In recent decades, Pittsburgh has emerged as an active hub for technology, education, healthcare and finance. The loss of steel production and industrial manufacturing jobs drove many younger residents from the city, and increased the relative size of the elderly population, but officials see these new sectors, along with the available housing stock, as strong levers for growth. To support this trend, Pittsburgh will need to address its industrial legacy—including regional energy production, and its transportation system and land-use patterns—which continues to impact the city’s air and water quality.

Pittsburgh has also focused on mitigating challenges created by severe weather events, such as blizzards and heavy rains. With its landscape of hills and rivers, flooding poses a serious threat to the city’s bridge and tunnel networks and aging water containment infrastructure. Additional resources will be needed to support Pittsburgh’s current efforts, which are centered on a flood management system and the expansion of green infrastructure.

Resilience Challenges

  • Aging Infrastructure
  • Blizzard
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Hazardous Materials Accident
  • Heat Wave
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Invasive Species
  • Lack of Affordable Housing
  • Pollution or Environmental Degradation
  • Rainfall Flooding
  • Social Inequity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh were he oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide smart growth and sustainable development policy organization; and as Public Policy Manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG).

Grant brings fifteen years of experience, intersecting the worlds of environmental, community & economic development and infrastructure policy to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations and state agencies. Grant has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs including Pittsburgh’s inclusion in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative; the creation of the Uptown Eco-Innovation District, District Energy Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.

Snapshot of Pittsburgh

  • 305,700

    Population as of 2010

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