Social Equity in the Built Environment


GBA Equity Series

This education series will provide attendees with the historical context and neighborhood trends shaping Pittsburgh’s equitable transformation. From the p4 measures to All in Pittsburgh, city leaders are focused on development for all, while companies like Google, Microsoft, and McKinsey seek markets that are as diverse as they are economically vibrant.  GBA’s collection of presenters will share their extensive experience working with communities to design new places, providing participants with tangible tools to measure their success.  This series will focus on the symbiotic relationship between residents, developers, and government, highlighting the construction industry’s role in creating a region where every person is connected to opportunity. 

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GBA is offering exclusive pricing for members, with a deep discount for a full 4-event series package. While each session focuses on a critical aspect of equitable development, we hope you will take advantage of the series’ comprehensive arc, which provides an integrated approach to applying principles of equity in your real life. Members at any level can benefit from this perk.

Entire Series (includes all Equity sessions): $95

Single Session: $45 | GBA Members: $35

Focused Ed Pass (includes all Equity and Health sessions): $175


The Building Industry’s Role in Social Equity: How do building practitioners impact social equity? Here, we’ll gain context, build awareness, and identify ways that we can embed equity into our projects and outcomes.  

Tips and Tools for Inclusive Stakeholder Engagement: Who are we Building For? Attendees will explore the importance of engaging all stakeholders in a meaningful way so that developments can truly benefit the surrounding community.  

The Opportunity Gap: Increasing Access to Design & Construction Jobs: Creativity is rooted in diverse experiences, yet fields like architecture, engineering, and construction struggle with representation in their project teams. Participants will identify gaps in the job market and explore methods to create a diverse and thriving labor market for design and construction jobs.

Healthy Spaces for All: In the last event of the series, we study the intersection of health and equity.  Participants will explore challenges communities are faced with that stem from the environments that they live in.  K-12 schools and low-income housing are often the worst perpetrators of poor indoor air quality, resulting in unhealthy occupants and higher levels of negative health effects such as asthma and other respiratory issues.  Experts will share best practices and enabling policies to help ensure that everyone has access to healthy environments.