High Performing Buildings are Profitable: Pittsburgh 2030 District as a Roadmap for Success

P2030DLogoA collaborative group of building owners and managers, community stakeholders, and resource partners, the Pittsburgh 2030 District is a public-private-nonprofit partnership voluntarily committed to aggressive building performance goals.

Specifically, 435 buildings totaling nearly 68 million square feet in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland have already committed to reducing energy consumption, water use, and transportation emissions to 50 percent below baselines by the year 2030; new construction projects aim to reach carbon neutrality by the same year. Pittsburgh is the largest of thirteen 2030 Districts in North America.

2030 Downtown Map 2-25-162030 Oakland Map 2-25-16

 

A 2030 District is a tangible, quantifiable, place-based, and goal-oriented method for balancing environmental concerns with economic prosperity and community needs through collaboration and sharing of best practices. The program showcases a financially viable, multi-sector effort that maximizes prosperity while meeting sustainability objectives. Property owners, facility managers, and tenants collaborate to achieve realistic, measurable, and innovative strategies that make businesses more competitive while their buildings operate more efficiently, competitively, and with reduced resource use from operations and maintenance.

In Downtown, 61 percent of the existing building square footage is committed to Pittsburgh 2030 District reduction goals; it’s up to 84 percent in Oakland. Buildings already working toward these inspirational reductions include all types of owners and uses: office buildings, local and federal governments, corporations, all three Pittsburgh sports teams, colleges and universities, historic buildings, healthcare institutions, and cultural amenities.

Through collaboration, leveraging incentives and financing mechanisms, and creating shared resources, the Pittsburgh 2030 District continues to prove the business case for healthy and high performing buildings. This type of collaborative action will help keep Pittsburgh competitive and innovative in the year 2030 by making ongoing investments in Pittsburgh’s efficient future.  Learn more here.

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