Pittsburgh’s Uptown EcoInnovation District lauded for fighting against climate change

The Uptown EcoInnovation District, a Pittsburgh initiative, recently won accolades from a Danish development firm, naming it among the world’s top 100 projects combating climate change at a local level.

Copenhagen-based Sustania, a sustainable development business, included the Pennsylvania district in its Cities100 report following rigorous global competition. The award coincided with Mayor William Peduto’s participation in the Paris-held international COP21 climate conference.

"The project will target emissions reductions along the transit corridor running through central Pittsburgh, while also focusing on making streets and public spaces safe, accessible and enjoyable,” according to the report. “As the global discussion on climate change intensifies, cities are leading the way to a sustainable future.”

The Uptown EcoInnovation District project strives to model responsible water and energy management, improve urban connections within the city limits and develop assets in the Uptown area. The program grew out of a joint effort by Allegheny County, the City of Pittsburgh, the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh, the Department of City Planning, Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh, Oakland Planning and Development Corporation, Sustainable Pittsburgh, civic groups, universities and others.

Cities100 focuses on cities that have taken strong steps to reduce climate-related risks through programs, policies and procedures.

“Cities have always been the centers of commerce, culture and knowledge,” the report said. “Now, they are harnessing their innovative, collaborative and progressive nature to take action on climate change, forging a path to low-carbon development that improves the health, well-being and economic opportunities of urban citizens.”

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