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Pittsburgh Achieves Biophilic City Designation

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In the fall of 2016, the City of Pittsburgh was officially designated as a Biophilic City in recognition of its commitment to sustainable revitalization and to the creation of land use policies that protect the environment by improving air and water quality, and maintaining open spaces.

Biophilic Cities are globally responsible cities that recognize the importance of actions to limit the impact of resource use on nature and biodiversity beyond their urban borders.

The City is partnering with Phipps Conservatory and Botanic Gardens to meet the goals and objectives outlined in the City’s application for designation.

“Biophilic Cities are cities that contain abundant nature; they are cities that care about, seek to protect, restore and grow this nature, and that strive to foster deep connections and daily contact with the natural world,”

“Biophilic Cities are cities that contain abundant nature; they are cities that care about, seek to protect, restore and grow this nature, and that strive to foster deep connections and daily contact with the natural world,” said Professor Tim Beatley, project director, Biophilic Cities. Professor Beatley is an internationally recognized sustainable city researcher and author, and Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia (UVA).

Other partner cities from around the world, include Milwaukee, WI; Phoenix, AZ; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Washington, D.C.; Wellington, New Zealand; Birmingham, UK; Victoria-Gasteiz, Spain; and Singapore.

Contacts:

Rebecca Kiernan Newman, City of Pittsburgh Senior Resilience Coordinator, rebecca.kiernan@pittsburghpa.gov

Connie George, Phipps Conservatory cgeorge@phipps.conservatory.org