Environment and Energy Community Outreach Center (EECO)

The EECO Center is PCSI’s East End Community Outreach to community clients for energy assistance, including LIHEAP/Dollar Energy Fund Applications and other utility assistance.  The EECO Center also embraces the sponsorship and collaboration for Energy Efficiency Programs, and other “green” Entrepreneurship activities programmed by the agency’s Micro-Business Institute.  The EECO also supports the Larimer community’s Urban Gardening project and is available for community meetings. The EECO Center opened April 1, 2012, and is staffed by PCSI. The Neighborhood Safety Program serves as the anchor program department for the EECO Center which is located in Larimer and supports the East End Communities of Friendship, Garfield and Bloomfield (15224); East Liberty, Larimer and Lincoln (15206); and Homewood-Brushton and East Hills (15208). The Center advocates for special programs and services, including consumer utility education and assistance, ‘green’ building demonstrations, internship and employment opportunities, assistance with Dollar Energy Fund and LIHEAP and other green initiatives.

In November, 2013, PCSI collaborated with the office of State Senator Jim Ferlo, Penn State Center, and other partners in “Project 15206,” an initiative which serves the Pittsburgh community on multiple levels. Residents and businesses in 15206 that are located near a tree bioswale feature will experience less stormwater runoff. This minimizes problems like flooding and basement backups near their property. Project 15206 continues to install 400 rain containers at residential properties throughout the 15206 zip code; already there have been over 200 containers installed and more than 400 property consultations. The project’s reach becomes much broader, once combined sewer overflow (CSO) reduction is considered. Green infrastructure will reduce CSOs, making the region’s rivers and streams cleaner for drinking water, recreation, and as natural habitats. This is a benefit for all Pittsburgh residents and everyone downstream.

In 2013, the EECO Center served three hundred and fifteen (315) individuals.

DESCRIPTION

The EECO Center combines resources for greening homes and businesses with a person–to-person connection to utility companies. The EECO Center will improve awareness about utility consumer programs and sustainable practices, as well as ways for residents to better use energy within their homes. The EECO Center is committed to providing the tools and knowledge necessary to our communities for the creation of personal lifestyles and economic models that reduce the human carbon footprint and function within the ecological limits of our planet.


PROGRAMS

The EECO Center offers workshops and classes focused on green principles to community groups, non-profits, schools and other interested groups. Our workshops focus on hands-on projects that provide knowledge and understanding to participating groups and individuals. EECO Programs include:

Workshops Green Educational Sessions EECO Services
  • Renewable Energy
  • Stormwater Management
  • Container Herb Gardening
  • Composting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Green Talk Tuesdays
  • Financial Literacy
  • Energy Efficiency Tips for your Home
  • Water Efficiency Tips for your Home
  • Basics of Recycling
  • Dollar Energy Fund
  • LIHEAP Application Assistance
  • PA Powerswitch Counseling
  • ECO Water and Energy Kit Installation
  • Refrigerator Replacement Program
  • Light bulb Replacement  Program

HOURS OF SERVICE AND CONTACT INFORMATION

Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information regarding services provided by EECO please call (412) 661-0576.