PITTSBURGH – Earth Day is April 22nd of this year. Now that many of the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 are lifted, it is important to remember how to keep Pittsburgh clean.
Pittsburgh Earth Day is a not-for-profit organization that addresses and promotes sustainability in the Steel City. They work to put together farm-to-table initiatives and other environmentally friendly events in Pittsburgh. For them, Earth Day is every day!
Here are four ways to help the planet from both your Green Living Guide and other resources:
Volunteers for a cleanup:
While there are still COVID-19 restrictions in place, participating in an outdoor community cleanup is a great way to give back to the earth. Make it fun by making it a challenge using apps like Litterati that allow you to take photos of the junk you took and see who can pick up the most of the junk.
Save energy and water:
There are many ways to ensure that you are conserving energy and water. The best part? Many of them are small changes that are easy to make! Here are five examples:
- Replace your lightbulbs.
- Use power strips.
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water while you brush your teeth, shave and wash the dishes in between.
- Only use the dishwasher when it is fully loaded.
Carpooling, taking a bus or even riding a bike:
Cars make up a large percentage of airborne emissions, especially in a populous city like Pittsburgh. Taking the bus, ridesharing, riding with friends, or even riding a bike to where it only takes a day can all help improve Pittsburgh air quality.
As you celebrate the 51st anniversary of Earth Day this year, you can do your part to build a better Pittsburgh region and eat sustainably by dining at sustainable Pittsburgh restaurants.
These restaurants are committed to improving energy, water, waste, food procurement, people and nutrition. Click here for a restaurant tracker for all restaurants in town that are part of this program.
To learn more about resources for Greening Pittsburgh Living and upcoming events, click here to go to the Pittsburgh Earth Day website.