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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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2030 Districts: Community Collaboration Toward Measurable, Yet Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

If you’re a Pittsburgher and/or GBA stakeholder, you’re already familiar with the 2030 District model, as well as what efforts we’ve been making through the Pittsburgh 2030 District locally. At their most basic, 2030 Districts connect property, community, professional, and resource partners in defined geographic areas (mostly downtowns, but not exclusively) to inspire measurable change […]

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Deanna’s Russian Reflections

Cold, intimidating, and stuck in the 1960s.  These were my preconceived notions of what Russia would be like. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. During the two weeks I spent there with my colleagues, I learned that Russia is actually quite progressive, its weather can be wonderful, and urban planning is every bit […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District: 2014 Progress Report

The Pittsburgh 2030 District’s 2014 growth was in both scale and scope, presenting far greater opportunities for impact reduction. The goal of the Pittsburgh 2030 District is to reach 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030. As one of eleven established 2030 Districts in North America, Pittsburgh is also piloting […]

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Check Out Some of the World’s Coolest Transportation Ideas

Treehugger recently highlighted innovative transportation options from cities around the world. From Copenhagen and Zurich to Portland and New York City, check out the article for a look at some innovative alternatives to cars: Why not learn from the best? 10 great transportation ideas from 10 great cities!   Cities that provide access to multiple, affordable transportation […]

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Exploring Biophilia with Abby Aresty

Biophilia: Pittsburgh with Guest Speaker and Sound Artist Abby Aresty If you want to learn more about biophilia, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a great place to start!  Our friends at Phipps developed this short history on biophilia below, and they also offer an opportunity to discover more… What is biophilia? The term “biophilia,” […]

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Top 10 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss the Inspire Speakers Series

We’re pumped about launching the second season of our Inspire Speakers Series on November 14!  This lecture circuit, which we’re presenting with Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, has an awesome line-up of both national and local experts.  Last year, our Inspire Speakers Series attracted 100-450 people to each of its monthly events, and we expect […]

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Highlights from the Pittsburgh TODAY Regional Environment Survey

Pittsburgh TODAY recently conducted a Regional Environment Survey and published its report, detailing attitudes and behaviors of citizens toward environmental issues in Western Pennsylvania.  Reading through the report, I found that some results were not what I would have expected.  Specifically, I’ve highlighted some perceptions and actions of interest below.  Overall, the report does give […]

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