Your financial support will help expand GBA’s social influence by increasing awareness of our educational events, resources, and programs, all of which inspire the creation of healthy and high-performance spaces for people of all socio-economic backgrounds. In turn, this will encourage more people to use fewer resources, reduce their impacts on the earth, and contribute to a more sustainable future.
Results will be demonstrated through:
- Healthier Kids: The Green Schools Academy provides tools for creating healthier and higher performing spaces in which our children can learn and our teachers can teach – because where we learn matters.
- A More Livable City: The Pittsburgh 2030 District convenes downtown property owners to collectively reduce energy, water, and transportation impacts – thereby boosting economic development, creating better places to live and work, and providing an example for other cities around the world.
- Green Building Resources for All: GBA’s Knowledge Network provides education, resources, and networking opportunities to people and businesses at all levels. This includes online opportunities through GBA Learning.
- Innovative Decision-Making: Through the Database for Analyzing Sustainable and High-Performance Buildings (DASH), GBA is creating a comprehensive national repository of triple bottom line building performance data and facilitating reporting and analysis based on that data.
The built environment presents a challenge to our environment and quality of life. Buildings in the United States account for 40 percent of our energy use, 12 percent of our water consumption, 40 percent of our carbon dioxide emissions, 65 percent of our waste output, and 70 percent of our electricity use. Meanwhile, Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors, where air quality is five times worse than outdoor air. But the good news is that buildings also offer a solution to the challenge. In fact, healthy and high-performing buildings can reduce energy use by up to 50 percent, water use and carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent, and solid waste by a staggering 70 percent.
At GBA, we’ll know we’ve been successful when more people become aware of the need for energy-efficient buildings (through increased exposure to our website, events, classes, projects, and resources) and therefore reduce their impacts by creating greener, healthier buildings for their kids, employees, tenants, and families. Your contribution will help immensely! Thank you!