Pittsburgh’s resilience journey

In recent decades, Pittsburgh has emerged as an active hub for technology, education, healthcare, and finance. While the loss of steel production and industrial manufacturing jobs have driven many younger residents from the city, increasing the relative size of the elderly population, city government sees Pittsburgh’s new sectors, along with the available housing stock, as strong levers for growth.

To support this trend, Pittsburgh will need to address its industrial legacy – including regional energy production, the transportation system, and land use patterns – which continues to impact the city’s quality of air and water.

Pittsburgh has also focused on mitigating challenges created by severe weather events, such as blizzards and heavy rains. With its landscape of hills and rivers, flooding poses a serious threat to the city’s bridge and tunnel networks, and to aging water containment infrastructure. Additional resources will be needed to support Pittsburgh’s current efforts in this area, which are centered on a flood management system and the expansion of green infrastructure.

Meet the Chief Resilience Officer

Grant Ervin

Chief Resilience Officer

Grant Ervin is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Pittsburgh, where he oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into services, programs, and policy. Before joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as Regional Director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide smart growth and sustainable development policy organization, and as Public Policy Manager for the Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group.

Grant brings 15 years’ experience in work that intersects the worlds of infrastructure policy and environmental, community, and economic development, to create innovative and sustainable solutions for local governments, community development organizations, and state agencies. He has helped lead the development of a variety of innovative programs, including Pittsburgh’s inclusion in 100RC, the creation of the Uptown Eco-Innovation District, District Energy Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh and Neighborhood Community Information System, and the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative.

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