Newsroom

Welcome to the GBA Newsroom!  In our effort to inspire the creation of healthy and high-performance spaces throughout Western Pennsylvania, we’re committed to sharing our region’s story as it relates to green buildings, products, practices, and people. See below for recent news coverage of our organization, as well as our own press releases and announcements. Meanwhile, follow our blog for unique perspectives from staff members and friends about project profiles, GBA initiatives, health, green infrastructure, GBA news, and much, much more.

News Coverage

2016 Coverage

Can we transform the built environment by 2030?

Published on June 30, 2016 in GreenBiz, written by Monica Kanojia.

Pittsburgh Excels in the 2030 Challenge

Published on June 9, 2016 in Energy Manager Today, written by Carl Weinschenk.

Pittsburgh is #1 among 2030 District Cities. Here’s why that’s a big deal.

Published on June 6, 2016 in NEXTpittsburgh, written by NEXT Staff.

Short List: May 18-24

Published on May 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh City Paper, written by CP Staff.

Pittsburgh buildings participating in energy savings effort surpass goals for 2015

Published on April 29, 2016 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Diana Nelson Jones.

Pittsburgh Buildings On Track To Reach Sustainability Goals Early

Published on April 29, 2016 in WESA, written by Liz Reid.

Pittsburgh 2030 District ahead of schedule for targeted reductions

Published on April 28, 2016 in Pittsburgh Business-Times, written by Tim Schooley.

Harrisburg eyes new uses for unspent green building funds

Published on April 19, 2016 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette PowerSource, written by Laura Legere.

BNY Mellon achieves carbon neutral status

Published on April 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh Business Times, written by Paul Gough.

CMU Sustainability Weekend explores ways to conserve energy

Published on April 3, 2016 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Diana Nelson Jones.

Allegheny Land Trust, Green Building Alliance projects win awards

Recycled on March 22, 2016 in Tech Investor News.

Allegheny Land Trust, Green Building Alliance projects win awards

Published on March 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh Business Times, written by Paul Gough.

Fourteen Environmental Stewardship Projects Earn Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Published on March 21, 2016 in PR Newswire.

Downtown, Oakland to darken Saturday during Earth Hour

Published on March 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Earth Hour 2016 – Trending Around the World: Dark Skies are IN, Bright Lights are OUT

Published on March 18, 2016 in Pittsburgh Office of Mayor William Peduto press release.

Short List: March 2-6

Published on March 2, 2016 in Pittsburgh City Paper, written by CP Staff.

EvolveEA architecture firm distinguished by grasp of environmentally friendly practices

Published on February 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, written by David Conti.

Metro Briefs February 11: Repair the World, Green Building Alliance and p4 Pittsburgh

Published on February 11, 2016 in The Jewish Chronicle.

GBA’s Dream(y) Bike Room

Published on February 1, 2016 in BikePGH.

“Make My Trip Count” Commuter Survey Results Are In!

Published on January 25, 2016 in Only in Oakland, written by Rose Savage.

Commuter survey shows higher percentage of bikers among city participants

Published on January 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh City Paper Blogh, written by Ryan Deto.

Making Our Trips Count

Published on January 21, 2016 in PCRG, written by Sarah Slater.

Commuters’ toll: A survey sheds light on Pittsburgh travel habits

Published on January 20, 2016, written by Editorial Board.

Alliance looks for energy efficiency

Published on January 19, 2016 in Go Erie, written by Anna McCartney.

Most commuters travel alone by car, according to survey

Published on January 16, 2016 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Diana Nelson Jones.

Press Release: Making Our Trips Count

Published on January 15, 2016 in PCRG, written by Chris Sandvig.

Survey: Many Pittsburgh commuters use vehicle, light rail and bus

Published on January 14, 2016 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, written by Melissa Daniels.

Downtown, Oakland Still Biggest Destinations For Pittsburgh Commuters

Published on January 14, 2016 in WESA, written by Deanna Garcia.

Survey says: 8.6% of City Residents’ Commute Trips are by Bike!

Published on January 14, 2016 in BikePGH.

2015 Coverage

Pittsburgh ‘Internet of things’ startup ready to pitch energy saving to city officials

Published on December 29, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Kris B. Mamula.

Green education initiative launched by Spectrum Charter School

Published on December 18, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Kathleen Ganster.

Pennsylvania ethics officials crack down on lobbyists

Published on November 11, 2015 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, written by Kari Andren.

Spectrum Charter in Monroeville gets ‘Green Flag Award’

Published on November 4, 2015 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, written by Gideon Bradshaw.

Lynn M. Banaszak named Athena Award Winner

Published on October 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh Business Times, written by Paul Gough.

Make My Trip Count survey

Published on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh for Public Transit, written by Molly Nichols.

PNC’s new office tower is green – but just how green?

Published on October 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh City Paper, written by Charles Rosenblum.

From Musk to dusk: a lineup not to miss at GPNP Summit

Published on October 6, 2015 in NEXTpittsburgh, written by Jennifer Baron.

Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Best route to good commuting options: Take survey

Published on October 6, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Diana Nelson Jones.

Green Building Alliance Recognized For Energy Reduction Program

Published on October 5, 2015 in WESA, written by Sarah Schneider.

Breaking Ground Green Building Update – No Turning Back

Published on October 1, 2015 in Breaking Ground, written by Jeff Burd.

A new survey explores reducing congestion in Pittsburgh

Published on September 23, 2015 in Pittsburgh City Paper, written by Bill O’Driscoll.

City survey asks how you get to work, school

Published on September 22, 2015 in South Pittsburgh Reporter.

City Officials Want To Know About Pittsburghers’ Commutes

Published on September 15, 2015 in WESA, written by Deanna Garcia.

Killer commute?: Pittsburgh wants to know how you get to the city

Published on September 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Editorial Board.

Commuter Survey Could Help Shape City’s Transportation Future

Published on September 14, 2015 in KDKA, written by Lynne Hayes-Freeland.

Peduto announces online survey focusing on Pittsburgh commuters

Published on September 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh Business Times, written by Tim Schooley.

What do you think of your commute? Pittsburgh officials create survey

Published on September 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Kim Lyons.

Pittsburgh launches online survey to learn commuter habits

Published on September 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Meet the 2015 ATHENA nominees and finalists

Published on September 8, 2015 in NEXTpittsburgh, written by NEXT staff.

Top 5: Largest Pittsburgh-region LEED-certified

Published on August 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh Business-Times, written by Ethan Lott.

Pittsburgh 25th Anniversary ATHENA and ATHENA Young

Published on July 27, 2015 in Allegheny Conference, written by Phil Cynar.

Energy Spotlight: Aurora Sharrard

Published on July 12, 2015 in Pittsburgh-Tribune Review, written by David Conti.

Developers, Pittsburgh leaders set sights on more energy-efficient homes

Published on June 20, 2015 in Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, written by Bob Karlovits.

As green buildings evolve, latest survey ranks Pittsburgh in middle of pack

Published on June 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Power Source, written by Daniel Moore.

Unfinished Business

Published in June, 2015 in H Magazine (Page 21),written by Christine O’Toole.

What’s working in the energy-conserving Pittsburgh 2030 District? 

Published on May 27, 2015 in Pittsburgh City Paper, written by Bill O’Driscoll.

Essential Pittsburgh: Wilkinsburg School District Seeks Partner for Middle School Education

Published on May 19, 2015, in WESA’s Essential Pittsburgh, written by Paul Guggenheimer.

Essential Pittsburgh: Keeping Pittsburgh a ‘Happy City’ Through Experiment & Design
Published on May 12, 2015 in WESA’s Essential Pittsburgh, written by Paul Guggenheimer.

Public-Private Partnership Sees Energy Use Drop

Published on May 2, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Don Hopey.

Update on Energy-Conserving Pittsburgh 2030 District

Published on April 30, 2015 in the Pittsburgh City Paper Blogh, written by Bill O’Driscoll.

More Buildings Signing up for Energy Reduction Initiative

Published on April 24, 2015 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, written by Tim Schooley.

Drilling in Frick Park mines heating source for new center

Published on April 21, 2015 on Bakken.com, written by Don Hopey.

Drilling in Frick Park Mines Heating Source for New Center 

Published on April 20, 2015 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Don Hopey. Re-posted on Bakken.com.

URA to Reduce Energy Consumption by 80 Percent in SouthSide Works Garages

Published on April 14, 2015 in the South Pittsburgh Reporter.

Energy Consumption to Drop at URA Parking Garages Thanks to Lighting Upgrades

Published and aired on April 13, 2015 on 90.5 WESA, reported by Deanna Garcia.

Key Obama Campaign Consultant Speaks at Hill House Tomorrow

Published on April 8, 2015 on Pittsburgh City Paper’s Blogh, written by Bill O’Driscoll.

Women in Green Building: Speak Up and Do What You Love

Published on March 31, 2015 on Sourceable, written by Angela Fedele.

Earth Hour will Darken Pittsburgh’s Skyline Saturday

Published on March 27, 2015 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, written by Don Hopey.

Pittsburgh Organizations To Turn Off Their Lights For Earth Hour

Published and aired on March 25 on 90.5 WESA, reported by Marcus Charleston and Jessica Nath.

Urban Farming Pioneer Will Allen: “It’s All About the Soil”

Published on March 17, 2015 on NEXTpittsburgh, written by Drew Cranisky.

CMU & IBM Launch First Cloud-based Analytics Partnership for Smarter Buildings

Published on March 16, 2015 on Intelligent Building Today, written by Leighann Morris.

Pittsburgh’s Food Supply: The Haves and Have Nots

Published on March 10, 2015 on Pittsburgh Magazine’s Eat Street blog, written by Hal B. Klein.

CMU to Save Millions in Energy Costs Annually

Published on March 5, 2015 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s PowerSource, written by Daniel Moore.

Welcome to the New Pittsburgh: A City Transformed

Published in the February 2015 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine, written by Dennis Roddy.

The Power of Purpose: 6 Pittsburgh “B Corps” on a Mission

Published on January 13, 2015 on NEXTpittsburgh, Written by Gina Mazza.

2014 Coverage

Blue Mind: How Our Water Can Build Community and Improve Health

Published on December 2, 2014 on NEXTpittsburgh, Written by Deb Smit.

40 Under 40 Awards

Published in the November 2014 Issue of Pittsburgh Magazine.

Emerald Evening 2014

Published in the November 2014 Issue of Whirl Magazine (p.42), Written by Andrea Bosco.

Blue Mind: How Water Improves Our Quality of Life

Published on November 12, 2014 on Essential Pittsburgh, 90.5 WESA by Heather McClain.

Seeking a Sharing Economy to Serve Diversity

Published on October 24, 2014 on The Allegheny Front, 90.5 WESA.

Greenlife PA – Green Building Alliance

Published on October 23, 2014 on WVIA Greenlife PA, by Kris Hendrickson.

Dero Dream Bike Room Contest: BikeTexas and Green Building Alliance are Both Winners

Published on October 21, 2014 on PR Web.

Oakland’s About to Get Really Green: Pittsburgh 2030 District

Published on October 16, 2014 on NEXTpittsburgh, Written by Margaret Krauss.

A Brief Interview with Sean from the Pittsburgh Office of Green Building Alliance

Published on October 9, 2014 on Downtown Pittsburgh Life, Written by Michael Pellas.

Shareable and Sustainable Cities for Everyone

Published on October 8, 2014 on Essential Pittsburgh, 90.5 WESA by Heather McClain.

Short List (October 1-9): Dr. Antwi Akom

Published on October 1, 2014 in Pittsburgh City Paper, Written by Bill O’Driscoll

Phipps Executive Director Richard V. Piacentini Received Green Building Alliance Legacy Award

Published on October 1, 2014 in Techburg, Written by Andy Quayle

New Tools for Smart Data Collection

Published on October 1, 2014 in UBM Future Cities, Written by Jordan Fradde

An Evening with the Stars at the Alliance to Save Energy’s Annual Awards Event

Published on September 26, 2014 on USGBC Articles, Written by Jeremy Sigmon.

About Pittsburgh’s Low Ranking for Green Square Footage

Published on September 25, 2014 in The Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley

Oakland Takes on Energy Challenge

Published on September 5, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley.

Carlow Eyes Energy Reductions in $15.7 Million Renovation Project

Published on September 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Power Source, Written by Larry Roberts.

Painting a Roof White the First of Many Steps to Come for Oakland Organization

Published on September 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Power Source, Written by Kate Mishkin.

UPMC Effort Includes Adding LED Lighting

Published on September 2, 2014 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Power Source, Written by Madasyn Czebiniak.

LEED v4 and the New Sustainability Measures

Published in the September 2014 Issue of CMAA eJournal (p.10), Written by Janel Everly.

Going Green

Published in the September 2014 Issue of Mt. Lebanon Magazine, Written by Katelynn Metz.

Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance Emerald Evening Awards Dinner Sept. 25

Published in September 2014 on www.northcentralpa.com.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Expands to Oakland

Published on August 29, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Business Briefs.

Oakland Joins Energy Reduction Efforts

Aired on August 28 and 29, 2014 on 90.5 WESA News and 91.3 WYEP, Reported by Erika Beras.

Oakland 2030 District Launches with More Than 80 Percent of Neighborhood’s Property Committed

Published on August 28, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Mention in Real Estate Notes

Published on August 23, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Written by Sam Spatter.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Raises the Bar for Sustainability

Aired on August 17, 2014 on WPXI Our Region’s Business.

Oakland 2030 District launches with more than 80 percent of neighborhood’s property committed

Published on August 28, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, written by Tim Schooley.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Expands into Oakland

Published on August 23 2014 in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Real Estate Notes.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Raises the Bar for Sustainability

Aired on August 17, 2014 on WPXI’s Our Region’s Business.

Energy-saving program spreads from Downtown to Oakland      

Published on August 8, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Written by Sam Spatter.

Pittsburgh 2030 District to Add Oakland

Published on August 8, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley.

In brief: Hot Metal Flats, Green Design Awards, and More

Published in NextPittsburgh on June 16, 2014, Written by Matthew Wein.

Pittsburgh Aggressively Reduces Energy and Water

Published on June 2, 2014 in BUILDINGS Magazine.

Photo from the Inspire Speakers Series

Published in the June 2014 issue of Whirl Magazine.

Green Building Alliance – NWPA Video

Published on May 14, 2014 in Pennsylvania News & Buzz.

Schiller “Reaching People Where They’re At”

Published on May 9, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Kris Mamula.

Loftness Designs Ways to Integrate Nature into Buildings

Published on May 9, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Meghan Holohan.

Luther Translates Green Benefits for Developers

Published on May 9, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Kris Mamula.

Dero Dream Bike Room Contest Winner: Bike Texas

Published on May 8, 2014 on Intercooler Online.

Mayor Attends City Development Trip in Germany

Published on May 6, 2014 in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Written by Moriah Balinglit

Peduto Visits Germany on Trade Trip

Published on May 6, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley.

Wednesday Rundown: A Greener Downtown and Equality in the Workplace

Aired on April 23, 2014 on 90.5 WESA’s Essential Pittsburgh, Posted by Marcus Charleston.

Dero Dream Bike Room Contest Finalists Announced: Green Building Alliance and BikeTexas

Aired on April 23, 2014 on Digital Journal.

Pittsburgh 2030 District is Two Years Ahead of Schedule for Energy Reductions in Downtown Pittsburgh

Published on April 23, 2014 in Pop City, Written by Amanda Leff Richie.

Pittsburgh’s 2030 District Hits 2015 Target Ahead of Schedule

Published on April 21, 2014 in Eco Building Pulse, Written by Katie Weeks.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Ahead of Schedule for Energy-Use Reductions

Published on April 18, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley.

Downtown Energy Conservation Initiative Reports Results

Published on April 18, 2014 on the Pittsburgh City Paper Blog, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

Pittsburgh Buildings Ahead in 2030 Goals

Published on April 17, 2014 in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Power Source, Written by Anya Litvak.

How Green is Downtown Pittsburgh?

Published on April 17, 2014 on NEXTpittsburgh, Written by Deb Smit.

Local 2030 District Ahead of Goal to Reduce Energy

Published on April 17, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Business Briefs.

Green Building Alliance CEO: Pittsburgh Has “Strong Leadership” Role in Sector

Published on April 14, 2014 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Power Source, Written by Michael Sanserino.

Inspire Speakers Series: Dr. John Francis

Published in the April 9 – 17, 2014 Edition of Pittsburgh City Paper’s Short List, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

How is Russia Doing in Terms of Development of Green Buildings? 

Aired on April 4, 2014 on Voice of Russia Radio, Reported by John Harrison.

Pittsburgh Buildings Go Dark for Earth Hour

Published on April 3, 2014 in the Duquesne Duke, Written by Jen Cardone.

Downtown Participants Sought for Saturday’s Earth Hour

Published on March 27, 2014 in the Pittsburgh City Paper Blog, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

Green School Designs of the Future

Posted on January 20, 2014 on the Erie TV News website, Reported by Lisa Adams.

Inspire Speakers Series: David Sobel

Published in the January 8 – 16, 2014 Edition of Pittsburgh City Paper’s Short List, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

2013 Coverage

The Russians are Coming

Published in the November 27 – December 5, 2013 Edition of Pittsburgh City Paper’s Short List, Written by Bill O’Driscoll

If you don’t associate Russia with green buildings, you’re not entirely wrong: The push to make high-performing structures that are kinder to the environment and nicer for people to inhabit is just getting started there. Mike Schiller, who heads Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance, learned as much on his speaking tour there this past summer. 

Schiller Says “Building Green Can Save Green”

Published on October 4, 2013 in the New Pittsburgh Courier, Written by Editorial Staff

Mike Schiller, CEO of Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance told the audience at the African American Chamber of Commerce Power Breakfast that whether Catastrophic Global Warming theory is correct or not, or even if no one can really define what “green” is, it still makes bottom-line sense to build that way because waste can be expensive.

Green Schools Academy Wants Kids’ Green Projects Through November

Published on October 2, 2013 in Pop City, Written by Marty Levine.

Organizers at Green Building Alliance say they already have 1,661 kids, school officials and community members doing 22 projects created by 10 schools alongside representatives from local green agencies and businesses.

Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance Makes Recycling Easier than Throwing Away

Published on September 27, 2013 on Recycling @ Work, an Initiative of Keep America Beautiful

“One thing we’ve done is provide recycling bins that are larger than our garbage bin.  This is one way to remind employees that most of their waste should go into the recycling and composting bins,” says Leslie Montgomery.

Green Building Alliance Celebrates Anniversary

Published on September 24, 20133 on the Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Website

The Green Building Alliance celebrated its 20th anniversary Sept. 12 at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

BNY Mellon Sustainability Achievements a Boost to Pittsburgh’s Green Appeal

Posted on September 19, 2013 on 4-Traders via PR Newswire.

BNY Mellon is a charter member of the Pittsburgh 2030 District in which the region’s commercial property owners and managers work collaboratively to attain sustainability targets and support the city’s legacy as a national leader in green buildings. 

Green Building Comes Back to High Performance

Published in the September/October 2013 Issue of Breaking Ground Magazine (p. 15), Written by Jeff Burd.  

“GBA and I would make the argument that there are lots of ways to become a green building – we should stop saying green building because we really mean a green place or space – and there are lots of ways that you should think about a green space beyond your building,” says Mike Schiller, GBA’s CEO.

Designing Down Demand

Published on August 21, 2013 in Pittsburgh City Paper, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

Pittsburgh, which last week hosted the inaugural 2030 Districts Summit, boasts one of just four 2030 Districts… Pittsburgh’s year-old district, administered by the Green Building Alliance, includes 100 buildings and more than half the square footage in its central business district; participants include PNC, Alcoa, Highmark and the City of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh’s Downtown Office Buildings Take On 2030 District Efficiency Challenge

Published on August 9, 2013 by The Allegheny Front, Written by Kara Holsopple

The Allegheny Front follows a tour of 11 Stanwix, as partners of the Pittsburgh 2030 District learn about various ways to implement changes, and the benefits that can result from energy and water reductions

Pittsburgh 2030 District Challenge

Published on August 8, 2013 by Essential Pittsburgh, Written by John Lavanga

A discussion with GBA’s Sean Luther, on where the Pittsburgh 2030 District is one year after its launch.  Exceeding 50% participation and hosting the first national 2030 Districts Summit are some examples of the success the District has seen over the past year.

The Hanley Foundation Salutes Edward Mazria and The 2030 Districts Summit August 12-13 in Pittsburgh, PA

Published on August 8, 2013 by Digital Journal

The Hanley Foundation celebrates the work of Edward Mazria and the work he’s doing to change the built environment through the 2030 Challenge.

National 2030 District Summit coming to Pittsburgh

Published on July 31, 2013 by Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Louis A. Corsaro

Pittsburgh will host the first national 2030 Districts Summit, which will feature a public keynote address by Ed Mazria.

Newest “Cool Roof” to be Painted this Weekend on the North Side

Aired on July 25, 2013 on 90.5 WESA, Reported by Deanna Garcia.

“A cool roof is, in this case, a roof that is painted with white paint rather than the traditional black or dark paint roofs are traditionally painted with,” said Leslie Montgomery, spokeswoman for the Green Building Alliance. “It reflects the sun so it can decrease the temperature of the building and make it more energy efficient.”

Benefits to Entering the Cloud

Published on July 5, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Dan Dillman.

As with the matter of the safety of documents, it is widely recognized that going paperless is environmentally responsible… This could be particularly helpful to downtown companies participating in the Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District, an effort to reduce energy, water and transportation emissions by 2030.

Green Building Alliance Aims for Healthier Schools

Published on June 28, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Ethan Lott.

As the vice president of green schools with the Green Building Alliance, Jenna Cramer works with educators to develop new ways to marry the educational goals of schools with the benefits of making them greener and healthier in general through its Green Schools Academy.

LEED-ing to Green Pastures

Published on June 28, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Ethan Lott.

Six years ago, the Business Times compiled its first list of LEED-certified/green projects and buildings.

LEED-Certified Projects Keep Pittsburgh “Green”

Slideshow published on June 28, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times.

Debating Merits of Energy-Disclosure Laws

Published on May 31, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Aurora Sharrard.

Should a building’s annual energy and water usage and expenses be accessible to potential buyers or tenants? For commercial buildings? For public properties? For homes? Or is utility consumption private data? 

Pennsylvania’s Five Coolest Green Buildings

Published on May 16, 2013 in Keystone Edge, Written by Elise Vider. 

These buildings are flooded with natural light, incorporate beautiful, natural materials and co-exist with innovative landscaping schemes.

Greener Together

Published on May 15, 2013 in Pittsburgh City Paper, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

If the federal government is shirking its duty to act on climate change, we figure, locals must lead.

Five Standout Ways Pittsburgh Groups are Advancing Communities

Published on May 8, 2013 in Pop City, Written by Deb Smit.

Majora Carter, known internationally as the woman who “greened the ghetto” in New York City, was in Pittsburgh for the Inspire Speakers Series, a program presented by the Green Building Alliance and Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens.

CleanTech Investment Fund: A Green Bank for a Greener Pittsburgh

Published on May 5, 2013 on www.billpeduto.com, Written by Bill Peduto.

Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance was the beginning of a revolution for our city. The first affiliate of the U.S. Green Building Council to be created in the country, the Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance opened its doors in 1993 and has transformed the way we think about the built environment.

In the Spotlight: Best Practices Make Perfect

Published on May 3, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Written by Joyce Gannon.

PNC’s nationally recognized commitment to operating efficient buildings has helped raise their profile around the country concurrent with their transformation from a regional bank into a national financial services provider,” said Sean Luther, director of the alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District.

Senate Panel Approves Bills to Expand Natural Gas Services

Published on May 3, 2013 on The Allegheny Front, Written by Marie Cusick

A pair of bills moving through the state legislature aim to give consumers more access to Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas reserves.

Walkabout: Pittsburgh Couple Energized by Idea of Home with High Efficiency

Published on April 30, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Written by Diana Nelson Jones.

Cheap energy has been a curse through American history, when most construction was not — and still isn’t — configured to use energy optimally. Now those costs are rising. 

PNC: Green Groundbreaker, the Financial Giant Creates the World’s Greenest Building

Published on April 23, 2013 in the Point Park News Service, Written by Veronica Kropf.

In 1998, when Rebecca Flora heard on the radio that PNC Financial Services Inc. was beginning construction on what became its Firstside Center in downtown Pittsburgh, she decided to make a chance phone call to see if the company would consider employing sustainable business practices.

Green & Gold: Pens Strike it Rich in Energy Efficiency

Published on April 23, 2013 in the Point Park News Service, Written by Alexandra Perry.

Before the Pittsburgh Penguins had a serious discussion about turning the all-new CONSOL Energy Center green, most of their intentions were built around cost consciousness, not sustainability.

Congratulations, Pittsburgh 2030 District, You’re Half Way There!

Posted on April 22, 2013 on Leslie Saul & Associates, Inc.

For the most part, the green design movement has been grass roots-based. Only recently have municipalities begun to jump on the bandwagon to get involved.

For Well-Traveled Schiller, GBA is Feeling Like Home

Published on April 19, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley.

As a serial entrepreneur himself, Mike Schiller knew what to keep in mind more than two years ago when he replaced the Green Building Alliance’s founder as CEO.

Diamond Award Honorees Celebrated

Published on April 19, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Lou Corsaro.

Sixteen of the region’s top company leaders were recognized at Thursday’s Diamond Awards ceremony at the Duquesne Club, downtown.

Pittsburgh’s Sustainability Around Every Corner

Published on April 19, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Leslie Montgomery.

The Green Building Alliance — the regional chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council — views sustainable building design as any effort made to create and maintain a healthy and high-performing building. Examples can be found all over our city, and you can either pursue one of these methods or adapt any of them to fit your needs.

Building Momentum

Published on April 17, 2013 in Pittsburgh City Paper, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

Richard Leigh, a physicist and engineer, once labored to improve the efficiency of boilers and air conditioners. But facing the enormous stresses that human energy use imposes on the planet, he tired of “making something better by 10 percent.” 

Urban Renewal: How Pittsburgh Could Save the World… Or at Least Itself

Published on April 17, 2013 in Pittsburgh City Paper.

One local initiative, the Pittsburgh 2030 District, is encouraging Downtown property owners to halve their energy use by 2030. 

Inspire Speakers Series: Majora Carter

Published in the April 2 – 11 Edition of Pittsburgh City Paper’s Short List, Written by Bill O’Driscoll.

Majora Carter rose to prominence by advocating for — and achieving — green development in her South Bronx community, everything from job training to a new riverfront park. 

Pittsburgh Office Building Earns Highest LEED Ranking in the State, Fifth Best in the World

Published on March 27, 2013 in Pop City, Written by Andrew Moore. 

One of the Pittsburgh region’s leading construction companies has a new headquarters that’s now among the “greenest” in the world.

Conversation Starters: Green Building Alliance

Published on March 20, 2013 in Edible Allegheny’s Around Allegheny.

Looking to learn more about environmental infrastructure, architecture, urban planning, and beyond? Join The Green Building Alliance at Phipps Conservatory for the Inspire Speakers Series, held the second Thursday of each month. 

2013 Business Women First, Aurora Sharrard

Published on March 15, 2013 by Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Louis A. Corsaro

After graduating from Tulane University in Louisiana, Aurora Sharrard began practicing as a geotechnical engineer, doing a lot of construction-site work…

Pittsburgh’s 2030 District Gets Big Business (and Small Business) on Board with Healthy and High Performing Buildings

Published on March 15, 2013 by USGBC, Written by Leslie Montgomery

Pittsburgh has long worked to overcome its reputation as a steel town. The city has made great progress over the years; it now ranks #14 nationally for the number of LEED-certified buildings, places at the top of many “Most Livable Cities” lists, and boasts an impressive  collection of universities with leading sustainability initiatives. The recently launched Pittsburgh 2030 District…

The Pittsburgh 2030 District

Published on March 15, 2013 by All Facilities Energy Group, Written by Cole Williams

Considering the fact that most Americans spend 90% of their lives inside a building, it should come as no surprise that our buildings represent a large energy problem.The built environment consumes 50% of total energy, 70% of electricity, and produces 38% of all greenhouse gas emissions. These figures, produced by the GBA, mean that buildings are a major pressure point..

Green Building Alliance promoting energy-efficient buildings Laurel Highlands

Published on March 10, 2013 by The Tribune Democrat, Written by Dave Sutor

There are at least a half-dozen Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified buildings throughout the local area. The Pittsburgh-based Green Building Alliance would like to see that number increase significantly…

Pittsburgh Reacts to Mayor Ravenstahl’s Announcement

Published on March 1, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Aurora Sharrard, vice president of innovation for the Green Building Alliance, said: “He and his staff have been very supportive of several things, starting with the Green Government Task Force work that led to the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative. He continued Mayor O’Connor’s support for that. He hired the first sustainability coordinator that the city has ever had.”

Power Shift: Downtown Pittsburgh To Halve Energy Consumption by 2030

Published on February 22, 2103 by GOOD, Written by Deena Shanker

Anyone who has ever worked in an office knows this simple truth: these buildings use a lot of energy. Between the twenty-four hour lobby lights, the never ending use of paper, and the blasting heat or air conditioning, it probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that according to the Center for Sustainable Systems at the University of Michigan, in 2011, commercial buildings consumed 19 percent…

Smart Buildings: Old or New, Pittsburgh’s Structures Can Save Energy

Published on February 18, 2013 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Editorial Section

Sean Luther, who heads the Pittsburgh 2030 District for the Green Building Alliance, said there are 550 buildings in Pittsburgh’s target zone, with 92 of them committed to the effort.

PA Green Building Legislative Update

Published on February 11, 2103 by The Pennsylvania General Assembly

On February 11, the High-Performance State Buildings Standards Act (HB 34) was passed by a 163 to 32 vote.  The bill – which provides for the creation of high-performance building standards – will now go to the Senate, where it should be referred to the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee in the near future.  The bill was sponsored by Representative Kate Harper from Montgomery County.  Stay tuned for more details as this bill goes to the Senate.

Pittsburgh’s 2030 District Participation Reaches Halfway Point

Published on February 7, 2013 by Eco Building Pulse, Written by Katie Weeks

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, which aims to have 100 percent of downtown Pittsburgh property owners commit to reducing their water and energy use and transportation emissions by 50 percent by 2030, is halfway to  its signatory goal. On Feb. 1, the nonprofit organization Green Building Alliance (GBA), which is spearheading the initiative, announced that 31 property owners representing nearly 28 million square feet—half of the square footage in the designated 2030 District…

Pittsburgh Companies Cut Energy Use in Downtown Buildings

Published on February 6, 2013 by Energy Manager Today, Written by Linda Hardesty

Four more partners have joined the Pittsburgh 2030 District, a collaborative of public and private organizations, working to create a high-performance building district in downtown Pittsburgh.The newcomers are Heinz Field, US Steel Tower, properties of Point Park University and the…

Heinz Field among those joining Pittsburgh 2030 energy-saving effort

Published on February 5, 2013 by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Written by Mark Belko

With the newest additions, one Pittsburgh list is becoming a little less exclusive. And that’s a good thing. Heinz Field, U.S. Steel Tower and properties of Point Park University and the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh have become the latest to be included in a campaign to cut energy, water and transportation consumption by 50 percent by the year…

GBA product grant helps Energy Wall and Dustin Eplee expand PA as a Clean Technology Leader

Published on February 5, 2013 by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Written by Mark Belko

Dustin Eplee has been tinkering and thinking big since he was a boy. The Montgomery County native built a small hot-air balloon that “actually worked” for a puppet show at the vacation bible school he worked at  growing up, and for a middle school eco-fair, the project he built was  too big to get through the school’s doors.

2012 Coverage

Carnegie Startup Joins the GBA on Pittsburgh 2030 to Promote Environmental Innovation

Published on November 14, 2012 in Pop City, Written by Deb Smit

The Efficiency Network (TEN), a Carnegie-based company that helps commercial property owners to reduce their carbon footprint, has teamed up with the Green Building Alliance (GBA) to move the Pittsburgh 2030 District forward.

Ed Mazria, Creator of the 2030 Initiative

Published on September 28, 2012 in the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Tim Schooley

Count Pittsburgh as the third city in the U.S. to join the 2030 Initiative, a project to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere until the country is carbon neutral in the year 2030.

Tips on High-Performance Building Strategies

Published on September 7, 2012 by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Aurora Sharrard, Sarah Hoover, and Kelly Henderson.

We spend 90 percent of our time indoors, so shouldn’t our buildings be healthier? Aurora Sharrard, Sarah Hoover, and Kelly Henderson of the Green Building Alliance, explain what property owners should consider when improving the performance of their buildings.

eCenter at LindenPointe to Celebrate LEED Rating

Published on September 6, 2012 in The Business Journal.

On Sept. 13,  the Green Building Alliance will join the city of Hermitage and HHSDR Architects/Engineers to celebrate the first LEED-certified office building in Mercer County.

Pittsburgh One of Three Cities to Join 2030 Challenge

Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012 in The Duquesne Duke, Written by Zach Brendza

The city of Pittsburgh and Green Building Alliance announced on Aug. 21 that Pittsburgh is taking part in the Architecture 2030 Challenge. The challenge encourages cooperating cities to cut their energy, water and transportation emissions in half in a designated district by the year 2030.

Pittsburgh Joins Cleveland and Seattle, Launches a 2030 District

Published on August 22, 2012 in Architecture 2030 E-News

2030 Districts are forming in great American cities to meet the energy, water and transportation emissions reduction targets called for by Architecture 2030 in the 2030 Challenge for Planning…

Carbon Neutral by 2030

Published on August 23, 2012 by EcoBuildingPulse, Written by Lindsey Roberts

Pittsburgh now has 20 years to become carbon neutral, if it is to make the 2030 Challenge.

Downtown, North Shore Buildings to Halve Energy, Resource Use

Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Written by Sam Spatter

Owners of 61 properties Downtown and on the North Shore – including major structures One Oxford Centre, BNY Mellon Center and Three PNC Plaza – on Tuesday agreed to cut energy, water and transportation consumption by 50 percent by the year 2030 as part of a national campaign…

Pittsburgh building owners make conservation pledge

Published on August 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Lou Corsaro

Downtown building owners made a pledge Tuesday to cut energy, water and transportation consumption to conserve resources.

City Buildings Going Green

Published by KQV Radio

The owners of 61 Downtown and North Shore buildings have taken a public pledge to reduce their energy, water, and transportation consumption by 50 percent over the next two decades.

Downtown Pittsburgh Owners Vow to Go Green

Published on August 22, 2012 by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Written by Mark Belko.

One by one, they stepped to the microphone Tuesday to pledge some of Downtown’s most celebrated properties — from One Oxford Centre to PNC Park — to going greener.

Tiversa Joins Pittsburgh 2030 District Founding Partners

Published on August 22, 2012 by Tiversa

Tiversa, the cyber-intelligence experts, have been named a Founding Partner of the Pittsburgh 2030 District.

Pittsburgh 2030 District Launch Highlights

Slideshow Published on August 22, 2012 by Storify (by Kate Hawthorne).

Pittsburgh Building Owners Make Conservation Pledge

Published on August 22, 2012 by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Written by Lou Corsaro

City Buildings Going Green

Aired on August 22, 2012 on WKQV Radio, Reported by PJ Maloney.

The owners of 61 Downtown and North Shore buildings have taken a public pledge to reduce their energy, water, and transportation consumption by 50 percent over the next two decades. The effort is being led by the Green Building Alliance, and CEO Mike Schiller talked about it on the LiveLine with PJ Maloney.

Pittsburgh Building Owners Pledge To Cut Energy & Water Usage

Published on August 21, 2012 by Pittsburgh Post Gazette written by Mark Belko

The Green Building Alliance is challenging Pittsburgh property owners to reduce the use of water, energy, and transportation emissions by 50% by 2030. Green Building Alliance C-E-O Mike Schiller, said the property owners who have committed to the initiative are called “2030 Districts,” and others have already been established in Seattle and Cleveland.

Older Coverage

Green Building Alliance Awarded First LEED Platinum Certification in Western Pa

Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 in Pop City, Written by Caralyn Green.

GBA received the highest level of green building certification for its new offices in the River Walk Corporate Centre on the South Side of Pittsburgh.  GBA was the first U.S. Green Building Council chapter or affiliate to earn LEED Platinum certification and received more than 75% of the total points available.

Dustin Eplee Profile

Published by Keystone Edge

The result was a patent for a membrane that’s three times more breathable than Gore-Tex and the basis of Energy Wall, which passed extensive testing in seven residential buildings from Carlisle to North Carolina to Canada. The product achieved up to 90 percent efficiency with no dirt or particulate building through testing funded by the Green Building Alliance in Pittsburgh.

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