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Earth Day 2021: Four ways to give back in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Earth Day is April 22 this year, and now that many restrictions are being lifted from COVID-19, it’s important to remember ways to keep Pittsburgh clean.

Pittsburgh Earth Day is a non-profit organization that educates on 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 out the planet from both their Green Living Guide and other resources:

Volunteer for a clean up:

Although COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, participating in an outdoor clean-up of the community is a great way to give back to the Earth. Make it fun by turning it into a challenge by using apps like Litterati that allows you to take photos of trash you picked up and seeing who can pick up the most litter.

Conserve energy and water:

There are many ways to make sure that you are conserving energy and water. The best part? Many of them are small changes that are easy to do! Here are five examples:

  • Replace your light bulbs.
  • Use power strips.
  • Take shorter showers.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, and in between washing the dishes.
  • Only use the dishwasher when you have a full load.

Carpool, ride the bus or even take a bike:

Cars make up a huge percent of emissions in the air, especially in a populated city like Pittsburgh. Taking the bus, catching a rideshare, driving with friends or even biking for where you need to go for just one day can help make Pittsburgh’s air quality better.

Eat Green:

When you’re out celebrating the 51st anniversary of Earth Day this year, you can do your part to help build a better Pittsburgh region and eat sustainably by dining at Sustainable Pittsburgh restaurants.

These restaurants have committed to making improvements in energy, water, waste, food sourcing, people, and nutrition. Click here to see a restaurant tracker for all of the restaurants in the city that are a part of this program.

To learn more about resources for living greener in Pittsburgh and upcoming events, click here to be taken to the Pittsburgh Earth Day website.