Despite differences in their approach, Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto today announced a partnership with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on streetlight replacement throughout the city. The goal is to switch nearly 40 thousand streetlights to energy-efficient bulbs thereby cutting costs and minimizing the city’s carbon footprint. Peduto says this collaboration is a big step towards the solution. As a result of the partnership, grant money lined up by councilman could still come of use.
Other issues discussed included re-wording the bill to say “energy efficient lighting” instead of “LED” to open up opportunities for different types of lighting. Also, council mulled over the possibility of creating a unified lighting code for the city. A preliminary vote on the bill is set for Wednesday.