The Earth – Environment

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GASP (Group Against Smog and Pollution) 412-325-7382 Wightman School Community Building 5604 Solway Street, #204, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Work on better diesel emission regulations, have resources about fuel efficient vehicles, hybrid cars, and alternative fuels.  Also offer cheap workshops for teachers and the public to educate about air quality issues and how to make changes.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy 412-288-2777 –209 Fourth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA  15222
Responsible for maintaining many of the public parks and green spaces in Pittsburgh.  They also do research and other work to promote conservation and influence public policy.
Pennsylvania Resources Council 412-488-7490 64 South 14th Street Pittsburgh, PA 15203  (they have a huge guide of recycled products and companies)
3 Rivers 2nd Nature No longer an active project, but the website is a great resource for an environmental history of Pittsburgh riverbands and ideas for remediation projects.
Sierra Club Chris Seymour – Allegheny Chair – 412-559-9535 
Peter Wolper – maintains e-mail list – 412-244-9907

National group that works on big environmental campaigns, but also have state and local chapters that work on Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh issues.
Clean Water Action 412-765-3053 100 5th Avenue #1108

Generally work on lobbying efforts to promote cleaner water, but also take on lots of local fights about different types of pollution and irresponsible companies.  Supportive of other local organizations’ campaigns.

Sustainable Pittsburgh (412) 258-6642 425 Sixth Avenue, Suite 1335 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 

Work with the business community and government agencies to develop and implement more sustainable practices in construction, design and city planning.
Penn Future 412 258 6680  425 6th Ave. Suite 2770 Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Larger environmental group fighting the mon-fayette highway, pollution, etc., mainly focused on legal challenges and court campaigns, but also host and participate in lots of local environment-focused events.

Urban Hiking. Not only will people be able to learn about the various neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, but they will eyewitness what makes these neighborhoods so special and unique…their art, culture, and way of life. One hike per month (give or take)Stephen Mahoney         

Go Guide- Tricia Chicka  412 255 0564

GO Guide showcases information related to outdoor recreation in Southwestern Pennsylvania. Individuals and groups can upload and announce their own outdoor activities and trips.
Tri-State Citizens Mining Network 724-229-3550 fax 724 229 3551
P.O. Box 1080 Washington, PA 15301

This group does outreach in communities affected by mining and all different kinds of activism around mining issues throughout Western Pennsylvania.  Work on legislation, community campaigns, and lots of other grassroots groups across the state.
ActionPA Mike Ewall 215-743-4884  

Philadelphia-based group that works with lots of PA communities fighting destructive development projects like power plants, landfills, etc. Willing to do low-cost presentations and workshops for community groups fighting these kinds of projects.

Mountain Watershed Association 724-455-4200 P.O Box 408
Melcroft, PA 15462

Works on the preservation and remediation of the Indian Creek Watershed from Jones Mills, Westmoreland County to the Youghiogheny River, Fayette County.
Western PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

There are lots and lots of abandoned mines all around Western PA (and even in Pittsburgh).  This groups works to get funding to clean them up.

Friends of the Riverfront 412.488.0212 33 Terminal Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
“Increase awareness and engagement with the Pittsburgh region’s rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship, and expansion of water and land trails.”
Front Porch People 412-243-0142 7330 Trevanion Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

A loose-knit group of people working to live less environmentally-damaging lifestyles.  Have done a newsletter, do workshops on gardening, host other events to promote an environmental consciousness.
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association 412-371-8779  1400 S. Braddock Ave, Suite D Pittsburgh, PA 15218 

NMR is in the East End, including Swissvale, Braddock, Wilkinsburg, etc.  They do projects like give out free rainbarrels to area residents, work with folks to remove invasive species, plant trees, etc.
Citizen Power (412) 421-6072 2121 Murray Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15217-2105
 Local advocacy group focused mainly on the energy industry – good info about deregulation of utilities, electricity rate changes and proposals, and current legislation being proposed and implemented for utility companies and consumers.  They’re fighting against all the rate increases!
Green Building Alliance 412-431-0709   64 South 14th Street, Pittsburgh PA 15203   

Works with mainly the corporate and business community to promote and build ‘green’ buildings in Pittsburgh.  Developed the design for the convention center.  Also offer some classes and info about green buildings, probably a good resource for building code and law info, as well as grants and tax breaks for using ‘greener’ building methods.

We take a community-based approach to social as well as physical aspects of local environmental health. Our aim is to offer access to local environmental health data, opportunities for collaboration and conferencing, and outreach that helps people improve their lives and neighborhoods.
Saint Francis University Renewable Energy Center 814-472-2872
215 Schwab Hall P.O. Box 600 Loretto, PA  15940-0600

Located in central Pennsylvania, focused on working with mostly rural communities to develop locally-controlled renewable energy systems.  A good contact for resources to undertake projects like this.  For example, they assist in building  stations to measure the wind in places where people are interested in putting up wind turbines.
The Sound Earth

An on-line directory of environmental resources nationwide.  Developed by a Pittsburgher, it’s heavy on the PA resources.  Awesome!  Check out Pennsylvania in the Environmental Activism section. 
The Tireless Project 412-381-1301.
The Tireless Project is a collaborative effort of local non-profit organizations to eliminate waterfront blight on Pittsburgh’s three rivers. Get involved in picking up trash on the riverfront

Penn State Extension ph: 412.473.2540 400 North Lexington Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15208   

They’ve got a lot going on: perma culture, urban canopy, urban food production, community development

The Overflow Connection deals with sewage polluting waterways and storm water.


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