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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October

Saturday, October 4 | 11:00 AM
Step Trek 2014

In its 14th year, the Pittsburgh StepTrek will begin Saturday, October 4th at 11am at South Side Park (Josephine at 21st Street) on the South Side. The event has lasted this long due to the backing of individuals with a curiosity as to what lies at the top or bottom of the numerous public stairs in the neighborhood. This "Urban Hike" through one of Pittsburgh's most unique neighborhoods is self-guided. The course narrative in the program book points out the landmarks and gives a history of the stairs and buildings, counts the steps (over 2,000) and also provides instruction as to the route. The family-friendly (and pet-friendly) event also includes the StepTrek Market Place featuring food trucks and entertainment. This event also helps to benefit The Brashear Association's Food Pantry. Please remember to bring a canned food item to help stock the Brashear Association Food Pantry. Top items needed include: Peanut Butter and Jelly Spaghetti Sauce Tuna Cereal Baby Food

$12.00
South Side Park, 21st at Josephine Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

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

Wednesday, October 8 | 6:30 PM
Exploring Fair Trade

October is Fair Trade Month and Co-op Month! Join us to learn more about both of these social and economic models and how they work hand in hand. After a brief history of the fair trade movement, Tim McGrail will highlight various co-ops that produce Equal Exchange products and discuss how fair trade has benefited their operations. Finally, we’ll explore how cooperative principles tie small farmers, Equal Exchange, and The East End Food Co-op together in an authentic fair trade supply chain.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
Carnegie Library – Homewood

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

Tuesday, October 14 | 5:00 PM
Green Drinks October

Green Drinks Pittsburgh is a sustainability network platform to inspire new ideas and awareness, find out what is happening in Pittsburgh, meet up with friends you haven’t seen for a while and make new ones too. This month, meet up with The Great Climate March. All the way from LA to DC and now here in little old Pgh for 2 days! Greet the 75+ Climate Marchers making their ways across the US to demand action on climate change. Complimentary appetizers and drink specials provided by The Porch at Schenley.

This event is FREE!
The Porch at Schenley, 221 Schenley Drive in Oakland

Tuesday, October 14 | 7:00 PM
Organic on a Budget

Eating organic foods doesn’t have to break the bank! Join us for a discussion on how eating organic can benefit your health and our planet. This workshop covers all the basics of how to make organic affordable, including purchasing in season, buying in bulk, couponing, savvy meal planning, and proper methods for storing produce and other whole foods. Caitlin will also share tips on using pantry staples to build quick and delicious meals everyone will love.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
Café Seating Area of the East End Food Co-Op

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 18 | 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh Solar Tour

Join us for the 2014 Pittsburgh Solar Tour. This year we're thrilled to offer a Featured Tour in addition to a list of Solar Open Houses. Stop by one of the featured tour locations, plan to stop by a solar open house, or mix it up with stops from both. Our Featured Tour Locations have a little extra for you to take in. Maybe it's a solar kids activity at the Millvale Library, a rundown of the architectural element of the "Solar Oasis," or a "Solar 101" seminar put on at the largest residential installation in Pittsburgh. The solar open house stops have solar owners ready to share their stories with you and show you some of the elements of their solar-powered properties.

The event is self guided and free to everyone. Please register on the wesbite in advance.
Locations across Pittsburgh and Western PA

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: www.eastendfood.coop/co-op/events
The Connan Room at Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, October 22 | 6:30 PM
DIY Backyard Composting with Travis Leivo of Shadyside Worms

Backyard composting is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to keep those kitchen scraps from piling up in your garbage can—don’t let your small yard (or lack thereof) keep you from trying it out! Composting professional Travis Leivo will discuss different methods that can be used in a variety of urban settings, from backyards to porches. A basic understanding of soil science and the stages of decomposition, as well as some easy troubleshooting skills will arm you with everything you need to get started.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
Gemini Theater, 7501 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15208

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 www.fhnc.org 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

Wednesday, October 29 | 6:30 PM
Yoga for Coping and Healing with Melissa Havran of Yoga 17

As a certified Yoga instructor and a busy mom, Melissa is all too familiar with the stress and challenges of family, work, and life. Yoga can be an empowering method of dealing with these daily pressures. Join Melissa as she takes you through a series of yoga postures and breathing exercises guaranteed to calm both the mind and body, making you more aware of the world around you and feeling energized to take on life’s challenges. Be sure to bring your yoga mat! Namaste.

This event is FREE; just call 412-242-3598 to reserve your spot!
Carnegie Library – Homewood/p>

November

Sunday, November 9 | 3:00 PM
ShrubDown - Part 2: A Shrub Cocktail Mixer at Marty's Market

Shrub is a Colonial-era method for fruit preservation. Local artisanal shrub makers are combining fruit, vinegar, and sugar to create a variety of natural concentrates that can be used to flavor beverages. The product is a tart-n-sweet real fruit drink that will be mixed with local organic spirits from Strip District-based Wigle Whiskey. The taste can be compared with Kombucha. Join us to experience the flavors of the nearly lost preservation method. This netgreen member event is sponsored in part by DECO Resources, LLC.

$12 in advance, $15 at the door.
Marty's Market, 2301 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Thursday, November 13 | 5:00 PM
Green Drinks November

Green Drinks Pittsburgh is a sustainability network platform to inspire new ideas and awareness, find out what is happening in Pittsburgh, meet up with friends you haven’t seen for a while and make new ones too. This month, meet up with Engineers for a Sustainable World. ESW is a national network that supports our chapters and benefits our members. Doing online education through webinars, course-based education through WPSI, project initiatives, and regular in-person conferences. ESW also collects relevant job, internship, graduate school, and contest opportunities, and provides resources for those trying to teach or explore technical sustainability.

This event is FREE!
The Porch at Schenley, 221 Schenley Drive in Oakland

December

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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