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Green & Gold: Pens strike it rich in energy efficiency

By Alexandra Perry The Pioneer Before the Pittsburgh Penguins had a serious discussion about turning the all-new CONSOL Energy Center green, most of their intentions were built around cost consciousness, not sustainability. That all changed when the $321 million project’s managers, including LEED certified partners Chris Cieslak and Michael Bernard, deliberately showed Pens officials that sustainable materials would not only... Read More

Green ways to volunteer

By Sara Payne The Pioneer In three hours, Jeffrey McCauley and 500 volunteers transformed the Strip District’s riverfront from a chaotic area to a more natural space. Leah Thill and seven volunteers planned to lug 50 tires off a North Side hill, but finished with a stack of 170 tires. Without access to nature as a child, Sally Joe Guzik... Read More

Point State Park fountain to re-open

By Pete Bridge The Pioneer The long-awaited $9.6 million project on the Point State Park fountain is expected to be completed in June. The project is part of an overall improvement to the state park which will include new seating near the fountain, lighting, and more, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. “We believe that when the entire... Read More

Downtown school green from the start

By Marina Weis The Pioneer Surrounded by a combination of river and pavement Downtown, the only “green” most students at Point Park University see are the planted trees in its urban park and sidewalks and the distant slopes of Mount Washington. But although it may not be green in physicality, the downtown university earned itself official national recognition for sustainability by renovating more than... Read More