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Roundhouse Tour

What We Learned on Our Tour of the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse at Hazelwood Green is an incredibly unique project that combines sustainability, adaptive reuse, and support of local artisans. Green Building Alliance and Monmade enjoyed a tour of the space recently, and Monmade’s sustainability consultant, Shayna Bodi, shares her highlights from the tour below. Here is what we learned about the building that will […]

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When Given a Choice of Where to Go, We Voted with our Feet and Went Outside

Gratitude for PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources It’s been a challenging year since last spring at this time, when life as many of us knew it was suddenly disrupted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Pennsylvania state law mandated orders to shelter in place, self-quarantine, and practice social distancing.  Local, national, and international […]

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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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