Isaac Smith

Pittsburgh 2030 District Senior Director

Isaac leads the strategy and development of the Pittsburgh 2030 District, the largest in the nation. He benchmarks building performance throughout Western Pennsylvania, advancing innovation at the individual and aggregate levels.   Isaac manages the annual Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report, in addition to providing technical support to critical city developments.


Prior to joining GBA, Isaac worked as a contractor with Pittsburgh 2030 District Founding Partner, BNY Mellon, where he developed a waste management collection pilot program for its local campus.  He implemented the first employee-wide waste audit there, organizing volunteers to sort and weigh desk waste of over 7,000 employees.  In 2013, Isaac was a Student Conservation Association Green Cities Fellow with Sustainable Pittsburgh (a 2030 District Community Partner).  During his fellowship, Isaac helped implement the Sustainable Small Businesses Designation Program, a 10-countywide initiative that recognizes and increases sustainable company practices.  He also organized a Sustainable Small Business “Cash Mob” for the town of Carnegie, resulting in increased sales and exposure for a number of companies.


Isaac holds a B.A. in Sustainability Studies, Community and Urban Development, from Messiah College.  During his time there, he helped lead efforts to develop and shape the newly added sustainability studies major, graduating with the first such degree.  He also advocated for campus-wide composting and recycling, and had the opportunity to study sustainable community development in both New Zealand and Samoa.  If you were to ask Isaac about his time at Messiah College, he would most likely defer to talking about ultimate frisbee, a sport (yes, a sport) he continues to play today.