Office of Sustainability
Sustainability Recognition

City Green Stars

The City of Pittsburgh has over 3,000 employees working to keep our City running efficiently.  Each month, Mayor Ravenstahl would like to recognize outstanding City employees for demonstrating their star qualities in their commitment to local Green Up efforts. 

Congratulations to the Green Stars for April 2012:

Rebecca Delphia, Mayor Ravenstahl’s Chief Service Officer - servePGH

Rebecca Delphia serves in the Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl as the City of Pittsburgh’s first-ever Chief Service Officer.  Rebecca is responsible for developing and implementing a high-impact service plan -  servePGH - that engages citizens in addressing Pittsburgh’s most critical local needs.  Rebecca oversees servePGH's seven initiatives that utilize volunteer citizen service to achieve measurable progress on challenges that face Pittsburgh neighborhoods and youth, and provides pathways for residents to get involved.

Erin Graney, Veterans Service Associate - servePGH:

Erin Graney is an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) member currently working as the Veterans Service Associate in the Mayor’s Office of Service and Civic Engagement.  She supports Mayor Ravenstahl's servePGH initiative that promotes impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy, including hisSustainable Home Improvement Partnership (SHIP). In 2011, she graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh, where she received a dual Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Russian, as well as a certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies. Originally from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, she considers Pittsburgh her second home.

Green City Champions

Here at the City of Pittsburgh, we appreciate and celebrate determined individuals and organizations that fight for and defend a cause, excelling despite opposition.  Our City, nationally recognized as the City of Champions, is full of unsung heroes that continually work to improve the quality of life for residents and to ensure that future generations can thrive in Pittsburgh.
We would like to thank our citizens and community organizations for preparing for Pittsburgh’s tomorrow by laying the ground work today. 

Congratulations to the Green City Champ for April 2012:

Lindsay Ruprecht, Sustainable Community Coordinator - ACTION-Housing, Inc 

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. She is now the Sustainable Community Development Coordinator for ACTION-Housing, Inc. where she focuses on low-income residential energy conservation. She helped manage the Energy Conservation Collaborative, a group of fifteen affordable multi-family housing property owners and managers working to increase 17,000 units’ environmental and financial sustainability through energy and water conservation retrofits. This collaborative has set a precedent for similar partnerships and organizations across Pennsylvania. Lindsay also manages ACTION-Housing’s energy outreach and education efforts for its tenants and Pennsylvania’s largest Weatherization Assistance Program.

Lindsay is opening the Pittsburgh Green House, a home sustainability training and resource center for homeowners, renters and contractors. ACTION-Housing has renovated a 110-year-old home into a weatherization training and educational facility where contractors and the general public will learn about making homes more energy- and water-efficient. Visitors can browse the resource center for information on do-it-yourself projects, available contractors, and helpful retrofit financing, as well as engage in interactive educational opportunities and find useful facts throughout the building.

Lindsay’s efforts to collaborate with local stakeholders is also exemplified in her participation in the Coordinated Weatherization Campaign, a southwestern Pennsylvania collaborative of weatherization providers, utility companies, local foundations, local government and community-based organizations. She works to ensure that low-income families are aware of energy assistance services and the best ways in which to leverage them to achieve the greatest success for participants. Through collaborations with other community organizations and training programs, she works to ensure equal opportunities for disadvantaged populations in the emerging green economy.

Caught GREEN handed

As community members, we play a critical role in ensuring Pittsburgh’s future. One of the things that make our City great is the work we each do daily to keep Pittsburgh moving toward a sustainable future. 

Little things really do make a difference.  Have you caught your neighbor "green handed" planting a tree, picking up trash at the park, installing a rain barrel or participating in other green activities? Send your stories and photos to

Nominations for Recognition

Do you know an outstanding City employee, resident or community group?  Send your nominations for the next Green Star or City Champ to


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