Join Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for the return of the Inspire Speakers Series! This monthly lecture circuit features nationally renowned experts in various fields of sustainability, as well as local specialists who can share experiences from the environmental front lines in Western Pennsylvania.
>> Thursday, March 13
National Guest: Bob Berkebile, Principal, BNIM Architects
Bob is a pioneer in regenerative design and in green building. A founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council and of AIA’s Committee on the Environment, Bob has been recognized by the Heinz Foundation for his role in promoting green building practices.
Local Guest: Amy Piccirilli, Sustainability Coordinator, YMCA
>> Thursday, April 10
National Guest: Dr. John Francis, Author, Planetwalker: 22 Years of Walking. 17 Years of Silence.
John Francis spent more than 20 years walking and sailing around the world to spread a message of sustainability – for 17 of those years, he didn’t speak a word! Now he is using his words to inspire change as well as his actions, and we have a chance to listen!
Local Guest: YOU! Visit our Call for Proposals page for more information about this exciting opportunity to present alongside Dr. John Francis.
>> Thursday, May 15
National Guest: Col. Mark Mykleby, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
Mark Mykleby is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. Now a senior fellow at the New America Foundation, he is working towards a “grand strategy of sustainability” for our nation in the 21st century.
Local Guest: Bill Peduto, Mayor of Pittsburgh
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Past Events this Season:
The Art of Environmental Health One Artist’s Attempt to Bridge the Gap Between Art, Science, and Community Action
National Guest: Natalie Jeremijenko, Faculty, NYU Steinhardt
Natalie is an artist and engineer who strives to make the sometimes abstract issue of environmental health more achievable. She blends art, engineering, environmentalism, and biochemistry to create real-life experiments that enable social change.
Local Guest: Bobby Vagt, President & CEO, Heinz Endowments
The Power of People Uncovering the Human Potential in Achieving True Sustainability
National Guest: Jim Hartzfeld, Former Managing Director, InterfaceRAISE & Former Chair, USGBC
Jim is a pioneer in the sustainability industry, having worked with legendary Ray Anderson at Interface – one of the first U.S. companies to full integrate sustainability into its culture. Jim offers a successful example of true leadership and a “do-it-yourself” attitude towards making real change happen.
How Schools and Community Institutions Can Utilize the Surrounding Community to Enhance Education and Engage Our Youth
National Guest: David Sobel, Faculty, Antioch University
David Sobel is the “father of place-based education” and shares insight into ways that we can all find inspiration from place and by keeping our “feet in the clouds.” David demonstrates how we can all learn from our surroundings.