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Brownfield Bioremediation

Through a partnership of local government, foundations, and local community organizations, research is being conducted to identify best practices for the use of phyto- and bioremediation to address issues of contaminated brownfields near highly populated areas. The focus will be on those sites that are likely not to be redeveloped for longer periods of time.

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Energy

Working with the Penn State Center for Sustainability and the College of Engineering, department of Architectural Engineering, we have embarked on exciting opportunities to support workforce development and research in the areas of solar energy, smart grid technolgy, and energy efficient housing.

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Green Roof Technologies

In partnership with the County of Allegheny Chief Executive’s office, Pennsylvania Enviromental Council, 3 Rivers Wet Weather and Highmark, we continue to promote the use of green roofs in our highly impervious communities in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Among other benefits, storm water mitgation is of central importance. Research at the Penn State Center for Green Roof Research is being applied in our region to improve storm water management, energy balance, and other environmental impacts.

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Pittsburgh Green Innovators

In partnership with Pittsburgh Gateways, Inc., the Pittsburgh Green Innovators is establishing a sustainable facility that supports a superlative quality of life and serves as this city’s emerald jewel by redeveloping the former Connelley Vo-Tech High School located in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. It engages multidisciplinary teams from business, labor, government, nonprofits, and universities, as well as experts from around the world who employ the science of sustainability to meet modern global challenges and provide world-renowned leadership in clean, green innovation.

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Sustainable Landscape Technology Certificate

This certificate program, offered through three Penn State campuses, has been developed to address issues of sustainability as they relate to landscaping and horticultural related activities. The program is designed to emphasize sustainability principles and techniques that reduce chemical application to the environment, encourage creative use of native plant material and enhance identification and eradication methods for invasive plants.

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Vacant Lot Reclamation

Pittsburgh has more than 14,600 vacant lots, according to a 2007 Carnegie Mellon University study. The Vacant Lot Reclamation initiative is an opportunity to both reduce the number of unkempt vacant lots and enhance approved community development projects along with their surrounding neighborhoods. This effort works with local community development corporations and other neighborhood organizations, and uses greening activities that match the needs of the community. Members of the local community help determine the most appropriate method to reclaim the lots, and local organizations and businesses provide volunteers for each effort.

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Current Projects
Community and Economic Development

Veterans Education Initiative
Penn State Southwestern Pennsylvania Alternative Renewable Energy Consortium
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Initiative
Beltzhoover/Haberman Avenue Project
Pittsburgh Landscape Architecture Studio
Biofuels Certificate Programs
Urban Farming
Energy

Penn State Southwestern Pennsylvania Alternative Renewable Energy Consortium
The GridSTAR Center (Grid Smart Training and Application Resource Center)
Pittsburgh Green Innovators
Health

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Green Roof Technologies

Pittsburgh Green Innovators
Green Roof Research
Storm Water Mitigation Challenges

Green Roof Research
Workforce Training and Development

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Initiative
Penn State Southwestern Pennsylvania Alternative Renewable Energy Consortium
The GridSTAR Center (Grid Smart Training and Application Resource Center)
Pittsburgh Green Innovators
Biofuels Certificate Programs
Urban Farming
Veterans Education Initiative
Youth

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Initiative
Beltzhoover/Haberman Avenue Project
Vacant Lot Reclamation

Beltzhoover/Haberman Avenue Project
Pittsburgh Landscape Architecture Studio
Urban Farming
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