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Green Buildings Take Center Stage as World Counts Down to COP26: An Interview with United Nations’ Scott Foster

Today marks 100 days to COP26, a global summit hosted by the United Nations to discuss how countries are tackling climate change. COP stands for the Conference of Parties, and the COP summits are attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994. This year’s summit is the 26th […]

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In Solidarity for Racial Justice – Today, Tomorrow, Always

America is facing two major crises today – COVID-19 and racism.    This current global pandemic has lifted the mask on society and made the invisible visible – the complete interconnectedness of our social, human health, environmental, and economic systems. Although deeply interconnected, the threads that hold our societies together are weak because we have built power, economies, cultures, communities, and systems on foundations of injustice and inequality. […]

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GBA Postpones Events

UPDATED: At Green Building Alliance, we strive to build sustainable communities where everyone can thrive. As part of that mission, health and safety is of prime concern. In light of the recent updates regarding the spread of COVID-19, GBA is suspending all our events in April and the 2019 Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report originally […]

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Welcoming New Pittsburgh 2030 District Director Isaac Smith

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Angelica Ciranni, GBA’s longest tenured 2030 District Director. Under her leadership, the Pittsburgh 2030 District   set national standards for performance, fueled by a dedicated network of partners across Western Pennsylvania. Angelica has left an indelible mark on GBA, but we are equally excited as […]

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We Stand in Unity

On behalf of Green Building Alliance, we are heartbroken by the recent tragedy at Tree of Life Congregation. We are deeply troubled by the rhetorical and physical acts of violence that have taken place across our nation and now in our own community.  We believe that an injustice to any of us is an injustice […]

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A Conversation on Handprinting and Social Equity

This article first appeared in Trim Tab.  This is the story of potential. It’s about social equity and environmental healing, it’s about collaboration, and most of all, it’s about a transformational moment. You will hear three different sides of the story,  each with a particular yet universal experience.  Our cast of characters includes Dr. Chuck Herring, […]

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Environmental Justice & Civic Conversation

“I believe we can change the world if we start listening to one another again.  Simple, honest, human conversation.  Not mediation, negotiation, problem-solving, debate, or public meetings.  Simple, truthful conversation where we each have a chance to speak, we each feel heard, and we each listen well.”  — Margaret Wheatley On January 17, 1971, John […]

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Chartiers Valley School District is charting new territory for school design and construction

At a recent Green and Healthy Schools Academy event, representatives from the Chartiers Valley School District administration, facility designer IKM Inc., and the Green & Healthy Schools Academy spoke about what makes the new Chartiers Valley Middle and High Schools project innovative and unique, and why all schools should be considering this type of approach. […]

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The 2016 Living Product Expo: A Not-to-Miss Experience

Products found in our built environment have a significant impact on human health and well-being, along with the environment. Understanding more about these products – such as what they are made of, where their material components come from, and their manufacturing processes – is critical to reducing negative impacts on people and the planet.  If […]

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