In 2010, Allegheny County proved it has been on the cutting edge of the “green” revolution. Following the success of the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit held in September 2009, the United Nations announced that Pittsburgh would be the North American host city for its World Environment Day on June 5, 2010.
The region worked to plan a number of community events to bridge the six weeks between Earth Day and World Environment Day, including an international water symposium, educational programs for students and a world record-setting event on the Allegheny River. Venture Outdoors organized the record-setting flotilla of kayaks and canoes on the Allegheny River that involved 1700 boaters. Participants braved gusty winds and downpours in order to make history.
The County Office Building became the first public building in Allegheny County to have a green roof. Landscapers worked through the spring to cover half of the building’s roof, an area of 8400 square feet, with waterproof fabric, various insulating and water-trapping materials, and soil and plants native to Southwestern Pennsylvania. County Executive Dan Onorato wanted it to serve as demonstration project, to track and measure differences in water retention, temperature, and utility costs of the green roof versus the normal roof. The green roof immediately began to provide an insulating effect for the County Office Building, reducing heating and cooling costs for taxpayers.
Allegheny County and PennDOT introduced Active Allegheny in 2010 to integrate walking, biking, and other active, healthy travel modes into our existing transportation system. The first comprehensive transportation plan prioritizes investments in commuter bike routes and walking facilities that will enhance our existing transportation network and provide sustainable travel choices to move people to and from their destinations. This plan is a blueprint for improved access and choices to connect people to communities, work sites, schools, attractions and residences.
In 2010, Braddock became the backdrop for the new “Go Forth” advertising campaign by Levis Jeans. The commercials were filmed in Braddock and used community residents for all scenes. Braddock gained national due to Allegheny County’s and its mayor’s innovative approaches to revitalizing and reinventing the former industrial town.
Oakmont Country Club once again hosted a prestigious golf tournament in 2010. The 65th Annual US Women’s Open brought in golfing powerhouses Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, and Natalie Gulbis. Players battled Oakmont’s notoriously challenging conditions and blistering heat for one of the sport’s finest showdowns. Roughly 100,000 spectators attended the five day long event.