Exciting Events at Next Week’s Living Product Expo


Products found in our built environment have a significant impact on human health and well-being, as well as the environment. Understanding more about these products is critical to reducing negative impacts on people and the planet. GBA is excited to partner with the International Living Future Institute to host the second annual Living Product Expo in Pittsburgh next week, September 13-15, to discover, explore, discuss, and empower the new and emerging world of living products.

The Expo is a great opportunity to learn why living products are critical components to building healthy, thriving individuals and communities. The innovative event attracts the world’s leading design firms, prominent manufacturers, and sustainability consultants who are inspiring a revolution in the way materials are designed, manufactured, and delivered. Learn more about the Expo. Whether you are an architect, designer, manufacturer, sustainability consultant, educator, building owner, or professional interested in corporate social responsibility for your organization, this event will provide inspiration and ideas for implementation.

Don’t miss these GBA-hosted tours on Tuesday to gear up for the big Opening Night kickoff in the evening:

Frick Environmental Center: the Living Classroom (Tuesday, 9/13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.)

The recently unveiled Frick Environmental Center, the first municipally owned Living Building Challenge targeted project in existence, is a world-class center for experiential environmental education. Whether you are a Pittsburgh resident or an out-of-towner attending the Living Product Expo, this tour offers an intriguing look at what it takes to pursue the Living Building Challenge certification. It’s particularly great for architects, engineers, designers, landscape architects, nature enthusiasts, educators and professionals interested in learning about the Living Building Challenge process.

Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab (Tuesday, 9/13, 1:30 to 4:45 p.m.)

The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) at Carnegie Mellon University (learn more) explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies, aiming to empower a technologically fluent generation to promote evidence-based decision making, public discourse, and action. Tour the Lab, be introduced to several projects produced there, and explore how citizens can chart their technology future and communities’ prospects for quality of life.


Opening Night Keynote Panel Presentation (Tuesday, 9/13, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.)ilfi-iss-keynote-flyer

Join us for the Living Product Expo Opening Night Keynote to hear from thought-leaders in the green building industry and sustainable manufacturing. They’ll share their experiences, sources of inspiration, connections to social justice and sustainability, and the importance in shifting the paradigm around materials and manufacturing. Speakers include:

  • Amanda Sturgeon, CEO of the International Living Future Institute
  • Jason F. McLennan, CEO of McLennan Design
  • Leo Gerard, International President of the United Steelworkers Union
  • Khari Mosley, Pennsylvania Regional Programs Manager at BlueGreen Alliance
  • Bart Bleijerveld, Co-Founder of Better Future Factory


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