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Health and Environmental Concerns of Artificial Turf Fields

This is the first in a two-part series about safer options for athletic fields by guest authors Susan Kaplan and Rachel Massey of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Schools, universities, and municipalities often face the need to make a choice between natural grass athletic fields and artificial turf. These choices can involve substantial monetary investments. Reasons some cite for choosing artificial turf can include an […]

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The Connection Between Climate Change & Mental Health

Photo by Anthony Tori on Unsplash   Much has been said about how human-induced climate change is impacting our physical environment. Research consistently shows that systems such as housing, food access, and immigration are and will continue to be affected by the changing climate. As climate change has a wide sphere of influence, it may not come as a […]

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At GBA, We are Thankful for our Members

At Green Building Alliance, we are so thankful for our members and supporters of our cause. If you are not yet a member of GBA, please consider joining our community. Here, we spotlight some of our members, partners and supporters:   Spotlight on: Lars Lange Supervisor, West Bethlehem Township | Attorney, The Law Office of […]

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Museums Taking Leadership Position in Climate Change

Museums can – and are – taking a leadership position in demonstrating that climate change solutions are within reach.  This is evidenced by the recent formation of the 2030 Districts Network’s Museum Best Practices Working Group Cohort and empowered by the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative. 2030 Districts Network The vision of the 2030 Districts Network is […]

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What We Learned on Our Tour of the Roundhouse

The Roundhouse at Hazelwood Green is an incredibly unique project that combines sustainability, adaptive reuse, and support of local artisans. Green Building Alliance and Monmade enjoyed a tour of the space recently, and Monmade’s sustainability consultant, Shayna Bodi, shares her highlights from the tour below. Here is what we learned about the building that will […]

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Meet Dr. Allison Robinson – 2021 Emerald Evening Luminary Awardee

It’s no wonder Dr. Allison Robinson became System Program Director for Environmental Sustainability and Health at UPMC, one of the largest employers in Pittsburgh, PA, and world-renowned integrated health care provider.  Her passion and curiosity for the balance of human life and the environment began at an early age. The Beginning Dr. Robinson’s earliest childhood […]

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Green Buildings Take Center Stage as World Counts Down to COP26: An Interview with United Nations’ Scott Foster

Today marks 100 days to COP26, a global summit hosted by the United Nations to discuss how countries are tackling climate change. COP stands for the Conference of Parties, and the COP summits are attended by countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1994. This year’s summit is the 26th […]

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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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Out of the Ashes-the Greenest of the Green is Born

An Interview with John Brooks, BRINC Building Products Always a builder and construction person at heart, former Lumber Grader John Brooks spent two years of his “spare” time as a young, single dad remodeling his home in the small town of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  John had full custody of his two children – 7 and 8 […]

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2020 Progress Report: Building Community, The River Plaza at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Motivation: repair roof leaks, simplify maintenance, and create community meeting area  Social/Environmental Benefits: improve air quality, provide access to nature, reduce storm water runoff, reduce heat island effect  Total Area: ~17,000 ft2  Total Added Green Space: 4,582 ft2  Architect: Indovina Associate Architects LLC  Construction Manager: Mascaro Construction Company  Construction Inspection Services: Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.  Landscape Architect: Eisler Landscapes  The David L. Lawrence Convention Center has always been a convening force both locally and around the region. When time came to […]

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