Pittsburgh Needs a Court of Ideas: Happy Cities, Part II

May 22nd, 2015

This is the second of two blogs about Charles Montgomery: the first one recapped his talk at the Inspire Speakers Series on May 14; this one is about his book, Happy City, and includes more of my own reactions and reflections. This article is not meant as a synopsis and makes no claim of completenes[...]

Pittsburgh #20 on ACEEE’s 2015 City Scorecard

May 21st, 2015

Just in -- Pittsburgh is #20 on ACEEE’s 2015 City Scorecard.  This is a jump up from our #25 ranking on the 2013 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard (the last year the scorecard was updated) -- and the shift up 5 spots even comes even as the comparison field broadened (including 51 cities for 2015, whe[...]

Yes to Green Building in Yekaterinburg

May 21st, 2015

Following our very productive and memorable visit to Perm, my colleagues and I headed to Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city and the political capital of the Ural Mountains. What an absolutely beautiful and intriguing city! While we spent much of our time in Perm with academics and researche[...]

My Favorite Things: Happy Cities, Part I

May 18th, 2015

Dear Reader - I am writing two blogs about Charles Montgomery, this one about his talk at the Inspire Speakers Series, which is more direct reporting, and then another one about his book, Happy City, which will include my own reactions and reflections. Inspire Speakers Series Charles entertained a[...]


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