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We are please to announce that Pennsylvania’s first “green burial only” cemetery, Penn Forest Natural Burial Park, has opened in Penn Hills, close to Verona and Oakmont, just outside of Pittsburgh.

To learn more, please visit their website or download their one-page flyer.



'Green’ or 'natural’ burial is a method that supports the earth's ecosystem instead of damaging it as traditional methods do. In green burial no toxic chemical embalming fluids are used. Caskets, if used at all, are made of biodegradable materials. The body is buried close to the ground surface, so it nourishes plant growth as it decomposes. Grave markers are either native stones, laid flat on the ground, or plants such as shrubs or trees.


Pine Coffin in Woodland Setting *

Natural Stone Marker *


* Photographs courtesy of Memorial Ecosystems, Inc.

To promote green burial, a group of people in Pittsburgh has formed a nonprofit corporation, called Green Burial Pittsburgh, Inc. (GBP), which expands our city’s green vision to include Green Burials.  GBP is working with organizations and individuals to promote the establishment of woodland green cemeteries in Western Pennsylvania. In addition, we are actively promoting green burial at existing cemeteries, and we provide public education on green burial.

Learn more about Green Burial Pittsburgh and how you can get involved by visiting the links on the left-hand column. We also encourage you to talk to us today or donate to our organization.




Last modified on: June 29, 2011