New website chronicles Pittsburgh's green transformation
Pittsburgh’s ongoing physical, economic and environmental transformation has propelled a surge in sustainable development, green innovation and collaboration across multiple sectors.
To capture the region’s collective efforts in sustainability, Pennsylvania-based Green Building Alliance and its partners have announced the launch of PittsburghGreenStory.com, a new resource for finding the latest news, data, stories, people and places driving Pittsburgh’s ongoing green evolution, reports Builder.
“PittsburghGreenStory.com will provide a regular feed of new and emerging story leads and background for reporters and others interested in learning more about the opportunities, achievements, and challenges facing Pittsburgh as it strives towards true sustainability,” said Dr. Aurora Sharrard, executive director of Green Building Alliance. “Pittsburgh’s legacy is as a manufacturing powerhouse – its success driven by the hard work and innovation of early industrialists, entrepreneurs and workers. Today, that same spirit continues to energize the remaking of a city, its riverfronts, neighborhoods, and economy.”
Current sustainable initiatives in the city include:
• Growing a net zero, living building in the heart of the city. One of Pittsburgh’s largest city parks now serves as a hub for immersive environmental education for Pittsburgh city school children and as a gathering place for community programs.
• Abandoned coal mine cleanup at 460-acre Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Coal mine cleanup efforts on 66 acres of land occupied by Pittsburgh Botanic Garden is funded by $716,000 in federal funds.
• Transforming discarded plastic bottles from the streets of Haiti and Honduras into the most responsibly made fabric on the planet. Since 2012, Pittsburgh-based fabric manufacturer Thread has moved more than 1 million pounds of waste from Haiti and Honduras and provided dignified jobs supporting more than 6,000 income opportunities for their residents.
• Construction of petrochemical ethane cracker plant, Pittsburgh region’s largest industrial project in three decades. Shell Chemical Appalachia has received approval to build the nation’s newest petrochemical ethane cracker plant in Beaver County, near Pittsburgh. Located on a former zinc smelter site, the new facility will be the largest scale industrial project to be constructed in the tristate region in at least three decades, with expected job growth and an estimated $6 billion in economic development.
• Sustainable redevelopment of Pittsburgh’s last brownfield site. Foundation, civic and community leaders are collaborating in the redevelopment of the 178-acre “Almono” urban riverfront brownfield formerly occupied by LTV Steel in Hazelwood, a Pittsburgh neighborhood that employed nearly 13,000 people at the height of the steel industry.
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