The Etna EcoDistrict is building on the successes and methods of neighboring ecodistricts and participating in the Triboro Ecodistrict. evolveEA designed a full year community education curriculum that explores key ecodistrict concepts of Water, Food, Energy, Air, Mobility, and Equity.
Like many post-industrial communities, the Larimer neighborhood has seen massive amounts of disinvestment in its residents, organizations and infrastructure. In collaboration with the community, evolveEA articulated a “living cities” vision that examined ways that energy independence, net zero water use, and localized food economies could make the existing community more resilient and attract and sustain equitable development.
Hazelwood Green, Pittsburgh's largest riverfront development site, has selected the evolveEA team to design a series of bus stops throughout the neighborhood in collaboration with artists Alisha B. Wormsley and Carin Mincemoyer.
The Sharpsburg Ecodistrict is now EcoDistricts Certified, joining Millvale and Etna to become the third community in the world to attain this certification! Certified EcoDistricts prioritize Climate Protection, Resilience, and Equity.
The Etna EcoDistrict Plan continues to attract recognition from planning and design associations like the American Planning Association and American Institute of Architects, and has won a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
evolveEA was engaged by Riverlife to lead the Completing the Loop effort, identifying projects and programs needed to complete and enhance the loop of parks and trails around Pittsburgh's riverfronts. The report will guide Riverlife in carrying out their initial vision for a connected network of green spaces accessible to all.
The Millvale Air Quality Plan was initiated because the Pittsburgh region ranks in the worst 4% of US cities for air quality, emphasizing a major health risk. As part of their Ecodistrict Pivot 2.0 Plan, Millvale Borough set the goal to become a “clean air community where people can breathe easy indoors and out”. The Breathe Easy Plan and implementation projects demonstrate how a citizen science research project can utilize expertise in the region to empower residents and produce impactful placemaking strategies.