Author Archive | Stephanie Sikora


Exciting Events at Next Week’s Living Product Expo

Products found in our built environment have a significant impact on human health and well-being, as well as the environment. Understanding more about these products is critical to reducing negative impacts on people and the planet. GBA is excited to partner with the International Living Future Institute to host the second annual Living Product Expo in […]

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Call for applications now open for Community Green Scholars grants

A 2011 McGraw-Hill study conveyed that 71 percent of hiring managers agree that a credential such as the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP gives applicants a competitive advantage in the hiring process. Of more than 1,400 LEED APs surveyed, 80 percent agreed that earning a LEED credential increased their chances of employment. With generous […]

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Mike Gable, Executive Director of Construction Junction

GBA’s 2016 Luminary Award Honoree is Mike Gable

GBA is excited to announce our 2016 Luminary Award honoree: Mike Gable, executive director of Construction Junction. Under Mike’s leadership for all 17 years of its existence, Construction Junction is Western Pennsylvania’s first nonprofit organization to collect and sell used and surplus building materials. Partially seeded in concept by Conservation Consultants, Inc. and Green Building Alliance, […]

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Dr. Jared Cohon

GBA’s 2016 Legacy Award Honoree is Dr. Jared Cohon

GBA is excited to announce our 2016 Legacy Award honoree: Dr. Jared L. Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University’s Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, President Emeritus, and University Professor. As Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) third-longest president and current director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Dr. Cohon has been a […]

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Can we transform the built environment by 2030?

Cities and municipalities are becoming the solution to sustainability through initiatives like Architecture 2030’s 2030 Districts (and GBA’s Pittsburgh 2030 District) and New York City’s Stronger, More Resilient action plan. Throughout the country, and across the world, cities are setting energy efficiency goals and regulatory requirements, striving to meet aggressive reduction targets and drive environmentally responsible behavior. The Pittsburgh 2030 District, comprised […]

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Parksmart Certification Standard

Parksmart Certification Leads Parking Garages Toward High Performance & Sustainability

Third-party certification standards like LEED, Energy Star, Living Building Challenge, and the WELL Building Standard demonstrate a clear focus on designing and building for a more sustainable future. They also establish goals, priorities, and accountability. The new Parksmart Certification Standard extends those goals beyond buildings. Formerly the Green Garage Certification, Parksmart is the first rating system to help […]

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Resilient Pittsburgh

Assessing Pittsburgh’s Resilience

Earlier this year, we told you about the Preliminary Resilience Assessment, which summarizes the risks Pittsburgh faces and the opportunities to strengthen resilience. Now, we’re happy to share the full Assessment, available here! The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation & Performance is taking strides to help our city become more resilient by addressing the […]

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GBA to Feature Carnegie Robotics’ Real-Time Energy Usage as Part of The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series

Direct Energy installs Panoramic power Sensors to Monitor Energy Usage Green Building Alliance (GBA) will present “Technologies and Products Enabling Building Performance,” the second in a series of four events in its The Race to Zero Energy Educational Series: Reaching 2030 Goals on Thursday, June 23, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Carnegie Robotics in Lawrenceville. […]

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Hotel Indigo's Rooftop Garden

Hotel Indigo East Liberty Exemplifies Sustainability in Hospitality

Nestled in Pittsburgh’s burgeoning East Liberty neighborhood, Pittsburgh’s latest boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo, demonstrates the renewal and restoration happening nearby, with an eye on sustainability and efficiency. Comprised of 3 renovated buildings and 1 new addition, the hotel is pursuing LEED Silver certification, preserves local heritage, conserves energy, reuses water, and recycles materials. We’re excited to […]

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USGBC Leed in Motion Report

USGBC Report Shows Industrial Sector Prioritizes LEED, Sustainability in Design and Operations

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s latest report, LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities, highlights the collaborative efforts across the manufacturing sector to design and implement LEED and prioritize environmental stewardship for industrial facilities. The report showcases the most impressive LEED certified industrial facilities in the world and includes a foreword from Pittsburgh’s own Mayor William […]

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