Climate Adaptation in Empty Spaces

Climate change is expected to bring hotter summers and more severe rainfall events to Pittsburgh. Participants act as landscape architects to redesign a vacant lot while considering different solution strategies.

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  • Built Infrastructure
  • Ecology
  • Extreme Weather
  • Land Use
  • Temperature Increase
  • Water


How to Get this Kit

If you would like to borrow a CUSP climate change education kit, contact Pat McShea at Please make requests at least one week in advance. Loans may be scheduled up to two months in advance.

Big Questions

  • How can we reimagine empty spaces in our neighborhoods?
  • How is vacant land a resource for climate change resilience?

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Learn More

Learn more about empty lots in Pittsburgh at ReClaim Northside: Data Collection and Analysis