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Pittsburgh Pivots Towards Passive House

Pittsburgh has spent the last forty years greening its economy, initially focused on merely a shift from heavy industry to the less resource intensive health and technology sectors. This change was motivated by economic necessity, but also included public health concerns (if one more person references ‘hell with the lid off’ this author might revolt!). […]

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p4 Measures Compared to Green Building & Sustainable Development Certifications

At this point, almost everyone in the building world is familiar (if not intimate) with LEED, with emerging awareness of the Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, and Passiv House.  BUT,  in Pittsburgh, there is a new framework in town, developed right here. You’ve heard “p4” tossed about as the next frontier of sustainable, urban […]

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Why Traveling by Train is Your Greatest Productivity Secret

With the Pennsylvania Legislature studying the benefits of extended Amtrak service to Pittsburgh, it begs the question: Did you know there is Amtrak service to Pittsburgh? Pittsburgh is a city disconnected from the northeast corridor and notoriously out of the way for commuters from Boston, Philadelphia, and D.C. There are no high-speed trains, no state-of-the-art […]

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Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Electricity Future

By guest blogger Eleanora Kaloyeropoulou, Climate and Energy Fellow at Pennsylvania Environmental Council On March 15-16, 2017 the Pennsylvania Environmental Council is convening Achieving Deep Carbon Reductions: Paths for Pennsylvania’s Electricity Future in Pittsburgh. This conference will bring together prominent thought-leaders in clean energy and climate protection for an open and honest discussion around the […]

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Clean Power Plan Support in Op-Ed by Mayors of Pittsburgh & Philadelphia

Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia have spoken out in support not only of a new federal power plan, but also a way to comply that puts those most vulnerable (those who spend the highest portion of their income on energy bills) first. The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon pollution from […]

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p4 Pittsburgh Performance Measures

Last week, p4 Pittsburgh released the p4 Performance Measures, which have been in development for all of 2016. The twelve p4 Performance Measures “will help determine investment prioritization for Pittsburgh’s real estate development projects” in the following categories, each of which offers 10 possible points: Community Opportunity Economy Housing Land Public Connect Rainwater Air Energy Innovation […]

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Pennsylvania Can Learn from Germany’s Experience with Renewable Energy

Pennsylvania can learn a lot from Germany about clean energy, according to Lindsay Baxter, Program Manager for Energy and Climate at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. She recently spent three weeks learning lessons and best practices from Germany’s energy transition. She shares her takeaways below – from the importance of a clear goal, to costs and public […]

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Grant Oliphant’s Keynote at Build Pittsburgh 2016

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Pittsburgh’s Annual Conference David L. Lawrence Convention Center – April 21, 2016 Keynote Speech: Just Design By Grant Oliphant, President, The Heinz Endowments Good morning. I am deeply honored to be here with you this morning. I confess I was a bit surprised when Ann Swager asked me to come […]

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Is a cap-and-trade system the only solution to the carbon emission problem?

On Friday, July 31 I was fortunate (thanks, Dr. Sroufe) to attend a luncheon at Duquesne University at which Paula DiPerna was the guest speaker prior to her commencement address to Duquesne University’s most recent crop of sustainability MBA students. Paula has a distinguished background with significant experience in the carbon trading business and is […]

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2030 Glossary: Challenge, Commitment, Districts, Palette, & Products

When we’re talking about things focused on the year 2030, there are many — and understanding of these different programs, measurement mechanisms, and tools varies widely across the country.  As a result, if you’re confused about the difference between The 2030 Challenge, the AIA 2030 Commitment, AIA + 2030, the 2030 Palette, 2030 Districts, and […]

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