Fermentation: Not just for cucumbers, but everything in your fridge

Each year the United States racks up a bill of roughly $1.3 trillion dollars because of the 1.3 billion tons of food it wastes. American families have fallen into a cycle of over purchasing and then wasting the excess because of minor blemishes or the product is a day past expiration. In order to combat…

Kombucha: For Foodies and Fashionistas alike

Over this past year the fermented tea product kombucha has taken supermarket shelves and your favorite blogger’s Instagram feed by storm. Kombucha has been praised for its potential health properties, but is now catching the eye of daring designers across the world. But it is not the effervescent tea that they are after… When kombucha…

Round Two for Pennsylvania Rust Belt Town

New Kensington, a community about 25 minutes northeast of Pittsburgh is taking on a new challenge: sustainable revitalization. The small rust belt down had a once booming economy based on the aluminum industry, while today the city works to transform its economy. With the help of Penn State New Kensington branch students and educators armed…

Pittsburgh: The New Global Green Machine

When most think of sustainable design, a chromed out futuristic Jetson style city comes to mind, but Pittsburgh is working hard to change that though a wide variety of green innovation. According to Green Building Alliance project manager Angelica Cirvanni, making the decision to transform spaces into environmentally conscious buildings does not necessarily always have…

Striking Gold in Pittsburgh: Sustainable Pittsburgh’s New Director Joylette Portlock

A new era of Environmentalism is taking shape in Pittsburgh with Joylette Portlock’s arrival at Sustainable Pittsburgh.  The non-profit Sustainable Pittsburgh is an organization that is centered around the sustainable prosperity of our area. Portlock studied biology and anthropology at MIT, and also received a degree in genetics from Stanford University.  With a diverse background, Joylette…