No. 338 Session of 1996


           APRIL 9, 1996

                                  A RESOLUTION

     1  Proclaiming April 15, 1996, as "Green Neighborhood Development
     2     Day," as established by the Carrick Works Planning Forum,
     3     Carrick 2000 Task Force and Conservation Consultants, Inc.

     4     WHEREAS, All of the major community groups in Carrick,
     5  including the Carrick Community Council, the Carrick Business
     6  Association, the Carrick Athletic Association, the Carrick Block
     7  Watch and the Carrick Friends of the Library, have formed the
     8  Carrick Works Planning Forum to help formulate neighborhood
     9  policy with one voice; and
    10     WHEREAS, The first project of the Carrick Works Planning
    11  Forum was to establish the Carrick 2000 Task Force to commence
    12  development of a neighborhood plan to set priorities and goals
    13  as the community approaches the new century; and
    14     WHEREAS, On April 15, 1996, the Carrick 2000 Task Force, led
    15  by committed citizens of Carrick and facilitated by Pat Murphy
    16  of Cornerstones for Development, will present the Carrick 2000
    17  Community Plan to the Mayor of the City of Pittsburgh and the
    18  Honorable Eugene Ricciardi, the Honorable Joseph Cusick, the

     1  Honorable Michael M. Dawida and the Honorable Harry A. Readshaw
     2  as resident priorities for Carrick; and
     3     WHEREAS, The residents of Carrick are committed to working on
     4  goals of neighborhood beautification, business expansion,
     5  establishing a community center, expanding youth programs,
     6  keeping seniors and residents safe and ensuring that children
     7  receive a quality education close to home; and
     8     WHEREAS, All of the groups' organization and commitment to
     9  working together has been recognized by Conservation
    10  Consultants, Inc., a nonprofit environmental education and
    11  service organization, with the awarding of Carrick as the first
    12  Green Neighborhood in Pittsburgh; and
    13     WHEREAS, The Carrick Green Neighborhood Project will involve
    14  the entire community in the application of sustainable
    15  principles to preserve natural resources for future generations;
    16  and
    17     WHEREAS, Sustainable development aligns environmental
    18  concerns with economic initiatives, revitalizing the community
    19  by cutting residential and commercial energy costs; and
    20     WHEREAS, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, the Howard Heinz
    21  Endowment and Pennsylvania American Water Company have committed
    22  both human and financial resources for energy conservation,
    23  weatherization and green building techniques in residential and
    24  commercial buildings; and
    25     WHEREAS, Two hundred homes will receive free energy surveys,
    26  and 100 of those homes will receive free weatherization through
    27  utility-sponsored programs; and
    28     WHEREAS, With savings from lower utility bills estimated to
    29  average 26% on natural gas, 25% on electric and 15% on water,
    30  residents of Carrick will have more disposable income to drive
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     1  their local economy; and
     2     WHEREAS, With lower operating costs, businesses can
     3  capitalize on economic benefits and increased productivity
     4  associated with improved interior air quality and sustainable
     5  office settings in general; and
     6     WHEREAS, The holistic community design process will allow
     7  Carrick to serve as a model to be replicated by other
     8  neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and across the country; and
     9     WHEREAS, Conservation Consultants, Inc., will track and
    10  publish the results of the projects, including economic,
    11  environmental and social benefits; therefore be it
    12     RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives proclaim April
    13  15, 1996, as "Green Neighborhood Development Day" as established
    14  by the Carrick Works Planning Forum, Carrick 2000 Task Force and
    15  Conservation Consultants, Inc.

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