Author Archive | Jodi McKinney

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Out of the Ashes-the Greenest of the Green is Born

An Interview with John Brooks, BRINC Building Products Always a builder and construction person at heart, former Lumber Grader John Brooks spent two years of his “spare” time as a young, single dad remodeling his home in the small town of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  John had full custody of his two children – 7 and 8 […]

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Connecting and Creating for Beautiful, Sustainable Places with Monmade

  Most everybody wants to do the right thing if they can.  This includes professionals in the built environment – developers, builders, interior designers, and architects.   But it’s not always easy to know where to go or how to do it. Connecting That’s where the genius of Monmade comes in. Originally a nonprofit program of […]

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When Given a Choice of Where to Go, We Voted with our Feet and Went Outside

Gratitude for PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources It’s been a challenging year since last spring at this time, when life as many of us knew it was suddenly disrupted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Pennsylvania state law mandated orders to shelter in place, self-quarantine, and practice social distancing.  Local, national, and international […]

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Welcome and Meet Green Building Alliance’s Newest Board Members

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader… they set out to make a difference.  It’s never about the role – always about the goal.” – Lisa Haisha Green Building Alliance (GBA) is extremely fortunate to be led by a carefully selected board of directors that represents diverse perspectives, skill sets, and expertise from […]

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Member Spotlight: FILTECH, INC.

  Many a true word is spoken in jest.  Just ask the folks at Filtech Inc., air filtration specialists located in Pittsburgh, PA, where they amusingly refer to themselves as “filter geeks.”  Never have “filter geeks” been cooler than during the recent COVID-19 pandemic! “Prior to the pandemic, many commercial office building, school and university, […]

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GBA Member Spotlight: David Landis, EPIC Metals

  Sustainability for EPIC Metals began right from the very beginning.  Fifty-three years ago in 1968, Donald Landis, Founder of EPIC Metals and father of current President David Landis, purchased a trolley barn in Rankin (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania that was built in 1900 and recycled it into EPIC’s first manufacturing facility. EPIC’s modern sustainability efforts began […]

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The Transformation of the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny into MuseumLab – A Beautiful Ruin

What happens when you take a team of museum professionals and combine them with architects and contractors that have a shared interest in inspirational problem solving, mixed with the hope to discover and reinstate the historic architecture of a building that had been dampened by a 1970’s renovation? You get MuseumLab – A special place […]

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of John C. (Jack) Mascaro

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of John C. (Jack) Mascaro At Green Building Alliance, we join the construction community and our region in mourning the loss of John C. (Jack) Mascaro. An early adopter of sustainable building in Pittsburgh, Jack was an innovator, a change-maker, and lifelong learner. Jack was personally dedicated to creating sustainable […]

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