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Sustainability Plan
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The County outlined its first Sustainability Plan in 2009.  This first sustainability plan will introduce conceptual framework and action plan for pursuing and achieving the Allegheny Green commitment to reduce our environmental footprint. Each objective entails a wide range of activities and associated metrics. The point is to apply the sustainability concepts against all County operations, and make improvements while maintaining the same level of performance or better, and doing so at a comparable budget level. While certain improvements may require an up-front investment, they should be able to deliver measurable improvements and future cost savings for taxpayers.

Key Objectives  

Allegheny Green Plan

Transforming to a greener physical plant & assets

County government owns a number of buildings, facilities, park spaces, and other land, as well as vehicles and equipment. We will continuously improve the way we select and operate these assets.

Shaping earth-friendlier core business operations

Allegheny County delivers a wide array of services, from filing court records to economic development to health services, and each department is working to identify opportunities to deliver its own functional services with less of an impact on the environment.

Galvanizing the region with sustainability leadership

Allegheny County holds a critical role in leading the region, identifying and showcasing best practices to address our key challenges in order to offer advice and guidance. The County initiatives for educating our region includes hosting a breakfast series to introduce developers to green roof techniques, organizing annual seminars on green jobs and green economy, and  addressing regional pedestrian-cycling plans through the “Active Allegheny” program. 

The sustainability plan aligns closely with the objectives set forth in Allegheny Places, Allegheny County’s comprehensive plan.

Among the comprehensive plan’s recommendations are:

  • Expanding the region’s parks and trails system;
  • Protecting and enhancing the environment and public health by promoting energy conservation and continuing to improve the County’s air quality;
  • Eliminating urban, agricultural and industrial pollution runoff to protect streams and watersheds;
  • Promoting transit-oriented development at key transit stations and along major transit corridors;
  • Promoting the use of green building techniques and energy-efficient housing design; and
  • Encouraging developments that will minimize impacts on greenfields.