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University of Pittsburgh: Putting Knowledge into Action

With 6.4 million square feet “under roof,” the University of Pittsburgh has the environment of a small city.  “A campus of this size represents a tremendous opportunity to save resources,” says Ana Guzman, Pitt’s associate vice chancellor of facilities management.  By reducing energy usage, the university has started to green its Oakland campus, while simultaneously […]

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CMU: Comprehensive Mission Undertaken

Carnegie Mellon University (the true words behind the CMU acronym) has taken a comprehensive approach to greening their campus with results that are both impressive and noteworthy.  In 1998, Carnegie Mellon’s Green Practices Committee was conceived as an effort to determine how the school could operate more efficiently in terms of both resource and energy […]

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Highlighting the “Conserve” in Conservancy

Establishing a corporate headquarters while simultaneously minimizing the project’s overall environmental impact can pose a challenge.  In the case of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) headquarters, the desire to leave a light environmental footprint was aided by the decision to purchase an existing building.  The Burke Building, constructed in 1836, stands as one of downtown […]

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Rolling the Dice on Spec Offices: The Soffer Organization Comes Up a Winner

The numbers six and eight may be even, but in the context of the Penn Center West office park, they stand out as odd buildings.  These two structures in Pittsburgh’s western suburbs are shining examples of how speculative office space can utilize green design and technologies.  Owned by the Soffer Organization, these nearly identical buildings […]

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Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Food, water and shelter—these three things are said to be the basic necessities of life for all humans.  Sustainability, relatedly, is meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the needs of future generations, all the while keeping ecology, economics and society in a healthy balance.  One of the region’s best models of sustainability […]

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By Any Other Name: KSBA Architects Office Building

“You call it green; we call it performance,” laughs KSBA partner Grant Scott when referring to the sustainable features of his company’s offices, the KSBA Architects Building. “We were getting kicked out of our former building,” relates Scott.  “As a group of attorneys started taking over, all the other tenants were being phased out.  At […]

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New Birmingham: Back to the Future

It was 1992 and the South Side community had a desire to expand its residential core toward the adjacent Monongahela River.  While “new urbanism” was making its entrance across the nation with developments like Seaside in Florida, communities such as the South Side were being reborn in what the South Side Local Development Company’s (SSLDC) […]

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Local Green Building is Country’s Largest

By Jerry DeRosa, PNC Financial Services Group, Environmental Services Group PNC Financial Services Group has been experiencing excellent growth.  This fact, coupled with the recent sale of our PNC Fort Duquesne building (necessary due to the expansion of Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center), made it essential for PNC to either purchase or build a […]

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Eberly Family Learning Center

The owner of the Eberly Family Learning Center (EFLC) did not need to be convinced to make this new facility a green building.  “It was the responsible thing to do,” explains Lynn Caffrey, outdoor program director of the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  “We were building this for the girls, to teach them about the […]

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This Building Certainly isn’t “Going to the Dogs”

Thanks to an innovative architect and a committed owner, the Women’s Humane Society animal shelter in Bensalem, PA, near Philadelphia, has been reaping the benefits of a green building for six years.  According to John Foster, the Society’s executive director, the new building has sustained a reduction of 40 percent in energy usage per square […]

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