The Living Future Collaborative is a diverse collective of professionals committed to creating ecologically restorative, socially just, and culturally rich places in and around the city of Pittsburgh. GBA is proud to help facilitate the Pittsburgh chapter of the Living Future Collaborative to encourage and support community members pursuing the Living Building Challenge and other programs of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
The Collaborative was formed to serve as a resource to members interested in pursuing one of these programs. Members of the Collaborative include those that have successfully completed an ILFI program, those looking for more information on how to get started, and everyone in between.
The Pittsburgh Living Future Collaborative is co-facilitated by Patricia Culley and Leslie Montgomery, in partnership with Benson Gabler and Alex Co of the International Living Future Institute. If you would like to get involved or learn more, please email Leslie Montgomery for more details.
Patricia Culley is an Associate Principal with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, an award-winning national architecture firm. Her approach to architecture centers on the balance between thoughtful design and environmental consciousness, creating buildings representative of their unique program and place.
Committed to advancing dialogue within the industry, she volunteers her time locally and nationally on issues related to design, sustainability, biophilia, and equity. Patricia is also a member of the Green Building Alliance Board of Directors.
Leslie Montgomery is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of all of GBA’s education- and networking-related events. She is a trainer for the LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course and GPRO Operations & Maintenance course. Leslie also supports GBA’s other programs in hosting their events, including the organization’s special events. In addition to supporting the Living Future Collaborative, she also co-facilitates GBA’s Women+ in Green network and oversees the Sustainability Leadership Lab.
Alex Co supports the Declare and Living Product Challenge programs through certification, customer service and research and development. He also continues to coordinate activities of the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, working with manufacturers to envision and create products that give back more than they take, in the Pittsburgh region and beyond.
Alex draws from training in chemistry, toxicology and life cycle assessment alongside business and non-profit consulting experience that contributes to a vision of environmental justice through the right to healthy and regenerative products for all.
Benson Gabler manages the Pittsburgh Living Product Hub, which ILFI launched in April 2017 to support the region’s growth of green manufacturing and regenerative product design. A Pittsburgh native, Benson is excited to build ILFI’s presence in the region and work with local manufacturers to pursue the Declare and Living Product Challenge programs.
Benson has spent the past twelve years studying and implementing different approaches to environmental management, including the past eight years directing the corporate sustainability program for The PNC Financial Services Group.