The Pittsburgh Climate Initiative (PCI) was founded in 2008, following adoption of the first Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan by the City of Pittsburgh, with the intention of ensuring this document didn’t become just a “plan on a bookshelf,” but rather was a living document, actively being implemented and updated.

Successful projects that grew out of the PCI included Penn Future’s Black and Gold City Goes Green campaign, Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Green Workplace Challenge, and the Higher Education Climate Consortium (HECC).

PCI’s work is guided by the following values statements:

• Always work collaboratively across all sectors,
• Quantify measurable greenhouse gas emission reductions across all sectors,
• Strive to represent our environmental impact accurately,
• Build climate champions across all sectors,
• Use science as a fundamental basis for policy setting, and
• Find strategies to pursue the triple bottom line.

PCI’s collaborative platform of nonprofit, local government, business, and institutional organizations provides a strong basis for action. By collaborating both across and within sectors, PCI enhances its overall impact and the impact of each organization with which it engages.

While the PCI was initially convened by non-profit organizational partners, in 2015 the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Sustainability assumed more of a leadership role. In this way, the greenhouse gas inventories and climate action plans completed by PCI are integrated into other planning efforts like the Comprehensive Plan and Resiliency Planning.