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With Pittsburgh as host of last year's World Environment Day, groups all over the region organized outstanding events around environmental issues, putting us in the spotlight once again. Our city has long been a leader in sustainability, from green buildings to green parks and green spaces--and soon we might have the greenest building on the planet with the planned PNC Tower. The region's turnaround from an industrial town to a green city has caught the attention of national media and continues to be a driving force in our revitalization.

Environment Features

Shad Henderson, Talia Piazza and Sarah Dieleman Perry.

Mind the gap: Finding ways to boost Pittsburgh's middle-skills workforce

In order for Pennsylvania's economy to grow, the state needs to increase the number of middle-skills workers, according to many proponents of local economic revitalization. Middle-skill jobs, which require education beyond high school but not a four-year university degree, make up the largest part of the labor market in the United States.

We will grow

10 little things that will pack a big Pittsburgh punch in 2015

From its tiniest residents to its biggest ideas, Pittsburgh made some strategic moves in 2014 that have the potential to reap big rewards in 2015 and beyond. Pop City Media predicts the people, projects and places to watch. 

Denver at dusk

What smart cities can learn from Denver

Fueled by collaboration, the Mile High City is investing in transit-oriented development while also preserving its historic neighborhoods. Denver has gained 50,000 new residents in the past four years, outpacing its suburbs and most other metro areas.

Edgar Thomson works in Braddock.

Are yinz breathing easy? The road to cleaner air in southwestern PA

Allegheny County is among the top 2 percent of regions in the U.S. with the most hazardous air pollutants. Though our steel days may be over, the atmosphere in Pittsburgh still needs improving.

Farmer's Table at Manchester Farms

With space to grow, local food flourishes in Western PA

The area around Pittsburgh has everything it needs to foster a thriving locavore movement -- ample affordable farmland, creative community leaders and passionate chefs. Together, they're cooking up something powerful.
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