As we move toward a lower carbon future, Pennsylvania has an opportunity to take a significant step forward. evolveEA Principal Marc Mondor recently testified in favor of Pennsylvania's seamless admission to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Read Marc's testimony here.
Lidar is a technique using light radar as to locate and map points in 3D. Lidar is not a new tool, but it’s application in urban design has been quickly expanding. In conjunction with Lidar, the use of Photogrammetry has also emerged as an accessible means of generating high-resolution models for recoding and analyzing our environment.
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”. This Plan demonstrates how a citizen science research project can utilize expertise in the region to empower residents and produce impactful placemaking strategies.
Art can knit together the lived experience of neighborhood identity with long term and sometimes abstract principles of community development. The Pittsburgh community of Larimer has been cultivating a local culture of sustainability through ecodistrict planning and has used art and creative placemaking to build capacity around neighborhood stormwater issues, urban agriculture and economic development.