Author Archive | Stephanie Sikora


Patience & Collaboration: The Process for Achieving High Performing Schools

At GBA, we foster and celebrate buildings that are healthy and high performing, have minimal effects on the environment, and raise the bar for performance. Our Green and Healthy Schools Academy (GHSA) works with educators, administrators, students, and community members to bring innovative, inclusive, collaborative, inspiring places of learning into our region’s schools. The Chartiers […]

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Green Building Alliance Receives Grant to Increase Passive House & Net Zero Energy Adoption

Green Building Alliance is thrilled to receive a $25,000 grant from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund to educate building owners about the benefits of net zero energy and Passive House methods, train students and practitioners for commercial sector implementation of these approaches, and deliver Certified Passive House Designer trainings through the Passive House Institute […]

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GBA’s Pittsburgh 2030 District Honored with Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is delighted to be honored with the 2016 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award for its innovation and effectiveness in making a positive impact on Western Pennsylvania’s environment. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness, and results in making an impact on the environment, and touts the Pittsburgh 2030 District for working […]

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From Gloom and Doom to Hope and (Climate) Change

The Inspire Speakers Series season finale exemplified the goal of the entire program – to share, engage, connect, and inspire action. Internationally acclaimed environmentalist, author, and sustainability pioneer Paul Hawken, along with Dr. Joylette Portlock, president of Pittsburgh nonprofit Communitopia, delivered motivating, science-based, solution-focused inspiration to a sold-out audience of more than 200 people last week. […]

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Covestro BrightSpace in the Works at Energy Innovation Center

Thanks to Covestro, LLC’s new sponsorship with the Energy Innovation Center (EIC), Pittsburgh will soon have a new, innovative, efficient and beautiful meeting space in the Uptown neighborhood. The 2,150 sq. ft. conference room will be complemented with a 725 sq. ft. adjoining classroom, overlooking the Allegheny River. Many of Covestro’s high-tech materials have been […]

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New Environmental Engineering Major Created at University of Pittsburgh

As the demand for energy grows and the human impact on natural resources like fresh water becomes more profound, public and private entities are relying on environmental engineers to address current and future challenges facing our society. In order for its students to capitalize on this changing job market, the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School […]

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Internationally Acclaimed Environmentalist, Author, Sustainability Pioneer to Deliver Inspiring Lecture in Pittsburgh

Paul Hawken will discuss project Drawdown and hold book signing Green Building Alliance will host world-renowned Paul Hawken at its season finale installment of the Inspire Speakers Series on May 19. Recently named one of the top three Pioneers of Sustainability, and an accomplished author and environmentalist, Hawken will talk about his newest endeavor, Drawdown […]

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GBA Receives Power & Foresight Award

Green Building Alliance received the Power & Foresight award from the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) at the Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report Reception. Power & Foresight awards put a spotlight on the leaders who are making a difference in sustainable energy. WPPSEF recognizes that GBA demonstrates Power & Foresight in our steadfast leadership in […]

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How Cool are Cool Roofs?

Cool roofing has become one of the most significant green technologies, preventing heat absorption by reflecting the sun’s heat and then emitting its radiation back to the atmosphere. Green roofs and white roofs allow for a more comfortable and controller environment, where as “black,” or non-efficient rooftops, contribute to excessive heat issues. Some, however, say that […]

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You’re as Good as the Company You Keep

Did you know that about 90% of a business’s operating costs are typically employees? Or business healthcare costs have increased significantly in recent years? With staff as organizations’ largest expense (by far) businesses are actively seeking ways to maximize employee productivity, increase efficiency, and decrease staff-related costs – all while retaining staff. As a result, […]

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