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Distinguished Mayors Forum from CMU Energy Week 2018. Photo credit: Carnegie Mellon University

Our Favorite Videos from Carnegie Mellon University’s 2018 Energy Week

In case you missed it, Carnegie Mellon University’s 2018 Energy Week featured a wide variety of national and regional experts on all topics energy!  Some highlights we experienced that you may also enjoy (via already posted video!) included: KEYNOTE – Sustainability: Myth, Madness, and Magic by The Blackstone Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Don Anderson’s approach […]

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stunning river reflection with vibrant colors (building reflected)

So Long, 2016! Here’s Where 2017 is Taking Us!

2017 will bring challenges and opportunities for green buildings and sustainability.  However, we at GBA like to look on the bright side, so here’s some positive perspectives from GBA staff about what we’re excited about in 2017 – along with what we’re proud of accomplishing in 2016. Ryan In 2017, I look forward to finding […]

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Working Harder Than Ever in 2017

As GBA enters its 24th year with 16 staff members; a robust Board, network, membership, & funder set; and mission that continues to be hard to achieve, our work and yours remains more important than ever. Many of you have been with us on this quest for efficiency, cost savings, health, and quality control for […]

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Citywide Building Benchmarking Legislation Approved by Pittsburgh City Council

On October 18, 2016, Pittsburgh’s City Council passed Building Benchmarking legislation (8-0, with 1 member absent). The legislation requires owners of nonresidential buildings over 50,000 square feet (or portions of mixed use buildings with at least 50,000 square feet of nonresidential space) to submit complete whole building energy and water usage to the city on […]

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p4 Pittsburgh Performance Measures

Last week, p4 Pittsburgh released the p4 Performance Measures, which have been in development for all of 2016. The twelve p4 Performance Measures “will help determine investment prioritization for Pittsburgh’s real estate development projects” in the following categories, each of which offers 10 possible points: Community Opportunity Economy Housing Land Public Connect Rainwater Air Energy Innovation […]

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Greenbuild 2016 : Notes from the Field, Summit Day

Greenbuild 2016 is in Los Angeles this week.  The 15th year of  this international green building conference and expo kicked off Tuesday with 3 summits. Some highlights are below: Hanley Foundation gave out its 7th round of Hanley Awards last night: The 2016 Community Service in Sustainability Award (including $25,000) went to Skid Row Housing […]

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Applications Due August 25 for State Grants & Loans for Green Building & Renewable Energy

Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) is now accepting applications for two green building and renewable energy funding programs. The application deadline is August 25, 2016. The programs include: High Performance Green Building Program: Grants and loan funds to support high performance buildings in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania built or renovated by individual homeowners and small […]

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Former GBA Intern Named GreenBiz 30 Under 30!

We are thrilled to share that former GBA intern Angelica Ciranni was just named one of GreenBiz’s 30 Under 30, garnering national recognition for the amazing local, regional, and national work she’s been perpetuating in green buildings! In 2008, Angelica was a civil engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh and a Green Building Alliance intern working […]

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Remembering GBA’s Daimon Lawrence

Every successful organization is comprised of many dedicated, ambitious, and determined people who remain focused on the mission, inspire others to get involved, and work hard to achieve and thrive. Daimon Lawrence, former co-chair of GBA’s Laurel Highlands branch, was no exception. Daimon passed away last week, and with his burial, a small part of Western […]

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