Initiatives

At GBA, our mission is to advance innovation in the built environment by empowering people to create environmentally, economically, and socially vibrant places. We achieve this mission through a variety of efforts, programs, and initiatives:

Green Education and Events

Green Education and Events

GBA works to generate awareness, interest, and commitment to healthy and high performing places through events, communications, an online presence, and enthusiasm. By offering presentations, building tours, webinars, lunch and learns, LEED test preparation courses, and a plethora[...]

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance

GBA has a long history of providing behind-the-scenes technical review, guidance, and assistance to green projects at a variety of scales and capacities. Whether a small upgrade, entire building, deep retrofit, new construction, a community, neighborhood, or district - GBA's Tech[...]

Pittsburgh 2030 District

Pittsburgh 2030 District

The Pittsburgh 2030 District sets national standards for high performance building by committing landmark properties to 50% reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions by 2030. As the largest 2030 District in the world, the robust network of 540 prop[...]

Green & Healthy Schools Academy

Green & Healthy Schools Academy

The Green & Healthy Schools Academy promotes vibrant, just, inspiring, engaging, healthy, and high performing schools and communities through programs and engagement with educators, administrators, students, and community members. Opportunities for Educators:   School Sus[...]

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Human Health in the Built Environment

Human Health in the Built Environment

There is significant need to incorporate human health concerns when designing, constructing, and operating buildings. Human health and well-being is a core component of all green building and sustainability frameworks. However, health in the built environment must also be vi[...]

Enviro Social Capital

Enviro Social Capital

Enviro Social Capital is exploring pay-for-success partnership opportunities in the City of Pittsburgh as a new way of funding public projects.  Our ultimate goal is to improve community outcomes by connecting funding to impact success.  In order to do this, we must better unders[...]

Pittsburgh Green Garage Initiative

Pittsburgh Green Garage Initiative

Free-standing parking garages are often identified as poor energy performers. In 2014, 73% of City of Pittsburgh garages reporting energy consumption more than national median average baselines. Modernizing garage lighting enables operators to utilize high efficiency lighting and[...]