City Semester Pittsburgh

Community Partner Spotlights

Pennsylvania Environmental Council

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Mission: “The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.”

Supervisor: Marla Meyer Papernick, Program Manager

Project Name: Glacier’s Edge Feasibility Study

Project Description: The student will work with PEC, which is in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, to develop a feasibility study for a new conservation landscape called, Glacier’s Edge. The student will work closely with PEC staff to compile economic impact information, research lessons-learned from similar landscapes, conduct resource inventories of both potential partners and natural resources, and compile a database of key information for the project.

Expected Impact: The student’s dedication to this project will greatly support the creation of Glacier’s Edge and provide the foundation for future partnerships between counties, parks, and tourism amenities.

Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh

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Mission: “The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA) is the City of Pittsburgh’s economic development agency, committed to creating jobs, expanding the City’s tax base and improving the vitality of businesses and neighborhoods. The URA achieves this mission by assembling, preparing and conveying sites for major mixed-use developments; and by providing a portfolio of programs that include financing for business location, relocation and expansion, housing construction and rehabilitation, and home purchases and improvements.”

Supervisor: Bethany Davison, Manager of Land Recycling

Project Name: Citywide Land Recycling Reform

Project Description: The student will work on various projects related to the citywide land recycling reform that are being implemented across numerous public agencies and being managed out of the URA Real Estate Department.

Expected Impact: The student’s work has the opportunity to provide systems-level change to the URA and other public agencies which interact with distressed land. From working in Hazelwood to stabilize the housing stock and homeownership to improving the URA’s property maintenance program, the student has several opportunities to sustainably impact the URA’s initiatives.