The City of Pittsburgh's week's-long Earth Day celebration includes spring plantings, a Redd Up neighborhood "blitz," various community events and Mayor Ravenstahl's first-ever Earth Market.
Earth Day reminds us all of our responsibility to take care of our environment by making sustainable choices. Whether by recycling and repurposing old items, saving energy and cutting costs, cleaning up a Redd Up Zone or greening-up a vacant lot, residents are encouraged to keep our environment in mind when making daily choices.
With this in mind, the City is extending its Earth Day celebrations an extra week, with plenty of ways for residents to get involved.
Below is a list of City-sponsored Earth Week events and Earth Market vendors.
Mayor Ravenstahl’s Earth Market
Monday, April 23 through Friday, April 27 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Market Square, Downtown
Earth Market is a week-long farmer’s market that provides residents with Pittsburgh’s green resources and showcases local vendors, offering everything from recycled clothing and beauty products, to repurposed house wares and appliances, to sustainable product demonstrations and giveaways. It promotes issues of environmental protection, offers residents valuable resources on issues of sustainability and promotes the growth of local green businesses.
Tree-plantings around the City:
Saturday, April 28 Brighton Heights 9 a.m. Antrim Street & California Ave. Greenfield 9 a.m. 300 Saline Street Homewood 10 a.m. Race Street Larimer 10 a.m. East Liberty Blvd & Frankstown Ave.
EARTH MARKET VENDORS (as of April 24, 2012):
ACTION-Housing, Inc.: Representatives will distribute information on the Pittsburgh Green house and other ACTION-Housing programs.
ALCOA: ALCOA representatives will volunteer throughout Earth Week. ALCOA's "Green Works" program runs from Earth Day through Environmental Day, June 5.
Artemis Environmental: Local green design experts and distributor of sustainable building materials, Artemis Environmental will pass out information about their company and services.
Changin' Time Diaper Service and delaCueva Soap Company: Representatives will offer cloth diapers and other natural beauty products.
Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola is launching its East coast “Live Positively” campaign in Pittsburgh. Coca-Cola, along with the Pennsylvania Resource Council, will promote water conservation by demonstrating how to repurpose used barrels (used to deliver the syrup used to make their beverages) into rain barrels and will give away 300 vouchers for free rain barrels.
Carnegie Mellon University: CMU will display their new, energy-efficient Electric Car, a conversation of a Honda Civic to a fully electric car.
City of Pittsburgh Forestry Department: Mayor Ravenstahl's fifth annual tree giveaway will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at Earth Market. The City will give away 1,000 tree seedlings on a first-come, first-served basis.
Clean Water Action: CWA will distribute literature and talk with residents about current campaigns, including air toxics guidelines, diesel emissions reduction in the region and the Clean Rivers Campaign.
Duquesne Light: The Wattley mascot will encourage visitors to sign up for the Watt Choice program and receive $30 worth of items including light bulbs and a smart power strip.
EIS Solar: Local solar installation company EIS Solar will perform a live demonstration of solar products and answer questions about solar panels and installation.
GTECH: GTECH will pass out program information and will invite residents to participate in one of its remaining energy workshops.
Group Against Smog and Pollution: A local nonprofit working for over 40 years to achieve goals for cleaner air for our region, GASP will be passing out information about recent and current campaigns and will offer raffle items.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh ReStore: The Habitat ReStore sells donated construction material, home furniture, home décor and appliances at a fraction of its worth, raising money for the organization’s home program and keeps good, reusable materials out of the waste stream. ReStore will hand out information about available items and how to donate unwanted items.
Higher Education Climate Consortium: The HECC will distribute informaiton on its universities and other "green" activities.
Mayor's servePGH Office: Will hand out information about the Mayor's servePGH program, which includes seven high-impact service initiatives.
Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Energy Efficiency: Staff members will hand out Mayor's Green Guides and other takeaways.
Nine Mile Run Water Association: The Association’s StormWorks initiative implements responsible stormwater management techniques throughout the Nine Mile Run watershed. The Association will provide information about sustainable stormwater runoff solutions.
Optimus Technology: Along with the City's Department of Public Works, Optimus Technology will conduct design review and answer questions about the conversion of Diesel City Waste Haulers to 100 percent bio fuel usage.
Outdoor Class Room: Representatives will educate residents about the outdoor classroom program offerings and will raffle off a free nature hike.
PennFuture: PennFuture’s “Black and Gold City Goes Green” campaign, launched in March 2009, acts as the action plan of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative to show Pittsburgh residents how their actions add up to make a sustainable difference. They will kick off their carpool campaign, connecting people with nearby neighbors to carpool and encourage people to sign up.
People Natural Gas: Local utility company People’s Natural Gas will provide handouts and giveaways.
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse: PCCR conducts educational creative programming throughout the Pittsburgh region, teaching children and adults how to turn old materials into creative arts and crafts projects.
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership: PDP representatives will volunteer throughout the week.
Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project: Project representatives will have information on their program as well as host a week-long tote bad collection drive in conjunction with the City. There will be a collection bin for gently used tote bags, which will be distributed to local food pantries.
Pittsburgh’s Shred Event: AMRA and the City have partnered to provide residents and businesses an opportunity to shred and recycle documents. For $5/box, documents will be shredded and recycled.
Shaklee Green Products: With a strong product line of sustainable nutrition, home care and beauty products, Lydia Horvath, Independent Distributor of Shaklee Products, will sell biodegradable cleaning products, sustainably sourced water filtration pitchers and healthy nutrition and personal care options.
South Western Air Quality Partnership, Inc: SWAQP, alongside mascot Coach Ozone, will distribute literature about air quality and will inform residents about their lawnmower exchange campaign.
Summer and Winter Weaving: Owner Beth Hedin repurposes old jeans, newspaper and plastic bags, weaving them into tapestries, rugs, purses and other custom textiles. Beth will have items for sale.
Upcycled Designs: Sustainable clothing design company Upcycled Designs will sell items such as clothes, quilts and textiles made from recycled materials.
Zip Car: Zip Car representatives will share information about their services.
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687