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GTECH Resilience Generation Initiative

Resilience Generation

Technical Assistance and Direct Financial Support for Projects Improving Community Health

Now through June 2019, GTECH will offer a range of custom interventions in partnership with 24 individual communities in the effort to increase resilience of vulnerable communities.

If your organization works with residents to build community health and resilience, you could apply for awards ranging from $5-30K of direct and indirect resources.

Applications due December 2nd

More information and applications available at:

Resilience Generation

Take a Bike Tour of GTECH’s Green Space Projects

GTECH Bike Tour

Two Wheels Lots of Green is a guided bike tour designed to connect people to GTECH’s vacant lot reclamation projects. This year we will be cruising through neighborhoods in South Pittsburgh’s Hilltop communities. GTECH has been working with residents and community groups in the Hilltop for the past two years to turn vacant lots into community assets, including gardens, parklets and playspaces.

Join us to view these unique green spaces and meet the community members who made them possible. Riders will be provided refreshments by local eateries throughout the ride to refuel during the tour. Here is a video of one of our first Two Wheels Lots of Green events. We are excited about how this event continues to grow and helps fuel GTECH’s mission!

Two Wheels Lots of Green
Bike Tour & Project Showcase

Saturday, August 20th

The ride will take place from 9:00am-noon, followed by a pop-up party with Food Trucks and Lawn Games from noon-2:00pm at a community garden. When registering you have the option to sign up for a shorter relaxed route or a longer rigorous route. Please click register to learn more and get tickets.

Register to Participate

We are also seeking volunteers to help with event logistics or serve as bike guides. By volunteering, you receive FREE admission to the bike tour and after party along with everlasting gratitude from GTECH Staff. Please click the volunteer with us link or image to sign up.

Northside Trail Planning Meeting

GTECH/One Northside

Hello Allegheny West!

Thanks for signing up to participate in planning for the Northside Neighborhood Connections trail. We’re excited to invite you to participate in an event we have coming up this month for Northsiders to help determine routes for the trail, enjoy snacks, and meet neighbors. There are two dates and locations to accommodate everyone’s busy schedules.

Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30 pm

Locust Grove Shelter in Riverview Park (see map here)

Directions: From Perrysville Avenue in Observatory Hill, turn onto Riverview Avenue. At the stop sign, veer left to stay on Riverview Avenue. Continue around the park until you see the Locust Grove sign on your right, a small parking area on the left, and steps down to the shelter through the trees on the right. Handicap and bike accessible through a driveway past the stairs. Bicycles can be parked by the shelter.

Thursday, May 19th, 6:30 pm

McKnight Playground in Manchester (see map here)

Directions: From North Avenue and Brighton Rd, continue west towards Manchester on North Avenue. After six blocks, turn left on Fontella Street, and take an immediate right on Page Street. We will be set up by the playground. Bicycles can be locked inside the fence.

Please RSVP to More information on the project can be found here. If you are unable to attend the meetings but want to learn more and have the opportunity to give feedback, please contact us at or (412) 361-2099 x3.

Looking forward to meeting with you again!

Sarah Koenig
Project Manager, GTECH

Get Involved: GTECH Urban Trail Project

Last year, GTECH worked with One Northside to complete a comprehensive survey of cultural, environmental, transit and entertainment assets in the Northside. A group of student researchers walked down every street in the Northside, interviewed over 300 residents, attended dozens of community meetings, and ultimately collected information about 1800 assets. A map of those assets can be found at

Now, the Buhl Foundation has asked GTECH to start the initial planning phases for a trail that would connect all 18 Northside neighborhoods and feature some of those 1800 assets. Such a project would focus on One Northside’s Quality of Place goals, including creating safe connections between neighborhoods, beautification and placemaking, enhancement of existing assets and the promotion of the Northside as a hub for arts and culture. That said, the purpose of the trail would be to both improve pedestrian and bike infrastructure for those living in the Northside, connect the neighborhoods to each other, and to make the Northside an inviting place for visitors. Funding for the actual design and implementation of the project would come from the Buhl Foundation, federal grants and other sources yet to be determined. We are currently attending community meetings to inform neighborhoods about the project, and to see who is interested in being more involved in the planning process.

Check It Out: Northside Community Asset Map

Northside Map Illustration

One Northside AIM LogoAs many of you are aware, the One Northside initiative invited GTECH to coordinate a summer internship experience for Landscape Architecture students from three universities this summer, specifically to look at the resources that make Northside neighborhoods unique. The Asset Inventory and Mapping (AIM) project catalogued and then plotted out the destinations, resources, services and other local items of interest based on surveys of residents.

The final Community Asset Map was unveiled last week at the People, Places, Spaces event held at City of Asylum but if you missed the in-person reveal, you can also check out the interactive map online!

 Community Asset Map – One Northside AIM

Recruiting Vacant Land Ambassadors NOW

Submitted by Lydia Yoder 

Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) is on a search for ten Northsiders looking to make change in their neighborhood. From the fall of 2014 to the spring of 2015, these individuals, called Ambassadors, will meet for classes and workshops to learn about Pittsburgh’s vacant land issue and think about recreating vacant lots in ways that benefit their communities.

Throughout the spring and summer of 2015, each Ambassador will make their ideas come to life. Participants will use what they’ve learned in the classroom to build their very own project on a vacant lot in their neighborhood. We’d love to have an Allegheny West resident as part of the cohort.

Please help spread the word or recommend any potential Ambassadors. Here is a link where more information about the program can be found along with the application:

Learn More and Apply