Author Archive | Natalie Stewart


GBA Turns Over a Newly Branded Leaf

Summer is the season for gardening metaphors, and we environmental nonprofits are perhaps the most flagrant puntificators. Our methods are rooted in collaboration, our ideas seeded and cultivated until they flourish. And so in the spirit of this toasty June day, we are pulling on our hiking boots and venturing into the field of creativity, […]

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Jenna Cramer & Dr. Aurora Sharrard Are Taking on New Positions in Sustainability

Sustainability leader Jenna Cramer has been promoted to Executive Director of Green Building Alliance, while the University of Pittsburgh tapped GBA’s Dr. Aurora Sharrard as the first-ever Director of Sustainability. PITTSBURGH, June 7, 2018 – Two of the region’s top sustainability leaders are taking on new positions in Pittsburgh. An established leader in the green […]

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Designing a Living Building… on Mars

The premise was simple. Design an ultra-efficient net-zero energy and net-zero water building to withstand -50 F degree temperatures and 150 mile per hour winds. Straightforward, no? As an added note, not much is known to have survived in this subarctic climate, and water must be shipped from a far-off land. This is not in […]

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Women in Green: We’ve All Been There

A group of 180 women and female allies gathered last Friday, and we’re all a little speechless. Every woman had a story to share — of defeats and challenges and hopes and victories. And though we each arrived by our own winding path, there was quiet understanding that yes, we have all been there. The […]

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Before I Die, I Want to Create Places that Matter

Pittsburgh is a city of places. Every cobbled alley has witnessed life, each precariously perched house somehow forming a part of our collective memory. It is tempting to understand the built environment as the realization of urban plans and architectural schematics. And in many ways, stones and concrete shape how we interact with space, where […]

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Green and Healthy Schools Across the Nation

In the multidisciplinary world of healthy schools, there is a dizzying number of webinars, classes, and conferences to sharpen your impact. Of course, making the time to sort through that wealth of knowledge can be a project in and of itself, and educators often have the hardest time prioritizing their own development. So we took […]

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Westinghouse vs. Edison: Pittsburgh’s Energy Redux

More than a century after Pittsburgh dominated electrical innovation, the city is once again lighting the way towards energy reinvention. The Energy Grid Research and Infrastructure Development (GRID) Institute, launched by the University of Pittsburgh, boasts one of the most technically sophisticated testing laboratories in the country, and leads the nation’s efforts to develop micro-grid […]

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Michelle Fanzo: On Storytelling and the Power of Place

Michelle Fanzo has worn many hats throughout her illustrious career, working in international development, urban sustainability, and public health. After traveling the world multiple times over, she now returns as the executive director of AIA Pittsburgh.  Despite her overwhelming accomplishments, we couldn’t help but ask this former journalist about the power of a truly good story. […]

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