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Women+ in Green Virtual Breakfast

November 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

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Women+ in Green Breakfast
Presented by Duquesne Light Company

Green Building Alliance’s Women+ in Green network fosters a supportive and celebratory community of women and femmes working in sustainability throughout our region.  This breakfast is one of many opportunities to engage with the Women+ in Green network this year, and it offers an energetic start to your morning in a way that feeds your mind, body, and soul.

This event was originally planned to be hosted in the atrium of the Wintergarden downtown, but now we will be connecting with each other from the safety of our own homes. As GBA has pivoted all of its events to an online format due to COVID-19, we have been delighted to find that deep connections can absolutely still be made in an online atmosphere. In fact, we need to connect with others now more than ever. It is those connections that we plan to nurture during this morning of inspiration, celebration, and yes – breakfast!

We’ll share breakfast recipes in advance for those of you who want to prepare something special to eat during the event, and we will all show off our morning meals while we talk, listen, and learn. Families and children are welcome to join in this event.

Our Keynote Speaker: Leah Lizarondo

photo/Carey Wagner

Leah Lizarondo is the CEO and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a tech nonprofit that aims to fight hunger and promote sustainability by preventing perfectly good food from entering the waste stream and redirecting it to organizations that serve those who are food insecure.

Founded in 2015, 412 Food Rescue is one of the fastest-growing food recovery organizations in the U.S. It has prevented over 11 million pounds of food from going to waste with a mobile app that mobilizes the world’s largest network of on-demand volunteer food recovery drivers – currently over 9,000 drivers in Pittsburgh alone. The model helps people and the planet: more than 9 million meals have been distributed to people in need, and by using food that would otherwise go to waste, over 6 million pounds of CO2 emissions have been prevented.

Leah’s work at 412 Food Rescue has been featured in national media including NPR, Fast Company, FoodTank, Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Bust Magazine and Civil Eats. In 2020, the Food Rescue Hero technology platform won Fast Company‘s World Changing Ideas award and was named a CES Innovation Honoree. In 2019, it won the Carnegie Science Award for Information Technology. Leah has won numerous awards for her work, including the 2019 We Empower UN SDG challenge, a global award for women social entrepreneurs. She was a recipient of a 2020 GIobal Leadership Award from Vital Voices, was named “Pittsburgher of the Year” by Pittsburgh City Paper in 2018, and was included in FoodTank‘s “17 Food Heroes to Inspire Us in 2017.”

Leah earned a graduate degree in Public Policy & Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. She serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Block Center for Technology & Society at Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and as Commissioner on the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Meet our panelists!

Lydia Morin, EcoDistricts APCONNECT Executive Director

Lydia Morin brings over a decade of community building experience to her role as Executive Director of the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT). Most recently, Morin spent three years leading community engagement and development in the Sto-Rox area, where part of her mission was shifting neighborhood partners from a competitive mindset to a collaborative one. Morin was also founding board member of the Etna Community Organization, helping Etna gain national recognition as “The World’s First EcoDistrict,” and a contributor to the work of the Triboro EcoDistrict. Morin spent her first year with CONNECT in nearly 600 meetings with leaders of the region, listening to what they had to say about their challenges and collaborations. This listening tour evolved into three new cross-sector working groups that are now leading multiple funded projects.


Emily Pierson-Brown, Associate, Parkman Eastman

Emily is an architect and planner with Perkins Eastman where she focuses her work on building equitable and healthy communities, primarily in the realm of senior living. In late 2018, Emily launched the current iteration of Women+ in Design Pittsburgh with several other women in the design professions locally. The organization strives to build camaraderie within the industry and offer a support network for women’s leadership, mentorship, and professional development in architecture and design. Emily is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Architectural Studies Program were she co-teaches a design studio on sustainability and housing.


Divya Rao Heffley, Associate Director, Office of Public Art

Divya Rao Heffley is an arts professional with over fifteen years of experience in public art, museums, art and architectural history, and programming. As the Associate Director for the Office of Public Art in Pittsburgh, she works with artists and communities on temporary public art commissions and residencies that address a range of contemporary issues, seeking to foster social justice and cultural equity in public spaces. Prior to joining OPA, Divya managed the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art from 2013-18. She has been a guest critic for the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art MFA Program and served on a number of regional and national juries and panels for artist selections, grants, and portfolio reviews. Divya was a member of the Learning and Leadership Committee for The Racial Equity in Arts Funding Research Project of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, the Diversity Task Force at Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and the Inclusion Working Group at Carnegie Museum of Art. She holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Brown University and a BA in the History of Art from Yale University.


Zinna Scott, Board Member: Operation Better Block, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Zinna Scott is a lifelong resident of Homewood and a community activist. She worked for Giant Eagle for 38 years, including 15 years supervising the bakeries in multiple stores.  Now retired, Zinna is busier than ever. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Operation Better Block, the Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, and the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy.  She is the organizer of OBB’s Cluster 8 & 9 group, and has spearheaded one of this group’s key projects, the Rosedale-Hill Rain Garden, which has turned a weedy, trash strewn vacant lot into an inviting and attractive gateway to Homewood.  Zinna has been actively involved in the City of Pittsburgh’s Homewood Comprehensive Plan, the Homewood Concerned Citizens Council, the Phipps Homegrown Project, the Love my Neighbor program, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Community Engagement Center in Homewood. She also still finds time to stay active in two pinochle clubs and the Lemington Book Club, as well as the Woodchoppers Bowling League.  Zinna is the mother of 3, and grandmother of 11 children. When she’s not busy with all of these commitments, she also enjoys walking, reading, and gardening.



The cost for this virtual event has been deeply reduced from its in-person price. You provide critical support for the continuation of GBA’s education programs and help us grow our ability to provide scholarships for events and in-depth trainings for those who need them. Additional donations are made possible during the registration process if you wish to contribute. There is an option to add a suggested contribution to your registration. If you wish to contribute any other amount, you are welcome to do so on our Donations page. Any contribution helps advance our community’s work to create healthy and sustainable places where everyone can thrive. Thank you!

If you are unable to afford our newly reduced ticket price and are in need of a scholarship, please reach out to Leslie Montgomery.


We look forward to seeing you there!



We would like to thank our presenting sponsor of this year’s breakfast: Duquesne Light Company.



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November 13, 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
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