City to expand Green Up program
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In the aftermath of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's visit here, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced last week that Pittsburgh in the spring will launch an expansion of the Green Up Pittsburgh program called Edible Gardens. It will engage volunteers to design, establish, maintain and harvest gardens to improve access to healthy foods in more than a dozen low-income city neighborhoods where fresh produce markets are scarce. The program is anticipated to produce nearly one ton of produce for at least 200 families.
The city also is launching a Cool Roofs project to save energy by painting roofs of city-owned buildings white. Both programs, implemented in the mayor's servePGH program, are being funded by a $100,000 Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund grant. There's no other news yet about how the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and his Food Revolution will be working with Pittsburgh.
First Published November 1, 2012 12:00 am