Earth Day Volunteer Event and Net-Zero Energy Building Tour


The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 with 20 million Americans taking part.  The movement that followed is often credited for the passage of environmental laws that protect health and safety, preserve natural environments and enable responsible economic growth.  Now, more than 1 billion people take part in Earth Day activities across the globe every year. 

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Options were abound for this FREE workshop.  Participants joined Sustainable Pittsburgh for a unique point-earning opportunity that gave them the flexibility to select the activity that fit their schedule and interests.  Those who wished joined the Forest Hills community Earth Day clean-up, and earned points in the Challenge under action Q20: Volunteer with local organizations.  The clean-up was followed by a picnic, where Sustainable Pittsburgh honored the 2018 first-quarter ribbon-earners!  Afterward, there was a tour of Forest Hills’ recently-completed borough building, featuring net-zero energy operation, storm water management landscaping, and locally-sourced materials.


Sunday, April 22, 2018


1:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Westinghouse Lodge

799 Barclay Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15221

About the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge

A yearlong, friendly competition for businesses, nonprofits, universities, and local governments, the Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge engages employees and measures improvements in the areas of energy, water, waste, transportation, social equity and more.  


1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Kickoff and Clean-up

Meet at Westinghouse Lodge, 799 Barclay Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Return from Clean-up Site for Picnic

Westinghouse Lodge, 799 Barclay Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm Forest Hills Clean-up Awards

Forest Hills Borough Environmental Advisory Council

4:15 – 4:30 pm Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge: First Quarterly Ribbon Awards

Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Programs Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tour of Forest Hills new Net-Zero Municipal Building

4400 Greensburg Pike, Pittsburgh, PA 15221

SP Challenge Actions

SP Challenge participants who attended earned points for actions:

EA30: Attend SP Challenge Workshops (1 to 50 points)

EA31: Take a sustainability field trip (1 to 10 points)

Challenge participants that joined the volunteer clean-up effort earned points under action,

Q20: Volunteer with local organizations (5 to 50 points).