News and Events

April 26, 2012

The Penn State Center — Engaging Pittsburgh is excited to announce the development of the first multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission in Pennsylvania. The Commission is composed of the neighboring municipalities of Baldwin, Brentwood, and Whitehall. The Brentwood-Baldwin-Whitehall Multi-municipal Shade Tree Commission was finalized last night with an affirmative vote from Brentwood’s Council. Dr...

February 10, 2012

The Penn State Center is a lead organization bringing new perspectives to the issue of home energy evaluations and weatherization retrofits through the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory–funded project. By partnering with organizations that have common objectives but that serve different clients, the project will reach a cross section of urban as well as rural families....

February 10, 2012

The deconstruction of the 50-year-old Mellon Arena will bring the Pittsburgh area a new look as well as an opportunity for local businesses. The Penn State Center, in partnership with Rosedale Block Cluster, Inc., and Bey Brothers Landscaping, salvaged more than 200 plants from the Civic Arena site in late November.The project provided employment, education, and the chance for the communities of...

February 10, 2012

The Penn State Center staff and interns worked with the Rosedale Block Cluster Initiative and Allegheny County Cooperative Extension over the summer and fall to explore ways in which the community organization could expand its operation and develop a new stream of revenue.Rosedale has a solid footing in the landscaping business (using an on-the-job training model with at-risk young adults), a...

February 10, 2012

In the summer of 2011, The Penn State Center employed five interns focusing on various aspects of the Center's work. Two of the interns who became very engaged with community stakeholders were Lacie Schreiner, a landscape architecture major, and John Friend, a landscape contracting major.During Lacie's internship, one of her projects closely involved her in community dynamics concerning a design...

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