Pittsburgh 2030 District

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is comprised of building owners and facility managers, community partners, and local resource partners who are taking on the aggressive reductions targets of the 2030 Challenge.

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.

View the 2015 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 and launched a second boundary in nearby Oakland on August 28, 2014.

Current commitments to the inspirational 50% reduction goals by the year 2030 include 491 buildings, totaling 78.7 million square feet (72.5% of the District’s square footage).  Property partners are supported in this quest by 44 Community and Resource Partners, all of whom support the initiative with their existing expertise and programs.


ENERGY: 12.5% reduction, exceeding 2015 incremental goal of 10% below baseline

  • 868 million kBtu avoided
  • Equivalent to the annual energy use of 6,353 homes, 14,673 passenger vehicles, 162,087 barrels of oil, or 1,358 flights between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles

WATER: 10.3% reduction, exceeding 2015 incremental goal of 10% below baseline

  • Equivalent to the annual water use of 624 homes
  • Includes first-ever Oakland-specific water baseline calculations

TRANSPORTATION EMISSIONS: 24.2% reduction, exceeding 2020 incremental goal of 20% below baseline

INDOOR AIR QUALITY: Pilot complete.

  • Completed development for standard protocol for measurement, tracking, and benchmarking
  • 2016 rollout planned, both locally and nationally

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is 1 of 15 in North America, aggregating hundreds of buildings which have made individual commitments to 2030 Challenge goals. Along with 2030 Districts in Albuquerque, Austin, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Grand Rapids, Ithaca, Los Angeles, 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 Quinn Zeagler .

Big Thanks to Pittsburgh 2030 District Sponsors

The Pittsburgh 2030 District is sponsored by The Efficiency Network (TEN), a next-generation energy efficiency company that uses cutting-edge technology and automation to simplify the complexity, empower customers, and dramatically reduce the cost of energy efficiency, and Covestro, a leading supplier of high-tech polymers used in building technologies.

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