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The Shade Tree Commission is continuing their efforts to beautify and make Carnegie a greener community.

Meetings - Third Wednesday of the month 6:00pm




Mission Statement
The mission of the Carnegie Shade Tree Commission is to preserve and enhance the greenery of the municipality while creating prosperity and beauty within our community.


Chris James

Alicia Kesneck, vice president

Nathan Kesneck

Bill Moldovan

Philip Salvato

Marlene Smith-Pendleton

Gina Thornberg, president

Peter Mullins (council)




A new website!

Exciting news: Tree Pittsburgh just launched a brand-new website!

We'd love for you to take a look at www.treepittsburgh.org and tell us what you think. Some of the (many) upgrades include a new events calendar, a blog, and a brand-new shop to purchase your favorite Tree Pittsburgh merch.

Love the new site? Have a problem? Let us know by contacting Maggie at maggie@treepittsburgh.org.




The Shade Tree Commission with the help of TreeVitalize has planted over 150 trees in the borough. The commission has added trees that sustain pollinators in the Main Street business district, as well as Sycamores along Chartiers Creek near the West Main Street Bridge. These trees will help to absorb stormwater, and our long-term goal with this planting is to establish a Great Blue Heron Rookery in town since Great Blue Herons love to nest in Sycamores along streams and creeks. Conifers were planted along heavy traffic corridors in town to absorb particulate pollution, a persistent health problem in Allegheny County. Conifers in several studies have been shown to be the most effective trees at absorbing and neutralizing particulates that contribute to health and respiratory problems for vulnerable populations, especially young children.

The Carnegie Pollinator Project started three years ago has converted all 100 street planters in town to pollinator-friendly plants that produce pollen and nectar throughout the growing season to the help butterfly and bee species recover from pesticide-induced mortality. The Commission has also planted milkweed in the two Main Street Rain Gardens to support the endangered Monarch Butterfly population. We are seeing a substantial increase in wildlife, bird, and insect species in town as a result of these efforts.

This is all part of our movement toward Deep Positive Adaptation to make the town more resilient in the face of climate change.

Oak tree in field of oilseed rape.



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Water Conservation
PA Department of Environmental Protection

Water Conservation

Rivers, Lakes & Streams



Drinking Water


Septic Systems

DEP Bureau of Air Quality
PA Department of Environmental Protection

click here Trees over parking lots or on street islands reduce heat, absorb stormwater and filter air pollution


Learn how rain gardens work, their benefits, and how to create an aesthetically pleasing garden that attracts beneficial insects, pollinators, and much more. Click here

Learn about monarch butterfly conservation, transformation, migration and diet.

Mayor Riley's Proclamation

The Carnegie Shade Tree Commission & volunteers began planting July 18 & pollinators have already begun to arrive.

Thanks to: Bob Podurgiel, Marlene Smith Pendleton, Bill Moldovan, Ethan Moldovan, Alicia Kesneck, Nathan Kesneck, & Gina Thornberg

Green Scan Report


View these photos from Clean-Up Day & other community projects. Through the help of community volunteers, Carnegie was able to start fresh this summer season.
Clean - Up  ~  Planters
Sunflower Garden
(Photos of Sunflower Paintings located on East Main Street)

View Post-Gazette article for mural background story.
Thanks to all who donated their time and efforts!

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