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Malik Bankston’s Lifelong Love of Larimer

As a young Malik Bankston trekked along Larimer Avenue on his way to the East End Library, he’d walk through the smells of fresh bread and cigar smoke in the then bustling Italian American neighborhood. More than a literary education, Mr. Bankston discovered the fabric that holds communities together. Mr. Bankston’s life is his calling, […]

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MuseumLab Carves Space for Radical Reinvention

Tucked beneath the stately granite entrance to the world’s first Carnegie Library, an unassuming sign marks a new kind of place. Neither an exhumed monument nor a flashy modernist sculpture, MuseumLabTM makes art from decay, sculpting its history into a breathtaking demonstration of innovation and ingenuity. MuseumLab is GBA’s 2019 Vanguard award winner, and true […]

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Announcing GBA’s 2019 Emerald Evening Awardees

GBA is honored to present our 5 awardees for the 2019 Emerald Evening Gala, in addition to inaugurating Pittsburgh’s UN Center of Excellence on High Performance Building. After an extensive and exhaustive selection process, GBA is honoring 5 people and projects that have transformed communities across the region, demonstrating boldness of leadership and ingenuity of […]

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Natalie Harmon

A Community of Boundary-Pushers

I cannot recall exactly when I became what some may lovingly call a treehugger. Maybe it was passed down from my nature-loving father, who rainwater harvested at our creaky old Carrick home before rainwater harvesting was a thing. Maybe it was during the endless hours of studying for my LEED exam right after graduating from […]

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The Powerful Women Behind Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Movement

Pittsburgh’s transformation is being led by a powerful network of women, femme, and non-binary bosses. Large parts of the city are being reinvented thanks to a group of boundary pushers. Green Building Alliance invites you to celebrate those that have had an outsize impact, but a voice less heard.  Through lectures, panel discussions, and table […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District Surpasses 2020 Goals

Here at Green Building Alliance, spring is data season. While others are watching the world come to life, the GBA office is teeming with blooming…excel sheets.  This year, we are proud to announce the results of those calculations. As of 2018, the Pittsburgh 2030 District has surpassed its 2020 goals for energy and transportation reductions […]

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GBA Executive Director Jenna Cramer Wins 2019 Living Future Hero Award

GBA is excited to announce that Jenna Cramer has been awarded a 2019 Living Future Hero Award by The International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The award recognizes individuals in the fields of regenerative design who have advanced the Living Future programs and broader mission. The ten award winners go above and beyond expectations in environmental […]

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The Ever Shifting Line

Change is constantly happening around us. In nature as in building, we continually evolve, shaping our choices to the contours of an ever-shifting world. At Green Building Alliance, our work moves with the communities we support. We are constantly rethinking how we create, reconfiguring and redesigning the multitude of pieces that create our vision of […]

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Be My Neighbor – Building Equity in the Steel City

“Mister Rogers Neighborhood” debuted in 1966 to a Pittsburgh that was about to embark on a total economic overhaul. Its foundation as the world’s mecca of steel manufacturing was shaken by a shifting world economy that would send Pittsburgh into economic upheaval. While Mr. Rogers began asking, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” neighborhoods throughout the […]

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