A reluctant enthusiast

A few weeks ago, I checked out a copy of “Eaarth,”  (yes that’s the correct spelling) by Bill McKibben, from the Library.  I stopped reading it three chapters in. As McKibben points out, rightfully, statistics are pretty dire for this ol’ earth of ours. As his book descriptor reveals: “…we need to acknowledge that we’ve…

The Mayor of New York Wants You To Take the Stairs

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued an executive order yesterday asking agencies to encourage employees to use the stairs  and “smart design strategies” for new construction and renovations.  He’s also proposing the improvement of stair accessibility and visibility. From the New York Times dispatch yesterday: “I’m not here to tell you how to live,”…

Ballou Skies fundraiser

Many of the incredible friends and acquaintances of mine from the Pittsburgh Triathlon Club are apart of this wonderful triathlon team, Ballou Skies, which works to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In 2011, the group raised more than $60,000. One of their fundraisers is a 2-mile walk and fun-run at North Park on June…

Bike to Feed Families

Like to bike? Want to do some good? Check out this event benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, called Bike to Feed Families.  The event takes place at 10 a.m. Sat., May 11.  Riders will meet at the Pump House in Homestead, load up their bikes with donations, and ride 10 miles along the Great…

In the Pursuit of…Running for Boston, In Pittsburgh

  Kaitlyn Kacsuta had just nailed one of her best runs at the 2013 Boston Marathon and was preparing to celebrate. Then, the bombs went off. Kacsuta, a Bon Air native and third-year law student at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, was deeply affected by the experience. So when she came home, she — like many…

Winter sports athletes urge action on climate change

Dozens of Olympic gold medalists and other winter sports athletes sent a letter to President Barack Obama today urging action on climate and clean energy. From the letter, which can be found here at Protect our Winters: As professional athletes, representing a community of 23 million winter sports enthusiasts, we’re witnessing climate change first-hand.  Last…

Biking for Good

This weekend in Pittsburgh, you can use your bike as a(nother) force for good: Contributing to the Pedal for the Pantry ride. Event details can be found here. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Forbes Wall in Oakland  (in front of the Pitt Law Building, across from The O). The event…

Working for change

Last month, I did this story for Pittsburgh City Paper, on how activists of all stripes make a living. There’s much more to these folks then the signs, bullhorns and civil actions they participate in. Some have full-time jobs. Some take on side projects, personal fundraising or start their own businesses to make ends meet….