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About the Department of Sustainability

Sustainability became a core focus of county leadership with the hiring of its first Sustainability Manager in 2010, eventually becoming an office underneath Facilities Management. In recent years, the county has reduced its carbon footprint through increased waste diversion, energy and water efficiency efforts, renewable energy purchases and installations, conversion of fleet vehicles and equipment to alternative fuels, sustainable procurement, encouraging sustainable development, and more. In 2023 the Office of Sustainability became the new Department of Sustainability, created for the continual coordination and implementation of sustainable practices within the county government.

Sustainability Initiatives

  • Learn about the county's sustainability practices, including using alternative fuels, recycling and waste programs, sustainable purchasing, and water and energy use.
  • Read the county's annual sustainability reports.
  • Learn how AC Hydropower generates renewable energy for Allegheny County and supports the local economy by increasing the amount of clean energy jobs.

Recycling and Waste Collection

Take part in the county's residential waste programs to recycle or properly dispose of household items and keep the county's roadways litter-free. 

Beautifying Roadways

Allegheny County Adopt-a-Roadway Program - Individuals and organizations can sign up to help keep county roads beautiful by organizing cleanup events.

Career Opportunities

Browse open positions within the Sustainability Department.

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