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CUSP kits actively engage Pittsburgh residents in exploring local climate change impacts and solutions. Each activity focuses on a specific topic, and using several kits together highlights the connections between different systems, solutions, and infrastructure. Scroll down to learn more about the kits in our lending library.

 

 


Choices in Your Neighborhood

Access to resources and sustainable choices in a neighborhood contribute to climate change. Participants see how their neighborhood’s choices stack up to others across Pittsburgh.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Ecology, Energy Use, Food, Land Use, Transportation, Water

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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.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Ecology, Extreme Weather, Land Use, Temperature Increase, Water

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Complete Streets

Carbon dioxide released from transportation contributes to climate change. Participants design a city street and consider the balance between alternative transportation, traffic, and carbon footprint.

Topics: Ecology, Energy Use, Transportation

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CUSP Climate Change Playground

Multiple CUSP Kits and organizations under one festival tent allow visitors to make connections between different city systems and multiple solutions.  Organize your own Climate Change Playground!

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Ecology, Energy Use, Extreme Weather, Food, Land Use, Temperature Increase, Transportation, Water

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Documentation and Imaging

Brinno Time Lapse Construction Camera, GoPro Camera, GigaPan Robot

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Energy Matters!

Carbon dioxide released from burning fossil fuels contributes to climate change. Participants experience the power and possibilities of fossil fuel-free wind and solar energy in the city.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Energy Use

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Everybody Walk the Climate Graph

Climate change is expected to bring hotter summers to Pittsburgh. Participants walk a century of climate temperature data to gain an understanding of long-term global climate patterns.

Topics: Temperature Increase

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Extreme Events

Climate change is expected to bring more severe rainfall events to Pittsburgh. Participants experiment with green infrastructure options to ease the pressure on city sewer systems.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Ecology, Extreme Weather, Water

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Feel The Power!

Carbon dioxide released from energy production contributes to climate change. Participants generate power to light a city building and experience the difference in energy efficiency between LED and incandescent bulbs.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Energy Use

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Hidden Cost Café

Carbon dioxide released from food production contributes to climate change. Participants create their own meal and experiment with the carbon footprint of their food choices.

Topics: Energy Use, Food, Land Use, Transportation

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It takes Energy to Get to the Game

Carbon dioxide released from transportation and food production contributes to climate change. Participants run the bases to discover the climate impact of their game-day choices.

Topics: Transportation

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The Great Climate Race

Climate change is expected to bring hotter summers and more severe rainfall events to Pittsburgh. Participants become snails and make choices that help them prepare for the challenges of climate change in their urban environment.

Topics: Extreme Weather, Temperature Increase

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Tiny Slimy Carbon Keepers

Protecting urban ecosystems maintains natural balances in the carbon cycle and reduces city contributions to climate change. Participants become salamanders and eat organisms that disrupt the carbon cycle in the forest’s leaf litter zone.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Ecology, Land Use

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Tree Machine

Climate change is expected to bring hotter summers and more severe rainfall events to Pittsburgh. Participants experiment with technological and natural solutions to make life better for city residents.

Topics: Ecology, Land Use, Temperature Increase, Water

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Urban Heat Islands

Climate change is expected to bring hotter summers to Pittsburgh. Participants explore causes of high and low surface temperatures in cities and discuss solutions to keep Pittsburgh cool.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Land Use, Temperature Increase

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What about Pittsburgh?

Carbon dioxide released from transportation contributes to climate change. Participants explore examples of how other cities approach transportation issues and imagine the possibilities for Pittsburgh.

Topics: Built Infrastructure, Energy Use, Land Use, Transportation

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