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We Are a Bike Friendly Employer

GBA is now officially a Bike Friendly Employer!  This distinction, overseen by BikePGH, demonstrates that we are making Pittsburgh a safer, more attractive, and more sustainable city.  We’ve always encouraged alternative modes of transportation among our staff and those attending our events (at least three of our staffers bike to work often), but we’ve taken […]

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Green Cleaning Programs for Schools

The studies are convincingly positive: green cleaning programs in schools benefit both students and the administration.  With the implementation of successful indoor air quality programs, schools can see an increase in productivity and overall higher test scores. Defined as “cleaning to protect health without harming the environment,” green cleaning programs employ processes that promote health, […]

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Ground-level Ozone

During the summer months, especially on hot and humid days, air pollution can be a major health threat, reaching levels that cause irritation or respiratory distress for at-risk populations.  While it’s a serious environmental and public health problem in Pennsylvania, a few simple, everyday choices can make a real difference.  Residents need to recognize the […]

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Indoor Air Quality and Health Concerns

Results of studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other researchers have found that VOCs are common in the indoor environment and that their levels may be ten to thousands of times higher indoors than outdoors. In addition, there may be anywhere from 50 to 100s of individual VOCs in any one indoor air sample. […]

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Green Spotlight on Mold

Cornerstone speaks to Evelyn Majoris What is mold and how does it affect indoor air quality and occupant health? Molds are microscopic fungi that are part of our natural environment and serve a vital role outdoors by participating in the return of nutrients to the earth via the natural cycle of decay.  When they’re allowed to […]

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Speaking out on Indoor Air Quality

There is no denying that mold assessment and remediation is the current “golden child” of the growing indoor air quality (IAQ) industry.  The Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) recently published S-520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. S-520 cites the following reasons for the “sharp rise in awareness about mold growth […]

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Green Spotlight on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Cornerstone speaks to Bob Kobet, AIA Q:  What factors contribute to poor IAQ in buildings? A:  There are several factors that can contribute to poor IAQ, and like buildings themselves, the causes are often complex and interrelated.  Generally, I believe the causes can be grouped into two categories—interior and exterior pollutants.  Exterior pollutants such as transportation and […]

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