We’ve compiled a list of our resources as well as resources that our readers can use to learn more about organizations making a difference, and hopefully make a difference themselves.
Allegheny Clean Ways– Formed in 2000, Allegheny Clean Ways has made it their mission to “engage and empower people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County.” By identifying illegal dumping sights and assessing the damage from these sights, Allegheny Clean Ways works to improve the quality of life of those in our community.
Brighton Heights Citizens Federation– Since its initial inception as a non-profit organization on February 28th, 1967, the Brighton Heights Citizens Federation has been involved in a multitude of activities, events, and projects in the community. The Federation works to promote and encourage the advancement of neighborhood improvements and a greater sense of community. This is accomplished by uniting the citizens of the community, its organizations, and institutions to work hand in hand to enhance the health, safety, welfare, property, and well-being of the community.
Citizens Against Litter– Active since March 2005, our band of volunteers is making a big impact. Streets, gutters, sidewalks, grassy places, and alleys are cleaner. We started in Shadyside, but our reach goes far beyond Walnut Street. What we accomplish here can be replicated in other neighborhoods throughout Pittsburgh.
City Of Pittsburgh 311– Pittsburgh’s 311-call center is for all non-emergency City of Pittsburgh concerns or questions.
Clean Pittsburgh Commission- Since 2005 the CPC has provided oversight, direction, leadership, resources and assistant to community groups and individuals with one goal in mind; to keep the city clean. With 15 representatives from various city and local departments, the CPC is the driving force to continuously improve the quality of life for everyone living in the Pittsburgh area.
Construction Junction– Construction Junction works to support and promote conservation through the reuse of building materials. Developed by the Pennsylvania Resources council, CJ specializes in used and surplus materials.
Friends of the Riverfront– Since 1991 Friends of the Riverfront have worked to restore and reclaim Pittsburgh regions riverfronts for public use. Through increased awareness and engagement with the region’s rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship, and expansion of land and water trails.
Greenspace Alliance– The Pittsburgh Greenspace Alliance is an affiliation of non-profit organizations working on greenspace issues in and around the Pittsburgh area. Greenspace consists of parks, trails, and natural areas used for recreational or aesthetic purposes with benefits to environment, economy, and human health.
Group Against Smog and Pollution– Founded in 1969, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) is a 501 ©(3) non-profit citizens group based in Southwestern PA. GASP has been a diligent watchdog, educator, litigator, and policy-maker on many environmental issues with a focus on air quality in the Pittsburgh region.
Grow Pittsburgh– Grow Pittsburgh strives to educate the general public about the importance of gardening and agriculture as part of a vibrant, healthy community. Whether it be working with elementary schoolers through our Edible Schoolyard Pittsburgh program, teens through our Urban Farmers in Training summer program, or adults through our Urban Agriculture Apprenticeship Program, we seek to serve all age ranges with our educational programs.
GTECH Strategies– GTECH stands for Growth Through Energy and Community Health. GTECH strives to cultivate the unrealized potential of people and places to improve the economic, social and environmental health of our communities. A member of the Greenspace Alliance, GTECH puts an emphasis on their work the community and the local businesses that surround their shop.
Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful– Keep PA beautiful is the conjunction of two organizations PA Clean Ways and Keep PA Beautiful. Their mission is to empower Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful. Keep PA beautiful is the affiliate of the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization, Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics– Leave No Trace’s mission is to protect the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. Through relevant targeting education, research, and outreach, the Center ensures the long-term health of our natural world.
Paddle Without Pollution– Paddle Without Pollution’s mission encompasses stewardship and education, embodied by these three core projects. Through events and volunteer work Paddle Without Pollution has removed more than 50 tons of litter and illegally dumped debris from rivers creeks, and lakes in Pennsylvania since their founding in 2011.
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse– PCCR strives to promote resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. This non-profit organization was a project by the Pennsylvania Resources Council from 2008-2012 and is now in the same complex as Construction Junction. Through their shop and educational programs, PCCR touches the community with one craft and creation at a time.
Pittsburgh Office of Sustainability- The Resilient Pittsburgh Deliberative Forums are meant to give Pittsburgh residents a space to learn in more detail about what local government and partners are already doing and to discuss possible solutions with other residents.
Pittsburgh Parks Conservatory– Founded in 1996 by a group of citizens concerned with the deteriorating conditions of Pittsburgh’s city parks, this non-profit group has stewarded 1,700+ acres and raised $84 million to keep our parks clean. Since 1998, they have worked closely with the City of Pittsburgh under public-private partnership to restore the city’s four regional parks: Frick, Highland, Riverview, and Schenley.
Pittsburgh Public Works– Public Works is dedicated to providing creative, customer-friendly service while maintaining the City’s infrastructure by resurfacing streets, preserving park facilities and rehabilitating public structures. The department also meets the environmental needs of Pittsburgh residents by collecting residential refuse and recyclables and ensures public safety by responding to emergencies such as flooding, land subsidence, snow/ice storms, and other weather related catastrophes.
PittServes– PittServes strives to engage and empower the Pitt community on campus, off campus, and globally. They have a heavy emphasis on reciprocity, transparency and sustainability and participate in volunteer work, sponsorship, community building, and internships.
PennDOT– PennDOT oversees all programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural transportation, airports, railroads, ports and waterways in Pennsylvania. PennDOT’s employees work to maintain, restore and expand the state highway system as well as our community streets. They work in central headquarters in Harrisburg and 11 engineering districts, with facilities in all 67 counties in PA.
Pennsylvania Resources Council– Founded in 1939 by concerned citizens, Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization, PRC works to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling and waste diversion and anti-litter campaigns.
Randyland– Randyland is the home of artist, Randy Gilson. Located in the Mexican War Streets district of Pittsburgh’s Northside, the Randyland courtyard is open most every day between 1:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Visitors are welcome to come and explore the public art displays in and around the property.
Student Conservation Association– Since it’s founding in 1957, more than75,000 young people have joined SCA to make a difference. With offices across the U.S, SCA gives young people the opportunity to find a purpose while protecting what’s important, our environment. SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.