(PITTSBURGH) June 20, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are now available for the second session of the Civic Leaders for an Environmentally Alternate Future (LEAF) Academy, which educates students about their environmental impact, connects them with City resources, and helps develop leadership skills. High school and college students are encouraged to apply by Friday, July 5 at pittsburghpa.gov/green. The five-week program begins July 22.
“Pittsburgh continues to gain international recognition as a leader in sustainability, and Civic LEAF Academy teaches our students how to live and lead a green lifestyle in their homes, schools and communities,” Ravenstahl said. “By educating young residents about the value of environmental initiatives and connecting them with City resources, we will prepare the next generation of young leaders and ensure that Pittsburgh remains a cleaner, more environmentally friendly city whose quality of life continues to improve.”
Civic LEAF Academy gives Pittsburgh’s high school and college students a behind-the-scenes look at City government’s role in developing a sustainable, green city. Building off of the success of last year’s inaugural program, which looked at issues of urban agriculture and regional food security, this summer’s Civic LEAF Academy invites young residents to get a closer look at the environmental impacts of their decisions in relation to community safety and health. During 14 afternoon sessions, participants will learn how to make better decisions to improve their personal health and their community’s health by eating healthier, reducing energy waste and educating their peers.
Students will tour various LEED-certified, sustainable facilities, including Highmark’s green roof, UPMC Children’s Hospital, and the University of Pittsburgh’s sustainable campus, and will be introduced to careers in sustainability. Throughout the program, students will learn about City initiatives that increase the City’s sustainability and reduce energy waste – including Cool Roofs, Edible Gardens and streetlight conversions. More information, including a detailed schedule, can be viewed here.
“By participating in this program, young residents will learn how they can impact our environment through everyday decisions – such as eating locally grown food and reducing energy consumption – that will improve quality of life, minimize fire hazard and increase safety for all residents,” Ravenstahl said.
Up to eight rising ninth-grade through rising twelfth-grade students will be selected to participate in the Academy. Students must live and attend school in the City of Pittsburgh. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, demonstrate interest in local government and environmental protection, and indicate commitment to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and school. Interested students may apply at pittsburghpa.gov/green. Applications are due by Friday, July 5.
As co-chair of the Green Government Task Force, Mayor Ravenstahl remains dedicated to promoting clean energy initiatives. Since spearheading the City’s adoption of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan in 2008, the Mayor has led the City in taking great steps toward a greener, more sustainable City. To date, business district streetlights have been converted to energy-efficient LEDs, recycling and blight reduction programming has expanded and “Green Central” – the City’s first one-stop-shop for information about sustainability – is set to open later this year.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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