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GBA Escapes the City to Find Community

Last Thursday, a group of GBA members momentarily departed the world. Tucked between train tracks, an asphalt plant, and the Highland Park Bridge, we spent 3 hours with nothing but good food, a local indie band, and each other’s life experiences. And we couldn’t be more thankful. The Choder family has been working on this […]

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Before I Die, I Want to Create Places that Matter

Pittsburgh is a city of places. Every cobbled alley has witnessed life, each precariously perched house somehow forming a part of our collective memory. It is tempting to understand the built environment as the realization of urban plans and architectural schematics. And in many ways, stones and concrete shape how we interact with space, where […]

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Smart Cities, Microgrids, and EVs at CMU’s Energy Week

This is a guest post from Anna Siefken, Associate Director for Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at CMU’s Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. Buildings worldwide use 40 percent of our energy, but why isn’t that use decreasing faster with all that the industry knows? It’s pertinent questions like this that nationally-recognized thought leaders and decision […]

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Biophilia: Designed by Nature

Biophilia literally translates to love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms. E.O. Wilson coined the term in 1984, but it’s a concept that we all inherently understand. Biophilia explains why we feel more relaxed in nature, why all of our senses are fully engaged when we […]

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Passive House Tradesperson Training is Coming to Pittsburgh

The designs are in. But how do you actually build a Passive House building? It’s a need we hear from many architects and engineers in Pittsburgh. Such is the success of the local Passive House push that there simply aren’t enough builders with knowledge of Passive House to complete the construction. So we’re hosting Pittsburgh’s first […]

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Michelle Fanzo: On Storytelling and the Power of Place

Michelle Fanzo has worn many hats throughout her illustrious career, working in international development, urban sustainability, and public health. After traveling the world multiple times over, she now returns as the executive director of AIA Pittsburgh.  Despite her overwhelming accomplishments, we couldn’t help but ask this former journalist about the power of a truly good story. […]

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Check Out These Energy and Sustainability Conferences Coming to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh gets a lot of national attention for being a great place to live, but many organizations know that it’s also a great place to host a conference. Some conferences of green building and sustainability interest coming to Pittsburgh in 2018 are as follows.  Locals, get inspired; nationals, come visit us!   Getting to Zero National […]

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Social Change: Refinanced

In the 21st century, industry took a pause. Post-Cold War growth marked capitalism as the most productive economic system, but some of its most fundamental practitioners were beginning to rethink their relationships with the communities they served. Corporations, banks, and private funds responded with initiatives as varied as corporate responsibility offices, sustainable business certifications, and […]

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