Author Archive | Ellen Conrad


Healthy Buildings, Healthy Occupants: Point Park University

Motivation: Protect occupant health and safety Social/Environmental Benefits: Improve indoor air quality, improve occupant health, increase productivity Project Team: Christopher Hill, Vice President of Operations at Point Park University; Joe Burgunder, Mid-Atlantic Services Team Leader, TRANE Point Park University (PPU) responded to COVID-19 by moving to online education and establishing a task force to develop […]

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2020 Progress Report: Plug Load Reduction at Community College of Allegheny County

Motivation: Energy reduction, cost savings  Social/Environmental Benefits: Less energy, lower carbon emissions  Building Area Affected: 1,500,000 ft2  Project Team: Tim Myers, IT System Administrator; Elaine Sadowski, Director of Energy and Sustainability  The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) dramatically saved energy through a network-wide power management system which put unused computers to sleep.  In many offices and computer labs, computers […]

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January is National Radon Month

The research is clear–healthy schools are foundational to student and staff health, healthy child development, and academic performance. As a society, we want nothing more than for our schools to be safe places of growth and learning! But what do we mean by a “healthy” building? One of the most prominent environmental health concerns is […]

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Teaching the Next Generation of Climate Leaders

Young people are grabbing the mic from adults on climate change, evidenced by the numerous young people around the globe mobilizing for swift climate action. The Global Youth Climate Strike on September 20th, 2019 and the weekly Fridays for the Future protests (from noon-4pm at the City-County Building on Grant St.) are just a couple […]

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