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10/4/2019: Tribune-Review: Nonprofit aims to restore Allegheny County’s tree canopy

Allegheny County lost 10,000 acres of tree canopy between 2010 and 2015, according to a survey released last year by Tree Pittsburgh, a nonprofit group aiming to restore at least some of that shade. The group is offering free trees through November in Allegheny County communities that lost the most tree cover since 2010. The trees are available to any resident in one of those communities. A grant from the Colcolm Foundation will pay for the nonprofit to give away 4,000 trees in 2019 and 2020 to help restore the urban forest canopy. Read more.

8/21/2019: New York Times: Letter to the Editor 

Colcom Foundation supports public education for an informed civic dialogue on the long term sustainable level of immigration. According to Pew Research, in just five decades, the U.S. population of 329 million will increase by 117 million; immigration will account for 103 million. Is this a good idea? Read more.

4/20/2018: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: More than 3,000 ‘bird-friendly’ glass panes to adorn renovated National Aviary

The 3,146 panes of glass that have made up the ceiling and walls of the Tropical Rainforest exhibit since 1952 will be removed, recycled and replaced with special glass that allows more UV rays to enter the exhibit while preventing birds from flying into the glass. Seventy-five birds fly freely about in the Tropical Rainforest, the aviary’s oldest exhibit. Renovations will give them a 15-foot waterfall that spills into three tiers of ponds where birds can bathe, play and nest. Read more.

12/1/2017: Allegheny Front: This Age of Humans That We’re Living in? It Has a Name: Anthropocene

“The Anthropocene is a proposed new geological era that acknowledges the impact that humans have had on the planet,” says Eric Dorfman, director of the museum. Read more.

5/27/2016: NEXTpittsburgh: Still or sparkling? The artsy Water Cube dispenses free water, first in the US

In a first anywhere in this country, the newly installed Water Cube in downtown Pittsburgh is dispensing chilled still or sparkling water — for free. All you need to do is BYOB. And that’s the whole point. Read more.

1/2/2010: Tribune-Review: Colcom Foundation establishes $1M fund to aid land conservation

The Colcom Foundation has established a $1 million revolving fund to help 40 local land trusts buy environmentally important property. Read more.

11/5/2009: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Sculpture of Fred Rogers unveiled on North Side

Known as “Tribute to Children,” the site featuring the new sculpture is in a park on the riverfront near Heinz Field. The bronze sculpture created by Robert Berks is 10 feet, 10 inches in height and weighs more than 7,000 pounds. Read more.