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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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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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ACEEE: Saving Energy is Good for Business and the Environment

Saving Energy Helps American Businesses and Creates Jobs Energy efficiency lets businesses improve their bottom lines by using less energy, and thus lowering costs, in their factories, offices, and stores. Smarter energy use makes businesses more competitive, provides investment opportunities, creates jobs, and promotes economic growth.   Saving Energy Improves Americans’ Health and the Environment […]

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Is Solar “Fair” ?

As a board member of the Friendship Community Group, I’ve been helping to lead the Solarize Friendship – Highland Park – Morningside effort in collaboration with Solarize Allegheny. Several people have asked whether solar is actually “fair” to all the consumers who do not deploy solar. The thinking goes that when someone deploys renewable energy […]

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Russian Report and Slideshow

Well folks, now that we’re back from our trip and adjusting to the time change, we’ve been doing a lot of reflecting. Check out the Leaflet for all my city summaries (Moscow, Perm, Yekaterinburg, and Chelyabinsk) and for wonderful, insightful thoughts from Deanna. Below, I offer our final report from all that we accomplished on our […]

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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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Wrapping Up GBA’s Green Building Tour in Chelyabinsk

The final stop on our Russian green building tour was Chelyabinsk, an industrial city three hours south of Yekaterinburg. Driving past the factories on the city’s border evoked images of Pittsburgh in its industrial heyday, making this a perfect stop for our educational exchange. Our hosts in Chelyabinsk were Vakhtan and Andree from Development Pro. Vakhtan […]

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Green Building Alliance in Perm

After a really cool exploration of Moscow, these intrepid Green Building Alliance travelers have made it to Perm, in Russia’s Ural Mountain region.We took an Aeroflot flight in the middle of the night and arrived in Perm early Monday morning. Our incredibly helpful host, Elena, met us bright and early at the airport. After a […]

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Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings: Part 3

Throughout my series of Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings, we’ve looked at examples of mandatory green building criteria and expedited reviews in other municipalities. My hope is that we can adapt some similar practices right here in Pittsburgh. To drive this home, let’s take a look at direct financial incentives. PennSTAR: Implement […]

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In Chicago, green roofs, PV systems and wind turbines go through a special permit process (Photo: YoChicago)

Local Policy Best Practices for Healthy and High-Performing Buildings: Part 2

Mike here again. In this short series, I offer up several ideas for how Pittsburgh could craft policies and legislation relating to healthy and high-performing buildings. In Part 1, I explored mandatory green building criteria. Here, I want to take a look at another common method I’ve seen municipalities utilize: expedited review and other indirect […]

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