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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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Autonomous Vehicles Reimagined

Imagine if no one on your street owned a car. No one speeds through pedestrian zones, no one runs over your garbage cans. And in fact, your cobbled street just grew by two lanes, because the 90% of time that your car remains parked has been eliminated. This is not a utopian environmental fantasy, nor […]

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Architecture Trending

To the outside observer, architecture probably does not seem a dynamic profession. Inside the profession, however, practicing architecture has been about managing the pace of change over the past generation. Not all change has been good (see, fee erosion and schedule compression) and not all has been bad. It usually requires the perspective of a decade or so to judge whether or not something was a trend […]

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“City-Wide Green First Plan” Released for Public Comment

On December 2, 2016, the City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released their “City-Wide Green First Plan” for public comment.  Those two entities, along with four consulting teams, worked to create both an innovative and cost-effective plan that would meet the Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to […]

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The Frick Environmental Center: A Living Classroom Reimagined

In September 2016, the reimagined and rebuilt Frick Environmental Center opened its doors to welcome people of all ages to Frick Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The world’s first environmental education facility that’s free, open to the public, municipally owned, and pursuing the Living Building Challenge, the Center is an unprecedented collaborative venture focused on the […]

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Proposed Stormwater Management Plan Poised to Create Economic Development Opportunities

Over the past year, the City of Pittsburgh has worked with Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to develop a scalable and adaptive green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back-ups, and localized flooding. The proposed plan includes job creation and economic development opportunities in city neighborhoods. On September 26, 2016, Mayor William Peduto, his administration, […]

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Green Infrastructure Maintenance Resource Materials

3 Rivers Wet Weather is a nonprofit environmental organization created in 1998 to support 82 Allegheny County municipalities and the City of Pittsburgh in addressing the region’s wet weather overflow problem. Below are some resources from a recent event they hosted at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. PowerPoint Presentations: Rain Garden Maintenance Presentation Porous Pavement […]

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Leslie’s Vacation Verde: Tucson

Since returning from my Russian green building exchange (where my colleagues and I spent nearly all our time observing, discussing, tweeting, and blogging about the sustainable successes and challenges we found in the cities we visited), my senses have remained on auto-detect: constantly scanning their surroundings, looking for hints of sustainable living. So when I […]

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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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