Pittsburgh to Celebrate Sustainability with Re:NEW Festival

This fall, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will join forces with local organizations for the first Re:NEW Festival, celebrating the city’s ability to reclaim, redefine and reinvent.



As a city once known for its steel business and the associated damage to the environment, Pittsburgh now is committed to sustainability, urbanism, and green building techniques — such as those used in the Alcoa Corporate Center (above). This commitment has inspired the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and other local organizations to collaborate on the city’s first Re:NEW Festival.

From Sept. 9 to Oct. 9, PDP will hold its first Re:NEW Festival Downtown, celebrating creative reuse, transformation and sustainability in the city.

Along with local organizations that include the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Pennsylvania Resources Council, the PDP will feature a variety of programs throughout the month. These programs include art, music, performances, workshops, films, expos, talks, tours and markets.

In the PPG Wintergarden, the festival also will include the North American premiere of Drap-Art, the international festival of recycled art held annually in Barcelona.

There are opportunities for local organizations and artists to participate in the festival for juried exhibitions, artist project proposals and organization or artist program proposals. Go here for more information. 
 


 

#BetaBurgh: Grant Recipients Announced

Also from the PDP, four inaugural recipients of BetaBurgh grants have been announced. BetaBurgh invests in innovative ideas from local startup, entrepreneur, nonprofit and small businesses. The program is designed to create opportunities to test and launch products and services within the Downtown marketplace. 

Applicants for the BetaBurgh grants were asked to activate a Downtown space or implement a new physical infrastructure. After considering more than 35 proposals, four projects were chosen:

Project 1: The Aquaponics Project
This project will install a 20-foot shipping container that will house a sustainable aquaponics ecosystem. Produce and fish produced through this system will be available for purchase. 

Project 2: Digital Dream Labs
This project will create a life-size replica of their original hand-held children’s game, Puzzlets, which will help them test new market data. The project will also allow children and adults to play in Downtown during their lunch hour or at major city events.

Project 3: Fine Art Miracles
This project, partnered with the Collaborative Experiential Electronic Musical Instruments (CEEMI), will use a hardware device that converts any Wi-Fi-compatible device into a musical instrument. The project will include “CEEMI for Lunch: A Musical Luncheon,” creating a symphony of strangers Downtown.

Project 4: LA Kids
This project aims to provide experiential education in renewable energy, sustainability, and art. A solar-powered art installation will be built from reusable materials that provides the public with free charging for mobile devices.

BetaBurgh receives financial support from the BNY Mellon Foundation of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Technical assistance is provided by Innovation Works, AlphaLab and AlphaLab Gear, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and Thrill Mill.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More From The 412

Must See: Steelers Deliver Birthday Surprise to Garth Brooks

Must See: Steelers Deliver Birthday Surprise to Garth Brooks

The singer-songwriter appeared genuinely stunned when several legendary Steelers took the stage.
Intrepid Pirates Fan Catches Foul Ball With Exploding Popcorn Bucket

Intrepid Pirates Fan Catches Foul Ball With Exploding Popcorn Bucket

Glove? He doesn’t need no stinkin’ glove.
Pittsburgh’s Billy Gardell Hosts ‘Monopoly’ Game Show

Pittsburgh’s Billy Gardell Hosts ‘Monopoly’ Game Show

The “Monopoly Millionaire’s Club” premieres this weekend.
Nonprofit Partners with Giant Eagle, Zipcar to Help Prevent Food Waste

Nonprofit Partners with Giant Eagle, Zipcar to Help Prevent Food Waste

412 Food Rescue is working with Giant Eagle and Zipcar to make good use of leftovers, delivering food that would’ve otherwise been wasted to the organizations who need it.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in April

Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in April

This month's best bets in the ’Burgh.
Take a Hike: 10 of the Best Trails in the Pittsburgh Area

Take a Hike: 10 of the Best Trails in the Pittsburgh Area

Lace up your sneakers or hiking boots and head outdoors for 10 great walks for spring.
412 Food Rescue: Revolutionary Repurposing

412 Food Rescue: Revolutionary Repurposing

Local nonprofit organization 412 Food Rescue is taking food that otherwise would be tossed aside and connecting it with those in need through-of-the-moment technology.
Spring Fashion: The Height of White

Spring Fashion: The Height of White

Fashion is white haute this spring with the best looks from local stores.
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Celebrating 75 Years: Connecting History with Community

Celebrating 75 Years: Connecting History with Community

The Heinz History Center’s World War II traveling exhibit focuses on western Pennsylvania’s ties to history.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Dish Osteria and Bar To Close

Dish Osteria and Bar To Close

The beloved Pittsburgh institution will serve its last meal in April.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh

Five Inexpensive But Memorable Date Spots in Pittsburgh

These spots are tailored for couples who are looking for a simple, chill night out on Valentine’s Day (or any other day). If your significant other isn’t the type to be wooed by expensive wines and chocolates, this is the list for you.

Comments


The (Very Good) Brewery You Should Be Patronizing in Homestead

The (Very Good) Brewery You Should Be Patronizing in Homestead

Voodoo Brewery is an enticing alternative to the many chains in and around the Waterfront.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers’ Philosophy Back on Display After Hightower Flirtation

Steelers’ Philosophy Back on Display After Hightower Flirtation

Even as they entertained Dont’a Hightower for nearly seven hours during a free-agent recruiting trip to the South Side, the Steelers never lost sight of who they are or what they’re all about.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Turn Your Bath into a Spa with These Oils

Turn Your Bath into a Spa with These Oils

The miniature bath- and shower-oil collection from Aromatherapy Associates makes every shower a luxury experience.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The CMU Film Fest Opens with One of 2016's Best

The CMU Film Fest Opens with One of 2016's Best

Reviews of two films appearing at the 2017 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival: "I, Daniel Blake," and "The Eagle Huntress." Plus local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
#Wedding: What’s Trending in the Wedding World

#Wedding: What’s Trending in the Wedding World

Married couples talk hashtags — and why they used them at their weddings.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Get the Scoop Behind One of Pittsburgh’s Most Unique Condos

Get the Scoop Behind One of Pittsburgh’s Most Unique Condos

The Carnegie Museum of Art’s new exhibit features the works of architect Arthur Lubetz and Front Studio, including the vibrant Glass Lofts Building in Garfield.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
New Club is a Hit at Thiel College

New Club is a Hit at Thiel College

The Outdoor Recreation Club becomes the newest student organization at the college.

Comments