Author Archive | Quinn Zeagler

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Encouragement from a Green Patriarch, Living Building Challenges, and More

The historic Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, site of the popular Greek Food Festival, hosted Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners for the December Partner Meeting. In addition to learning what drives their efforts, we also heard from the Watt Choices Public Agency Partnership Program, the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Sustainability & Resilience, and from the […]

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The Fourth Metric: Indoor Air Quality and the Pittsburgh 2030 District

If you’re familiar with the Pittsburgh 2030 District, you can probably name the goals of the 2030 Challenge for Planning off the top of your head: 50% reductions (below baselines) for energy, water, and transportation emissions for existing buildings. But did you know that the Pittsburgh 2030 District has indoor air quality as a fourth […]

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One Hundred Property Partners = Milestone Success!

The Pittsburgh 2030 District hit another major milestone on October 21, adding YWCA Greater Pittsburgh as its 100th Property Partner! Besides committing its headquarters located on Wood Street in Downtown Pittsburgh, the YWCA also plans to implement lessons learned through participation at locations in Homewood-Brushton and Allison Park. Located in Pittsburgh since 1867, YWCA Greater […]

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Illuminating the Way Toward Greener Parking Garages

In the business of energy efficiency, one type of structure that uses a great deal of energy might not come to mind first – a parking garage. In many cases, parking garage lights are on 24 hours a day, seven days a week – even when the buildings are totally unoccupied. As a result, garages’ […]

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Pittsburgh’s Water, Rivers, and the Smart City Challenge

The Pittsburgh 2030 District June Partner Meeting took Partners on a stroll through the lush exhibits of Phipps Conservatory and onto the green roof of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Nearly 60 Partners gathered to hear about the hopeful solutions, and challenges, to sustainable development at Phipps, along Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, and throughout the city’s transportation […]

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Energy Conservation Opportunities, Passive Strategies, and the State of Downtown

Almost 50 Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners convened at the iconic One PPG Place to dig into topics of critical importance to the economic vitality and future of Pittsburgh, with detailed information on methodologies for opportunity discovery, passive strategies, and the State of Downtown Pittsburgh. Hosted by Highwoods Properties, the May 24th Partner Meeting provided a […]

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Passive Strategies a Critical Component in the Race to Zero Energy

We kicked off our Race to Zero Energy series on May 12th with a panel of experts who shared their perspectives and recommendations on passive strategies to reduce energy consumption in buildings. Laura Nettleton, of the sustainable architecture and design firm Thoughtful Balance, kicked off the panel by explaining the meaning of passive house with a […]

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What We Learned: March 2030 District Partner Meeting

More than 55 Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners packed the house on the top floor of the United Steelworkers building, contemplating topics of critical importance to the economic vitality and future of Pittsburgh, with detailed information on new electrical technologies and their impact on commercial buildings. Hosted by Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, the March 15 Partner […]

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Energy Efficiency Upgrade Challenges, Disclosure Legislation, and Indoor Air Quality Pilot

Each month, the Pittsburgh 2030 District holds a Partner Meeting convening Property Partners, Community and Resource Partners, sponsors and other stakeholders to discuss the latest relevant happenings and information. Meetings are held in a different location within the District’s two boundaries, Downtown and Oakland, giving building representatives an opportunity to share their successes and challenges, […]

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This Winter, Use Environmentally Friendlier De-Icer, and Don’t Forget to Care for Trees

It’s been a mild fall but in the near future, homeowners, businesses, and municipalities will be removing snow and ice from sidewalks, parking lots, and roadways. Owners and property managers know that snow removal is critical for safety reasons. There is, however, one more safety concern to take into account – the safety of our […]

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