GTECH, (Growth Through Energy and Community Health) a non-profit spin-off out of CMU, will be planting bio-fuel crops on 3 sites in East Liberty that are currently blighted, vacant lots. GTECH, along with community youth, will maintain sunflower and canola crops, which are then harvested to create bio-diesel fuel. East Liberty will be the test model for this program, ideally moving the model to other neighborhoods.
This project is being funded by the Sprout Fund ENGAGE grant through the “Lots of Green” Initiative, which GTECH and ELDI received in late June.
Check out their recent article in the Post Gazette.