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Honoring Highmark Health – 2021 Emerald Evening Vanguard Awardee

In the 1990s, Highmark Inc., a subsidiary of Highmark Health located their Pittsburgh offices in Penn Avenue Place.  These offices were designed and renovated based upon green building principles before there was a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system.  The turn-of-the-century department store building was renovated as opposed to being torn down […]

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Healthy Buildings, Healthy Occupants: Point Park University

Motivation: Protect occupant health and safety Social/Environmental Benefits: Improve indoor air quality, improve occupant health, increase productivity Project Team: Christopher Hill, Vice President of Operations at Point Park University; Joe Burgunder, Mid-Atlantic Services Team Leader, TRANE Point Park University (PPU) responded to COVID-19 by moving to online education and establishing a task force to develop […]

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2020 Progress Report: Plug Load Reduction at Community College of Allegheny County

Motivation: Energy reduction, cost savings  Social/Environmental Benefits: Less energy, lower carbon emissions  Building Area Affected: 1,500,000 ft2  Project Team: Tim Myers, IT System Administrator; Elaine Sadowski, Director of Energy and Sustainability  The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) dramatically saved energy through a network-wide power management system which put unused computers to sleep.  In many offices and computer labs, computers […]

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Make My Trip Count Survey Results

After over a year of collecting responses from Pittsburgh commuters, GBA’s Make My Trip Count survey results are ready to be released to the public! Over 20,000 respondents from around the Pittsburgh region provided feedback on their daily transportation routines through Make My Trip Count. The survey results will help inform critical transportation and infrastructure […]

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Good Design is Design for All

Sustainability is a relative measurement. As a guiding principle, its pursuit is defined by what was built, and what can ultimately be maintained.  It’s a threshold with an ever changing target, a point of compromise between our heritage and our values. Sustainability is a conversation, and its conflicting priorities are foundational to advancing ever higher […]

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Lessons from Higher Education: Pittsburgh 2030 District Takes CMU

The Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University hosted the June Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees heard from four presenters on a range of CMU projects and initiatives – from the work of the Scott Institute to new construction projects and storm water mitigation strategies. What We Learned […]

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Let’s Go GPRO

We all know that the quest for healthy and high-performing buildings does not end at the completion of construction. In fact, that’s just the beginning! Once a building is occupied, energy models and water budgets transform into real-life building users turning on lights, faucets, and computers. Efficient operations and smart maintenance in buildings not only […]

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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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Local Innovation to National Leadership: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report for 2016

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, published its annual Progress Report on Tuesday, celebrating four years of rigorous reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions. More than doubling in area and quadrupling from 81 to 491 committed properties since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in committed […]

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Performance Measures for Downtown Development Plus Local & Regional Mobility

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a civic educational, entertainment, and economic powerhouse for over three decades, hosted Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners for the January Partner Meeting. Trust employees shared their principles for the development of the 8th Street block as they continue to lead the transformation of Downtown’s Cultural District. Attendees also got a sneak peek […]

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