Author Archive | Stephanie Sikora

Pittsburgh 2030 District Exceeds All Three Milestone Reduction Targets for 2015

Pittsburgh leads 12 international 2030 Districts in size and progress.  2015 achievements, measured performance results revealed in Progress Report.  The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance with boundaries in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, announced on April 28th in its annual report to local leaders and the business community that the District has […]

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City of Pittsburgh’s Role in a Sustainable and Resilient Economy: The Inside Scoop

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance aims to transform Pittsburgh into a world-class city through the intersection of technology, sustainability, and performance. Grant Ervin, the City’s Chief Resilience Officer, leads the Department and we had the opportunity to pick his brain. How do these three approaches work together? They are mutually supportive. […]

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Two Perspectives, Two Captivating Stories, and One Energized Audience

The Inspire Speakers Series lecture on April 14 was an energetic, moving discussion about balancing education, economics and equity. The words “transformative,” “triple-bottom-line,” “equity” and others have all become buzzwords. Emcee Majestic Lane challenged us to think about what they actually mean? How do you put them into action? How do they all connect? Through […]

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Craig Stevenson

Member Spotlight: James Construction

James Construction aspires to be a leader in the construction industry throughout Western Pennsylvania while being on the forefront of the growing need for building performance-oriented projects from energy-minded clients. James Construction, headquartered in Carnegie and founded in 1981, provides general construction and related services for health care, higher education, office/commercial, banking/financial, manufacturing, energy, federal government, […]

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solar panels on home

SolarCity Launches Solar Service in Western Pennsylvania

The nation’s largest solar provider will allow area homeowners to pay less for solar power than they pay for utility bills, and expects to hire more than 75 workers for an operations center in Pittsburgh. SolarCity released this announcement: PITTSBURGH (April 11)– SolarCity, America’s #1 solar power provider, is making its popular solar service available to […]

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Jenna Cramer, VP of Transformation and Community at Green Building Alliance

Teaching the Teachers: GBA’s Jenna Cramer Recognized by USGBC

GBA’s Jenna Cramer received the spotlight in USGBC’s bi-monthly magazine, USGBC+, for her work to sustainably transform projects, buildings, schools, and communities in the Pittsburgh region! Jenna created and implements the Green & Healthy Schools Academy (GHSA), and the fruits of her labor are surfacing all across town. GHSA has worked directly with more than a dozen […]

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Groundbreaking Schools Report Shows Systemic Inequity in a State-By-State Analysis of Investment in American School Infrastructure

USGBC recently released the State of Our Schools: America’s K-12 Facilities report, demonstrating that the nation faces a projected annual shortfall of $46 billion in school funding, despite significant effort on the part of local communities. The report features an in-depth, state-by-state analysis of investment in school infrastructure and focuses on 20 years of school […]

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Member Spotlight: Bill Kristan

As a consultant to Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects, Bill is a certified Business Energy Professional and is certified LEED AP O+M. Many of you probably know or have seen Bill, because he attends so many GBA events! His passion for sustainability, work to improve the environment, and dedication to a healthier living makes him a regional champion […]

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