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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

World Environment Week

World Environment Day is Saturday June 5, but Pittsburgh (North America's host city for the day) is taking it a step further.

Yesterday, workers broke ground on the new 8,400 square foot green roof on top of the Allegheny County Office building downtown.
Also yesterday, Pittsburgh City Council introduced legislation to "... require contractors involved in city-subsidized developments to operate air-friendly vehicles and reduce water runoff through the use of green roofs, man-made wetlands and rain gardens."

Saturday, there are lots of official events to celebrate the special day including an attempt to break the world record for kayaks and canoes in the water. There are also lots of clean-ups and recycling events and even a 5K run. For a full list of events, see the official Pittsburgh World Environment Day site. If you don't participate in an official event, at least get outside and do something green on Saturday.