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Aug. 15: "Go Green Oakland" Campaign Kicks Off


Reynolds G. Clark
Chairman, Oakland Task Force
Vice Chancellor for Community Initiatives, University of Pittsburgh

Louise Cavenaugh Sciannameo
Vice President, University Communications and Community Relations, Carlow University

Teresa Thomas
Assistant Vice President for Media Relations, Carnegie Mellon University

"Go Green Oakland" Campaign Kicks Off: Incoming Students
in Oakland Universities To Receive Reusable Grocery Bags

PITTSBURGH—The Oakland Task Force (OTF) is making it easy for nearly 5,000 first-year students at Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to "go green."

Each student will receive a reusable grocery bag to kick off "Go Green Oakland," the OTF's new educational campaign recognizing green efforts in the community. Students will find a resource guide inside the bag highlighting green initiatives of Oakland's educational institutions, eco-friendly businesses and regional environmental organizations. The initiative, funded by State Senator Jay Costa (D-43rd District) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, calls for a significant reduction in the use of plastic bags and encourages the use of reusable shopping bags.

The OTF is a partnership of institutions, community organizations, businesses and public agencies working together to improve the Oakland neighborhood in the City of Pittsburgh, the third-largest employment center in Pennsylvania. More than 25 member organizations boast a variety of small- and large-scale green initiatives that contribute to the environmental health of the community, including comprehensive recycling programs, a farmers' market, furniture recycling, walk challenges, green building initiatives, and toxic waste and hazardous material remediation.  More information on the OTF is available