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Sustainability Carnaval

Sustainability Carnaval

Join us on Tuesday, February 9th for our first Sustainability Caranaval. What is Carnaval? Carnaval is the Brazilian celebration of Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. It is a community-wide celebration with bright colors, music, and food. We have partnered with Farm Truck Foods and Simpatico Espresso to bring this exciting festival to you! Every Tuesday...
Umbrella Cafe

Umbrella Cafe

Growing a small business is hard. Will you be able to keep up with demand? Will your cash flow meet your needs? Even basic requirements, like finding an affordable space, can make or break a company. Three local food-based businesses were facing these challenges and discovered a sustainable solution together. Coworking in the Kitchen The...
Green Material Guide

Green Material Guide

Since 2013, we have been providing sustainability consulting on design and engineering for construction and operations. This means that we often help our clients identify and select materials for their projects that fit the budget, are sourced equitably, and have a minimal impact on the environment. However, it can be a challenge to find building materials that...
Drink Fresh, Drink Local

Drink Fresh, Drink Local

Few things are better than free beer. It tastes delicious, is sure to draw a pack of interesting characters, and it’s a great way to try new flavors without the risk of buying a beer that you don’t love. The Carson Street Deli in Southside, Pittsburgh has been offering four samples of beer every Wednesday for over five years. Although...
Sustainable Food

Sustainable Food

The East End Food Co-op is Pittsburgh’s “only member-owned natural and organic food market,” as stated on their GreenerPittsburgh page. We wanted to find out how the store ensures that their food is natural and organic. It turns out that the Co-op has a straight-forward set of policies to ensure the “highest quality produce in Pittsburgh.”...
Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment

In spring 2013, a team of Carnegie Mellon University students, including Michelle Cong, Melissa Daly, Hao Ming, Haoran Zhang, and Wanbing Zhu, completed a project called Life Cycle Inventory and Cost Analysis of CulinArt Food Packaging Options. Their goal was to determine the most optimal packaging materials for take-out containers on campus. The assessment was based on...
Signs of Life

Signs of Life

As the inevitable changing of seasons begins and spring commences its slow march in, Pittsburgh will once again become a vibrant place to live and work. The snow has melted and the ground is starting to thaw. Plants will eventually poke their heads out of the soil (much to the chagrin of anyone with spring...