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The Ever Shifting Line

Change is constantly happening around us. In nature as in building, we continually evolve, shaping our choices to the contours of an ever-shifting world. At Green Building Alliance, our work moves with the communities we support. We are constantly rethinking how we create, reconfiguring and redesigning the multitude of pieces that create our vision of […]

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What Happened to Pittsburgh’s Glass Recycling?

On January 1st, 2019, Pittsburgh area recycling bins were rocked by a tremendous scandal. As they waited patiently for curbside pick-up, they were struck by the uncanny notion that something was missing.  As of January 1st, that something was glass. Many residents in the greater Pittsburgh area have by now received notification that glass is […]

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A Letter to the Future

From the very beginning, green building has been an effort of inspired individuals.  Every project and every building can be traced to a particular person who wanted to create something better. The results, of course, are immortalized in concrete, in the stunning and intricate structures that form the fabric of our cities. But the movement […]

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Vivian Loftness on the Future of Architecture

Surrounded by a blooming garden, renowned researcher, author, and educator Professor Vivian Loftness illuminates the future of 21st century building. With a more than 30 year career spanning environmental design, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and indoor environmental health, Dr. Loftness has dedicated her life to ensuring that everyone has access […]

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25 Years of Green Building History

For more than a quarter of a century, Pittsburgh has been building healthier and more environmentally responsible buildings. In September of 1993, a roomful of volunteers decided that Pittsburgh could do better.  Just a few months earlier, a start-up called the US Green Building Council convened its first meeting, and it would be another five years until […]

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Harold Rickenbacker is Engineering Social Equality

Tucked into a university laboratory atop O’Hara Street, Harold Rickenbacker and his career run on tightly calibrated monitors. It’s a demand of his discipline, and in many ways, the self-declared data wonk thrives in an environment of precision and control. But Rickenbacker’s enthusiasm for statistical regressions belies an unusual dedication to the realities outside academic […]

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GBA Escapes the City to Find Community

Last Thursday, a group of GBA members momentarily departed the world. Tucked between train tracks, an asphalt plant, and the Highland Park Bridge, we spent 3 hours with nothing but good food, a local indie band, and each other’s life experiences. And we couldn’t be more thankful. The Choder family has been working on this […]

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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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