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Part 1: Looking Back at GTECH’s First 10 Years

Some highlights from GTECH’s first 10 years, from the Swiss Cheese Memory of Co-Founder and CEO Andrew Butcher Part 1: Looking Back  In reflecting upon all of the glory, trials and tribulations, humor, and defining moments of the last 10 years I am awash with memories and nostalgia.  The following is a series of brief snapshots of some unique moments worthy of sharing as we begin to celebrate ten years of Growth Through Energy + Community Health.   I’ll never…

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Unlikely Lessons from the Roman Empire

Whenever March rolls around I generally have two thoughts: Why is it still cold? How many years has it now been since Julius Caesar’s assassination? I imagine many share my first thought, but far fewer share my second. Most of my friends are more interested in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or trying to one-up each other with the number of digits of pi they have memorized on Pi Day. (Yes, I hang out with some cool people.) But as someone…

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Announcing, the PGH Mobile Toolbox!

  We have been working hard to prepare our latest resource for vacant lot cleaning and greening efforts. Introducing the PGH Mobile Toolbox, a tool library on wheels, ready for your next workday or cleanup! This resource is brought to you through our partnership with Neighborhood Allies and is intended to fill the resource gap between project inspiration and its implementation. Through our experience, we found no shortage of good ideas and residents who are motivated to execute them. However,…

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An Open Thank You Letter to The GTECH Community:

The day has finally come.  Today is my last day as a GTECH Strategies employee.  While I will remain affiliated as an Emeritus Board Member - my time as a staff member is officially complete as of March 1.  I find myself feeling a strange combination of nostalgia and pride.   Ultimately, I am overcome with gratitude and humility.  The last ten years have been a spectacular entrepreneurial journey - and I have learned, experienced, and grown more than I…

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GTECH is Grounded. For Good.

GTECH’s new Executive Director, Evaine K. Sing, chose the above quote to represent our mindset as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary. In a letter to GTECH’s network earlier this month, Evaine shared her thoughts on this momentous and exciting occasion. She bid farewell to our founder and CEO, Andrew Butcher, and reflected on what the past 10 years has enabled GTECH to accomplish. The last decade has given GTECH the opportunity to move forward and approach work in the…

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Welcome Lauren – GTECH GSI Community Liaison

We are very excited to welcome Lauren Bivins as a Community Liaison in Marshall-Shadeland! A couple months ago we highlighted our Community Liaisons that are supporting our GTECH GSI project in Woods Run. We've got a new addition to the team and are excited to introduce her. Lauren Bivins Neighborhood: Marshall-Shadeland What is your favorite thing about your neighborhood? I enjoy the diversity and caring neighbors that keep the community growing with each generation. Why are you excited about this project? When…

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Ambassadors Get Creative In Clairton

With pens and trace paper in hand, 8 designers, landscape architects and architects descended into Clairton to help our Ambassador cohort make their project ideas come to life. As part of ReClaim Clairton, each Ambassador participates in a design workshop where they a paired with a professional designer who helps them think realistically about what is feasible to accomplish on their site with the manpower and money they have available. This also helps each Ambassador visualize their project and gives them…

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5 Favorite GTECH Memories

After three and a half years, my last day working at GTECH will be this Friday. I've decided to take a leap into the world of ornithology (the study of birds). Before I leave, I'm taking a moment to reflect on my experiences here. These are five of my favorite memories at GTECH: 1. Learning the people's history of Pittsburgh One of my first tasks at GTECH in 2013 was to interview our incoming ReClaim South Ambassadors about their experiences of…

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Volunteer

GTECH Super-Volunteer: Scott!

Building out projects like our Green Playces takes a lot of hard work.  If we had to it all ourselves, they'd never get done.  We love working with the users and neighbors of these spaces, but we also welcome volunteers from around Allegheny County (and beyond, if you like). One of these volunteers really stepped up for the build out of our Hill District Green Playce. He attended every one of our five build days and played a huge role in developing…

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ioby

Have ideas, need funds? Meet ioby!

Do you have an idea for a community project but no funding to get it off the ground? We’d like to introduce you to ioby. It's an amazing organization dedicated to helping neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. ioby’s crowd-resourcing platform connects leaders with funding and support to make our neighborhoods safer, greener, more livable and more fun.  While ioby is a national organization, they recently opened a branch in Pittsburgh! We want to introduce you to one of…

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Welcome Shequaya & Anna

Meet Shequaya and Anna We're excited to welcome 2 great new team members to the GTECH staff. Read more about them below. Shequaya Bailey Position: Administrative Coordinator (shared with Landforce) Hometown: Pittsburgh Background: Shequaya has a Bachelors degree from from Penn State in Health Policy and Administration. She has 15 years of experience in administration, management, HR, finance, and hospitality. What led her to GTECH: She values the mission and appreciates that the work is being conducted in her hometown.…

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5 Easy Ways to Stay Warm & Cozy this Winter

GTECH interns Kate and Tom compiled five different ways to keep yourself warm, environmentally conscious, and wallet-friendly this season. Heat only the rooms you are using and perhaps, dare I say it, lower your thermostat just one degree; doing so can decrease your heating costs by up to 5%! Open your curtains! Not only does sunlight make you happier, but it can heat your room during the day. When your windows are sealed properly, this is a great way to…

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