Economic Development Policy Reform

  •   Pittsburgh Clean Air Act Post-Agenda Hearing in City Council
  •   City Council Passes Clean Water Act
    Pittsburgh Council today unanimously passed the Clean Water Act.

    Executive Director of Pittsburgh UNITED, Barney Oursler, said the passing of this legislation is a big step in the environmental world, as it addresses one of western Pennsylvania’s biggest problems. He said the bill was unanimously passed mainly due to the large coalition of supporters urging council to vote for it.

    Councilmen Bruce Kraus and Bill Peduto said the approval demonstrates their commitment towards a better environment.
  •   Air kisses: Middle schoolers rally for the environment
    Out of the mouths of babes. Well, in this case, tweens. Young participants in an environmental summer camp took their quest for clean air to the West End Overlook on Thursday, hoping to persuade City Council to enact tougher measures.

    Seventy-eight middle-school students are taking part in the nine-week Pittsburgh Cares E-Serve camp, which is designed to teach them about the environment and what individuals can do to help make the world cleaner, greener and healthier.
  •   Campers call attention to environmental legislation before City Council
    Youth raise a chant for clean air

    Paw Parheat, left, 13, and Chris Thorpe, 11, shout "Clean air now!" at a press conference demanding clean air for Pittsburgh at the West End Overlook.

    Kids from the Pittsburgh Cares E-Serve summer camp are supporting the Clean Air Bill introduced in city council.
  •   Pittsburgh campers give shout out for clean air
    When Denzie White started to learn about air pollution, the 12-year-old Bellevue girl thought she should do something about it.

    "Why live in a place that has air pollution?" Denzie said.

    She and 50 other kids decided to "do something about it" atop West End Overlook park Thursday afternoon.

    Holding posters and shouting, "Clean air now!" and "Pollution is wrong!" the children urged City Council to pass the Clean Air Act, which aims to reduce diesel emissions.
  •   Pittsburgh may require new job site rules
    More than 200 union members and environmental activists turned out Thursday in support of two City Council bills that would restrict diesel emissions and storm water runoff on city-subsidized development projects.

    "When we put our tax dollars into something, the diesel equipment should be cleaner. ... And developers should be part of the solution in trying to capture as much water as they can," said Tom Hoffman, Western Pennsylvania's director for Clean Water Action.
  •   Pittsburgh Clean Water and Clean Air Bills
    Clean Air
    Less Diesel Emissions Mean Healthier Air!

    Diesel emissions harm our health, our environment and our economy.

    According to the EPA, nationally more than 37% of land-based particulate
    matter comes from construction equipment.

  •   PUBLIC HEARING- Clean Air, Clean Water Bills
    Speak out to support the
    Clean Air and
    Clean Water Bills

    Pittsburgh City Council
    Press Conference at 1pm
    Hearing at 1:30pm

    July 1st

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  •   Council pushes for clean development
    Legislation calls for contractors in city-subsidized projects to be air-friendly and 'green'

    Pittsburgh City Councilman William Peduto, center, listens to one of the speakers at news conference Tuesday outside City Council Chambers about the Clean Air and Clean Water bills.
  •   Pittsburgh councilman wants tougher environmental standards
    City Councilman Bill Peduto plans to introduce today legislation requiring publicly funded developments to meet more stringent environmental standards to help improve the city's air and water.

    The measures would mandate that developers who take city subsidies reduce storm water runoff and would require construction vehicles at these sites to reduce diesel emissions by retrofitting the equipment or using newer ones.