Author Archive | Natalie Stewart

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A Googolplex of Renewable Energy

As of December 1st, Google became the single largest corporate purchaser of renewable power in the world, joining 116 other companies that have committed to ‘going 100% renewable.’  It’s tempting to see corporate renewable pledges as a balm to otherwise bleak predictions. But what does ‘going renewable’ actually entail? Are companies like Apple and Amazon […]

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Green Building Alliance Supports Pennsylvania Treasury’s PennSEF Program to Finance Sustainable Innovation in Western Pennsylvania

(Pittsburgh, PA) November 20, 2017 – Continuing nearly a quarter century of work helping buildings become more efficient and healthier, Green Building Alliance (GBA) is helping local organizations access lower cost capital for energy, water, and resiliency upgrades through the statewide Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance (PennSEF) program.  Thanks to a grant from the West Penn […]

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Greenbuild-O-Rama

After a week of non-stop education, networking, and brains to the grindstone nerding out, GBA has returned from the world’s largest gathering of green building professionals, courtesy of the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference. Along with 10,000 of our enthusiastic peers, we attended sessions on everything from green infrastructure to sustainable urban art to slow food for […]

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A Toast to Civic Dialogue

2017 has been a rough year for the world. Just this month, wildfires, hurricanes, and civil war competed for international attention, as if suffering can be measured in degrees of trauma. No one has been untouched by hardship, and there is a palpable weariness in the public conscience. Devastation on such a scale would seem […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Makes a Compelling Case for Urban Sustainability

In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S.  Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]

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Green Building Alliance Honors 4 with Awards Recognizing Roles in Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Transformation

Frick Environmental Center, Majestic Lane, Millvale EcoDistrict, & Michael Kuhn recognized at GBA’s 2017 Emerald Evening Green Building Alliance (GBA) hosted our 2017 Emerald Evening on September 21, providing the opportunity to honor some of the people, projects, and initiatives that are transforming the region’s built environment. This year, GBA presented four awards: Leadership Award: […]

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Millvale EcoDistrict to be honored with Inspiration Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening Gala

Green Building Alliance is thrilled to honor the Millvale EcoDistrict with our Inspiration Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening gala and awards ceremony. With a history of devastating floods and disinvestment, the residents of Millvale are reimagining their community, and building a neighborhood where everyone can thrive. Join us on September 21st as we celebrate their vision, […]

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Pittsburgh Pivots Towards Passive House

Pittsburgh has spent the last forty years greening its economy, initially focused on merely a shift from heavy industry to the less resource intensive health and technology sectors. This change was motivated by economic necessity, but also included public health concerns (if one more person references ‘hell with the lid off’ this author might revolt!). […]

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The Hills are Alive with Solarize Allegheny!

These nonprofit solar experts are making your community greener. Find out if your roof can gleam with new solar panels. Summer is a time for sunburns, sunporches, and, of course, photovoltaic cells. For those of us living in one of Pittsburgh’s charming (read: hilly and tree-lined) neighborhoods, going solar may seem like that European getaway you’ve been pining for […]

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Autonomous Vehicles Reimagined

Imagine if no one on your street owned a car. No one speeds through pedestrian zones, no one runs over your garbage cans. And in fact, your cobbled street just grew by two lanes, because the 90% of time that your car remains parked has been eliminated. This is not a utopian environmental fantasy, nor […]

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