Pittsburgh Earth Day is a citywide celebration of sustainability providing engaging programming for the region. The following events are produced by the Pittsburgh Earth Day team and will be taking place Thursday, April 21st through Sunday, April 24th, 2016. Keep posted for more details coming soon for events taking place at Fairmont Hotel Pittsburgh, the City County Building, Market Square, Mellon Square Park, Convention Center and Carrie Furnaces. 

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Thursday, April 21

Ecolution Fashion Show

On Thursday, April 21st, Pittsburgh Earth Day will kick off at the Ecolution Fashion Show at the Fairmont Hotel. VIP Guests will enjoy an hour of music by Stereo Hideout’s Steve Hackman, complimentary cocktail and hors d’curves. The Main event will feature a runway fashion show highlighting recycled and reused materials designed exclusively for Pittsburgh Earth Day by local designers with music by DJ Soy Sos and a special performance by STAYCEE PEARL dance project. Click HERE for tickets. 

Photo by Foo Connor

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Friday, April 22

Pittsburgh Earth Day Celebration

Friday, April 22nd is the official day for Earth Day celebrations worldwide.

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Pittsburgh Earth Day Press Conference

& Sustainability Business Breakfast

8:00 – 10:00 AM

Pittsburgh Earth Day begins with a press conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center prior to the start of the Pittsburgh Earth Day Sustainability Business Breakfast. The press event speakers include August R. Carlino, President of Rivers of Steel and Ginette Walker Vinski from Sustainable Pittsburgh and will feature the reveal of the Pittsburgh Earth Day Steel to Sustainable video, thanks to UPMC Health Plan.

The 2016 Sustainability Business Breakfast will feature a panel of innovators discussing the current climate of green industries in Pittsburgh. Tickets are by reservation only. Please visit think LINK to reserve your seat.

The panel will feature Grant Ervin, Chief Resilience Officer and Sustainability Manager for the Office of Mayor Bill Peduto; Scott Lammie, CFO and SVP, UPMC Insurance Services Division; Lucas Piatt, President and COO of Millcraft Investments; Geoff Muessig, CMO and Executive VP of Pitt Ohio; Aurora Sharrard, PhD – LEED AP BD+C, Executive Director and VP of Innovation of Green Building Alliance; Matthew Mehalik Ph.D., Program Director at Sustainable Pittsburgh; Brett Robinson, President of Terra Building Group; Dr. Gregory Reed Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Energy Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Dr. Peter Walker, Dean and Professor, Falk School of Sustainability/Chatham University; Mary T. McKinney, PhD, Project Manager of the Duquesne University Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth; Pat Conway, Co-founder of Great Lakes Brewing Company; Ron Gdovic, CEO Windstax; and Mondor AIA, LEED AP,  Principal, evolveEA, Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University. Duquesne University Center for Green Industries and Sustainable Business Growth will present the 4th Annual Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award to the winner at the breakfast.

Pittsburgh receives recognition from around the world as a “triumphant success” in green design, smart growth, and innovation. Respected media and institutions praise Pittsburgh as a top city in America to live, work, and play. Our regional businesses have played a vital role in Pittsburgh’s transformation, and there is no shortage of stories to tell about business success through sustainability. Come hear a panel of experts discuss Pittsburgh’s sustainable business community and learn what your organization can do to succeed by going green.

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Paint the Square Green

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Pittsburgh Earth Day will Paint the Square Green on April 22nd! Market Square will feature a world market with a mix of local vendors specializing in Earth-friendly products and services, along with organic and educational vendors and live music. Check out the live performances and events happening throughout the day:

11:00 AM – Goodwill Green Fashion Challenge featuring DJ Nugget
12:00 PM – Mia
1:00 PM – Rachel B
2:00 PM – Nina Sainato with live painting by Sarah Zeffiro
3:00 PM – Pioneer Records Showcase
4:00 PM – Ishtar

Presenting Special Guest, MiaZ

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Pittsburgh native MiaZ will be performing in Market Square for a Lunchtime Concert starting at Noon!

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Market Square, located in Downtown Pittsburgh was modernized in the late 2000s has re-established the square as a social and cultural hub featuring numerous restaurants, cafes and retailers along with housing units and offices.

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Pittsburgh Earth Day Solar Powered Food Truck Festival 

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Downtown Pittsburgh will flourish with activities from 11AM-2PM including the Pittsburgh Earth Day Solar Powered Food Truck Festival on 10th Street along the West wing of the Convention Center, and Lunchtime Concerts in Mellon Square Park featuring local musicians. Electricity for food trucks will run on solar power – a renewable and sustainable source! Participating food trucks include Oh My Grill, Nakama, BRGR, Franktuary, Wok of Life, Randita’s, Burgh Bites, Second Breakfast, Pizzaiolo Primo and Cool Beans.

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Mellon Square Lunchtime Bluegrass Concert & Market 

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join us for Lunchtime Concerts featuring local bluegrass bands, Fossil Free Friday event with Green Mountain Energy and ZeroFossil as well as local food vendors and nonprofits. 

Molly Alphabet at 11:00 AM
The Armadillos at 12:00 PM
The Beagle Brothers at 1:00 PM

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Art + Artifact Market 

5:00 – 9:00 PM

After work from 5PM-9PM, the City will be invited back to the Convention Center for a happy hour event hosting an evening of music, a curated art exhibit featuring local artists, organic and handmade vendors and activities for all ages. Enjoy the sounds and grooves from the DJ Detour crew during the event!

All events on April 22nd are free and open to the public.

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Saturday, April 23

Steel to Sustainable Festival

7:00 – 10:00 PM

In honor of Pittsburgh’s steel past, Steel to Sustainable Festival will take place on Saturday, April 23rd from 7-11PM at the Carrie Blast Furnaces at the former U. S. Steel Homestead Works. This ticketed event will benefit Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The event will feature local food trucks, delicious draft beer, live music by Barrels to Beethoven, Red Room Effect, Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Goodtime Band, and The Daily Grind. In honor of the 100th anniversary of the hard hat, local artists will be participating in the Hard Hat Art Project to raise funds for Rivers of Steel. In celebration of our city’s transformation, the event will run on solar power thanks to ZeroFossil. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Photo courtesy of Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area

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Sunday, April 24

TEDxPittsburgh Brunch

12:00 PM, Revel + Roost

On Sunday, April 24th, guests can join the conversation with a TEDxPittsburgh Brunch. Local TEDx speakers will share talks promoting the future of Pittsburgh and the collaborative ideas that will propel the City into even further green innovation in the years to come.

Guest speakers include TEDx alum Diane Turncheck speaking on light pollution (see Diane’s 2015 TEDxPgh talk here) and TEDx alum Leah Lizarondo discussing food waste (see Leah’s 2014 TEDxPgh talk here). The event will also feature a new TEDx speaker cider maker Michael Sturges from A Few Bad Apples who talk about using forgotten fruit for philanthropy. 

Tickets are available HERE. Join us after Brunch at Revel for an afternoon of cocktail and conversation.  

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Photo courtesy of Revel + Roost