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Exciting Event – Sustainability Summit

Join the Trail Town Program for a great KICK-OFF EVENT for the Great Allegheny Passage Sustainable Business Network!

We are hosting a half-day summit on Wednesday, November 18, from 10:00am – 2:30pm.

No matter where you are in the process of making more sustainable choices for your business— whether you’re thinking about ways to save money, wondering what “sustainability” is all about and how it affects you, recycling or composting, or making even bigger changes— we hope to see you there.

At the summit we’ll…

  • Meet Eric Martin of Wilderness Voyageurs who will give a quick intro and talk about why he’s signing his businesses on to the program
  • Hear from Mike Dreisbach of Savage River Lodge about his impressive greening efforts, and the money he saves as a result
  • Discuss the SBN program and also give a brief demonstration on the FREE sustainability assessments that we offer
  • Walk or carpool to Lucky Dog Café for a fresh, local lunch
  • Visit the Confluence Cyclery to check out their energy efficient HVAC system and weatherization efforts
  • Hand out FREE CFL light bulbs to participating businesses
  • Give practical, economically AND environmentally sound solutions for running your business
  • Network and brainstorm with other Trail Town businesses interested in sustainable business practices

The cost to attend is $10 and covers lunch. Please register with the Trail Town Outreach Corps by November 13. Call (724) 603-3151 or email emayes@thesca.org.

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So long, Local Foods Month!

On this, the last day of  Local Foods month, we here at the GAP SBN thought we might celebrate the people, businesses and organizations that are taking root in Southwestern PA in support of local agriculture. There’s no reason to limit your support of local foods to one month of the year. Here are some great stories to peruse and resources to use year-round.

A few of our favorites (add yours below, too!):

  • New farmer’s markets opened this summer in 4 of the Trail Towns: Meyersdale, Confluence, Ohiopyle and Connellsville, all with the help of citizens, business owners, farmers and other community partners.
  • Vicki Marietta had another successful season with her shop Backyard Gardens in Ohiopyle, selling products all made in PA, including her delicious homemade mustards.
  • David Eson, project manager of “Produce Grown Here” (a project of the Progress Fund) worked with Eat’n Park restaurants and Giant Eagle supermarkets to provide more local produce to their customers.
  • The Connellsville Community Gardens planted three plots throughout the city providing fresh produce to residents and creating a necklace of green space connecting the trail to town.
  • Buy Fresh, Buy Local PA is a great resource where you can enter your zip code and find providers of fresh, local food in your area.
  • Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture strives to transform agriculture and food systems in PA and beyond.
A Connellsville Community Garden plot at Pittsburgh St. and Crawford Ave.

A Connellsville Community Garden plot at Pittsburgh St. and Crawford Ave.

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