The Office of Community Affairs is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the Civic Leadership Academy Spring 2020 class. The Civic Leadership Academy is a free, 11-week course that encourages more informed community leadership by giving City residents an opportunity to learn about their local government. Classes are available for any resident living within City of Pittsburgh limits and to business owners who operate within the City of Pittsburgh. Dinner and free childcare is available at every session.
We want to be sure we continue to have participants from all nine districts and as many neighborhoods as possible. Once we have a finalized flier prepared, I will send along. In the mean time, please feel free to help get the word out on social media by sharing our post.
The deadline for applications is March 1st, 2020 and classes begin on March 25th, 2020. To apply, residents should visit applycla.pittsburghpa.gov.
The Port Authority has begun a series of public meetings to allow the public to weigh in on its fare structure, a new branding program, consolidation of bus stops to improve service, and a 25-year plan to guide future service expansion. You can read about it on the Port Authority website, as well as in the Post-Gazette, and check out the meeting schedule.
Hello Neighbors! In addition to an update from Zone 5, we’ll be hearing from Sign Innovation, the firm responsible for to providing the signage and way finding package for the Highland House renovation, including an exterior Highland House Monument Sign.
City of Pittsburgh Expands Christmas
Tree Recycling Program
PITTSBURGH, PA (December 23, 2019) The City of Pittsburgh is again expanding its Christmas Tree Recycling program this year by providing twelve drop-off locations for live trees from December 26 to January 26.
The program empowers residents to have their trees recycled rather than sent to a landfill, which happens when they are placed at the curb.
Last year, the city hosted ten drop-off sites and collected more than 21 tons of trees. This year, the Forestry Division and Bureau of Environmental Services within the Department of Public Works will collaborate to host twelve drop-off sites. The trees collected this winter will again be chipped into pine mulch and made available to the public for free this spring.
The tree recycling program dovetails with the city’s Climate Action Plan, which defines milestones toward zero waste goals.
The city’s Cable Channel created a brief public service announcement to remind residents that all ornaments, netting, tinsel and tree stands must be removed before the tree is dropped off: https://youtu.be/6Rgr1dQ1u6E
Residents may call 311 or visit the website here for more information. The website features a map to help residents find their most convenient drop-off location.
Three Department of Public Works sites are available year-round for yard debris (including tree) drop-off, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are:
The nine other drop-off locations will be open 24 hours a day from December 26, 2019-January 26, 2020. They are:
Squirrel Hill South
Middle Hill/ Terrace Village