Work with local universities to establish a citizen-oriented program around climate actions that individuals can take. Pilot with Oakland residents, but plan to make the program available to all Pittsburgh residents.

  • Climate change is often discussed, and Oakland residents have begun to see the impacts of climate change, however, there is limited information on how individuals can take action to help mitigate climate change
  • Energy burden is a concern for many Oakland residents. Helping residents to reduce their energy consumption is beneficial both for residents and as a part of larger climate action goals.
  • Climate change is increasingly becoming a priority for many college students. Many students are looking for ways in which they can be impactful in the climate fight.
  • Make sure education are also targeted to owner of residential buildings so they can improve their tenants space.

  • Establish programs and services that provide neutral information and advice, access to resources, and potential funding opportunities that help to reduce energy burden and decarbonize the residential parts of the neighborhood. The programs should leverage local expertise, including faculty and residents, depending on the topic.
  • Create options for both online and in-person engagement.
  • Leverage the existing “Campus as a Living Lab” work and adapt it to all stakeholders of Oakland.
  • Develop resources for varying levels of baseline knowledge and level of interest in taking individual action. Align with existing framework such as the UN SDGs.
  • Register interested residents in a pilot program to gain feedback and inform the larger development of educational programming and materials.
  • The material can include a broad range of topics related to climate action with faculty from different schools/departments presenting on the diverse aspects of climate impacts and individual actions.
  • An additional partnership with Carnegie Library can help to facilitate the Oakland pilot as well as the expansion of the offering to the rest of the city.

When to start: 0-2 years

Duration: 1 year to launch the program, then ongoing

Estimated costs: $ (out of $$$$)

Project lead(s): DCP, institutions, GBA

Project partner(s): Student Government, student organizations, ReBuilding Together, UrbanKind Institute, Carnegie Library, Phipps, CMP, neighborhood associations

Potential funding source(s): Grants