And here's the best part ... a lot of that will come from you. The whole idea is that the "Being Green" blog will  act as a clearinghouse for information, events and everything that may strike a green person's fancy. So if you have a a gathering coming up, found a great new web site or have re-purposed a fridge into a Jacuzzi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Remember, to join in and comment directly on posts here you will need to register with the site which is relatively painless to do.

Now on to other stuff …

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One million and counting

Sunday, 11 July 2010 10:53 AM Written by

newMusicFest-90One of the greatest things about this city is its great diversity of trees and the park system that is home to many of them. The people over at Schenley Plaza in Oakland are celebrating their one-millionth visitor today with all sorts of activities including facepainting, balloons and even a tree raffle. Come out and take a ride on the carousel. While you're there you can sign the  "One Million Steps Pledge"  towards making our environment better. The activites go from 2 - 5 p.m.

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Hot night on Butler Street

Thursday, 08 July 2010 01:24 PM Written by

treetendersLast night I joined what I can only call some really dedicated tree folks in Lawrenceville. The Tree Tenders group, part of the Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, went out in the late afternoon heat to check on some young trees along Butler Street. Now, most people were trying to stay out of the heat let alone go out there and dig around in the ground with traffic zooming by them. Matt Erb, director of urban forestry for the group, took some time out from mulching to chat.


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Time for action?

Sunday, 04 July 2010 10:24 PM Written by

Today is the 4th of July, the day we celebrate our independence as a country. And out there in the land of social networking it has been declared the week of independence from dirty energy. Check out Green for All's  declaration of independence.

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