The Pittsburgh Region Goes Green: Community Benefits from Local Green Infrastructure Projects

Attendees of the Beyond Tunnel Vision speaker series learn about green infrastructure projects happening in Pittsburgh.

Attendees of the Beyond Tunnel Vision speaker series learn about green infrastructure projects happening in Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, September 24th, the Clean Rivers Campaign hosted the latest installment of the Beyond Tunnel Vision: Good Jobs and Green Communities Speaker Series. Over 100 people gathered in the East Liberty Presbyterian Church to learn more about green infrastructure initiatives happening around Pittsburgh. Projects in Whitehall, Dormont, the City of Pittsburgh, Homestead/Munhall/W. Homestead, Millvale, and more were featured as officials and engineers discussed the inspiration and execution of green infrastructure and talked about the benefits their investments will bring to the community.

City Councilman Bill Peduto introduced the event and talked about the potential regional transformation being led by these municipalities. Peduto encouraged attendees to embrace the opportunity to change Pittsburgh. He said, “we have an opportunity to rebuild Pittsburgh neighborhoods” and emphasized the employment opportunities and the leadership residents can take in decisions about their money saying, “that is what you’re fighting for”. Peduto was optimistic that change will happen and Pittsburgh can become an example to cities around the world.

Representatives from the Millvale Treevitalize Project were some of the featured speakers at the event.

Representatives from the Millvale Treevitalize Project were some of the featured speakers at the event.

Attendees then listened to several presentations and enjoyed networking opportunities.

In two weeks, on October 10th, the EPA will release a series of fact sheets and technical papers developed in conjunction with the Clean Rivers Campaign intended to guide local officials interested in pursuing good local jobs and community benefits through green infrastructure projects like those being showcased during this event. You can register for this event here.

The Clean Rivers Campaign would like to thank Councilman Bill Peduto, the presenters, and exhibitors for making the showcase such a success.

If you missed the event, stay tuned to our Facebook page and Twitter account for photos and video footage!