Carnegie Mayor Stacie Riley
Signed the National Wildlife Federation's
"Mayors' Monarch Pledge" to Help Save the Monarch Butterfly


Press Release  |  Mayor Stacie Riley's 2021 Proclamation  |  Mayor Riley renews Mayor's Monarch Pledge for 2022

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Monarch Butterfly Animation
Transformation, Migration and Diet


Members of the Carnegie Shade Tree Commission and volunteers handed out watering globes and cans with packets of milkweed seeds and over 400 native plants. Artist and Shade Tree Commission member Alicia Kesneck created art with children and handed out coloring books. Carnegie Elementary PTA provided face painting and snacks. Thank you to all who participated, to the DLC Community Grant for making the celebration possible, and to Mayor Riley for proclaiming July 31 as Monarch Butterfly Day in the Borough of Carnegie.

DLC Community Impact Grants 2022 Carnegie has been awarded $3,200 for its upcoming Butterfly Festival
Mayor Riley's 2022 Monarch Proclamation
POST GAZETTE - Carnegie to Mark Mayors' Monarch Challenge with Butterfly Festival
OBSERVER REPORTER - Celebrating the Monarch - Carnegie Hosts 2nd Butterfly Fest


Mayor Riley proclaims July 31, 2022 as MONARCH BUTTERFLY DAY in CARNEGIE and COMMENDS Shade Tree Commission for their hard work.



Mayor Stacie Riley presented Carlynton rising junior Leslie Rwigyema with the Mayor's Monarch Conservation Pledge Creative Award for her original freeform lament poem. The presentation took place Sunday afternoon at Third Street Art Gallery.




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Artist Alicia Kesneck designed Monarch Butterfly Sculpture Pieces using recycled materials installed in the East Main Parking Lot Rain Garden.

Alicia turned trash into treasure by creating pieces with Bishop Canevin students: Kelsey Adamski, Ayla Altman, Miriam Hardy, Addison Hillebrand, Gretchen Klauss, Alexis Leppert-Bell, Emily Maida, Clare Ruffing, and Hannah Zurbola


Monarchs on Morrow Avenue
Photos by: Patty Reaghard


Mayor Stacie Riley attended the Andrew Carnegie Library's

Earth Day Celebration on April 25.

Along with Carnegie Borough administrative assistant Deneen Underwood, Mayor Riley provided education on monarch butterfly conservation, migration, transformation, and diet with butterfly masks for attendees to color.


Program Commitment Action Items

Check back for progress. As these action items are undertaken progress will be recorded here.

Program Demonstration Gardens

  • Launch or maintain communication efforts to encourage residents to plant monarch gardens and make communication available in other languages.
  • Work with Carnegie's Shade Tree Commission to assist in continuing their efforts to plant native milkweeds and nectar-producing plants.
  • Work with public works department and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed/native nectar plant planting programs.
  • Support monarch butterfly conservation and create a community-driven educational conservation strategy that focuses on and benefits local, underserved residents.
  • Create a community art project to enhance and promote monarch and pollinator conservation as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species need for habitat.

Program Demonstration Gardens

  • Plant or maintain a public monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden
  • Convert vacant lots to monarch habitat.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants in medians and public rights-of-way.
  • Launch or maintain an outdoor education program that builds awareness and creates habitat by engaging students, educators, and the community in planting native milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants (i.e., National Wildlife Federation's Eco-Schools USA Schoolyard Habitats program and Monarch Mission curriculum).
  • Earn or maintain recognition for being a wildlife-friendly borough by participating in other wildlife and habitat conservation efforts (i.e., National Wildlife Federation's Community Wildlife Habitat program).
  • Host or support a monarch neighborhood challenge to increase awareness, support community unity around a common mission, and/or create habitat for the monarch butterfly.
  • Initiate or support community science (or citizen science) efforts that help monitor monarch migration and health.
  • Work with Carnegie Shade Tree Commission to maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.
  • Host a monarch butterfly festival that is accessible to all residents and promotes monarch and pollinator conservation, as well as cultural awareness and recognition.
  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.

Systems Change

  • Change ordinances so herbicides, insecticides, or other chemicals used in the community are not harmful to pollinators.
  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in borough weed/landscaping ordinances.
  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native plant habitats.
  • Increase the percentage of native plants, shrubs, and trees that must be used in borough landscaping ordinances and encourage use of milkweed, where appropriate.
  • Direct property managers within the borough to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants where possible.
  • Integrate monarch butterfly conservation into the borough's master plan and future sustainability and climate action plans.
  • Adopt ordinances that support reducing light pollution.


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Mayor's Monarch Pledge Newsletter

April 2021



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