Author Archive | Mary Schrag


The Silver Lining: Majestic Lane

“How can people of all races, ages, and backgrounds see Pittsburgh as a city that makes them strong, a city that opens their eyes to global realities, while still being on the ground?” As the City of Pittsburgh’s Deputy Chief of Neighborhood Empowerment, Majestic Lane supports the health and vibrancy of Pittsburgh’s 90 neighborhoods. His […]

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Majestic Lane to Receive Luminary Award at Emerald Evening 2017

Green Building Alliance is delighted to honor Majestic Lane with our 2017 Luminary Award at this year’s Emerald Evening gala and awards ceremony. Majestic has dedicated his career to creating thriving communities and his ability to inspire change has benefited all 90 of Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods.  On September 21, we will celebrate his leadership in sustainability […]

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Here’s What’s New: LEED Certified Buildings in Pittsburgh

When it comes to green buildings, Pittsburgh finished 2016 with a bang, and we’re off to a strong start this year! A plethora of projects have been certified with LEED or ENERGY STAR® ratings. We’ve highlighted some of these projects below. In Larimer, three single-family homes have been LEED Platinum certified, at 241, 247, and 249 […]

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We LOVE Our Members!

Really, we do. We are inspired by your dedication to creating a sustainable future for Western Pennsylvania that is socially just, economically viable, and environmentally responsible. Thanks to our members and supporters, we are making positive, measurable change in our region — dramatically reducing energy use, water use, and carbon emissions throughout Pittsburgh; nurturing a […]

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All-Seasons’ Inspire Speakers Series Survey

GBA wants to hear your feedback and stories about our Inspire Speakers Series! After four years of the Inspire Speakers Series, GBA would like to gather feedback from attendees in order to assess the impact of this program. Impact goes beyond just number of attendees at each event, and can include new partnerships, projects, initiatives, […]

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Financing Strategies for the Race to Zero Energy

Our fourth and final “Race to Zero Energy” session was held at Google’s Pittsburgh Office in Bakery Square on August 25. We heard presentations about financing opportunities and strategies from project team members and funders. These experts gave insight into different types of loans, grants, and other funding that they use or provide for their sustainable […]

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Living Building Challenge: Project Updates

Created by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a holistic and incredibly rigorous building certification – so rigorous, in fact, that only 11 buildings in the world have achieved full LBC certification. One of those buildings is right here in Pittsburgh: the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) at Phipps […]

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Higher Education Cultivates a Sustainable Future

Higher education institutions play an influential role in the health, resilience, and future of our region. Pittsburgh’s universities are sustainability leaders on many levels: ideologically, in the ways they teach; operationally, in the ways they use energy and run their buildings; and locally, in the ways they interact with their communities. Colleges and universities directly […]

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An Evening in Erie – The Energy Around Sustainability

A few weeks ago, Leslie Montgomery and I made the 2.5-hour trek to Erie for the Erie County Energy Efficiency Call to Action event, featuring the New LEED Erie Insurance Training Center and Erie Art Museum, coordinated by GBA’s Erie branch chair Guy McUmber. Because I’m new to Pennsylvania and the building world, the trip […]

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Spectrum Charter School: A Local Success Story of a Culture of Sustainability

At first sight, Spectrum Charter School seemed like many other schools, albeit smaller. As we followed Spectrum’s Principal Jenni Carpenter into our first class visit of the day, we realized that Spectrum Charter School approaches education differently, and calling Spectrum ordinary or traditional would be a serious mistake.  If you have ever spent much time […]

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