Watch: Pittsburgh-area officials, environmentalists shared concerns and calls to action at climate change town hall

This is part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 250 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story. Read PublicSource's stories here. On Aug. 14, 2019, U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle hosted a climate change forum at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. About 200 people attended to discuss how climate change stands to affect the Pittsburgh region and what can be done to avoid the most severe effects.

The Cathedral of Learning is one of at least 25 buildings that the University of Pittsburgh prioritized for energy renovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Terry Clark/PublicSource)

Pittsburgh’s city government says it’s on track to meet climate goals in public operations. But what about the rest of the city?

While the city is taking the lead at reducing greenhouse gases from its own buildings and vehicles, it hasn’t yet kicked off one of its most important strategies: pressuring the biggest buildings in the city to stop using so much energy. And there isn’t a plan yet for how to reduce the next biggest source of emissions: energy use in people’s homes. 

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“Where were you when you first heard about [insert tragic event]?” 

We all have our stories and memories for the biggest crises of our time. Usually, it’s a specific moment seared into our minds. I’m sure many of you were recalling one recently on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. I know I was: I was in a high school French class, gasps and wide eyes around me as the announcement came over the speaker.