Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization is partnering with the Etna Economic Development Corporation, New Sun Rising, and sustainable architecture and consulting firm evolveEA to promote coordinated sustainable community development throughout the Boroughs of Millvale, Etna and Sharpsburg. With over 10,000 residents combined, our three Allegheny River towns are building on a strong collaborative history, including a shared 2014 multi-municipal joint comprehensive plan, to promote sustainable and equitable community development through the shared lenses of: Food, Water, Energy, Air Quality, Mobility, and Equity.
Initial focus projects include the local expansion of solar and other alternative energy generation technology, raising awareness of air quality issues and lessening indoor and outdoor air contaminants, and the preservation/expansion of affordable housing options through the creation of a micro-regional nonprofit Community Land Trust.
In 2018, the Triboro Ecodistrict collaborative was awarded a $2.3 million grant from the Henry L. Hillman Foundation for sustainable and equitable development activities. For more information, check out our coverage in the Trib here.
Sharpsburg Community Vision Plan + Sharpsburg Ecodistrict
Launched in early 2019, the Sharpsburg Community Vision Plan combines community feedback and local/regional data with visionary urban planning advice to help our community get to where it wants to go. The plan organizes community priorities and potential projects through neighborhood districts, community principles, and the six underlying issue areas of equity, food, water, energy, air quality, and mobility.
Click here to read the plan! The printed plan is also available for reference at the Sharpsburg Community Library.
SNO received funding to launch a community vision planning process in 2017 with the award-winning environmental and architectural design firm evolveEA. For over a year, the community engagement process has included widescale outreach to residents to solicit feedback and develop a consensus on the vision for our neighborhood's future. The completed Community Vision & Design Plan acts as the framework for SNO's five-year work plan and empowers the community to advocate for their shared goals when meeting with private developers and businesses.
Printed and bound copies of the plan are available for purchase here.
The Sharpsburg Sustainability & Civic Engagement Center at 511 S. Main St.
Home to SNO's day-to-day operations as well as workshops and community organizing around local and regional issues, the Sharpsburg Sustainability & Civic Engagement serves as a civic hub and welcoming space for residents and other Sharpsburg stakeholders to share information, learn about topics that interest them and affect their quality of life, and work together to advance community priorities.
Centered on social equity and community resilience, the Sharpsburg Sustainability & Civic Engagement hosts workshops on topics ranging from stormwater management to getting involved with your local government, first-time homebuying, bike/pedestrian infrastructure, green space,community gardening, and more. Got an idea for a community project and want to figure out how to make it happen? Have some questions about life in Sharpsburg or want to share feedback or get involved in issue you care about? Stop by during our drop-in hours or make an appointment for another time by contacting us.
Sharpsburg Sustainability & Civic Engagement Center (Hours by Appointment)
The building was made possible by a catalytic grant from the Hillman Foundation to the Triboro Ecodistrict. Funding also came from UPMC Health Plan and First National Bank through a Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Neighborhood Assistance Program grant.
Sharpsburg Main & Canal Walking Route
In partnership with PA WalkWorks and the American Heart Association, and thanks to funding from Giant Eagle, in 2018 we cut the ribbon on a new 1.83-mile sidewalk walking route that highlights many of the historic and recreational assets of our borough. Today, the Sharpsburg Walkers team tracks its steps through the Walker Tracker app, competing with teams across Pennsylvania, and we're always looking for people interested in leading walking group outings around the route. For more information and to sign up, contact Brittany@sharpsburgneighborhood.org or visit the PA WalkWorks site.
Sharpsburg Fall Festival
SNO held its first Sharpsburg Fall Festival in October 2014 in Kennedy Park. The free festivities offered at the annual event have continued to grow and attract more local businesses, organizations, makers, and performers each year, evolving into a magically themed event that invites attendees to don their robes and gather their broomsticks for a day inspired by magic and community.
The 2020 fall festival (Sharpsmeade: A Magical Sharpsburg Fall Festival) will take place on Saturday, October 10th, from 11 am - 3 pm at Kennedy Park. For more information on volunteering, sponsoring next year's event, or hosting a booth, email Brittany Reno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rain Barrels in Sharpsburg
Periodically SNO receives grant funding to help install rain barrels at a discounted cost at homes and businesses in Sharpsburg to better manager stormwater and help alleviate our flooding problems. Since 2015, we have brought dozens of 80-gallon rain barrels into the community.
Sharpsburg Blight Reduction Recommendations Report
In November 2016, SNO kicked off its first resident working group, dedicated to addressing resident concerns about vacant blighted properties and improving property conditions throughout Sharpsburg, in partnership with Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group. The volunteer group analyzed Sharpsburg blight and property survey data, studied best practices in blight remediation from across the country, and in spring 2017 developed a five-year resident-driven blight reduction plan to be implemented by SNO and supporting partners.
Targeted Home Repairs for Sharpsburg Homeowners in Need
In partnership with Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, SNO has funded critical targeted home repairs for Sharpsburg homeowners who are seniors, Veterans, or living with permanent disabilities. Click here for more information on applying for Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh's home repair program.
Weekly Green Grocer Produce Truck
Every Monday, all year round, the Green Grocer Truck stops in Sharpsburg at the library parking lot from 3:30-4:30 pm to offer affordable fruits, vegetables, and other produce items to residents. Special deals are available for customers using farmers market senior coupons and SNAP.
Sharpsburg Community-Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale
SNO hosts an annual Sharpsburg Community-Wide Yard & Sidewalk Sale. More than 30 households participate every year in the new annual tradition, and visitors came to shop from across the county.
SNO partners with a variety of organizations across Allegheny County to build our capacity and expand our impact on the quality of life in Sharpsburg.
Some of our current and past partners include:
New Sun Rising's Triboro Ecodistrict initiative
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group's Reimagining Communities Initiative
Allegheny Conference on Community Development's Strengthening Communities Partnership
Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh
Public Allies Pittsburgh
Local Community Partners: the Sharpsburg Community Library, Roots of Faith, Sharpsburg Environmental Advisory Committee, Volunteers of America's Youth Empowerment Program, Sharpsburg Borough, La Dorita, the Allegheny River Corridor Bike/Ped Committee, the Sharpsburg Shade Tree Commission, Second Harvest Thrift Store, and more.
We love collaborating with other organizations that are doing good work for the people who call Sharpsburg home. If you have a partnership idea, click here to reach out to our team.