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River Town Rain Barrel Initiative

Western Pennsylvania is no stranger to rain. According to US Climate Data, our region receives an average of nearly 35 inches of rain every year. Historically, the way our cities dealt with rain water was to simply move it downstream. Not only does this have a...

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...

PWSA Green Infrastructure Video Series

What is green infrastructure and how might it benefit you? DECO Resources will demonstrate an answer to this question through a short video series following a bicycle tour to highlight some of the regions best examples of stormwater management practices. The...

The Future of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a city with a distinctive and impressive history. Any Pittsburgh'er can recite a list of accomplishments that frequently lands our city on many top ten lists. But where will Pittsburgh be in ten years, fifty years, or two-hundred years from now? We see a...

Clearing the Air

In order to better understand what local residents hold important regarding the region's environment, the Pittsburgh Regional Environmental Survey was conducted in October of 2013 . The survey was funded and completed by Pittsburgh Today and the University Center for...

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...

Conclusion of the Netgreen Project

Over the past year, we have been promoting the Netgreen program. After compiling results from two rounds of testing, we are excited to move forward with a fully developed design. Among improvements to the program, the most notable change is that we will be dropping...

Work Hard

Building a start-up company is challenging, to say the least. To build a business sustainably adds another level of complexity to an already difficult process. The growing trend of coworking offers a solution. Coworking spaces may provide a wide array of tools and...

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...

Fish & Plants

Tilapia and rosemary; bluegill and oregano; trout and tarragon: few meals come together as effortless as fish and herbs. This makes it all the more surprising that aquaponics has not yet become a household word. You might not be familiar with aquaponics, but you've...

What’s In A Library

If someone asked what you might expect to find in a library, it wouldn't be surprising if the first answer was "books." What if the answer was hammers and hand drills? How about electronic and circuitry wiring materials? How would you respond if you learned that the...

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...

DECO named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business

DECO Resources, LLC named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business  by the League of American Bicyclists Building a better future in alignment with nature Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized DECO Resources with a Bronze level Bicycle Friendly Business...

Bikes

It is well known that, at DECO, we like to talk about all things bicycle. Our last post about biking (No Motor Vehicles) was posted way back in the beginning of June so we decided it would be alright to bring up the topic again, especially seeing all that is happening...

Have you tried shrub yet?

The newest Netgreen member, Strip District-based Caffe d'Amore is hosting the first Pittsburgh Shrubdown. But what is shrub? Shrub is a Colonial-era method for fruit preservation. Local artisanal shrub makers are combining fruit, vinegar, and sugar to create a variety...

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...

One Year On

Today officially marks the first full year of operation at DECO Resources, LLC. We want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way. Pittsburgh is a great place to start a business, as we have found tremendous support from the local community. Over the past...

Green Quiz Part 2

Our team would like to thank everyone who participated in Part 1 of our Green Quiz over the past week. As a warning, Part 2 might be more difficult! Before we get to that, let's talk about the results from Round 1: First, this report from KDKA talks about exactly what...