Green Study: Task force targets energy use, emissions
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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Councilman William Peduto and state Sen. Jim Ferlo have rolled out a 30-member Green Government Task Force, giving it the job of studying city government's energy use.
Along with Green Building Alliance Executive Director Rebecca Flora, the three officials will chair the task force.
It will work with environmental groups Local Governments for Sustainability and Clean Air Cool Planet, and seven students from Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, to write a "state of the city" report on reducing energy use and emissions. That report is to be done by December.
Mr. Ravenstahl said the city already is buying hybrid vehicles and moving toward using biofuels for the city's fleet of 1,000 trucks and cars.
"It not only saves taxpayer dollars," said Mr. Peduto. "It provides for a cleaner environment for Pittsburgh, and for the first time city government will take the lead."
Mr. Ferlo announced a $25,000 state grant to fund the effort.
First Published October 21, 2006 12:00 am