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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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Exploring Biophilia with Abby Aresty

Biophilia: Pittsburgh with Guest Speaker and Sound Artist Abby Aresty If you want to learn more about biophilia, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a great place to start!  Our friends at Phipps developed this short history on biophilia below, and they also offer an opportunity to discover more… What is biophilia? The term “biophilia,” […]

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New Green Cleaning Resource Available

If you’re looking for a good green cleaning recipe, you’re in luck!  We’ve just added a new resource to the Green Building Methods section of our website, where you can find cleaning solutions that are greener and healthier for your home, school, or office.  Check out this new Green Cleaning resource to learn about the […]

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We Are a Bike Friendly Employer

GBA is now officially a Bike Friendly Employer!  This distinction, overseen by BikePGH, demonstrates that we are making Pittsburgh a safer, more attractive, and more sustainable city.  We’ve always encouraged alternative modes of transportation among our staff and those attending our events (at least three of our staffers bike to work often), but we’ve taken […]

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What it's All About: Occupant Health

By now, you surely know that green buildings are good for the environment, and our Economic Development section of this blog will school you on the financial benefits to green buildings.  But did you know that greener buildings are healthier buildings?  That’s why we call them healthy and high-performance buildings here at GBA.  Because they […]

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Green Spotlight on Green Operations

Q:  What benefits can building owners expect if they implement green operations practices in a building that may not have been designed and constructed to green criteria? A:  I don’t think the private side has been quick to adopt green design and construction strategies, primarily, I believe, due to the fact that there have not been many […]

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Green Cleaning Programs for Schools

The studies are convincingly positive: green cleaning programs in schools benefit both students and the administration.  With the implementation of successful indoor air quality programs, schools can see an increase in productivity and overall higher test scores. Defined as “cleaning to protect health without harming the environment,” green cleaning programs employ processes that promote health, […]

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Green Spotlight on Environmental Health Risks

Cornerstone speaks to Devra Davis, PhD, MHP; Marcia Barr, BSCE; and Karen Singleton, M.D. According to the National Cancer Institute, at least two-thirds of all cancer cases are linked to environmental causes.  Please explain what these are. A broad definition of “environment” includes not just the biological and physical components that we focus on in our […]

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Indoor Air Quality and Health Concerns

Results of studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other researchers have found that VOCs are common in the indoor environment and that their levels may be ten to thousands of times higher indoors than outdoors. In addition, there may be anywhere from 50 to 100s of individual VOCs in any one indoor air sample. […]

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