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Beautiful Gagarin Park

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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Janel is in her element.

Yes to Green Building in Yekaterinburg

Following our very productive and memorable visit to Perm, my colleagues and I headed to Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city and the political capital of the Ural Mountains. What an absolutely beautiful and intriguing city! While we spent much of our time in Perm with academics and researchers, we spent most of our time in Yekaterinburg with […]

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May ISS 2

My Favorite Things: Happy Cities, Part I

Dear Reader – I am writing two blogs about Charles Montgomery, this one about his talk at the Inspire Speakers Series, which is more direct reporting, and then another one about his book, Happy City, which will include my own reactions and reflections. Inspire Speakers Series Charles entertained a crowd of 100 at the Hill […]

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PBT award winners

Green Building Trifecta: GBA Nominees Win 2015 Energy Leadership Awards

Dr. Brian White, Christine Mondor, and Anna Siefken provided a strong GBA presence as winners at the 2015 Energy Leadership Awards. Several months ago, GBA nominated Christine, Anna, and Brian for the Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Awards. On May 14th, the chosen award recipients attended the ceremony with a diverse pool of winners as champions of sustainable and pragmatic […]

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Hugging the city's oldest tree on our walking tour.

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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New York offers several examples in this series. Photo: Luca Sartoni on Flickr

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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Inspire Speakers Series

Michael Slaby and Debra Lam Bring Inspiration to Pittsburgh

“Bonafide bad ass.” This was the phrase of the night according to guest emcee Andrew Butcher at GBA’s April 9 Inspire Speakers Series lecture. Butcher himself was kind of a bad ass, seamlessly leading the audience through the evening’s kick-off without lights or audio for a time when a thunderstorm caused a brief power outage. Once the […]

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March 2015 Inspire Speakers Series

Looking Back: March’s Inspire Speakers Series

As we reflect on the past few weeks, GBA’s staff is filled with gratitude. The March edition of our Inspire Speakers Series went better than we possibly could have imagined – thanks mostly to our partners. We’re still buzzing about the motivating conversations, perspectives, and collaborations that surrounded our lecture with Will Allen, Stephen Ritz, and […]

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