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Pittsburgh Resources

Whether you're a longtime "green" gardener, or a new convert to the idea of living with less impact on the plant, you need good information.

Phipps offers these resources to get you started on the path toward a more sustainable life.

  1. Learn and Live Green
  2. Buy Safe, Local and Fair
  3. Get Energy Smart

1. Learn and Live Green

Some of the simplest things we each can do to build a sustainable ecosystem include learning about green issues, practicing recycling, and teaching kids to value their environment.

Learn about sustainability and meet others who care.
Envirolink: A non-profit clearinghouse of sustainability resources.
The Natural Step: Working to build an ecologically and economically sustainable society.
Natural Resources Defense Council: Get the latest news on environmental laws and policies.
Sustainable Business: See how the business world is going green.
See the pollution Scorecard for your community.
Sustainable Pittsburgh: Promoting sustainability in our region.
Green Drinks Pittsburgh: Socialize with other environmentalists.
What, how, and where can I recycle?
E-cycling Central
Earth 911
National Recycling Coalition
Battery Recycling
City of Pittsburgh recycling information
Construction Junction: Donate your used and surplus construction items (everything from bathtubs to paint) for someone else's project, and find what you need at a bargain price.
Inspire the next generation to be a green generation
Ecoliteracy: Teachers, get some great green lesson ideas.
Green Squad: Help kids become aware of environmental issues.
Our region offers numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Visit our State Parks.
Venture Outdoors
Pittsburgh City Parks
Bike Pittsburgh

2. Buy Safe, Local and Fair

Reconnect with the food you consume by learning where it comes from.

How your food products are produced can have a major effect on their safety.
Environmental Working Group: How safe are the products you buy?
Green Seal: Which products are best for you and the environment?
Seafood Watch: Is your seafood safe?
Got Mercury: How much mercury is in your fish?
Certified Humane: Are your meat products raised humanely?
Food that travels long distances from where it is grown wastes energy and is not as fresh, and buying local helps to support the local economy.
Food Route: Where does your food come from?
Find local producers:
Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture
The Robin Van En Center, Wilson College
Local Harvest
Farm to School: Bring sustainable eating habits to your school cafeteria.
Find out about Slow Food.
Food doesn't get any more local than when you grow it yourself, and many people find gardening relaxing and enjoyable.
Be a Seed Saver and encourage biodiversity.
Beyond Pesticides: Find safe alternatives.
Buy No Mow lawn mix and save gas.
Find out what plants can help keep your workplace clean.
Composting can convert some of your household garbage into fertile soil for gardening or planting.
Teachers, make composting a classroom activity.
You can make smart choices even when products are not grown locally. Fair trade practices support the environment and local economies around the world.
Fair Trade Certified: Learn more about fair trade and sustainable production.
Forest Stewardship Council: Promote sustainable forest management with the products you buy.
Rainforest Alliance: Save the rainforest!
La Prima: Buy fairly traded coffee beans.
Make informed choices about a variety of everyday products.
The Green Guide
We Can Live Green
New American Dream
Find volunteer opportunities around the country and the world.
Student Conservation Association
World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms

3. Get Energy Smart

Nothing impacts the planet more than our appetite for energy. Here are some resources for becoming more energy smart:

Energy conservation means simply using less electricity.
How To Reduce Your Energy Consumption
Burning fossil fuels to make electricity is the largest source of greenhouse gases that cause global warming.
Learn about the science behind global warming.
Does your electricity come from mountaintop removal?
Is green energy available for your home?
The Green Power Network
Buy carbon offsets to support green energy.
Native Energy
Green Tags
Green buildings are designed to use less energy and limit impacts on the environment. These buildings are sprouting up locally and around the world.
U.S. Green Building Council: Learn about green buildings.
Green Building Alliance: See what's green locally.
The vehicles we drive can harm the environment as well, but technology and innovation are taking steps to reduce this pollution.
Green Vehicles: How environmentally friendly is your vehicle?
Learn about alternative fuels.
Zipcar: Join a car share.