The Allegheny Front for the week of

April 18-24, 2014

Climate Action in Pittsburgh

Recently Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced that the city is making progress in efforts to reduce its contributions to climate change. Though most people who live in Pittsburgh might not know it, the city has a climate action plan.  It’s designed to reduce the carbon footprints of businesses, local government, citizens, and the universities in town.

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Pittsburgh Sustainability Guru on Transit, Energy, EcoDistricts

Pittsburgh’s first sustainability manager is a few months into the job. Grant Ervin, previously with the smart-growth organization 10,000 Friends, says the city is looking to improve energy efficiency, transportation, recycling, and ensuring water quality.

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3 Things to Know About Shale Drilling This Week

Impacts of drilling in Pennsylvania's state forests, methane levels at drilling sites and the costs and benefits of natural gas development made headlines this week in Marcellus shale drilling news.

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Shell Holds Public Meetings on Proposed Cracker Plant

Royal Dutch Shell is weighing whether or not to build a multibillion dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania. The company hosted a pair of public meetings recently to give an update on the proposed cracker project.

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Lyft Uses Pink Mustache to Kiss Off Emissions

Pennsylvania's utility commission chairman has expressed interest in legalizing a new type of cab service that could keep more cars off the road. The company called Lyft arrived recently in Pittsburgh. We tried it out and recorded the ride.  

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Gifford Pinchot: A Photo Commentary

The Allegheny Front's intern Justin Brown takes on "Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot," in photos.  Pinchot was Pennsylvania's governor who helped make modern environmentalism possible.  He also had an impressive mustache.  

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