Author Archive | Anthony Mendicino

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Environmental Charter School Transforms Vacant Building into Sustainable Middle School

Current and former students of The Environmental Charter School (ECS) joined community members and Mayor Bill Peduto to unveil their new middle school, built out of the historic James E. Rogers Building in Garfield. The school is centered around sustainability for both students and environment, meaning the building, completed in 1914, required extensive reconstruction to […]

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GHSA Emerging Youth Visit the Center for Sustainable Landscapes

Yesterday, our Green and Healthy Schools Academy took their Emerging Youth Program students to one of 17 living buildings in the world, Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL). Phipps’ Meghan Scanlon joined the students to talk about the importance of green buildings and the synergistic nature between the natural world and high-performing buildings. Check […]

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The Art of Advocating with Mel Chin

Mel Chin has been creating art for decades, spanning the cultural, social, and political environments of each period while leaving his unique, lasting mark. Each piece his own commentary on a moment in time, a lesson on what it means to be human and feel. The recently named MacArthur Genius awardee brought those lessens to […]

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Erie’s Sustainable Evolution

The shores of Lake Erie were lined with people, all looking out for a glimpse of the Tall Ships. It’s a yearly occurrence that attracts residents and onlookers from around the region, giving the whole town an economic jolt. The ships’ visit are a constant in a city that is rapidly changing, both in infrastructure […]

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DMI is Manufacturing Sustainability in the Mon Valley

Formerly the heart of steel country, the Mon Valley has seen some of the worst economic decline in Western Pennsylvania. Its once bustling main streets fell dormant as factories, companies, and residents left. The hearty soul of the Mon Valley outlasted the factories, and the same spirit of innovation that smelted the steel that built […]

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Malik Bankston’s Lifelong Love of Larimer

As a young Malik Bankston trekked along Larimer Avenue on his way to the East End Library, he’d walk through the smells of fresh bread and cigar smoke in the then bustling Italian American neighborhood. More than a literary education, Mr. Bankston discovered the fabric that holds communities together. Mr. Bankston’s life is his calling, […]

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The Powerful Women Behind Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Movement

Pittsburgh’s transformation is being led by a powerful network of women, femme, and non-binary bosses. Large parts of the city are being reinvented thanks to a group of boundary pushers. Green Building Alliance invites you to celebrate those that have had an outsize impact, but a voice less heard.  Through lectures, panel discussions, and table […]

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GBA Executive Director Jenna Cramer Wins 2019 Living Future Hero Award

GBA is excited to announce that Jenna Cramer has been awarded a 2019 Living Future Hero Award by The International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The award recognizes individuals in the fields of regenerative design who have advanced the Living Future programs and broader mission. The ten award winners go above and beyond expectations in environmental […]

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Be My Neighbor – Building Equity in the Steel City

“Mister Rogers Neighborhood” debuted in 1966 to a Pittsburgh that was about to embark on a total economic overhaul. Its foundation as the world’s mecca of steel manufacturing was shaken by a shifting world economy that would send Pittsburgh into economic upheaval. While Mr. Rogers began asking, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” neighborhoods throughout the […]

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Tami Dixon and the Art of Storytelling

For Tami Dixon, the world is her theatre. As the Principal Creative and Co-Founder of Bricolage Production Company in Pittsburgh, she’s brought countless stories of quirk to Pittsburgh audiences, in addition to acting, writing, and directing virtually any sort of interactive experience. We discuss how she fell in love with the arts, her critically acclaimed […]

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