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Phipps’ Blackwater System: Let’s Dive In

June 4, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us as we explore how the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes treats its blackwater through a low-energy process that interfaces with the building and the landscape.

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Phipps CSL


It’s one of the greenest buildings on the planet.  But what earns the Phipps Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) certification as a LEED Platinum, Four-Stars Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), net-zero energy building?  The answer is in part its innovative blackwater system.  On this tour and presentation, you will learn the specifics of the CSL’s waste treatment system and how the building and the landscape aids in water treatment.  You will discover how Phipps is influencing local water treatment standards by reducing impact on municipal sewage systems. Perhaps most importantly, you will hear how similar on-site water treatment systems can be scaled to a variety of building sites.


Architects, landscape designers, public policy workers, engineers, facility and property managers, real estate brokers.


1. Gain an understanding of the CSL’s waste treatment system and how the system interfaces with the building and landscape.

2. Dive into the nuts and bolts of the constructed wetland system and path of treatment.

3. Talk about the DEP and ACHD’s requirements for treated water re-use and the limitations of the local and state jurisdiction.

4. Learn about the importance of nutrient cycling and how is it scalable; understand the damages of conventional waste treatment and how nature deals with waste.

Refreshments will be provided.


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI LEED Specific: AP BD+C CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.


June 4, 2015
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Janel Everly


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.
One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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