BikePGH named one of 40 Environmental Heroes at GASP’s 40th Anniversary

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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.

Click here to find out some health risks and stats about Diesel Soot Health Impacts in Pittsburgh.

It’s a real honor to share the spotlight with all of these folks doing meaningful work for the environment.

PATTY AMENO
PETER BARTHOLOMEW
ELISA BECK
BIKE PITTSBURGH
BERNARD BLOOM
MEG CHEEVER
RONALD CHLEBOSKI
DEVRA DAVIS
PATRICIA DEMARCO
GREEN PRACTICES COMMITTEE OF CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY
MIKE GABLE
ANN GERACE
CAREN GLOTFELTY
JAYME GRAHAM
LISA GRAVES-MARCUCCI
SAMUEL HARPER
BARBARA HICKS
MAX HURWITZ
MARTHA ISLER
MARIE KOCOSHIS
LYDIA KONECKY
MARY KOSTALOS
ROBERT LEVIN
MICHELLE MADOFF
BOB MICHEL
JAKE MILOFSKY
BILL MOUL
BILL PEDUTO
RICHARD PIACENTINI
BILL ROENIGK
MIKE SCHILLER
JOHN SCHOMBERT
LISA SCHROEDER
JOY SMALLWOOD
STUART STRICKLAND
CHUCK TAGUE
CONRAD VOLZ
RUTH WEIR
PETER WRAY
WALTER ZADAN


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1 Comment

  • StuInMcCandless says:

    Footnote: That guy six names up from the bottom is me, StuInMcCandless. I was nominated for my activism in the transit arena. As many of you know, I advocate being multi-modal, using a combination of bicycle and transit.

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