Clean Air, Green Infrastructure and Water Remains a Public Asset
Whether coaching varsity golf at Central Catholic High School or walking his dog Tippy through Frick Park, Corey has always enjoyed spending time outdoors. That’s why he recently convened one of City Council’s first public hearings on air quality, bringing experts and citizens together to discuss one of our most pressing regional health concerns. He’ll fight to make sure everyone can enjoy safe green spaces and clean air.
His interest in air purity is deep-seated. In 2013 during his tenure as Chair of City Council’s Committee on Urban Recreation, Corey introduced successful legislation to ban smoking in public parks through the Young Lungs at Play program, ensuring our youngest Pittsburghers can always enjoy the city’s parks and playgrounds.
Clean air is only part of the environmental equation. Corey serves as Vice-Chair of ALCOSAN (Allegheny County Sanitation Authority), and his experiences there have demonstrated the value of developing sustainable green systems to keep our water flowing and creating new, environmentally friendly jobs.
Corey also knows the importance of keeping regional water systems clean and publicly owned. That’s why he’ll fight against efforts to privatize our water service and ensure continued public oversight of one of our most fundamental utilities and resources.
The benefits of new green infrastructure and a healthy environment shouldn't just be reserved for a few of our neighbors - these investments in our region and in our public health must benefit everyone. That’s why Corey has been a staunch advocate of sustainable solutions to manage local floodwaters through support for ALCOSAN’s Wet Weather Plan and the new Four Mile Run project. These initiatives will also mitigate the effects of costly and destructive landslides and help us adapt to our changing climate.
Landslide and stormwater management isn’t just about preventing or responding to natural event, it’s one of the keys to achieving regional environmental justice. That’s why Corey introduced legislation in 2015 to help vulnerable communities dealing with these issues develop and subsidize green infrastructure.
On City Council, Corey will continue to advance “clean and green” politics to keep our air pure, our water clean, our infrastructure sustainable, and all our neighborhoods protected for the future. Twentieth-century Pittsburgh was defined by gray smog: Corey is determined that - in this new century - our city will be known instead for its green strategies.