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West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund RFP

Do you have a clean energy project that needs funding? West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund will be putting more money on the streets to support clean energy activities that benefit the West Penn Power ratepayers through a Request for Proposals (RFP) released this week. Applicants applying for WPPSEF financing do not have to be […]

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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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Does the answer to renewable energy lie in our humble utility rate codes?

This is a guest blog by environmental legal expert Ted Robinson Most environmentally conscious consumers know about the benefits of promoting renewable energy sources as well as energy efficiency and conservation programs.[1] However, there is another aspect of utility services that also has a significant impact on the environment, utility rate structure. The Pennsylvania Public […]

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Finding An Eco-Friendly Apartment

Homeowners can make great strides to change the carbon footprint of their homes through weatherization, the installation of insulation and using alternative energy sources. But as a renter, your hands are tied. So if you’re hoping to keep your housing eco-friendly and save on your utilities bill, you’ll want to make sure the building meets […]

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Introduction to Passive House by Michael McCarthy

Michael McCarthy is a trainer with the Passive House Academy, and an international authority on the Passive House Standard. Michael visited Pittsburgh in December 2016 to lead a training for future Certified Passive House Designers and Consultants in partnership with Green Building Alliance and Passive House Western Pennsylvania. While in town, Michael gave a presentation […]

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p4 Pittsburgh Performance Measures

Last week, p4 Pittsburgh released the p4 Performance Measures, which have been in development for all of 2016. The twelve p4 Performance Measures “will help determine investment prioritization for Pittsburgh’s real estate development projects” in the following categories, each of which offers 10 possible points: Community Opportunity Economy Housing Land Public Connect Rainwater Air Energy Innovation […]

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Proposed Stormwater Management Plan Poised to Create Economic Development Opportunities

Over the past year, the City of Pittsburgh has worked with Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) to develop a scalable and adaptive green infrastructure plan to address wet weather sewage overflows, basement back-ups, and localized flooding. The proposed plan includes job creation and economic development opportunities in city neighborhoods. On September 26, 2016, Mayor William Peduto, his administration, […]

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Hotel Indigo East Liberty Exemplifies Sustainability in Hospitality

Nestled in Pittsburgh’s burgeoning East Liberty neighborhood, Pittsburgh’s latest boutique hotel, Hotel Indigo, demonstrates the renewal and restoration happening nearby, with an eye on sustainability and efficiency. Comprised of 3 renovated buildings and 1 new addition, the hotel is pursuing LEED Silver certification, preserves local heritage, conserves energy, reuses water, and recycles materials. We’re excited to […]

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