Keeping Your Neighborhood Clean and Safe


A clean neighborhood is good for the environment, beneficial for residents (especially children), and, perhaps most importantly, helps to grow property values and community investment.  Below are links to organizations dedicated to keeping the City of Pittsburgh clean and safe.

Graffiti and Tagging

Pittsburgh Department of Public Works

The mission of the Pittsburgh Department of Public Works is to affect a high quality City-wide infrastructure of roadways, bridges, walls, pedestrian walkways and ancillary structures that are safe, affordable, functional, attractive, balanced, and sensitive to the needs and priorities of the City’s neighborhoods. Graffiti can be reported by calling 311 or by filling out the online form at the DPW website.


Public Works
301 City-County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Cleaning and Greening

GTECH Strategies

Growth Through Energy & Community Health (GTECH) Strategies is a nonprofit social enterprise investing in community revitalization through green economic development initiatives.

They partner with community organizations, service providers, and public agencies  to develop and implement community-based projects that include vacant land management, green infrastructure, weatherization and retrofitting, deconstruction, residual waste reuse, and biofuel production.


214 North Lexington Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15208


Responding to an alarming trend of the loss of trees in Pennsylvania’s metropolitan areas, TreeVitalize is a public-private partnership to help restore tree cover, educate citizens about planting trees as an act of caring for our environment, and build capacity among local governments to understand, protect and restore their urban trees.

Grow Pittsburgh

Grow Pittsburgh’s mission is to to demonstrate, teach and promote responsible urban food production.  They accomplish this in four ways: Growing food, training farmers, being involved in the community, and building green project capacity.


5429 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

 Allegheny CleanWays

Allegheny CleanWays’ mission is to engage and empower residents to eliminate litter and illegal dumping in Allegheny County.  Last year, they celebrated a decade of work in the county by removing 211 tons of debris from the City of Pittsburgh. Allegheny CleanWays also provides communities throughout the county with supplies (gloves, bags, safety vests, equipment, etc) and training to conduct large and small cleanups of their community.

Myrna Newman

Allegheny CleanWays of PA
33 Terminal Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219



Western PA Conservancy

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations. The Conservancy creates green spaces and gardens, contributing to the vitality of our cities and towns, and preserves Fallingwater, a symbol of people living in harmony with nature.


800 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Block Watch Resources

National Night Out

Along with the traditional display of outdoor lights and front porch vigils, cities, towns and neighborhoods ‘celebrate’ NNO with a variety of events and activities such as:

  • block parties,
  • cookouts,
  • visits from local police and sheriff departments
  • parades, exhibits,
  • flashlight walks,
  • contests, and
  • youth programs.

NNO has proven to be an effective, inexpensive and enjoyable program to promote neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships in our fight for a safer nation. Plus, the benefits your community will derive from NNO will most certainly extend well beyond the one night.


1 Wynnewood Road, Suite 102
PO Box 303
Wynnewood, PA 19096
800-NITE-OUT / 610-649-7055
Fax: 610-649-5456

How to Start a Block Watch

This link will open a PDF Brochure called “How to start a Neighborhood Block Watch,” which was created by the Chief of Police and Mayor of Pittsburgh.  It gives local tips on how to get started, and tips on running a successful Block Watch.

Neighborhood Watch Program

Neighborhood Watch is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most well-known crime prevention programs in history. While the modern day concept of program rose to prominence in the late 1960s in response to an increasing burglary rate, the roots of Neighborhood Watch can actually be traced all the way back to the days of Colonial settlements, when night watchmen patrolled the streets. The modern version of the Neighborhood Watch Program was developed as a result of the multiple requests from sheriffs and police chiefs around the country who were looking for a crime prevention program that would incorporate citizen involvement and address the increasing number of burglaries taking place, especially in rural and suburban areas.


National Sheriffs’ Association
1450 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia

Block Watch Groups in Pittsburgh

This link will take you to the Pittsburgh Community Safety website, which has a comprehensive list of block watch groups in Pittsburgh divided by zones.  Information on each group will vary, but the majority will have a brief history, meeting location and time, and neighborhoods which they serve.

If you have a suggestion of an organization that should be included on this list, please contact us.