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GBA Membership Changes in 2018

As 2017 comes to a close, we at Green Building Alliance have been busy strategizing how to broaden our impact (on which we’re excited to share our 2018-2020 Strategic plan early in the new year). As part of our refined mission and vision, we are changing the names, pricing, and benefits of GBA membership effective […]

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A Googolplex of Renewable Energy

As of December 1st, Google became the single largest corporate purchaser of renewable power in the world, joining 116 other companies that have committed to ‘going 100% renewable.’  It’s tempting to see corporate renewable pledges as a balm to otherwise bleak predictions. But what does ‘going renewable’ actually entail? Are companies like Apple and Amazon […]

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Giving Thanks for Big Data (and Saving Turkeys)

Beep. My fitness app pops a message as I start my day. “On average, your wake-up time was 7:08 AM on weekdays and 7:43 AM on weekends. The average user wakes up 21 minutes later than you on weekdays and 1 hour and 4 minutes later than you on weekends.” Moments later, I am filling […]

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Green Building Alliance Supports Pennsylvania Treasury’s PennSEF Program to Finance Sustainable Innovation in Western Pennsylvania

(Pittsburgh, PA) November 20, 2017 – Continuing nearly a quarter century of work helping buildings become more efficient and healthier, Green Building Alliance (GBA) is helping local organizations access lower cost capital for energy, water, and resiliency upgrades through the statewide Pennsylvania Sustainable Energy Finance (PennSEF) program.  Thanks to a grant from the West Penn […]

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Greenbuild-O-Rama

After a week of non-stop education, networking, and brains to the grindstone nerding out, GBA has returned from the world’s largest gathering of green building professionals, courtesy of the USGBC’s Greenbuild Conference. Along with 10,000 of our enthusiastic peers, we attended sessions on everything from green infrastructure to sustainable urban art to slow food for […]

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Books for Sustainability Nerds

Looking to cozy up with a good book this fall? Do you identify as a sustainability wonk, an armchair scientist, or a full-blown climate nerd? Here are a few page turners to educate, inspire, and put it all in perspective. Full disclosure: The books listed here are ones I’ve read for my personal (read: nerdy) […]

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Pittsburgh Forges Ahead with Green Manufacturing

This article was first published in GBA’s Viride Magazine.  American manufacturing has been on the decline for decades. Like immigration and healthcare, the nation’s industrial state of affairs has become a recent point of contention, simultaneously an opportunity or a challenge to shape the future of the country’s economy. Pittsburgh has very publicly experienced both […]

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Social Change: Refinanced

In the 21st century, industry took a pause. Post-Cold War growth marked capitalism as the most productive economic system, but some of its most fundamental practitioners were beginning to rethink their relationships with the communities they served. Corporations, banks, and private funds responded with initiatives as varied as corporate responsibility offices, sustainable business certifications, and […]

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Historic Library to Children’s Lab and an Air Quality Update

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh hosted the September Partner Meeting for Pittsburgh 2030 District participants. Attendees learned about the Museum’s current efficiency efforts and their renovation of the former Carnegie Library along with a report from the Allegheny County Health Department on their work, particularly as it relates to our air quality. What We Learned: Opened […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Makes a Compelling Case for Urban Sustainability

In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S.  Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]

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