I applaud state Auditor General Jack Wagner's call for a "Green Pennsylvania" (March 18 Perspectives). As a recent transplant to Pittsburgh from San Francisco, I recognized Pittsburgh's growing green ethic as a powerful enticement to make the move -- but throughout the process I have faced countless curious questioners from both cities who ask, "Why on earth would you leave San Francisco for Pittsburgh?" I have responded with stories of Pittsburgh's affordable housing, strong community and "small-town feel with big-city perks."
Most importantly, however, as a 34-year-old entrepreneur, I am thrilled by the possibility of helping to turn Pittsburgh into a green technology powerhouse. For me and countless others like me, green equals opportunity. We see that the only palatable future is one in which green ethics and practices dominate culture, politics and industry.
The degree to which Pittsburgh establishes itself as a visionary proponent of a green economy will determine its success in attracting and retaining the young people who will undoubtedly create that new economy. A green State Office Building would be a great start down that path, and I look forward to seeing this and many other green initiatives continue to redefine our region in a powerful, sustainable direction.
The writer is co-producer of YERT -- Your Environmental Road Trip, a 50-state eco-documentary tour that launched from Pittsburgh (http://www.yert.com).