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, while improving indoor air quality. As the largest 2030 District in the world, the robust network of 540 properties (representing more than 84.8 million sq ft) has saved $115 million and avoided over 1.2 million metric tons of CO2e 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?

Western Pennsylvania’s trove of existing buildings offers an excellent opportunity for reducing the environmental impact of its infrastructure.  Recognizing this opportunity and building on the international 2030 Challenge issued by Architecture 2030, GBA founded the Pittsburgh 2030 District in Downtown on August 21, 2012; launched a second boundary in nearby Oakland on August 28, 2014; and combined the two in 2018.

Current commitments to the inspirational 50% reduction goals by the year 2030 include 540 buildings, totaling 84.8 million square feet. Property partners are supported by 45 Community and Resource Partners, all of whom support the initiative with their existing expertise and programs.




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 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 1 of 19 in North America, aggregating hundreds of buildings which have made individual commitments to 2030 Challenge goals. Along with 2030 Districts in Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Austin, Burlington (Vermont), Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ithaca, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland (Maine), San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle, Stamford, and Toronto, Pittsburgh is building on community strengths and efficiencies of scale to make widespread and inspirational environmental improvements.

Building on the best elements of other sustainability programs such as the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, Pittsburgh Climate Initiative, and Breathe Project, the Pittsburgh 2030 District is working to add critical performance criteria related to indoor air quality that will establish healthy, high-performance practices and measures on a community scale, while also providing a replicable model for other communities in Western Pennsylvania and beyond.

The Pittsburgh 2030 District seeks to make Pittsburgh a more competitive place for business, improve employee and tenant health, and help grow the city’s reputation as a leader in building performance and sustainability.

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 Angelica CiranniIsaac 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.


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