Sustainability http://wesa.fm en Peduto Talks About Cleaning Up the City From Top to Bottom, Using Outside Ideas http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-talks-about-cleaning-city-top-bottom-using-outside-ideas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mayor Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">announced Wednesday that FBI Special Agent Stephen A. </span>Bucar<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will be&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/fbi-agent-selected-pittsburgh-public-safety-chief" style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh's</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://wesa.fm/post/fbi-agent-selected-pittsburgh-public-safety-chief">&nbsp;new public safety director</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He said Bucar brings experience with emergency preparedness, counter terrorism, along with local police experience at the state and municipal levels. And while Bucar has personal ties to this region, he comes from outside Pittsburgh city government.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">“What Bucar gives us is an opportunity to start new,” Peduto said. “We have a lot of work to do to clean up city government, and it starts at the top."</span></p><p><strong><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Bringing an Outside Approach to City Government and City Development</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From Chicago, to Washington D.C., to </span>Ludwigsburg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Germany, since Bill </span>Peduto<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was sworn in as mayor he’s done some pretty extensive traveling in order to gather and share ideas for a new Pittsburgh vision.</span></p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 22:08:07 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 29204 at http://wesa.fm Peduto Talks About Cleaning Up the City From Top to Bottom, Using Outside Ideas Peduto Talks Sustainable Development in Germany http://wesa.fm/post/peduto-talks-sustainable-development-germany <p>“It’s not a sales pitch ‘Come to Pittsburgh, we’ve got a place for you,’” said Mayor Bill Peduto about his four-day trip to Germany.</p><p>Peduto is meeting with his counterpart from Ludwigsburg as well as other government officials and business executives from across that country.</p><p>He said it’s more about finding commonalities on major issues around sustainability and technology.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:56:34 +0000 Kevin Gavin 28893 at http://wesa.fm Can The Steel City Be Sustainable? http://wesa.fm/post/can-steel-city-be-sustainable <p>It’s no secret that Pittsburgh’s made a comeback.</p><p>What was once one of the most polluted and economically strained cities in the country, now ranks 4<sup>th</sup> in number of green buildings and 5<sup>th</sup> in average annual pay compared to the 14 other benchmark regions, according to <a href="http://www.pittsburghtoday.org/ThePathtoSustainability.html">the analytical organization Pittsburgh Today</a>.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Michael Lynch 23174 at http://wesa.fm Triple Bottom Line Explored in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/triple-bottom-line-explored-pittsburgh <p>Some of the leading minds in sustainable business models will gather in Pittsburgh Tuesday for a rapid-fire event exploring what has become known as the triple bottom line.</p><p>“This is the essence of sustainability,” said Court Gould, Sustainable Pittsburgh executive director.&nbsp;</p><p>The group is putting on the conference, <a href="http://www.sustainablepittsburgh.org/exposed/">Sustainability EXPOsed</a>.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20945 at http://wesa.fm Chatham University Unveils New Zero-Emissions Campus http://wesa.fm/post/chatham-university-unveils-new-zero-emissions-campus <p>Chatham University will host a ribbon cutting for its brand new zero-emissions Eden Hall campus in the North Hills on Thursday.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;ll be a living-learning laboratory for sustainability, but it will also be a branch campus for the university in the North Hills, where we teach our full array of academic subjects,&rdquo; said university President Esther Barazzone.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Liz Reid & Deanna Garcia 17884 at http://wesa.fm Urban Farming In Pittsburgh: Better Food From Your Backyard http://wesa.fm/post/urban-farming-pittsburgh-better-food-your-backyard <p>From the country to the city, many urban dwellers are beginning to develop self-sustainable farms in the backyards of their Pittsburgh apartments. These “<a href="http://www.pittsburghfoodpolicy.org/blog/entry/3690301/the-ins-and-outs-of-urban-farming-in-pittsburgh">city farms</a>” engage communities in the farming process and improve nutrition to citizens that do not live near a grocery store or market.</p><p>Small gardens and urban livestock such as chicken and bees can be found on balconies, roofs and oftentimes in revitalized vacant lots.</p><p>Heather Mikulas works in local food infrastructure and agricultural entrepreneurship for the Penn State University Extension Office in Allegheny County and helps backyard farmers develop their own agricultural techniques. She says that everyone has a different <strong><a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/science/environment/urbanites-look-to-harvest-local-food-crops-as-hedge-against-food-insecurity-14574.html">reason </a></strong>to start planting an urban garden, but anyone can do it.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 22:01:21 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14203 at http://wesa.fm Urban Farming In Pittsburgh: Better Food From Your Backyard Going Green by Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is http://wesa.fm/post/going-green-putting-your-money-where-your-mouth <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It's hard to deny that it feels good to live an eco-friendly lifestyle by shopping green. But how sustainable is sustainable consumerism when it comes to your bottom line? Can green products actually improve your economic situation and the world, or does it take action? <a href="http://michaelmaniates.com/"><strong>Michael Maniates</strong> </a>Professor of Environmental Science and Political Science at Allegheny College and advisory board member for <a href="http://www.storyofstuff.org/">The Story of Stuff Project,</a> talks about how to go beyond green consumerism.</p><p>See how Maniates thinks citizens (not shoppers) hold the keys for change:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIQdYXCKUv0</p><p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 06:55:00 +0000 Heather McClain 8151 at http://wesa.fm The New Girl in Town on Eco-Friendly Traveling http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-town-eco-friendly-traveling <p>From buildings to household products we're finding more and more ways to be environmentally conscious. So why not extend our sustainable lifestyles to our vacations?&nbsp; Travel contributor <strong>Elaine Labalme</strong> tells us how we can apply eco-friendly awareness to our travels.&nbsp;</p><p>Take a look at some green travel options: Thu, 28 Mar 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Heather McClain 6905 at http://wesa.fm The New Girl in Town on Eco-Friendly Traveling