All exhibitors will be powered by solar and human energy from Zero Fossil, Chatham University hosting sustainable food challenge
PITTSBURGH – The Third Annual Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival and Hay Day will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, at the Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Both events are free and open to the public. Parking for the events is also free and available at the amphitheater’s Middle Road lots.
The festival, which celebrates Allegheny County’s evolution to a green economy, will feature more than 100 exhibitors and vendors, green-living demonstrations, innovative technology displays, and sustainable food and crafts for sale. The festival will be a zero-waste, solar-powered event and include a special children’s area and free giveaways, while supplies last.
A complete list of exhibitors, vendors and activities follows. Information is also available at Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival.
Several collection events will take place during the festival. Please visit the booth of the organization collecting the items to drop them off.
- Reuse-a-palooza – Making art with recycled items
- Carnegie Science Center “Science on the Road” – Liquid nitrogen ice cream demos (11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.)
- Group Against Smog & Pollution and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC “Kids Healthy Lung Station” - Information and activities: air quality, asthma, nutrition, allergies and general fitness
Hay Day Activities & Events
- Hay Rides (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Face Painting (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Balloon Art (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Magician (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Corn Maze (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Pumpkin Patch & Painting (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Bouncy Castle (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Trackless Train (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Michael’s Arts & Crafts Tent (11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)
- Petting Zoo (11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)
- Spooky Caricatures (12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.)
- Puppet Show (12:00 noon-3:00 p.m.)
- Pony Rides (1:30-3:00 p.m.)
Exhibitors, Vendors & Demonstrations
- 3 Rivers Wet Weather – Watersheds and wet weather issues
- ACTION-Housing – Weatherization and sustainability
- Alcosan – Located along the Ohio River on Pittsburgh’s North Side, the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority provides wastewater treatment services to 83 communities including the City of Pittsburgh.
- Allegheny Aquatic Alliance – Educate on the threats our water is facing in order to empower public action and support for watershed preservation
- Allegheny Cleanways – Litter and illegal dumping
- Allegheny County Conservation District – urban conservation district promoting conservation and sustainability in Allegheny County
- Allegheny County Health Department – Public health, nutrition and physical activity
- Allegheny County Library Association – To provide the citizens of Allegheny County with the premier library system in the Commonwealth
- Allegheny County Treasurer – Signing up to receive electronic property tax bills
- Allegheny Grows – Initiative to encourage urban farming and community gardening on vacant lots and blighted properties throughout the region
- American HealthCare Group & Farm to Table – Goal is to bridge the gap between consumers and local food producers. Eating locally grown food benefits both our physical health and also our local economic health
- Artemis Environmental – Retailer of environmentally friendly building materials—flooring, paint, counter tops, floor finish, green plaster, etc.
- Animal Rescue League Wildlife Rehabilitation Center – Wildlife protection
- Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania – Wildlife and birding
- Black and Gold City Goes Green – Information literature on the city’s campaign and an interactive display to show the energy usage and cost of different light bulbs, giveaways
- The Breathe Project – Coalition of residents, business, government and many other groups in Southwestern PA that are working to clean up our air
- Cabot Creamery – Sampling of various flavors of cheddar cheeses
- Carnegie Mellon Community Garden – Organic garden providing tools and instructions about growing food
- Carnegie Mellon University Data Truck – Mobile research and experiments
- Chicks in the Hood – Raising backyard chickens
- The Church Institute – Providing examples of how individuals can integrate more sustainability into their lifestyle
- Colteryahn Dairy – Quality dairy products, teas, drinks, etc.
- CommuteInfo – Designed to increase the number of people who travel to work or school by riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling or biking
- Conservation Consultants Inc. – To promote responsible energy use through education. Provides low income energy audits for all area major utility companies
- Construction Junction – Reusing and recycling building materials
- Eco Logic - Residential energy efficiency contracting
- Eisler Landscapes – Rain gardens, sustainable landscaping
- Energy Independent Solutions – The designing and installing of solar arrays for residential, agricultural, and commercial use
- Free Child Safe Kit - Giving away free child ID kits to all parents
- Free Ride – Bicycle collective working to recycle bicycles. Collecting bikes, parts and tools.
- Friends of Hartwood – Volunteer group promoting Hartwood Acres Park
- Friends of the Riverfront – Trail brochures and information
- Glenshaw Presbyterian Church – Member of Presbyterians for Earth Care, an eco-justice network of the PC-USA
- Global Links – Collecting gently used medical items
- Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank – Collecting non-perishable food items
- Green Burial Pittsburgh – The education of green burial practice
- Green Gears Pedi Cab – Offers emission-free solutions in regards to transportation and marketing through pedicabs
- Green Grandma – Tips for green living and collecting hard-to-recycle plastic tops
- Green Infrastructure Network – Information on green infrastructure
- Group Against Smog & Pollution (GASP) – How to protect yourself from unhealthy air and how to begin reducing your personal impact on the air
- GTECH Strategies – Vacant land reclamation and green jobs
- Gutter Helmet Systems – Informational display of gutter protection and roofing
- Healcrest Urban Farm – Sampling of ultra-pure herbal wellness products locally grown and handmade
- High Point Pittsburgh Investigation – Exploring possibilities for transforming the roof of the U.S. Steel Tower into a publicly accessible, self-sustaining, four-season facility
- Holistic Living Quest – Focusing on whole life living, providing support, education and networking services
- Independence Energy Alliance – Green energy service
- LeafFilter North of Pennsylvania – Gutter protection
- Local Government Academy – Education and technical assistance for communities on a variety of topics, including sustainability
- North Area Environmental Council – Land conservation, watershed protection, and children’s activities
- Northland Public Library – Children’s crafts using recycled components and a used book sale/swap of children’s books
- Pair Networks – Local, sustainable web hosting and domain name registration company
- Penn Forest National Burial Park – PA’s first exclusively green cemetery
- Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh – Seed Beads activity, beads contain compost, clay and wildflower seeds
- Penn State Cooperative Extension of Allegheny County – Horticulture, nutrition, healthy diet and information on canning, and activities for kids through the 4-H clubs
- Pennsylvania Environmental Council – Restoring and protecting the environment
- Pennsylvania Resource Council – Composting and resource conservation
- Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – Interactive plant display
- Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – information about and plans for the botanic gardens
- Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project – Collecting reusable tote bags to be used by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to distribute food
- Platypus LLC – Platypus is a spinoff company from CMU Robotics that builds low cost robotic boats that can autonomously map water properties such as salinity or temperature.
- Project HERBS – Community based gardening using sustainable products, will provide tastings
- Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission – Providing information on utility services, conservation, and stopping fire electricity
- Refuel – A waste cooking oil recycling program aimed at reducing air and water pollution and keeping fuel investments in our region by locally recycling used oil into a cleaner-burning alternative fuel.
- Representative Frank Dermody – Pennsylvania State Representative, 33rd district
- Robert Morris University – Alternative energy and engineering display and information
- Senator Jim Ferlo – Pennsylvania State Senator, 38th district
- Sierra Club – Global warming, Marcellus Shale and recycling information
- Standard Solar – Solar PV installation services, residential and commercial
- Storm Works – A social enterprise created to support the mission of the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association by implementing responsible storm water management within the watershed and beyond its boundaries.
- Student Conservation Association – Hands on conservation internships across the nation
- Syntek Global – A go-green company focused on helping the environment and others. Provides fuel treatment that reduces emissions, prolongs engine life and improves fuel economy
- Three Rivers EVA – Electric vehicle owners and enthusiasts who are dedicated to promoting electric vehicles of all types.
- Three Rivers Waterkeeper Inc. – River and water quality advocacy. Works with citizens to rediscover our rivers and streams, and recapture access to our region’s waterways, and respond to threats that impact the quality of water
- Underwood Solar Future LLC – Creating electricity from the sun and solar panel display
- Venture Outdoors – Offers over 500 public programs a year including kayaking, hiking, biking, rock climbing, snowshoeing, fishing, cross country skiing, canoeing and geocaching trips. Activities for all ages and skill levels, and travel to local, city, county and state parks around the region. Free geocaching at the festival! (Geocaching is like a GPS scavenger hunt outreach.) For more info, visit Geocaching.com
- Vox Energy Solutions – Renewable energy for homes and farms
- West Penn Power Sustainability Energy Fund – Grant provider to the festival. Promotes the use and deployment of renewable and clean energy technologies in Pennsylvania
- Women for a Healthy Environment – Education and advocacy on environmental risk factors that impact public health. Information on green living in the built environment.
- Western PA Tri Green Certificate Program – A free construction related pre-apprenticeship, funded by a grant from the US Department of Labor. Focuses on safeguarding the environment with skilled workers for green jobs.
- ZeroFossil-Energy Outfitters – Sustainable energy generators for on-grid, off-grid, or grid-tied applications. Energy sponsor of the Allegheny Green & Innovation Festival. Supplying sustainable and renewable energy to keep the festival green.
- Zip Car – Car sharing service providing wheels 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
I Made It! Market Sustainable Craft Vendors
- ACK! Creates – Kiln-formed Glass
- AJW Creation – Things for in nature, or resemble things in nature
- Bone Appetite Barkery – Gourmet dog food
- Creative Customology – Handmade jewelry using recycled fabrics and vintage pieces
- Divergence Design – Repurposed ancient glass from the Middle east made into jewelry
- Daisy Velour – Upcycled and repurposed home décor
- Erra Creations – Reclaimed material and re-invented vintage wares
- Garden Dreams – Provides healthy vegetable, herb and flower starts to home gardeners, community gardens, non-profits, schools and retail markets.
- Go Carr Go – Paper cut art
- Healcrest Urban Farm – Medicinal & culinary herbs, artisanal teas and body products
- Kreepy Doll Factory – One of a kind handmade dolls
- Lazy Peas – Repurposed wool clothing; purses, wristlets, hats, mittens, pins, hair clip, etc.
- Neighborhood Blonde – Upcycled and recycled personal and household goods
- Oh You Silly Goose – Upcycled clothing and accessories made from felted wool sweaters, vintage ties, vintage bed and tables linens, doilies and more.
- RagTrader Vintage – Vintage style jewelry and accessories for men and women
- Rose Duggan Fine Art – Acrylic paintings on recycled plywood and re-used canvas
- SMD Jewelry – Wide range of upcycled jewelry. Focuses on sourcing most of materials locally
- The Nest – Upcycled furniture and housewares
- TwoByTwo Creations – Accessories and clothing
- Unique Rabbit – Earth-friendly products that support a sustainable lifestyle. Made with upcycled materials and paperless products
- Vehement Romantic – Real pieces of nature embedded in clear resin, protecting and preserving them in antique-style jewelry settings
- Woolow – Wool-filled products from a local sheep farm
- WRRY Free Skin Care – 100% pure, all natural and award winning products
Chatham University Sustainable Food Challenge
Graduate students at Chatham University’s Food Studies program developed a Sustainable Food Challenge for the Green & Innovation Festival to help better educate festival goers about the abundance of local, sustainable foods in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Local vendors who procure their food from local and sustainable sources will participate:
- Building New Hope – Building New Hope is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization based in Pittsburgh and Granada, Nicaragua, that has been supporting grassroots development projects in Central America since 1992. The organization actively assists communities – primarily in El Salvador and Nicaragua – by selling fairly traded organic coffee, operating career training centers, alternative schools and literacy programs for underserved and at-risk youth, and funding income-generating projects for women and community organizing initiatives. Building New Hope will be sampling iced lattés with local milk, chilled espressos, and selling coffee by the pound. All profits from the sale of coffee, after paying the farmers better than a fair trade price, will support health, education and development projects in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
- Conflict Kitchen - Conflict Kitchen is a take-out restaurant that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. The food is served out of a take-out style storefront that rotates identities every six months to highlight another country. Each iteration of the project is augmented by events, performances, and discussions that seek to expand the engagement the public has with the culture, politics, and issues at stake within the focus country.
- Soup Nancy’s – Homemade soup made with made-from-scratch stocks and local, quality ingredients.
- Franktuary Food Truck – Franktuary invests in chemical-free, locally farmed foods, supporting animal and human health and the local and regional economy. Two percent of the store’s profits are given to worthy causes: one percent to global charities and relief efforts and one percent to community non-profits. Born as a gourmet hot dog emporium, Franktuary boasts the best New York-style franks in Pennsylvania, creatively topped with gourmet, regional condiments
- Sito’s Middle Eastern Foods – Sito’s believes in, supports and uses sustainable, locally grown foods. Sito’s is part of Khalil’s II, which has been serving Pittsburgh the finest in Middle Eastern cuisine for more than 40 years. A signature dish is the Amazing Salad, made with the Delicious Salad Dressing, a family recipe handed down from generation to generation. Sitos will be making Healthy Traditional Mediterranean Salads, Hummus and Baba Ghanouch served in green peppers locally grown by Harvest Valley Farms, and delicious, authentic Vegan Pumpkin Kibbiee, made from locally grown pumpkins
- Chatham Food Studies students will also be serving and selling certified organic and fair trade Eden Hall Coffee roasted locally by La Prima Espresso, along with a delicious apple crisp made with fruit picked from Eden Hall Campus, Chatham’s 388-acre campus in Richland Township that will eventually house the university’s School of Sustainability and the Environment and become the first zero net energy campus ever built from the ground up.
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