WPC Brings Trees and Flowers to Convention Center for G-20 Summit

The convention center.

With funding from the Colcom Foundation, WPC helped Pittsburgh prepare for G-20 by planting 39 trees, 277 shrubs and hundreds of plants and flowers at the David L Lawrence Convention Center.

The project is one of several greening efforts led or supported by WPC and its volunteers in preparation for the G-20 Summit.

“This project creates a vibrant entrance to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center that is consistent with the emerging public image of Pittsburgh as a ‘green’ city,” said Tom Saunders, president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. “The Conservancy has played an important role in the green transformation of Pittsburgh over the decades, so we were very pleased to carry out this signature project through the generous support of the Colcom Foundation.”

Mary Conturo, executive director of the Sports and Exhibition Authority, said, “The Conservancy and the Colcom Foundation approached us right after the announcement of the G-20 event and offered to help with the improvement of the 10th and Penn Entrance to the Convention Center by adding plantings and greenery. They took on the project from beginning to end. We are very appreciative of the wonderful addition they have made to the building landscape and believe it will significantly improve the impact the building will have on those visiting the City during the summit.”

Also in preparation for the Pittsburgh Summit, the Conservancy:

The convention center.

The Convention Center and downtown greening projects were led by Arthur DeMeo, director of greenspace services, whose experience includes significant urban greening initiatives in New York City. Volunteer Coordinator Lynn McGuire-Olzak managed the contributions of WPC’s volunteers.

Widely known throughout the region for its community greening projects, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy began its urban greening work in Pittsburgh began during the 1940s. At the time, the organization initiated a project to landscape Bigelow Boulevard after a landslide. The project included the addition of trees, vines and shrubs to a once-barren streetscape. Over the decades, the Conservancy carried out numerous projects to add needed greenery and flowers to Pittsburgh communities. Today, the Conservancy beautifies downtown Pittsburgh with hundreds of flower baskets and planters; brightens communities throughout the region with 140 community flower gardens; adds greenery to Pittsburgh public schools; and plants trees through the TreeVitalize program.