Pittsburgh's Abandoned Homes

By Joseph Divack

Obvious and astonishing changes are washing over our city, remaking it into something more complex, more successful, and more sustainable. But the bringing of good news ought not reduce our capacity to see tough problems, and address them with thoughtful vigor and an effective plan.

A Clean Slate for Hazelwood: Working Toward a Trash-Free Community

A Clean Slate for Hazelwood: Working Toward a Trash-Free Community


Allegheny CleanWays’ DumpBusters crew, along with the Hazelwood Initiative Blight Task Force, has removed more than 97,600 pounds of debris from the Hazelwood Greenway and neighborhood since January 1, 2015. This work is part of a larger effort to clean up illegal dump sites and promote policy change for urban revitalization in Pittsburgh that was funded by the Heinz Endowments. The mission of the Heinz Endowments is to help our region thrive as a whole community, economically, ecologically, educationally and culturally.


Board Spotlight! Sierra Laventure-Volz

Sierra Laventure-Volz

What is your position on the board?

Board Secretary

Why are you on the board for ACW?

I am on the ACW board to use my skills and expertise to assist an organization that does amazing work in our communities.

What is your future dream for Allegheny Cleanways?

To end the issue of illegal dumping in Pittsburgh region by working with communities to take ownership of their neighborhoods.

Where did you attend college?

University of Rochester and currently in graduate school at Heinz College, CMU

What do you do for work?

Development Associate at Fourth Economy Consulting

What is your favorite book?

Janée Romesberg

Janée Romesberg Programs Director

Janée comes to Allegheny CleanWays with several years of volunteer management, event planning, and program coordination under her belt. Prior to joining the ACW team, she completed multiple seasons as a crew leader with the Student Conservation Association at several national parks throughout the country, and spent years as a volunteer and program coordinator for Venture Outdoors. She has long been passionate about sustainability, conservation, and environmental protection and even founded and organized a sustainability committee at Judson University while attaining her undergraduate Biology degree there. To contact Janée, email her at