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Rt. 51 watershed project selected for design help


The American Architectural Foundation has selected Pittsburgh and the Saw Mill Run Integrated Watershed Management Project to participate in the 2014 Sustainable Cities Design Academy.

The successful application, developed by the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Sustainability in partnership with Economic Development South and Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, was chosen by AAF from a nationally competitive pool of applicants to participate in their three day program this October in Washington, D.C.

The Mayor’s Office has been working with EDS and the PWSA -- as well as southern city neighborhoods and their adjacent suburban communities -- to address chronic watershed issues along the Saw Mill Run corridor. This selection will aid those efforts.

“Important issues such as flash floods and hillside subsidence don’t abide by city or neighborhood borders,” said Mayor William Peduto. “There has been great work done in the community on Saw Mill Run, especially in multi-municipal coordination, and initiative will only assist that further.”

Elizabeth Blazevich from the American Architectural Foundation said, “Pittsburgh is such a vibrant place, along with a compelling project application it seemed like a great fit for the Sustainable Cities Design Academy.”

Through the AAF award developers, design professionals and civic leaders from Pittsburgh and seven other cities will join AAF’s national team of sustainable design experts for an intensive, three day design charrette in Washington, D.C.

The three day program leads project teams through an intensive design process that enables successful applicants to integrate sustainable design components and innovation through the project development process.

Teams from the cities then compete for further design and implementation help with their plans.


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