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THE FUTURE OF PETROCHEMICALS IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA:

A COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE

Approximately three weeks ago, on October 30, 2019, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto publicly announced his opposition to additional petrochemical development in Western Pennsylvania. Responses to the Mayor’s comments were substantial and swift, quickly generating the kind of polarization that has become all too familiar in public discourse about important and contentious topics.

To date, the vast majority of voices speaking into this matter have come from outside of Beaver County, home to the most substantial petrochemical buildout in Western Pennsylvania. When Beaver County voices have been present in this conversation, little attention has been paid to the complex issues faced by community members who are most affected by regional decision making. This document seeks to widen the terms of the ongoing conversation, bringing to bear insight gained from working alongside more than fifty community organizations and several hundred residents who are seeking wisely to navigate the quickly changing landscape that is Beaver County.  Continue Reading….

Our Mission

RiverWise employs sustainable development practices to create a regional identity around the rivers of Beaver County. At the heart of this work is a concerted effort to organize stakeholders to dream, learn, and collaborate about the future of our rivers. We are encouraging this process in two primary ways. First, we have formed ecodistricts in three communities (Aliquippa, Monaca, and Beaver Falls). Second, we are engaged in a growing list of projects aimed at activating community ideas and bringing sustainable development to life throughout Beaver County.

Grant Awards

Grants Awarded

In July of 2019, RiverWise awarded more than a dozen mini-grants for various small-scale community projects. The mini-grant program is intended to give residents an opportunity to dream about the kind of future they want to see for their community. More.

Earth Day Cleanup

Earth Day Cleanup

Area youth participate in an Earth Day clean up along Franklin Avenue in downtown Aliquippa. More.

EcoDistrict Incubator

EcoDistrict Incubator

EcoDistrict leaders gather in Millvale, PA at the EcoDistrict Incubator, a 3-day collaborative workshop aimed at supporting neighborhood-scale organizing around sustainable development. More.