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Year of Successes; More Coming Next Year!

This past year, GASP continued its important work of fighting for clean air in Southwestern Pennsylvania with tried-and-true methods as well as utilizing new, innovative strategies. Here are some highlights from our ongoing efforts: Marcellus Shale: With support from Colcom Foundation and YOU, we continue to keep close tabs on natural gas development. Our legal staff has spent much of…

Giving Thanks for Air Toxins? No Thanks!

Autumn rings in many things—pumpkin pie, beautifully-colored fall leaves, celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends, and the smell of wood smoke in the air. While a fire may be delightfully warm and cozy for you, it could be creating a hazardous environment for your neighbor that will have him feeling not so warm and fuzzy about you. GASP asks homeowners…

Report: Hazardous Air Toxic Levels Raise Southwestern PA to Top of Nation’s Worst

For Immediate Release November 21, 2013 Media Contact: Tom Hoffman | Clean Water Action 412.765.3053 ext. 202 | tomhoffman@cleanwater.org REPORT: HAZARDOUS AIR TOXIC LEVELS RAISE SOUTHWESTERN PA TO TOP OF NATION’S WORST Regional coalition of nonprofits issue common-sense recommendations for region in light of report findings PITTSBURGH, Pa.– The Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC) at the University of…

Clean Air Dash and Festival: Success!

by Sam Thomas, Athletes United for Healthy Air Coordinator On Saturday October 19th, 2013 GASP held the first Clean Air Dash and Festival on Pittsburgh’s South Side Riverfront Trail. This community festival and 5K was made possible thanks to the Heinz Endowment’s Breathe Project and the many sponsors, community partners, athletes, and volunteers who came together to make the event…

The Clean Air Dash & Festival Is Here!

Brought to Pittsburgh with the support of The Breathe Project, the Clean Air Dash and Festival is a 5K race, a 1-mile Fun Run/Walk, and a Festival all-in-one, all on the South Side sliver of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. The gorgeous trail threads its way through trees along the banks of the Monongahela River, under several bridges, and directly…

October 3: Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving!

It’s the Pittsburgh-region’s most exciting giving event of the year. Your gift to GASP today, and today only, will be added to by the Pittsburgh Foundation. Pretty simple, right? Read more and please donate today at www.pittsburghgives.org. And thank you!

Levin Furniture Donates Free Registration for Students in Pittsburgh’s First-Ever Clean Air Dash and Festival

For Immediate Release September 16, 2013 Contacts: Rachel Filippini, Executive Director Group Against Smog and Pollution 412.924.0604 or (c) 724-972-9885 rachel@gasp-pgh.org Robert Levin, President Levin Furniture 724.872.2050 ext. 239 rlevin@levinfurniture.com   Levin Furniture Donates Free Registration for Students in Pittsburgh’s First-Ever Clean Air Dash and Festival    PITTSBURGH, PA – Thanks to a generous donation from Levin Furniture, 65 young…

VICTORY: We’re helping protect babies from toxic mercury

[Guest post by PennFuture] This post is one in a month-long series speaking to 15 of PennFuture’s significant victories. It was 15 years ago this September that we began our work to protect the environment and champion a clean energy economy. Mercury is a proven neurotoxin. It can damage the developing brains and nervous systems of babies (including those in…

Green Workplace Challenge #1: Hidden Plots

The people at Sustainable Pittsburgh seem nice. They’re friendly, smiley, and always have their arms outstretched to give you a handshake. But behind their gleaming facades hide a dangerous motive–they are secretly trying to make everyone sustainability experts. I know this, because GASP has joined their Green Workplace Challenge (GWC), a “friendly” competition that pits like-sized organizations against each other…

GASP’s Recent Legal Actions Reduce Compressor Station Emissions

GASP’s legal team regularly comments on draft air permits and files appeals when necessary to reduce harmful emissions from natural gas compressor stations. Our recent work on two compressor stations in Southwestern Pennsylvania has helped limit air pollution from these sources and ensure that regulators are correctly applying air quality regulations. Pa. DEP aggregates natural gas compressor station with nearby…