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Pittsburgh film fans are invited to attend a festival this week that aims to reflect the natural beauty it's drawn from.

Mary Kate Ranii, program and outreach coordinator for the Pennsylvania Resources Council, said the 2015 Wild & Scenic Film Festival should inspire locals to protect the environment.

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As the industries along urban waterfronts have faded, big cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have come up with robust master plans — and significant funding — to connect people with their rivers.

But what can smaller municipalities with fewer resources do to revitalize their waterfronts?

Which stream in Pennsylvania will succeed the Monongahela as River of the Year? 

Voting for the annual River of the Year competition closes Dec. 27.

For 30 years, Pennsylvanians have been able to vote for their favorite waterways in the commonwealth.

This year the five nominees are the Schuylkill, Kiskiminetas-Conemaugh, Ohio, Brodhead Creek Watershed and the West Branch of the Susquehanna.

Amy Camp, Pennsylvania Environmental Council Land and Water Trails specialist, said they look at the waterway’s conservation successes and needs over the years.

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The Cool Roofs program has officially launched in Pittsburgh. Through the servePGH initiative, the roofs of 10 city-owned buildings will be coated with reflective paint.

“In the coming months, volunteers will help paint approximately 50,000 square feet of city-owned roofs with a special, eco-friendly white coating,” said Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

The reflective surface will help reduce carbon emissions and decrease energy costs for the buildings, and eventually that energy savings could extend to wider areas.