Green Cities

SCA’s Green Cities Sustainability Corps was developed in 2008 to assist Pittsburgh in the creation and implementation of local climate action plans. Members of the Green Cities Corps engage in projects with local government, nonprofit organizations, community groups, neighborhoods, and businesses to mitigate climate change and increase sustainability initiatives.

The Green Cities Sustainability Corps provides ten-month internships in Pittsburgh, PA. Members bring skills from a range of disciplines to implement hands-on sustainability projects that bring capacity to Pittsburgh partner agencies. Position areas include energy tracking, carbon audits, waste audits, public outreach, urban planning, and supply chain assessment.

Members of the Green Cities Sustainability Corps engage with thousands of citizens throughout the Pittsburgh region each year via hands-on projects, trainings, presentations, service projects, and educational programming. Members gain meaningful professional experience and exposure to sustainability professionals across government, nonprofit, and business sectors throughout Pittsburgh and nationally.

Members receive monthly living stipends and are responsible for finding housing near their individual work sites. Although the Green Cities Sustainability program is not a residential corps, members come together for group trainings each month and regular corps-wide service projects.

Trainings Offered: 

  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Residential, Urban, and Rural Sustainability
  • Civic Leadership
  • Carbon Audits
  • Climate Science
  • Facilitating Charrettes
  • Bike Safety
  • Social Media
  • Graphic Design

Eligibility Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, have an undergraduate degree, and pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position.

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The two projects I spent the most time this month on where site designs for fall installation for the SPARC corridor and Troy Hill demonstration site. We are working with the city to implement a design on Meadow Street across from Mike’s Autobody Shop. Portions of the project will be installed by the Department of Public Works, TreeVitalize and volunteers.

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Matthew Henderson is exceeding the expectations in his field work and is determined to have as many business owners as he can get to become a Certified Sustainable Business. Within the past month, Matthew has reached out to numerous boroughs within Allegheny and Beaver County.

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Four events — the Green Business Blitz, Transportation Exploration, the Tackle-A-Stealer Challenge, and a Pirates ticket giveaway and game – took place this month. With help from our media director, I put out a press release announcing all that we were involved in this September.

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In September, organizing “Transportation Exploration” with Bike Pittsburgh, the Port Authority, ZipCar, Southwest Pennsylvania Commission, GASP, Mattress Factory and PCI was a big part of my month. I oversaw the solicitation of food and drink, managed publicity including writing a press release and communicating with media, and coorindated between the organizations.

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My most notable accomplishments in September were developing a print and online survey for the readers of the Go Green Newsletter, developing the Energy 202 class, completing the text for the infographic signs at the Pittsburgh Green House, and writing a bid for tree pruning in Friendship Parklett.

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Parents Corner

Your child is about to embark on a life-changing experience, where they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, explore potential careers, gain leadership skills, and accomplish hands-on conservation work that will have a lasting impact on the planet.