Sustainable small businesses take actions that
are simultaneously good for their bottom line, the
environment, and the social fabric of their communities.
Sustainable Pittsburgh recognizes and is growing the
numbers of such businesses through the Sustainable
Small Business Designation Program. To date, 197
establishments have earned designation in 35
communities around southwestern Pennsylvania.
Several Sustainable Small Businesses operate in
municipalities that have achieved distinction via the
Sustainable Pennsylvania Community Certification
program. Coordinated jointly by Sustainable Pittsburgh
and the Pennsylvania Municipal League, this voluntary
self-assessment is a platform for demonstrating
excellence, accelerating the policy and practice of good
government and gaining recognition. It also serves as
a mechanism for sharing best practices for creating a
more sustainable Pennsylvania.
The dual nature of having sustainable small
businesses operating in sustainable certified
communities provides coordinated acceleration
of a more sustainable southwestern Pennsylvania.
For example, following are the Sustainable Small
Businesses in Verona Borough, a Bronze-certified
Sustainable Pennsylvania Community.
GOLD: Acropolis Gyro House & Grille • Pawfectionate Pups
The Platinum Pooch • Verona Gun Safe
SILVER: No Limits Sports Performance
Pinks Tiny Paws Daycare & Boutique • Ramello’s Pizzeria
BRONZE: Arbuckle’s Coffee Company
E.N. Miller Antique Mall • Kier G. Ewing & Associates Inc.
Gloria’s Fixations • Jack’s Barber Shop • Otto’s Shoe Store
Print and Copy Center • Sophisticated Hair Design by Nikki
Verona Eye Care • Verona News Cigar
STRIVER: Dirty Harry’s
Imagine what a sustainable Pittsburgh region looks
like: a place where diverse residents have equitable
access to opportunity for healthy, productive lives.
A prosperous community of choice to live, work,
and play. A clean and vibrant environment rich in
outdoor recreation and natural habitats.
The nonprofit Sustainable Pittsburgh honors
organizations who are leading the way toward
realizing this vision.
Hundreds of businesses, nonprofits, local
governments and universities are demonstrating
their commitment to a more sustainable Pittsburgh
region by voluntarily participating in Sustainable
Pittsburgh’s sustainability performance programs.
Like “lights on a runway”, these programs provide
a framework for developing and advancing a
Sustainable Pittsburgh by offering a pathway for
Since 2011, more than 200 area employers
saved nearly $9 million in energy through
the Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge, a
yearlong, friendly competition for organizations
to measure improvements in energy, water,
waste, transportation, social equity and employee
This amount of energy saved translates to taking
10 percent of single homes in the City of Pittsburgh
off the grid for a year. These same employers
saved enough water to fill Heinz Field 93 feet and
prevented 25,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide
from entering the atmosphere—akin to nearly
five days’ worth of air traffic leaving Pittsburgh
Sustainable Pittsburgh continues to host
Challenges and provide support to the competitors.
To learn more, visit gwcpgh.org.
IN SUSTAINABILITY SUSTAINING SMALL BUSINESSES
Kudos, GWC 3.0 Top Scorers
BUSINESSES: Micro Business Winner: Pashek Associates.
Small Business Winner: evolveEA. Medium Business
Winner: The Mall at Robinson. Large Business Winner:
NONPROFITS: Micro Nonprofit Winner: Group Against
Smog and Pollution (GASP). Small Nonprofit Winner:
GTECH. Medium Nonprofit Winner: Carnegie Museums of
Pittsburgh. University Winner: University of Pittsburgh
SMALL MUNICIPALIT Y: Local Government Winner: Monaca
LARGE MUNICIPALI TY: Local Government Winner:
PINKS TIN Y PA WS
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