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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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Finding An Eco-Friendly Apartment

Homeowners can make great strides to change the carbon footprint of their homes through weatherization, the installation of insulation and using alternative energy sources. But as a renter, your hands are tied. So if you’re hoping to keep your housing eco-friendly and save on your utilities bill, you’ll want to make sure the building meets […]

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Clean Power Plan Support in Op-Ed by Mayors of Pittsburgh & Philadelphia

Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia have spoken out in support not only of a new federal power plan, but also a way to comply that puts those most vulnerable (those who spend the highest portion of their income on energy bills) first. The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon pollution from […]

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PNC’s Onsite Well-being Centers Achieve LEED Silver

In 2015, PNC Financial Services opened onsite Well-being Centers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Miamisburg, Ohio, providing convenient, affordable, and quality care. Among other services, the centers offer primary, preventive, and urgent care, as well as lab services, annual physicals, well-woman exams, and physical therapy. Both centers are open for all employees enrolled in PNC medical benefits, their covered […]

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On Falling in Love with Trying: Or Lessons I Learned from Majora Carter, David Orr, and Antwi Akom

Over the last three years, Environmental Charter School (ECS) has had the exceptional opportunity to be part of the Green & Healthy Schools Academy’s School Sustainability Culture Program. According to the GHSA site, this program is a two-year, hands-on, immersive learning community that assists schools with integrating sustainability into their buildings, curriculum, and culture through inspirational, […]

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On Emotion: The Green & Healthy Schools Academy

In November, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols (“J”) traveled to Pittsburgh from California’s slow coast to present at GBA’s monthly Inspire Speakers Series. The following day, he joined participants of our School Sustainability Culture Program (a program of the Green & Healthy Schools Academy) to discuss how K-12 educators, administrators, and facility managers could use his research to […]

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Green & Healthy Schools Academy announces FREE green workshops for schools

Join the Green & Healthy Schools Academy for our upcoming workshops, where we will provide school facility and business managers with guidance and strategies to make schools healthier and higher performing with little to no capital investment. These workshops are open to everyone, but are FREE for school personnel! Top Ten Reasons Why We Need […]

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Are You Interested in Passive House Training?

Passive House is quickly gaining traction in our region.  Would you be interested in Passive House training if it were available? The Passive House movement is quickly growing locally:  our recent day-long Passive House workshop attracted over 100 attendees, Pittsburgh hosted last year’s North American Passive House Conference, and local professionals are designing and building […]

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Congrats to the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

At last March’s Inspire Speakers Series lecture, Amy George (then Amy Piccirilli) from the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh joined us as the local speaker presenting alongside Bob Berkebile.  Amy’s presentation made Bradd and I think in a broader sense about the connections between buildings, sustainability, and health (as usual, Jenna was way ahead of us since […]

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Reflections from the Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference

I just returned from the Healthy Schools – Healthy Children Conference in Philadelphia and am all atwitter with excitement from hearing great speakers and meeting interesting people.  The event was organized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic, and included a keynote speech by Claire Barnett of the Healthy […]

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