Author Archive | Stephanie Sikora


Welcome to GBA, Teresa DeFlitch!

We are excited to welcome to our team GBA’s first Director of Learning Innovation – starting today! Teresa brings a wealth of experience in the education sector, especially in experiential learning, and will help take the Green & Healthy Schools Academy (GHSA) to the next level. Teresa will focus on strengthening GBA’s relationships with PreK-12 […]

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Member Spotlight: Boss Controls

Boss Controls is powering the industry with a smart plug that connects to the cloud, enabling users to manage their energy usage from anywhere in the world. They’re our January 2016 Member Spotlight. Boss Controls designs, markets, and sells innovative WiFi product solutions to transform energy usage and bottom line to a wide range of […]

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Competition to Develop Renewable Energy Solutions for PA Businesses Offers $160,000 in Grant Prizes

A collaboration between Sustainable Energy Fund and West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund aims to develop new technologies and business models. They recently announced the creation of Energy Sprout, a competition open to all Pennsylvania residents, businesses, and communities with the goal of developing new technology and business models that lead to improved sustainable energy solutions. […]

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Unique Survey Reveals Complexity of the 2015 Pittsburgh Commuter

Mayor William Peduto, in partnership with Green Building Alliance (GBA) and Envision Downtown, today announced initial results of the Make My Trip Count commuter survey, offering a glance at the complexity of the 2015 Pittsburgh commuter. The survey, conducted last fall by GBA and a dozen partners, asked where commuters travel from and to, and […]

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15 Tips for a Greener Holiday Season

It’s the holiday season, and many of us are thinking about how to celebrate, ways to decorate, and which gifts to buy for family, friends, co-workers and others. While it’s fun and festive to spread holiday cheer, it can become expensive and overwhelming.  Plus, all that driving around, gift-wrapping lighting decorations take a toll on our environment. […]

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Frick Environmental Center: A Bird’s-Eye View of Process, Partnership, and Intent

The design and construction team of the Frick Environmental Center recently gave us an upfront look at the creation of Pittsburgh’s second aspiring Living Building, which is also pursuing LEED Platinum certification. Being new to the building industry, I jumped at the chance to step on the construction site to learn how an ambitious, mindful, […]

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We’ve Signed the Climate Declaration to Help Urge Climate Change

This week, Green Building Alliance signed the CERES Building and Real Estate Climate Declaration, joining more than 1,000 companies and organizations committed to climate action! The Climate Declaration is a call to action urging U.S. and global policymakers and business leaders to realize the importance of a low carbon economy and tackle climate change. Most […]

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Telling Stories at Greenbuild International Conference and Expo

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is coming up this month – the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building! If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and professionals to deliver workshops, tours, lectures, networking opportunities and other great events that you don’t want to […]

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Congrats to Pittsburgh’s newest LEED Fellow: Marc Mondor!

Green Building Alliance is excited to congratulate our region’s newest LEED Fellow, Marc Mondor! As Managing Principal and Co-founder of evolveEA, Marc works with greening design and construction projects in order to leverage organizational and operational sustainability while raising awareness within all who will listen. He has been a leader in green building since the early 1990s […]

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Study Shows Sustainable Buildings Outperform Non-Green Buildings

According to a recent release from Bentall Kennedy (one of North America’s largest real estate investment advisers), “ground-breaking research finds that green office buildings deliver higher income and value.” An analysis of  financial performance data for a decade-worth of data for a 58 million square foot office portfolio revealed that, “buildings with sustainable certification outperform […]

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