The Environment: Pittsburgh Resources

Web Guides

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Links to environmental organizations broken into regions: Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania; Nearby States; United States; International.

The Environment: A Multidisciplinary Research Guide (Carnegie Mellon University Libraries)
Information on Southwest Pennsylvania's environmental, recreational, and cultural assets


Carnegie Mellon University Libraries: The Environment: A Multidisciplinary Research Guide

Chatham College: Rachel Carson Institute
Established to continue the legacy of Chatham's most distinguished alumna, Carson '29, by promoting the awareness and understanding of significant and current environmental issues through national and regional conferences, debates, lecture series, seminars, panel discussions and other educational programs.

University of Pittsburgh

Archives of Industrial Society Collections and Research Guides

Environmental Collections
Extensive holdings in environmental history, especially related to the urban environment

UPCI Center for Environmental Oncology

City Centers

Heinz History Center
Devoted to the history and heritage of Western Pennsylvania, the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center is a museum and research facility

The Thomas Merton Center: Pittsburgh's Peace and Social Justice Center


Air and Waste Management Association
Forum for environmental professionals; international headquarters are in Pittsburgh.

Canaries in the Coalfields
Sounding the alarm on the devastation wrought by our continued reliance on coal... in solidarity with activists throughout Pennsylvania... working to build strength in Pittsburgh for the growing movement to transform Pennsylvania from an energy sacrifice zone for the nation into a leader for green energy practices that allow us to live in harmony with our environment and bring sustainable jobs to our communities. Meets every Sunday at 7:30pm at the Thomas Merton Center. Contact: or (412) 310-4641.

Objectives are to identify vacant land for recycling, provide information and education on grassroots land use. coordinate community involvement in vacant lot projects, assess the impact of vacant land greening projects, promote remediation of residential brownfields. Danae Clark, Executive Director.

GASP: Group Against Smog and Pollution
Non-profit citizens' group in Southwestern Pennsylvania; founded 1969 and serves as a "watchdog, educator, litigator and policy-maker on many environmental issues with a focus on air quality in the Pittsburgh region."

"PennFuture works to create a just future where nature, communities and the economy thrive. We enforce environmental laws and advocate for the transformation of public policy, public opinion and the marketplace to restore and protect the environment and safeguard public health. PennFuture advances effective solutions for the problems of pollution, sprawl and global warming; mobilizes citizens; crafts compelling communications; and provides excellent legal services and policy analysis."

Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now!

Southwestern Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste Task Force
Mission is "to facilitate the proper collection and disposal of household hazardous waste and minimize its generation through education in Southwestern Pennsylvania" and "comprised of members from profit, non-profit, academia, government and environmental organizations across Southwestern PA."

Raging Grannies of Pittsburgh
Challenges audiences to end economic oppression (especially of women and children), racial inequality, environmental destruction, human rights violations and arms proliferation through song and humor.


Pennsylvania Watershed Weekly
A Statewide publication that provides users with updates on current environmental information that relates to watersheds in the state.