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In his State of the Union address last week, President Obama called for a 50 percent reduction in the amount of energy wasted by our homes and buildings over the next 20 years. He proposed providing resources for the most effective state policies to cut energy waste.


It may not be glamorous, but it sure came as good news to all of us at the Breathe Project, as energy efficiency is a major piece of the clean air puzzle. Consuming less energy means reduced combustion of fossil fuels, which in turn, helps to improve our air quality.


According to the U.S. EPA, buildings accounted for 38.9 percent of total U.S. energy consumption in 2005. Residential buildings accounted for 53.7 percent of that total, while commercial buildings accounted for the other 46.3 percent. Buildings are expected to account for 75 percent of our electricity consumption by 2025, the EPA estimates, and the average household spends at least $2,000 each year on energy bills.


A good number of our coalition partners are working to reduce energy consumption themselves—or helping other businesses, organizations and households become more energy efficient; it’s a win-win for air quality and their bottom line.


In a free workshop on February 22, Pop City Media and Direct Energy will provide ways for nonprofits to save money by reducing energy costs. Attendees will learn smart strategies to conserve energy and resources—and also be eligible to win $2,500 from Direct Energy through its Reduce Your Use For Good campaign.


ReEnergize Pgh—an initiative of GTECH Strategies—is creating jobs and reducing residential energy waste by organizing teams of “ambassadors” for energy efficiency in communities throughout Allegheny County.


Pittsburgh Green House in East Liberty holds regular workshops and sessions on residential energy and water savings and making homes healthier. This month, they will host a home water conversation workshop (saving water helps to clean our air by reducing energy consumption) and another session on how to integrate energy upgrades into the home remodeling process.


And Sustainable Pittsburgh will soon launch its 2013 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge, which calls on businesses and organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania to reduce their energy and water use through a friendly competition.


We’d love to hear what your organization is doing to increase its energy efficiency—and improve our air quality. Send us your stories to highlight on our website and so we can share best practices with other coalition partners. We look forward to hearing about your successes!

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September 10, 2016
Go Green Festival plus Electric Car Show & Cruise A FREE Event Sponsored by Marcellus Outreach Butler, in cooperation with National Drive Electric Week and Beaver County Marcellus Awareness Committee   September 10, 2016 11 am – 5 pm   Kohl’s lower lot at Cranberry Commons (Rt. 228), Cranberry … Learn More
July 29, 2016
2016-2017 Green Workplace Challenge – Workshop Are you interested in competing in 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) but want to learn more before signing up by the Aug. 31 deadline? Are you signed up for the Challenge and ready to get ahead of the competition? … Learn More
June 16, 2016
Kickoff Celebration for the 2016-2017 Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge Commit to making the Pittsburgh region a better place to live, work, and play! Sign up for this year’s Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge (GWC) and attend the kickoff celebration on June 16!  All are invited to attend the kickoff, regardless … Learn More
May 12, 2016
FracTracker Lease Map Workshop as part of PF/PCA Exhibition FracTracker Alliance invites southwest PA residents to learn more about the first ever online, searchable map of oil and gas leases in Allegheny County, PA. FracTracker is holding a public workshop at the PCA galleries on May 12th to demonstrate … Learn More
May 11, 2016
Making the Connection: Air Pollution & Brain Health GASP event on May 11, 5-8pm at Botany Hall, Phipps Conservatory Advance Registration. Learn More
May 5, 2016
The Air We Breathe: A Regional Summit on Asthma in our Community To commemorate World Asthma Month in May, Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network, and The Breathe Project are presenting a summit on the impact of the Pittsburgh region’s air quality on asthma outcomes in our communities. Pittsburgh’s particulate matter air … Learn More
March 16, 2015
GASP holding a public meeting to discuss air quality in Lawrenceville   The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Air Quality Program recently announced its intent to issue an operating permit for the McConway and Torley steel foundry located on 48th street in Lawrenceville. This facility is a significant local source of … Learn More
February 11, 2015
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