Green Events Calendar

green calendarFind green events in the Pittsburgh area in our community-driven calendar sponsored by Allegheny County - Allegheny Green. All events have some focus on environmental and social responsibility for the community, business, and individual.

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Saturday, September 6 | 2:00 PM
Pittsburgh Aquaponics Open House

Visit the Pittsburgh Aquaponics Open House on Saturday. Please come with your questions and curiosity. We’re eager to show and teach you about Aquaponics. We’re organically growing Kale, Basil, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Wheat grass, Mustard Greens, and Blue Nile Tilapia. Books, aquaponics parts, and starter aquaponcics systems will be available for purchase. If you brings kids, they can get a free goldfish to take home!

This is a free event.
401 Bingham St., Pittsburgh PA 15203

Wednesday, September 10 | 6:30 PM
Preserving the Season

With Susanna Meyer and Danielle Marvit from Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA. Susanna Meyer, author of Saving the Seasons: How to Can, Freeze, or Dry Almost Anything, and Danielle Marvit of the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange will introduce you to simple and fun ways to preserve seasonal specialties. Learn how to freeze and dry herbs, prepare a quick batch of refrigerator pickles, and make a fail-proof water bath processed jam. The presenters will share samples of easy and delicious recipes that you can use at home to help you enjoy local foods all year long! There will also be plenty of time for questions.

Although this event is free, a suggested $10 donation will be accepted by PASA. Call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Thursday, September 11 | 1:00 PM
FUTURE BIKE: At The Intersection Of Mobility And Identity

The future success of the bike movement rests on recognizing the strength in our diversity. Future Bike meets at the intersections of difference to create a vision for bicycling that elevates new voices, engages local communities and reimagines how we create streets that are vibrant public spaces that bring us together. Hosted by the League's Women Bike Program and Equity Initiative, this half-day forum will discuss how to involve and be led by new and previously overlooked stakeholders — and how to integrate those perspectives to redefine and grow the bike movement. Not your typical conference, this dynamic gathering will focus on discussions rather than Powerpoints, participation over presentation, and include time and space for an UnConference Cafe. Don't miss the opportunity to help design the Future!

Registration is $20-$25.
David L Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Sunday, September 14 | 12:00 PM
Fall Migration Festival

Wildbird Recovery is a non-profit organization that relies solely on donations and is the only wildlife rehabilitation center in Butler County. We help over 500 injured songbirds and birds of prey every year from all over Western Pennsylvania, with treatments costing an average of $47 for each songbird that is admitted. This is an engaging afternoon of education, delicious food, and the chance to enjoy a tour of the property. Guests can watch an owl presentation, mingle with our education birds, and experience a unique event that benefits our very deserving feathered friends. You can also participate in our silent auction and raffle, enjoy some music and finger foods! A wonderful fall afternoon!

Tickets are $25 each or two for $45. Free for children under 5.
120 Forsythe Road, Valencia, PA 16059

Wednesday, September 17 | 6:30 PM
Creativity in Your Cupboard

With Julia Erickson & Aaron Ingley of Barre LLC. Come explore the possibilities for creative snacks and meals made with a few simple ingredients commonly found in your kitchen cupboards. Professional ballet dancers Julia and Aaron will tell their story of creating real food nutritional bars in their kitchen, and how this endeavor ultimately grew into a successful local business. Then Julia will demonstrate several simple recipes you can try at home, including her famous Barre bars! Join us to learn more about starting your own food business, as well as methods for making pantry-oriented dinners and the perfect post-workout snack.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Saturday, September 20 | 3:00 PM
Fall Music Festival

Great Music, Great People, Great Outdoors Benefitting Environmental Education for Local Youth Join us for a wonderful day of local music from the Blue Sky Band, The Mellophants, Leap of Faith & the Marino Miller Trio. We will also have festival food featuring the PGH Taco Truck, FHNC Beer Tent, a climbing wall, children's activities and so much more! Sponsors receive tickets, VIP parking and seating! Sponsor and get your tickets today!

Admission - Adult $35/Child (6-17 years) $20 *FHNC members receive a $10 discount per ticket until 9-18-14
Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd. Sewickley, PA 15143

Sunday, September 21 | 10:00 AM
National Drive Electric Week Tailgate Gathering

Join the electric car tailgate gathering at Heinz Field to showcase the features, advantages, and benefits of driving an electric vehicle. If you have an electric car, or are curious about them, this is your opportunity to get behind the wheel! (This is NOT a sales event.) Electric vehicles are a great alternative to gas powered transportation. Less polluting, fun to drive, and more cost efficient, especially with the cost of gas today, and in the future.

This event is free and open to everyone
Heinz Field - Green Lot, 22 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Wednesday, September 24 | 7:00 PM
Local Foods Month Sampling Session

The East End Food Co-op is committed to prioritizing and promoting local food sources whenever possible, and the annual observance of Local Foods Month every September offers us a special opportunity to highlight our local farmers and producers. Join us for a free sampling session that will take place throughout the aisles of the entire store. You will have a chance to meet the suppliers of some of your favorite local products, including offerings from Clarion River Organics, Healcrest Urban Farm, Cherish Creamery, Pastitio, and more. Don’t miss this tasting adventure!

This event is FREE; no reservations are required!
East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Saturday, September 27 | 11:00 AM
Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival

The Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival is a sustainable living festival held in late September. In 2013, the festival featured over 80 exhibitors from local nonprofits and green businesses, as well as events including an African drumming circle and a recycled costume parade! Come to Hartwood Acres Park for the 5th annual Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival in 2014. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint and green your community. Enjoy delicious local food, interactive demonstrations, and activities. Plus, the festival is held jointly with Hay Days, a fun family event with a petting zoo, tractor rides, and other activities for kids! Local green organizations offer educational and interactive exhibits throughout the park. Visitors can enjoy everything from bike-powered squirt guns to environmental trivia, herb tastings, and how to raise chickens in your backyard!

This event is open to the public.
Hartwood Acres Park

Saturday, September 27 | 12:00 PM
Allegheny Green & Garden Resource Center - Grand Opening

Grow Pittsburgh will be hosting a fun event to celebrate the opening on the Garden Resource Center in Larimer. Come to learn and enjoy free food, music, games, a garden tool repair, and "ask a gardener" booth. The Garden Resource Center is a membership-based tool lending library and garden supply depot. Discounted membership signups will be available all day

Learn more at
147 Putnam Street, 15206 (Larimer)

Saturday, September 27 | 1:00 PM
Local Mushrooms

Join PA Mushroom Club member, Ann Berger at FHNC to learn more about our local mushrooms! Did you know that mushrooms come in many sizes, shapes and colors? They can be beautiful as well as delicious ... or deadly. Fungi grow in all seasons, and some of the most sought after mushrooms in the world grow right here in our area. Come with your questions and begin to discover the wonder at your feet! This program will begin at FHNC with a short presentation and continue in Sewickley Heights Borough Park to look for fungi! Call 412.741.7536 to register.

Members $5 per person/$15 per family (limit 4), Nonmembers $10 per person/$25 per family (limit 4) RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!
Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd. Sewickley, PA 15143

Monday, September 29 | 9:00 AM
National Coffee Day Celebration

Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice, all are welcome to come celebrate and enjoy this popular beverage with our local roasters and suppliers! Join La Prima Espresso Company and 19 Coffee Company as they speak to the subtleties of the roasting process while serving up free samples of fresh espresso and several brewed coffee varietals. Building New Hope, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that partners with a worker-owned coffee cooperative in Nicaragua, will also be on hand to talk about the origins of this beloved bean and what it means to pay coffee growers a fair trade price.

This event is FREE; no reservations are required!
East End Food Co-op, 7516 Meade Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15208


Sunday, October 5 | 8:30 AM
Clean Air Dash

Join us for the 2nd annual Clean Air Dash 5k on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at the South Side’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail! Come celebrate the progress we’ve made as a community to clean up the air in our region and learn about the ways to keep fighting! This flat 5k race course is perfect for all ages and fitness levels so bring your whole family! The first 50 young people (age 18 and under) to register are FREE! Not ready for a whole 5k? There’s also a fun run/walk!

See the site for registration information.
South Side’s Three Rivers Heritage Trail

October 15-16, 2014
16th Annual 3 Rivers Wet Weather Sewer Conference

More than 400 municipal officials, engineers, managers, public works directors and wet weather experts will gather on October 15-16 to learn, educate and share experiences for overcoming the wet weather problems that have plagued the Pittsburgh region for decades. Scores of exhibitors will share their products and services while local, regional and national speakers will present educational sessions on a variety of wet weather issues. See the 2014 conference brochure for a complete agenda and listing of exhibitors. Register online (payment by credit card only) by October 3 to pay a registration fee of $75 for both days. After October 3, the fee is $85. If you prefer to pay by check, complete this registration form and send to 3RWW by mail. To avoid long registration lines at the conference, complete your registration and pay by October 8. If you have not registered by this deadline, you will need to register on-site* at the conference. All registered attendees will have the opportunity to win an exhibitor-sponsored prize package. *All walk-in registrations will receive conference materials, but are not guaranteed promotional items. Continuing Education A continuing education form will be provided at the conference so that attendance can be verified.

Register online by October 3 to pay a registration fee of $75 for both days. After October 3, the fee is $85.
Monroeville Convention Center

Saturday, October 11 | 10:00 AM
AARP Bike the Rivers

Pittsburgh has bike trails along all three rivers—really!—but it takes a knowledgeable guide to connect them. Join local AARP members and their families for a fun tour of the city and its riverfronts with plenty of interesting stops along the way. Bring a daypack, water and snacks. We’ll do 2 hours of easy pedaling, and share some of the great work that AARP is doing in your community.

Please visit the website for registration details
4th Street - South Side, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Saturday, October 11 | 5:00 PM
Family Fishing

Join FHNC’s certified fishing skills instructors for a fun Family Fishing program. Meet at the Nature Center then we will car pool to Soggy Bottom Lake, a private residence on Fern Hollow Road, to fish for Blue Gills, Bass, Carp, and Sunfish. Fern Hollow will provide all of the equipment necessary through our grant from the PA Fish and Boat Commission. *Please note that the timing is an hour earlier than our other fishing programs* Admission: $15 per fisherman and $ 5 for an accompany adult. Fern Hollow members will receive a $5 discount for anyone signed up to fish and the accompany adult is admitted free. Pre-registration is required to participate in this program, call 412-741-6136 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

$15 per fisherman and $ 5 for an accompany adult.
Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd. Sewickley, PA 15143

Saturday, October 18 | 6:30 PM
Know Your GMOs

The East End Food Co-op (EEFC) will present a community forum featuring Pittsburgh-based organizations working toward a GMO-free food supply. Know Your GMOs will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the Connan Room at Carnegie Mellon University. Trevett Hooper (owner and chef of Legume and Butterjoint), Bryan Petrak (Research and Development Director for NuGo Nutrition), Justin Pizzella (General Manager of the East End Food Co-op), and Denise Caruso (Senior Researcher in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University) will each provide a brief presentation followed by a panel discussion that will allow for questions from the audience. The Connan Room is located on Carnegie Mellon University’s campus on the first floor of the Jared L. Cohon University Center. The building is located on the main part of campus along Forbes Avenue, between the Purnell Center for the Arts and Gesling Stadium. Free parking is available in East Campus Parking Garage. The campus map can be found here. The event will begin at 6:30 PM and end by 9 PM. In addition to the speakers’ presentations, there will also be a number of informational tables located in the foyer throughout the event. The EEFC will be providing samples of Non-GMO Project Verified products and will also raffle off grocery bags filled with the Non-GMO Project Verified products. Other prizes will also be up for grabs at the EEFC’s table. This event was coordinated in observance of Non-GMO Month, which takes place every October. Non-GMO Month was created by the Non-GMO Project in 2010 as a platform for raising awareness of genetic engineering. The EEFC supports transparency of GMOs through labeling laws and every year since its inception, the EEFC has registered as a participating retailer in Non-GMO Month. The EEFC’s buying policies give emphasis to non-GMO products and throughout October the store will feature increased promotions of Non-GMO Project Verified products.

For more information and directions, please visit:
The Connan Room at Carnegie Mellon University

Saturday, October 25 | 5:00 PM
Hoe Down and Chili Cook Off

With a panoramic view of the Sewickley Heights landscape, the fundraiser will feature a great night for cowboys and cowgirls of dancing, country music, a Hoe Down, campfire, and a chili cook off between other wonderful non-profits in the Sewickley area. Several non-profits from the area will be paired with local breweries to compete in a chili cook off. Guest will sample chili from Child Health Association of Sewickley, Laughlins Children’s Center, Village Green Partners, along with several other non-profits. After sampling each entry, guest will vote for their favorite chili and award the non-profit a $250 donation for their organization. Dinner will also include beer from several different local breweries, cornbread, and dessert prepared by Fern Hollow Nature Center’s board of directors and Sewickley Confectionery. The evening will also feature The Turpentiners , a good time Country and Rural Swing band from Pittsburgh and the chance to kick your boots up and learn how to square dance with the help of a caller from the International Association of Square Dance Callers. Tickets for the Square Dance and Chili Cook Off are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Must be 21 years or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased in advance on-line at or by calling 412-741-6136.

Tickets for the Square Dance and Chili Cook Off are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.
Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd. Sewickley, PA 15143



Saturday, December 6 | 10:00 AM
Citizen Science Winter Bird ID

Join Audubon Society of Western PA at FHNC as we learn about 3 great ways that even beginning birders can contribute to science. In this indoor/outdoor session, we’ll brush up on some of our common winter birds, become familiar with the eBird, Project Feederwatch and the Christmas Bird Count, and head outside to practice our skills.

This event is free
Fern Hollow Nature Center, 1901 Glen Mitchell Rd. Sewickley, PA 15143

Thursday, December 11 | 8:30 AM
Energy for the Power of 32: 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future - Establishing a baseline and catalyzing a regional energy plan and strategy

Our region is blessed with abundant energy resources, globally-leading expertise, and a willingness to collaborate to do things smarter than anyplace else. But when it comes to energy, we don’t yet have a plan for where we are going. Come and take part in the first formative steps toward identifying our region's energy future and developing strategies to assure our economic competitiveness and high quality of life. "Energy for the Power of 32: 32 Counties, 4 States, 1 Energy Future" will unite the region around newfound understanding of where our energy comes from, where it's consumed, and how it gets from one to the other—and introduce a civic dialogue on plotting the course for our region's smartest energy future. Yes, energy production, distribution and conservation should be at the core of a critical national debate. But regions like ours can't wait for the federal government to address the issues and opportunities. Regions are the centers of energy development, transmission, consumption, storage, and conservation. They breed networks for innovation. And they have the opportunity to establish actionable energy goals integrating aspirations for economy, equity, and environment. With our heritage and assets, the Power of 32 region has the potential to be among the nation's first to lead this trend on energy planning. By bridging borders and recognizing shared challenges and opportunities, our region is differentiated in its commitment to improving the future of 32 counties in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia.

$50.00 before 11/7, $65 thereafter
David L. Lawrence Convention Center


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