Biophilic Cities Initiative

Pittsburgh’s narrative statement includes specific actions to improve conditions in four different areas: air quality, water quality, land use and connecting people to nature. The City of Pittsburgh will track the following indicators over time:

Natural conditions, qualities and infrastructure

1. Percent tree canopy coverage

2. Extent of biodiversity found within the city using the Urban Biodiversity Inventory Framework, which the City of Pittsburgh is currently working to develop along with four Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) partner cities

Biophilic engagement, participation, activities and knowledge

3. Number and demographics of participants attending monthly Biophilia Meetups

Biophilic institutions, planning, and governance

4. Percent city budget devoted to nature conservation, restoration and education

5. The development of a Resilience Strategy and Climate Action Plan, which will outline priority actions to increase resilience and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Once these priority actions are laid out, the City will track progress. Those related to biophilic principles will be added to this list of indicators and tracked.

Human health/well-being Indicators

6. Percent of city population living within 300 meters of a green space, park or other natural element.