Diversity and Inclusion

Embracing Our Community

At the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, we believe in the power of people and community to help us cultivate, support and implement our work to preserve and protect Western Pennsylvania’s most exceptional places. Great ideas, varying perspectives and forward thinking are essential from all people living in our cities and towns – representing every generation – to help WPC protect waterways, forestland and natural areas, save wildlife, plant trees and gardens, and preserve Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.


We Stand In Solidarity

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy supports the pivotal movement calling for racial and social justice. We stand with the many people in our region and across the country, particularly in the black community, opposing racism, bias and oppression of all kinds.

WPC TreeVitalize planting in Garfield

Diversity and Inclusion

Children volunteer to help plant WPC's community gardens

Engaging Every Generation

Fallingwater offers listening assistance tours

Assisted Listening Tours at Fallingwater

The Conservancy is committed to being a diverse and inclusive organization, as it is part of our organizational core values and strategic plan. By using a number of focused initiatives, educational programming and community partnerships, we aim to continue engaging with and learning from the people and organizations that help make our region stronger and a better place to live, work and explore.

Hiring and recruitment practices for staff and interns

We continue to advance diversity and inclusion practices to recruit and retain a diverse pool of candidates. We also work with community partners and resources to diversify our employment and contract services processes.

Technology and accessibility for all

We are employing technology to enhance the visitor experience at Fallingwater for those with mobility and other physical challenges. Where possible, ADA-accessible parking is available at the natural areas we care for and protect and Fallingwater, so that everyone can explore and enjoy nature. Our headquarters building on Washington’s Landing in Pittsburgh is fully ADA-accessible and provides for ADA-accessible parking. For additional accessibility information, call Cynthia Carrow at 412-586-2316.

Recruiting volunteers from all walks of life

Our robust network of volunteers and partners across the region helps us advance our work in a variety of ways, including planting flowers and trees, building trails and assisting and engaging visitors at Fallingwater. For our volunteer events at our flower gardens, we have special gardening tools available to enable people with disabilities to participate in planting and maintenance.

We recognize that a community-based approach to our work is most effective – to ensure that our work seeks and incorporates diversity and inclusion wherever and whenever possible – to best reflect the region’s values, strengths and needs. To join us as a member, volunteer or learn more, please email info@paconserve.org or call 412-288-2777.