Pittsburgh on Friday became the second U.S. city to adopt United Nations Sustainable Development Goals that include eradicating poverty, eliminating pollution, improving quality of life and educational opportunities for all people.
Mayor Bill Peduto said the city would count on local nonprofits, including hospitals and universities, to help fund and implement the 17 goals, which align with the city’s OnePGH development plan.
On Friday, Peduto said OnePGH would cost around $4 billion.
“Back in 2015 we started a project that we call OnePGH,” Peduto said. “At that same time the United Nations was identifying what the sustainable development goals should be for our planet. When you look at both of those products they come out very, very similar. Although we’ll use the metrics of the United Nations and adopt it on a local level, we will have 47 specific projects that will be a part of the OnePGH plan that will be identifiable through the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”
City plans include such priorities as universal preschool, affordable housing, lead-free water pipes and pollution reduction.
“What we’re looking for is a commitment from universities, hospitals, nonprofits, foundations, corporations to agree to the OnePGH plan in order to be able to meet those goals,” Peduto said. “There isn’t a penalty phase in it. It’s a commitment of civic pride and civic well-being.”
The mayor said he would be knocking on a “lot of doors” to solicit buy-in from local nonprofits and corporations.
“All told, when you look at all 47 projects, it comes out to around $4 billion worth of investment that we need to do in these next 12 years, and that $4 billion in investment comes from government funds, it comes from contributions, it comes from a lot of different ways that we need to be able to raise those funds and everyone has a part to play.”
New York is the only other city formally to adopt the best practices for sustainable development.