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Green Initiatives: An OnQ Special Series

Presented by Direct Energy Business
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From green homes and offices... to environmental concerns... to sustainable agriculture... to new urban trends in "going green" - OnQ is proud to bring you this series of special reports on the people and organizations working to make the Pittsburgh region a better place to work, live and play. Below are descriptions of each report, and links allowing you to watch them.




Pittsburgh and Allegheny County Green Initiatives - Pittsburgh has a lot to brag about when it comes to going green but some local leaders say not so fast - there's still a lot more work to be done. OnQ's Tonia Caruso looks at the latest plans and proposals designed to make our region even more environmentally friendly.

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Urban Chickens - Pittsburgh city residents have something to crow about. They are keeping chickens for eggs and meat. This urban trend is just one aspect of new green initiatives that are sweeping the country.

Related Links:
Penn State Cooperative Extension
Pittsburgh Chicken Blog

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Urban Fence Farm - Think green! Even in the city. A Carnegie Mellon University student shows that you don't need a lot of space for a garden. OnQ shares this simple method for everyone to grow a little food... on a fence!

Related Link:
Carnegie Mellon Homepage Stories: Urban Farming

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Urban Bees - Pittsburgh is all abuzz about urban beekeeping. OnQ profiles Burgh Bees, a group of urban beekeepers with innovative ideas to further environmental sustainability.

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House Transformation - A few years ago, it was a rundown mess. Today, it's a brand new space one local family is calling home. OnQ's Tonia Caruso shows how two architects turned an abandoned building on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh's Garfield neighborhood into a residence and work place, with many green elements - and it's getting lots of attention.

Related Link:
inter*ARCHITECTURE

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PARK(ing) Day: Pittsburgh - This international event reclaims parking spaces and turns them into parks and people-friendly gathering spaces one day a year. OnQ reports on Pittsburgh's version of PARK(ing) Day, which took place in September 2009.

Related Links:
PARK(ing) Day Pittsburgh
PARK(ing) Day Network

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Construction Junction - Don't trash your old kitchen or bathroom. Consider taking those sinks, tubs, medicine chests, lights and more to Construction Junction in Pittsburgh's Point Breeze neighborhood. It's a place that "promotes conservation through the reuse of building materials." You can shop there, too!

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Mount Washington Clean-up - How do you remove litter and garbage from the dangerously steep slopes of Pittsburgh? By using experienced rock climbers! That's what a neighborhood organization did to beautify the city's most visible hillside: Mount Washington. OnQ follows the climbers to bring you the story.

Related Link:
Explorers Club of Pittsburgh

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GreenForge - OnQ reports on a former commercial building in Westmoreland County that has gone through complete "green rehabilitation." Named GreenForge, the building is a model for sustainability and is used to demonstrate cutting edge conservation, alternative energy and green building features. GreenForge's roof is planted with living green plants, has solar power and geothermal heat and was built using recycled building materials.

Related Link:
Westmoreland Conservation District

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Science on the Road - Fasten your seat belts, Captain Green's Time Machine has landed at Cardinal Wright Regional School on Pittsburgh's North Side. OnQ takes an educational ride with this collaborative science program developed by the Carnegie Science Center and PPG Industries. The program focuses on teaching elementary and middle school students about energy and the environment.

Related Link:
World Environment Day

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Native vs. Invasive Plants - What are invasive plants and why is there a push to plant native plants in our parks and gardens? OnQ finds out with a visit to Sylvania Natives, a garden center in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood that sells flowering perennials, small trees and shrubs that are native to Western Pennsylvania.

Related Links:
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Plant Conservation Alliance

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