The Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan presents the city of Pittsburgh and its residents, businesses, and higher education institutions with opportunities to reduce the impacts of local and global climate change, improve the local environment and the local economy, and enhance Pittsburgh's reputation as an environmentally progressive city.
This plan also includes recommended actions that the municipal, community, business, and higher education sectors of Pittsburgh are encouraged to adopt in order to achieve the city's target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 20% lower than the 2003 level by 2023.
The Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI) is charged with guiding implementation of the Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan. There are many organizations working together under one giant PCI umbrella for the greater green of the community. The Green Building Alliance oversees PCI facilitation, administration, and collaboration, while also managing measurement and verification of overall PCI greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. The city of Pittsburgh and ICLEI - Local Communities for Sustainability are creating more sustainable city operations.
Sustainable Pittsburgh is leading the Business Climate Coalition. The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is working directly with Allegheny County on its green initiatives, including a greenhouse gas inventory of county municipal operations.
The Green Building Alliance works to engage all Pittsburgh region colleges and universities to share information and set goals regarding research agenda, curricula, operations, outreach activities, and commitments that reduce the greenhouse gas emissions to align with Pittsburgh's overall greenhouse gas reduction goal.
Through initiatives such as using biodiesel for public transportation, expanding recycling drop-off hours and locations, enforcing anti-idling laws, pairing every trash container with recycling containers and mandatory recycling, establishing incentives for restaurants to recycle waste grease, public green education in schools and colleges, growing bio-energy plants (sunflower and canola), building green (better loan rates for energy efficient, Energy Star certified, and/or LEED certified homes), and creating incentives or requirements for green roofs, just to name a few, Pittsburgh is a national leader for a bright, green future.