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Love Your Space: How to Create and Maintain Healthy and High Performing Facilities

July 25, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


Join GBA and The Forbes Funds for an in-depth look into the complex relationship between humans and the built environment!


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Are you considering re-configuring your space? Moving to a new building or assessing the use of multiple locations? Building a new facility or renovating an existing one? Wondering how to feel better and be more productive in your space, even if you rent?

Without a focus on or metrics to understand how built environments affect worker and organizational experience, health, and productivity, many organizations are unaware of how to create an effective facilities strategy. Nonprofits operate on tight budgets with limited dollars for “overhead” expenses, often foregoing improvements to work environments and facilities, and as a result become particularly vulnerable to inefficiencies. This tendency to put physical infrastructure last creates a loss of potential nonprofit wealth that could otherwise support mission-critical needs.

In order to achieve our missions, nonprofit must take into consideration the triple bottom line of financial, social, and environmental impacts: ongoing operational and maintenance costs and efficiency; employee engagement, productivity, and health; and the visitor, client, and volunteer experience.

Join us at this peer discussion session to hear from organizations that manage healthier, higher-performing workspaces that help them realize organizational cost savings and productivity through a variety of approaches.  These leaders will give you the real talk on costs, considerations, and tips for creating physical spaces that are true organizational assets.

At the July 25th event we will be announcing an upcoming learning cohort for Allegheny County nonprofits. Please join us to hear more about how to apply for this exciting opportunity with Green Building Alliance and Palo Alto Partners for ongoing education, technical assistance, and mini-grants!

Topics will include:

  • Space utilization and furniture layout
  • Efficient utility usage
  • Healthier indoor spaces
  • Building acquisition and divestment
  • Asking the right questions
  • Best practices and benchmarking


This event will be presented by Dr. Aurora Sharrard and Guy McUmber of Green Building Alliance and Tom Hardy of Palo Alto Consulting.


Who should attend

  • Nonprofit Executives * Board Members
  • Operations Staff (such as COOs)
  • Funders/Grantmakers


Important Notes

Parking: Please park in the lower level parking lot to the left of the main parking lot. Come through the lower levels doors, take a right down the hall, and take the elevator or stairs to the top floor.


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July 25, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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1400 S. Braddock Avenue
Pittsburgh , PA 15218 United States
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