As we prepare for the 2016 celebration of Pittsburgh Earth Day, we reflect on the amazing and collaborative events ranging from education to entertainment that occurred last year. The city of Pittsburgh joined together on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 “to bring the largest Earth Day celebration in the city’s history to Pittsburgh.”
Mayor William Peduto said, “My goal has continually been to make Pittsburgh a most livable city for all people. This celebration is a true demonstration of the entire community’s commitment to transformative growth through sustainable, innovative and green initiatives.” Read more from the day’s press release here.
Pittsburgh Earth Day hosted a Business Breakfast at Vallozzi’s downtown that focused on educating, inspiring, and celebrating sustainability in the region with greener business leaders. The high attendance and interest showcased that there is a growing number of individuals that are focused on the sustainable future of the city. A list of speakers can be found here while a recording of the discussion can be found here.
Whirl Wednesday on KDKA’s Pittsburgh Today Live discussed the stunning photographs that inspired the Macy’s and Larrimor’s eco-friendly window displays. Watch the segment here.
Throughout the day, various activities were available for free at three Pittsburgh green spaces: Mellon Square Park, Schenley Plaza and Market Square. Locals and visitors came to Mellon Square Park and enjoyed a food truck festival, a pop-up organic market, and local music including a live performance by Chris Jamison of NBC’s The Voice. Schenley Plaza hosted an afternoon filled with a free artist market and family-friendly activities, including a book reading on a Port Authority Bus and a dance party featuring Luke the Knife. And the Market Square EverPower Earth Day Celebration held a lunchtime concert with The Clarks and offered displays focusing on the vital themes of air, earth and water.
Photo by Foo Connor
Later in the evening, the Fairmont Hotel was transformed into an eco-fashion show called Sustainability Soiree. Models from Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency graced the runway, donning gorgeous costumes that Carnegie Mellon University Fine Art students and Art Institute of Pittsburgh students designed and created. Izzazu Salon Spa & Serata also sculpted and created hair fashion for the show, which will be curated by Richard Parsakian. A special auction benefiting Tree Pittsburgh gave attendees the chance to take home stellar prizes, including the stunning photographs by Tom Cwenar, Becky Thurner-Braddock, Laura Petrilla, and Frank Walsh. View photos from the event on Jekko.com and Fashion RHP’s website.
Now, in 2016, Pittsburgh Earth Day is excited to commemorate with a four-day celebration titled Steel to Sustainable! Events will include art, music, education and much more while continuing to honor the transformation from Pittsburgh’s Steel City past to a thriving home for green innovation. Event partners include Easy Street Promotions, Eons Fashion Antique, Izzazu Salon Spa & Serata, and Fairmont Pittsburgh. We hope you join us to celebrate the collaboration of businesses, community organizations and green purveyors that are changing the landscape of our region!