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Green-Savvy Entrepreneurship in One of the United States’ Most Sustainable Cities

Golden Triangle Bike Rental Downtown On the Eliza Furnace Trail (Main location)

Pittsburgh once again finds itself on a “top list” of sustainability. Site Selection magazine just released its inaugural sustainability index where Pittsburgh is ranked 6th among metro cities based on Green Industry; number of LEED Certified projects; LEED Certified projects per capita and level of incentives support for green projects.

From the 2003 Gold-LEED certified David L. Lawrence Convention Center to its #1 ranking in farmers markets and community gardens per capita, this former steel town represents the little green engine that could; and green-savvy entrepreneurs are taking advantage of Pittsburgh’s new found status.

One such enterprise, Golden Triangle Bike Rentals, with three locations around Pittsburgh, offers eco-friendly entertainment for the whole family. With bike rentals, sales and guided tours, Golden Triangle provides a niche market for residents and visitors looking to tour Pittsburgh’s three rivers, neighborhoods and sites by wheel.

Always on the lookout for new, green alternatives in the city, I took one of Golden Triangle’s Comfort Hybrid Bikes out for a spin around the bike trails of Pittsburgh’s North Shore. With breathtaking views of Pittsburgh’s new sports stadiums, the Allegheny River and the boats docked off of Washington’s Landing, it was an ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon in the city. Comfortable, affordable and green, I highly recommend contributing to this green-savvy entrepreneur and encouraging more like them around your cities.

Image Credit: Golden Triangle Bike Rental under Copyright © 2010 Golden Triangle Bike Rental

Written by Emily DeMasi

Emily McKinin DeMasi is a 2011 MBA/ MA Public Policy candidate and Peace Corps Fellow at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her thesis work concerns Corporate Social Responsibility in the United States. She also works as a Research Fellow at Bridgeway Capital, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in downtown Pittsburgh. Emily has worked as an Associate in a Private Equity Placement Firm in NY and as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer in Ivory Coast, West Africa. She hopes to combine her business background with her passion for development and inspire others in the fields of Sustainability and CSR.


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