Pittsburgh’s smog was once so dense that it often required the streetlights to be lit during the day. This photo taken in 1948.
The Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) recognized BikePGH as one of forty Environmental Heroes at their 40th Anniversary celebration on Friday, October 23. GASP, one of Pittsburgh’s longest running environmental groups, was founded in 1969 by a group of 43 volunteers concerned about air quality issues in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Along with traditional forms of environmental advocacy and education, GASP has used litigation to press for their mission: clean air, water, and land in order to create the healthy, sustainable environment and quality of life to which we are entitled.
In the 70’s, they filed suit in Federal District Court to require Allegheny County to adopt standards based on the Clean Air Act of 1970. In the 80s and 90s, they turned their attention toward the Steel and Coke industries to require them to comply with air quality standards.
More recently, they have turned their attention toward cutting diesel emissions on trucks and school buses to opposing coal mining in Hays Woods, among other campaigns.
It’s a real honor to share the spotlight with all of these folks doing meaningful work for the environment.
GREEN PRACTICES COMMITTEE OF CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
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