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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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Pittsburgh 2030 District wins Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Since 2012, we at Green Building Alliance (GBA) have been quietly – and sometimes vocally – supporting building owners and facility managers in both Downtown and Oakland as they pursue aggressive energy, water, and transportation reduction goals. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that our efforts are being recognized throughout the Commonwealth with the Governor’s […]

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Green Building Update: No Turning Back

When Richard Piacentini and the board of Phipps began planning for the conversion of the former public works garage into an exhibit staging center, there was no discussion of delivering the project in a manner other than to the most rigorous environmental standards. Rather than viewing the Center for Sustainable Landscapes as a one-off demonstration […]

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2030 Glossary: Challenge, Commitment, Districts, Palette, & Products

When we’re talking about things focused on the year 2030, there are many — and understanding of these different programs, measurement mechanisms, and tools varies widely across the country.  As a result, if you’re confused about the difference between The 2030 Challenge, the AIA 2030 Commitment, AIA + 2030, the 2030 Palette, 2030 Districts, and […]

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2030 Districts: Community Collaboration Toward Measurable, Yet Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

If you’re a Pittsburgher and/or GBA stakeholder, you’re already familiar with the 2030 District model, as well as what efforts we’ve been making through the Pittsburgh 2030 District locally. At their most basic, 2030 Districts connect property, community, professional, and resource partners in defined geographic areas (mostly downtowns, but not exclusively) to inspire measurable change […]

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Wrapping Up GBA’s Green Building Tour in Chelyabinsk

The final stop on our Russian green building tour was Chelyabinsk, an industrial city three hours south of Yekaterinburg. Driving past the factories on the city’s border evoked images of Pittsburgh in its industrial heyday, making this a perfect stop for our educational exchange. Our hosts in Chelyabinsk were Vakhtan and Andree from Development Pro. Vakhtan […]

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Four Takeaways from GBA’s Tour of the PWSA Water Treatment Facility

I recently attended GBA’s tour of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) water treatment facility in Aspinwall. Gina Cyprych, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, and James J. Stitt, Manager of Sustainability, led a magnificent tour for an audience of 35 people. Here are four facts I learned on the tour: 1. It takes water about 3 days to make […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District: 2014 Progress Report

The Pittsburgh 2030 District’s 2014 growth was in both scale and scope, presenting far greater opportunities for impact reduction. The goal of the Pittsburgh 2030 District is to reach 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030. As one of eleven established 2030 Districts in North America, Pittsburgh is also piloting […]

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PWSA and the Penn State Center Pittsburgh host Green Stormwater Infrastructure Technical Workshop Series

Join PWSA and the Penn State Center Pittsburgh for the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Technical Workshop Series to be held on the mornings of March 26, April 30 and May 14.  The first workshop will be a panel discussion of various professionals who will describe numerous local projects and lessons learned for future development of green […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District Releases Water Baseline Report

In order to measure the Pittsburgh 2030 District‘s success in reaching its 50% reduction goals, baselines must first be determined for each reduction category. Whereas energy reduction is measured against a national median average, there is no national average baseline for existing building water consumption by building type.  Thus, a local historic water baseline was […]

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