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Workshops About Composting and More From Pennsylvania Resource Council

Would You Like to Learn How to Compost, Conserve Water or Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic Chemicals?

Learn from the experts! Join the Pennsylvania Resources Council at one of our hands-on Environmental Education Workshops and see how easy it can be to live a greener lifestyle and enjoy a healthier home, garden and family. Get everything you need to set-up your own backyard compost bin, compost your kitchen scraps with worms, build and install a rain barrel or create your own green cleaning products.




August 28 Worm Composting Workshop6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.$50 person/ $55 couple Pittsburgh Green House308 N. Sheridan AvenuePittsburghPA 15206
September 15 Rain Barrel Workshop10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.$50 person/ $55 couple Cooper Siegel Library403 Fox Chapel RoadPittsburghPA15238
September 29 Backyard Composting Workshop10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.$50 person/ $55 couple Boyd Community Center1220 Powers Run RoadPittsburghPA15238
October 6 Backyard Composting Workshop10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.$50 person/ $55 couple Frick Environmental Center2005 Beechwood Blvd.PittsburghPA15217
October 6 Rain Barrel Workshop10 a.m. – 12 noon$50 person/ $55 couple Mattress Factory500 Sampsonia WayPittsburghPA15212
October 10 Healthy Body, Healthy Home, Healthy Planet7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.$20 person/ $25 couple Phipps Garden Center1059 Shady AvenuePittsburghPA15232
October 11 Backyard Composting6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.$50 person/ $55 couple Cooper Siegel Library403 foxChapel RoadPittsburghPA15238
October 23 Backyard Composting 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.$50 person/ $55 couple Phipps Garden Center1059 Shady AvenuePittsburghPA15232
November 3 Healthy Body, Healthy Home, Healthy Planet10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.$20 person/ $25 couple Boyd Community Center1220 Powers Run RoadPittsburghPA15238

For more information and easy online registration, click on the name of the workshop, or call 412-488-7490 ext. 246. These workshops are presented by the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the Commonwealth’s oldest grassroots environmental non-profit organization (

Your Invited to a ReuseFest at South Side Works

SAVE THE DATE! – ReuseFest is August 11. Did you finish your spring cleaning and end up with a lot of “stuff” you no longer need, use or want? DON’T TOSS IT IN THE TRASH! Bring it all to ReuseFest on Saturday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to2 p.m., South Side Works, and give your unwanted items a second life while benefiting the environment and supporting local non-profits!

ReuseFest is a one-day collection & educational event focused on the importance of material reuse. It is an outgrowth of the Pennsylvania Resources Council’s popular Hard-to-Recycle Collections. Local organizations including Global Links, Construction Junction, Off the Floor, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Goodwill, FreeRide, The Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project, and Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, will be on-site to collect: – gently used furniture & medical supplies – bikes, bike parts & tools – art & craft supplies and school & office supplies – pet carriers, blankets, canned fruits & veggies – tote bags, backpacks, gym bags, soft briefcases – clothing, shoes, books, house ware items – building material and so much more. For more information contact, Sarah Alessio Shea at 412-488-7490 ext. 236 or or click this link to PRC’s Zero Waste Pittsburgh website:

ReuseFest is a project of the Pennsylvania Resources Council ( is supported in part by a Seed Award from The Sprout Fund,and the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation.

Let’s Clear the Air Poster Challenge Winners!

Springs is in the air and unfortunately so are a lot of pollutants that affect our air quality.   Promoting ways to help change this is the focus of the 2nd annual Let’s Clear the Air Poster Challenge sponsored by the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership (SPAQP) and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC). During the 2011-2012 academic year, students in 50 schools over a seven county region in Southwest PA took part in the contest.  The students were challenged with creating posters that would educate the public on either clean air or alternative transportation.   Participating teachers received a contest kit as part of the Poster Challenge which included lesson plans addressing air pollutants and alternative transportation, as well as materials for hands-on activities. Students were able to learn about the history of air quality and the issues we face in this region and apply their knowledge to themes and slogans for their posters.  Posters were judged by SPAQP in March and we are happy to announce the winning student artists! The three first place winners win a $100 gift certificate for school supplies for their class and a bicycle, courtesy of TREK of Pittsburgh, to help promote alternative transportation. “Trek of Pittsburgh signed on to this project because we strive to present cycling as a healthy lifestyle choice to youth and adults alike,” said Gray Patton of TREK. Both first and second place winners will receive an Air Quality or Recycling Magic Show for their school.     In the Elementary Category the first place winner is Abigail Parker-Blier from Dilworth Elementary,a Pittsburgh Public Schooland second place went to Sanjana Harish from Hartwood Elementary, in the Fox Chapel Area School District.  In the Middle School Category both first place winner, AmandaThomson,and second place winner, CiaraBowman,are from New Meadow Run School in Fayette County.  Finally in the High School Category, First Place went to Melanie Socashand second place went to Stephanie Stewart, both from Freedom Area High School in Beaver County. To view the winning posters, please visit PRC’s website at: For more information about the Poster Challenge please contact Sarah Alessio Shea of PRC at 412-488-7490 ext. 236.

Amizade Expands to India Trinidad and Tobago!

Amizade is proud to announce that, for the first time in 8 years, we are expanding to two new countries: India and Trinidad and Tobago! In Trinidad, Amizade will be partnering with the small fishing community of Matelot, working to tackle a range of environmental issues including preservation of the coastline, maintaining local hiking trailsContinue Reading

Pollution Concerns Being Addressed by Athletes

The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) has launched a new campaign called Athletes United for Healthy Air (AU), which addresses air pollution concerns for athletesContinue Reading

PRC is Making Recycling Easy for Pittsburgh Area Residents

Area Drop-offs Make it Easy to Recycle Year-Round Three years ago after numerous calls from eco-minded citizens concerned about the environmental impact of tossing their spent alkaline batteries in the trash, Dave Mazza, regional director of the Pennsylvania Resources Council(PRC) found a way to enable area residents to recycle alkaline batteries and a few otherContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Sisters of St. Joseph Host Eco-Education Series

In an effort to continue caring for the environment and foster a better understanding of God and nature, the Sisters of St. Joseph are hosting an Eco-Education Series of programs through the fall and winter. The programs, which are open to the public, include cooking, canning, square dances, environmental discussions and other family-friendly events beginningContinue ReadingContinue Reading