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 properties (representing more than 84.8 million sq. ft.) has saved $135 million and avoided over 1.2 million metric tons of CO2 to date.

Collectively, buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland are actively working to achieve 50% reductions in energy use, water use, and transportation emissions by the year 2030.

These dramatic reductions are being accomplished in conjunction with improved indoor air quality, increased returns on investment, and related growing regional successes.

Read the 2018 Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report


IMPACT:  How is the Pittsburgh 2030 District Improving the Region?

The District drives market transformation by uniting 123 leading organizations in Pittsburgh’s high growth industries, creating unprecedented collaboration between sectors like healthcare, hospitality, higher education, and technology. Defined by Pittsburgh’s central business corridor, the District includes Downtown, the Northside, Oakland, and Uptown. In 2018, the District welcomed over 219 District Affiliates properties (representing 7 million sq. ft.) from across the region, building a broad coalition for change. GBA also successfully launched the Erie Emerging 2030 District, committing 51 buildings representing 2.5 million sq. ft.



Energy: 23.5% reduction below baseline

  • 9.7 billion kBtu avoided and $30.6 million savings compared to baseline.
  • Equivalent to the annual energy use of 25,000 Pittsburgh homes.

Water: 18.6% reduction below baseline

  • 267 million gallons avoided and $7.9 million savings compared to baseline.

Transportation emissions: 26% CO2 reduced below baselines

  • 2018 Make My Trip Count commuter survey results coming later this year.
  • Survey will track commuter choices and new trends in mobility, including ride sourcing, bike sharing, electric vehicles, and traditional transportation methods.

Indoor Air Quality:

  • Representatives of more than 300 buildings provided responses to the 2017 IAQ survey.
  • Survey results are being evaluated in conjunction with results from past District-led IAQ testing to generate a performance baseline and a corresponding reporting mechanism for annual performance.

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is a founding member of the 2030 Districts Network, which connects 22 Established and two Emerging Districts around the world. Founded in 2012, Pittsburgh represents 18% of all committed square feet in North America, including Philadelphia, Seattle, and Toronto. The Pittsburgh 2030 District frequently advises cities pursuing building performance programs, and maintains a leadership position within the Network.

DETAILS:  Where to Learn More

Visit the Pittsburgh 2030 District at www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh to find:

  • A list of property, community, and resource partners
  • Information for prospective partners
  • 2030 FAQs
  • News and updates
  • Partner resources
This GBA initiative is supported by the hard work and expertise of Isaac Smith and Paige Colao.

Big Thanks to Pittsburgh 2030 District Sponsors

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is presented by Siemens, a global powerhouse focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of systems for power generation and transmission and plays a pioneering role in infrastructure and industry solutions. The Pittsburgh 2030 District is sponsored by Covestro, a leading supplier of high-tech polymers used in building technologies.