Volunteers on Negley Run Boulevard
A Green Vision for East Liberty
How sustainable is the development taking place in East Liberty? Staff at ELDI began asking this question over five years ago. Now, we have an answer in the form of the East Liberty Green Vision. The Green Vision is a report on current environmental conditions as well as a roadmap for becoming a truly green neighborhood. A team of experts and neighborhood stakeholders helped ELDI craft this vision, defining “sustainable development” as the three Es:
Equity – Redevelopment should create an East Liberty that welcomes and supports all stakeholders.
Economy – Redevelopment should bring wealth and prosperity back to East Liberty.
Environment – Redevelopment projects should improve the natural environment and serve as models for environmental stewardship.
It’s thanks to this Green Vision and the commitment of numerous community partners that East Liberty can serve as a pilot site for green strategies such as large scale transit-oriented development, street tree plantings and stormwater diversion infrastructure.
In 2011 alone, ELDI worked alongside over 30 different organizations, foundations, businesses and city/county entities to bring about green infrastructure in the neighborhood. This includes planting 70 trees and installing 3 rain gardens and 12 rain barrels, in addition to one 1,550-gallon cistern. Volunteers also filled 2 dumpsters with trash and collected over 3,000 pounds of scrap metal from Negley Run Boulevard.
ELDI is committed to creating a sustainable neighborhood: one where all stakeholders can be involved and make change happen.