Donna Roberts watches and takes notes at a climate change event at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh on Nov. 20. (Photo by John Hamilton/PublicSource)

Pittsburgh has glaring environmental problems. So why the greenwashing?

It was a busy fall in the city. Without leaving town, many Pittsburghers – myself included – were able to participate in multiple international gatherings related to the environment and sustainability. The first big event was the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) annual conference. Then came the greatly anticipated Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, with more than 1,300 trainees from around the world, led by founder and former Vice President Al Gore. October closed with the Natural History Museums in the Age of Humanity conference at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, coinciding with the opening of its We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene exhibit about life in the time of climate change.