Pittsburgh Earth Day is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and celebrating sustainability in the region. Honoring the transformation from Pittsburgh’s Steel City past to a thriving home for green innovation, LEED-certified development, farm to table initiatives and environmentally-friendly events, Pittsburgh Earth Day honors the collaboration of businesses, community organizations and green purveyors that are changing the landscape of our region. Thank you to everyone who will be joining us at the 2023 celebration.
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As the official voice of Pittsburgh Earth Day, The Green Voice is a blog and monthly newsletter offering stories of green innovation, advice on how to live more sustainably, and information on events and festivals happening in your community (virtual and in-person).
Initially designed to support the activities and events of Pittsburgh Earth Day, The Green Voice quickly evolved into a bi-monthly e-newsletter filled with new, original content. We tap well-known journalists and sources, including Doug Oster, Natalie Bencivenga, Mia Bencivenga, Andrea Bosco Stehle, Dan Gigler, Lisa Cunningham and Liz Fetchin. They provide regular takes on sustainable stories in gardening, fashion, home, health, tech, and food. With 15,000 subscribers (and growing), The Green Voice has become a much-anticipated and respected source of information and inspiration.
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PNC Lunch & Learn
Monday, June 5, 2023 @ 12 PM | “Financing the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy”
James E. Rohr Auditorium, The Tower at PNC Plaza | 300 Fifth Avenue
In Celebration of World Environment Day, the PNC Lunch & Learn aims to address questions surrounding the transition to a low-carbon economy for large and small businesses alike. This event is free for all, and we ask that you please RSVP in advance. Lunch courtesy of The Capital Grille. Register by Friday, May 19th at 12 PM EST to secure your seat, as seats may sell out before the deadline.
Doors open @ 11:30 AM and the event runs from 12 - 2 PM at the James E. Rohr Auditorium in The Tower at PNC Plaza. Moderated by S & B USA Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation, Grant Ervin.
DISTINGUISHED PANELISTS INCLUDE:
Mona E. Dajani, Partner in the Project Development & Finance, Global Head of Renewables, Global Head of Energy & Infrastructure (Projects), and Head of the Hydrogen and Ammonia Practice (Americas), Shearman & Sterling
Sharon Novak, CEO of S&B USA Construction
Anna J. Siefken, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Technology Transitions
Kristi Ziegler Eberhardt, Managing Director & Head of Sustainable Finance at PNC
All attendees must show photo ID to be granted entry.
Proudly presented by PNC and sponsored by Duquesne Light Company, Wesco, UPMC Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Carmeuse, Covestro, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, Oxford Development, Giant Eagle, Alcosan, Mitsubishi Electric, Koppers, Sargent Electric, S&B USA Construction, & Capital Grille.
The Dirt Podcast (Monthly)
We have developed a monthly podcast that highlights sustainable, green initiatives across a broad spectrum. Hosted by a respected voice in sustainability, the podcast showcases diverse voices and delves deeper into topics including sustainability in business, fashion, retail, education, entertainment, development, and more.
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Ecolution Fashion Gala
June 7th, 2023 | Themed “The Unseen World”
VIP 6:00 PM | Doors open 7:00pm | Main event 8:00pm - 10:00pm | 21+
A one-of-a-kind sustainable fashion gala, curated by Richard Parsakian, styled by Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar, and produced by The Green Voice Collective. Presented by Duquesne Light, Wesco, UPMC Health Plan, and Pitt Ohio.
The 9th Annual Ecolution Fashion Gala will be held at the Carnegie Museum Hall of Architecture and Carnegie Museum Music Hall.
This breathtaking eco-fashion show and sustainability gala will feature models from Docherty Model and Talent Agency gracing the runway, donning hand-crafted fashion designs that local artists design and create utilizing reused and recycled materials. Music by DJ Soy Sos and a special dance performance choreographed by American icon, Kyle Abraham. Special performances by Kierra Drashell, The First Lady of Pittsburgh Drag, and artist Claire Hardy, who strives to bring a traditionally modern feel to her art using vibrant color and texture in decidedly familiar compositions. MC'd by Brian Siewiorek. Graphic Design and Event Production by The Green Voice Collective.
Ecolution invites designers and artists to create couture fashion through the use of sustainable, recyclable, and organic materials. These stellar environmentally savvy ensembles address the environmental issues facing our planet. Designers include: Christine Bethea, Terry Boyd, Claudia Brownlee, Brian David, Virginia Nicoll-Hernandez, James Houk, Darrell Kinsel, Michael Nolan Kouri, Mila Muchnok, Mossy Lane, Randal Miller, Bradford Mumpower, Lana Neumeyer, Suz Pisano, Pearlann Porter, Charlotte Reichman, Rell Rushin, and Brandy Wank. Later in the evening, Leah Lizarondo, Founder of Food Rescue Hero®, transformative technology that turns food rescues into movements, will be awarded the Model Citizen award.
General admission tickets are still available. General Admission Plus and VIP are now SOLD OUT.
Proudly sponsored by: Duquesne Light, Wesco, UPMC Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Mitsubishi Electric, Carmeuse, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, Covestro, Diehl Automotive, S&B USA Construction, The Skin Center, Caesar’s Designs, Carnegie Museums, Eons, Izzazu, Finlandia Vodka, Docherty, Oakland Business Improvement District, Hilton Garden Inn, Ditto, Audacy, Pittsburgh Magazine, and the City of Pittsburgh.
Host Venue Sponsor: Carnegie Museum
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ECOLUTION FASHION GALA HERE.
PAST EVENTS 2023
Part of The Green Voice Speaker Series
Sustainable Business Breakfast
Friday, April 21, 2023 | Fairmont Hotel | ReThink: How You Think About the Future
It's easy to say we are going to commit to being a sustainable business, but what does it take to put this commitment into action?
Pittsburgh Earth Day hosted the 9th annual Sustainable Business Breakfast, themed Rethink: How You Think About the Future, at the Fairmont Pittsburgh Hotel on Friday, April 21st from 8 AM – 10 AM, as part of The Green Voice Speaker Series. Event attendees enjoyed a continental breakfast while hearing from a panel of local sustainability leaders and experts.
DISTINGUISHED PANELISTS INCLUDED:
Nicholas Bonarrigo, Carmeuse Americas, Vice President, Legal & Environmental & General Counsel
Rebecca L. Lucore, Covestro, Sustainability and Public Affairs North America
Tishekia Williams, Duquesne Light, Managing Director of External Affairs and Regulatory Law
Leslie Hyde, Koppers, Chief Sustainability Officer
Dave Hazel, Mitsubishi Electric Trane US, LLC, Senior Manager Performance Construction
Michael Barnard, Oxford, Vice President of Development
Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, President and CEO
Justine Russo, Pitt Ohio, Director of Sustainability and Business Intelligence
Ray Prushnok, UPMC Health Plan, Executive Director, UPMC Center for Social Impact
Ben Johnson, Wesco International, Counsel, Corporate and Commercial Responsibilities
The panel discussion, moderated by S & B USA Director of Environmental Social Governance and Innovation, Grant Ervin, covered topics like the shift to a circular economy, the future of sustainability, and the responsibility of businesses in the fight against climate change. The Big K Morning Show starring Larry Richert and Marty Griffin broadcasted live from the event. Attendees also enjoyed artwork by Pittsburgh-based artist, Zachary Rutter.
Proudly Presented by Duquesne Light Company, Wesco, UPCM Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Carmeuse, PNC Bank, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, Covestro, Koppers, Giant Eagle, Dollar Bank, BNY Mellon, Alcosan, Oxford Development, Sargent Electric, eLoop, Diehl Automotive, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Sustainable Business, and more!
Saturday, April 22, 2023 | The Hill, The Square, The Diamond
This multi-location event invoked a day to inspire, celebrate, educate, and entertain the entire Pittsburgh community through multiple activations for all ages.
Proudly Presented by Duquesne Light Company, Wesco, UPMC Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Pittsburgh Regional Transit, Mitsubishi Electric, Carmeuse, Covestro, Dollar Bank, Diehl Auto, Alcosan, Levin Furniture, eLoop, Hilton Garden Inn, Penn Future, S&B USA, the Commonwealth Charter Academy, the Energy Innovation Center, the Pittsburgh Pirates, WAMO 107.3, Star 100.7, the E.A.T. Initiative, and Eminent Hospitality Group.
Energy Innovation Center 'Powered Up'
Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 11AM - 2PM
The Tailgate Tour kicked off in the Hill District at the Energy Innovation Center. Guests had the chance to meet the Pirate Parrot, The Pirate Pierogis, and the Bucco Brigade. We “Grilled ‘n Chilled” with Chef Claudy Pierre, enjoying mouth-watering tailgate favorites like smoked brisket and barbeque chicken sliders, while learning more about renewable energy and relaxing with friends.
PART OF THE TAILGATE TOUR PRESENTED BY THE GREEN VOICE COLLECTIVE
Pittsburgh Pirates Salute to Sustainability
Saturday, April 22, 2023
The Tailgate Tour wrapped up with the Pittsburgh Pirates Salute to Sustainability.
The Pirates faced the Cincinnati Reds and celebrated Earth Day with us this year. Kevin Walker, President and CEO of Duquesne Light Company, threw the First Pitch!
Part of The Green Voice Speaker Series
Building for Sustainability
“If you build it right, the right results will come.”
May 17th, 2023 | 6 PM - 8 PM | Duquesne Club, 325 Sixth Ave
On Wednesday, May 17th, Pittsburgh Earth Day held "Building for Sustainability," part of the Green Voice Speaker Series, presented by Volpatt Construction and S&B USA. The panel discussion on sustainable construction was held at the iconic Duquesne Club.
While the construction industry has been slow to adapt technology and sustainable building solutions, VC investment in this sector shows no signs of slowing down. The construction world is moving into a more sustainable industry, from building materials that offset carbon and BIM systems that monitor and manage energy for decarbonization to EV charging stations and more efficient field vehicles. The event addressed this evolving industry. Grant Ervin, Director of Environment, Social, Governance, and Innovation at S&B USA moderated the conversation.
DISTINGUISHED PANELISTS INCLUDED:
Janice Held, Principal Project Manager at Carnegie Mellon University
Joshua D. Lee, PhD, AIA, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University
Leslie Montgomery, Vice President of Communications & Education at the Green Building Alliance
F. Jeffrey Murray, Senior Vice President and Market Leader at CannonDesign
Richard Skorpenske, Head of Sustainability and Public Affairs for the U.S. at Covestro
Michael Volpatt, Vice President of Marketing and Innovation at Volpatt Construction
Proudly produced by the Green Voice Collective.
Presented by Volpatt Construction and S&B USA. Sponsored by Duquesne Light Company, Wesco, UPMC Health Plan, Pitt Ohio, Carnegie Mellon University, the Green Building Alliance, Covestro, CannonDesign, and AIA Pittsburgh.