Allegheny County Announces Earth Day Events

PITTSBURGH – In observance of Earth Day (April 22, 2013), Allegheny County will once again be joining over 20 million Americans, and more than 1 billion people worldwide, who participate in activities that inform and energize the public to move towards a healthy future for themselves and their children. 

While the first activity is an internal program, it reinforces the commitment by the County and its employees to save energy – and dollars – in the workplace: 

“Reduce the Juice” Traveling Workshops

Monday, April 15 – Friday, April 26

Allegheny County employees are getting onboard with saving energy at their workplace. Allegheny County’s new Facilities Department is hosting traveling energy efficiency exhibits as 12 employee locations. Employees can see the real-time, measured energy use (and the cost) of equipment that is often plugged into an office socket.  The “walk by” workshops will showcase the energy loads, along with measuring the heat given off by the light bulbs, and answer energy conservation questions. Staff have the opportunity to commit to take three actions to support the project:  Flip the Switch (turn off lights not needed and not being used), Reduce the Juice (unplug, swap to a power strip, or eliminate personal printers), and Cut the Cord (use shared printers and eliminate personal printers). The workshops are part of a larger project the Facilities Department is leading with vendor partner, NORESCO, to conserve energy and water at the County.

The County is also partnering with Allegheny CleanWays and the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation for a clean-up and river sweep and the Carrie Furnace Site in Braddock/Rankin.  The public is invited to join us in this effort:

Carrie Furnace Litter Clean-Up/RiverSweep

Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 9 AM to 1 PM

Allegheny County is partnering with Allegheny CleanWays and the Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation to host a litter clean-up and river sweep at the historic Carrie Furnace former industrial site along the Monongahela River, in Braddock and Rankin Boroughs.  Registration is required for volunteers, who must be at least 16 years of age and, if under the age of 18, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants are required, and boots are recommended. Gloves, tools, safety vets and life preservers will be provided, along with safety training that morning at the site. In appreciation for the work, a pizza lunch will be provided. Volunteers will also receive a voucher good for one free admission to one of the 2013 group tour opportunities organized by Rivers of Steel.  To volunteer, register here: World Wide Web Icon http://www.alleghenycleanways.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=217.

Finally, Earth Day is the perfect day for the County to unveil its newest vehicles – two Silverado 2500HD, four wheel drive, extended cab, 4 x 4 pick-up trucks that are bi-fuel vehicles.  The two trucks are factory built with hardened valves and seats, and a specially designed Vortec 6.0 litre V8 engine. Watch for an announcement tomorrow about the place and time of their christening on Monday, April 22.

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