Author Archive | Natalie Stewart

Tesla and Westinghouse Exhibit at Chicago International Fair

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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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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Pittsburgh at night

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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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 Biosphere Headquarters

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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Emerald Evening group photo

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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