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Dinner and a Documentary: Sustainability Pioneers

March 7, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Join Green Building Alliance, Passive House of Western PA, Carnegie Mellon University, and Conservation Consultants, Inc. to enjoy the latest premiere screening of Sustainability Pioneers, a documentary series created by local filmmaker Kirsi Jansa!



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Millions of people in the most vulnerable regions around the world are already being forced to leave their homes because of climate change. Almost 40 percent of all the US carbon emissions come from buildings, both residential and commercial. In many European countries energy efficient, climate friendly homes are common. These low-carbon homes are popping up around the US too. In the ninth episode of Sustainability Pioneers, Home Sweet Home, we follow a couple who is building a “passive house” – a tightly insulated low energy home – in the Pittsburgh area. We also visit a 100-percent electric straw bale house in Butler County and explore how performing an energy audit in an old home can reduce energy bills and climate pollution.

GBA, PHWPA, Carnegie Mellon University, and CCI will host a Sustainability Pioneers screening and the premiere of the 9th episode on March 7.



6:00 – 6:30 – Food, drinks, and networking

6:30 – 7:00 – Film screening, including an introduction with Kirsi Jansa

7:00 – 8:00 – Q&A and panel discussion with the green home pioneers portrayed in this episode of Sustainability Pioneers (Lucyna DeBarbaro and Ayres Freitas, Sara and Joe Bozzelli); Brandon Nicholson, President of PHWPA; and other local experts on home energy conservation.


Learning Objectives

*Gain insight into how demand for low carbon homes is expanding in the United States.

*Understand what a low carbon home is and how it impacts energy bills and climate pollution.

*Learn about the process of constructing a low carbon, “passive” house as well as some low carbon strategies adopted on a local level.

*Explore the nuanced connection that exists between energy efficient, climate friendly homes and their impact on broader environmental health and global climate.

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March 7, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


CMU Mellon Institute Auditorium
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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