Green Building Alliance Partners with p4 Pittsburgh to Present ‘Inspire Speakers Series’

Mayor John Fetterman and nationally acclaimed urban planner Toni Griffin to kick off new season

Green Building Alliance today announced its 2015-2016 Inspire Speakers Series (ISS) in collaboration with p4 Pittsburgh. This season’s series brings five innovative thinkers and exceptional speakers from around the country to Pittsburgh, to help spark aspiration and ignite change. Each lecture features a national and local speaker, sharing big ideas and insights on various topics of sustainability relevant to the region. The season kicks off on November 12.

“This partnership enables us to bring a more robust series of speakers and topics to a larger audience, expanding GBA’s work to inspire higher levels of performance in local buildings, businesses, communities, schools, the economy, and environment,” said Aurora Sharrard, GBA’s executive director.  “Attendees will hear about innovative ideas at work across the country and around the world, and will be challenged with applying these ideas here in Pittsburgh.”

The fourth season of the Inspire Speaker Series kicks off on November 12 with “Designing Places to Thrive”, featuring Mayor John Fetterman and nationally renowned urban planner Toni Griffin, who will discuss the importance of incorporating justice, equity and access into the process of designing places that thrive. This season’s lectures will be held at the Kaufmann Center at the Hill House Association.

New this season, childcare is offered during the lecture, in partnership with the Environmental Charter School. Children aged five and older will be provided mindful and engaging supervision as well as dinner. There is no charge for this service for up to two children per attendee, but space is limited.

The Inspire Speakers Series is a sequence of monthly lectures that bring fresh, innovative thinking on topics of sustainability, aiming to inspire and motivate citizens and leaders to think bigger and bolder about what is possible for the Pittsburgh region. Nationally renowned thought-leaders from various sustainability fields as well as local experts share their experiences in promoting environmental quality, social equity and economic vitality in Western Pennsylvania.

December’s lecture features Jeremy Rifkin, an advisor to the European Union, economic and social theorist, author, public speaker and activist for sustainable economic development.

This Inspire Speaker Series is supported with funding from the Heinz Endowments and the Laurel Foundation, and in partnership with Chatham University, Environmental Charter School, Fourth Economy, Hill House Association, Homewood Children’s Village, and Pittsburgh Schweitzer Fellows.

About Green Building Alliance:

Green Building Alliance (GBA) is a nonprofit organization that inspires the creation of healthy, high performing places for everyone. One of the oldest regional green building organizations, GBA was founded in 1993, was the first U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) affiliate and is now a USGBC chapter. Headquartered in Pittsburgh and serving the 26 counties of Western Pennsylvania, GBA advances its mission through four primary initiatives: Knowledge Network, Pittsburgh 2030 District, Green & Healthy Schools Academy, and policy and advocacy efforts.

About p4 Pittsburgh:

The p4 Pittsburgh initiative aims to forge a new model of urban growth and development that is innovative, inclusive, and sustainable. Launched in 2015, the model is based around a central, unifying framework – people, planet, place and performance – and provides an organizing framework for growing jobs, mobilizing capital, rejuvenating neighborhoods, and improving lives.

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