From Carrick-Overbrook Historical Society
PA State House Legislative Resolution - Cool Community PRINTER'S NO. 3378 THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
No. 338 Session of 1996
INTRODUCED BY READSHAW, APRIL 9, 1996 INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35, 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 19960H0338R3378 - 2 - 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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