Pittsburgh Proves That It’s Easy Being Green

Published On April 14, 2015 | By Theo McCauley | Community
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Pittsburgh GREEENPittsburgh may still harbor a notorious reputation for industrial exploitation and smog mills that black out the daytime sky, but it’s 2015 and true Pittsburghers know that there couldn’t be a misconception further from the truth. If anything, the Steel City has pulled a complete 180 in the last decade.

Through community efforts, Pittsburgh has become a national beacon for environmental integration and greener living, proudly boasting innovations in green architecture, sustainable design, and the largest gold LEED-certified convention center in the world. In addition to these tributes, Pittsburgh will be celebrating this Earth Day (April 22) in grand form by hosting a citywide showcase of local artists, musicians, and green-themed community happenings.

Panel Discussions & Speakers

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Mural Artist, Baron Batch

Start your Earth Day morning off the right way with a catered continental breakfast from Valozzi’s Restaurant at the Celebrate Sustainability Speakers Event. Expect to hear green industry success stories and helpful tips about greening a business from a handful of prominent speakers who will be in attendance. The featured guest speaker for this year’s event is Bacardi Limited brand ambassador and 18-year service industry vet, Juan Coronado, who’ll be sharing his company’s sustainability story about striving to manage environmental and social impacts responsibly. The discussion takes place from 8-10AM on April 22. Make sure to check out the website for a full list of speakers and organizers who will be in attendance.

Live Entertainment

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DJ Nugget

Check out the craftily curated lineup of beloved local performers taking place at several PGH locations, including Mellon Square, Schenley Plaza, and Market Square. This year’s performers surely aren’t lacking in diversity; featuring a variety of acts from cello rock powerhouse collective, Cello Fury, to groovy acoustic trio, 3 Dudes Chillin’, and an upbeat party mix from DJ Nugget – a nightlife staple in Pittsburgh’s club scene and college bars. Beginning at 11AM, performances will be happening throughout the entire day, giving you plenty of time to schedule accordingly and catch your favorite acts. Make sure to visit the event webpage for a full lineup and description of performers, as well as their designated time slots/locations. You also won’t want to miss this year’s Pop Up Dance Party, featuring a surprise DJ, and kicking off after Nugget’s set at 4:22PM in Schenley Plaza.

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Photo by Laura Petrilla

Curated Artworks

A wide range of stunning 24×36 images (pictured right, and below left) depicting the beauty of Mother Earth will be framed and auctioned off to benefit Tree Pittsburgh during the Sustainability Soirée at the Fairmont. These artworks are currently on display and can be viewed in the windows of Macy’s downtown. The Soiree kicks off at 7PM and will feature music from Pittsburgh house and techno collective, DETOUR. Also up for grabs at the auction will be the live mural painting created by Baron Batch at City Streets and Beats during the Earth Day festivities (Market Square-2PM).

The festivities will also feature a variety of family-friendly events, such as Yoga for Tots, hosted by Pittsburgh Yoga Collective, and school bus story times at the top of every hour, provided by Port Authority.

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Photo by Tom Cwenar

Additionally, event partners at Great Lakes Brewing Company will be raffling off live trees at select beer distributers to those who purchase Great Lakes Spring Variety Packs. GLBC is an organization that has proven their commitment to sustainability. Their brewing process incorporates ingredients granted from 16,000 acres of organically farmed vegetables, herbs, and flowers to be used in their craft beers; in order to promote a shared and thriving community. Any ingredients that can’t be farmed individually by GLBC are acquired through local sourcing. GLBC will also be partnering with Friends of the Riverfront on Saturday, April 18to cleanup Millvale Riverfront Park in collaboration with the Tireless Project.

These community partners are making poignant efforts to show that it’s never too late to go Green; hopefully more than a few Pittsburghers will follow their lead, and find out firsthand just how easy it is.

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