Pittsburgh 2030 District Exceeds All Three Milestone Reduction Targets for 2015

oconner_ervin_fitzgerald-siefken-2030-district-webPittsburgh leads 12 international 2030 Districts in size and progress. 

2015 achievements, measured performance results revealed in Progress Report

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance with boundaries in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland, announced on April 28th in its annual report to local leaders and the business community that the District has met and exceeded all three reduction targets – energy, water, and transportation emissions. The Pittsburgh 2030 District has reduced its total energy and water consumption by 12.5 percent and 10.3 percent, respectively, surpassing its 2015 goal of 10 percent. It also reported a reduction in transportation emissions by 24.2 percent, exceeding its 2020 goal of a 20 percent reduction – five years early. The District, which collects and aggregates actual performance data from committed buildings within its two District boundaries, is the largest of 12 internationally recognized 2030 District cities and is the first to report that the incremental goals have been achieved and surpassed.

“We continue to see remarkable progress from the hundreds of participants in the Pittsburgh 2030 District.” – Mayor William Peduto.

2030-attendees-web“The Pittsburgh 2030 District is spearheading our region’s efforts to drive real estate investment in a more sustainable way,” said Anna J. Siefken, Vice President of Strategic Engagement and Pittsburgh 2030 District Director. “The diligent work of 85 property partners practicing exceptional commitment via 438 buildings – more than 68.2 million square feet – is paying off. 2015 was a milestone year for Pittsburgh. We’re delighted that building owners and facility managers will see the financial benefits of exceeding our incremental goals as a collective. The Pittsburgh 2030 District leads the nation in building commitments and their associated energy and water savings, and we will continue to develop new initiatives to advance measurement and success.”

The District’s commitments currently include 438 commercial buildings for a total of 68.2 million square feet. In 2015, the Pittsburgh 2030 District added 6.7 million square feet (including the early-2015 expansion into The Bluff), 57 buildings, and 17 partners. Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland are the second and third largest commercial business districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

“I’m proud of the work done by the many participants in the Pittsburgh 2030 District,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “This initiative has inspired significant, sustainable advancement in the region. These building owners and facility managers, both at the County and throughout Downtown and Oakland, are having a measurable impact on our region’s economic vitality. Their collaborative efforts place Pittsburgh as the leader among all cities internationally who are participating in the 2030 Districts Network and we, as a community, are better off for their endeavors and strong commitment.”

“We continue to see remarkable progress from the hundreds of participants in the Pittsburgh 2030 District,” said Mayor William Peduto. “The efforts of committed building owners and facility managers within Downtown and Oakland are exemplary – and they represent the best work from the brightest entities from within our City.”

PITTSBURGH 2030 DISTRICT ACHIEVEMENTS through 2015anna-2030-impacts-web

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

isaac-pgh2030-webTRANSPORTATION 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 Progress Report for 2015 outlines significant, measured results for the initiative, and outlines other noteworthy achievements, including a new transportation baseline, Oakland-specific water consumption reporting for the first time, and information about the recently completed indoor air quality pilot. The Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report Reception, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on April 28, 2016, featured remarks from Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, City of Pittsburgh Chief Resiliency Officer Grant Ervin, and Pittsburgh 2030 District Director Anna J. Siefken. The marquee event was attended by more than 200 industry stakeholders, elected officials, representatives of the city and region, building owners, facility managers and many other guests.

About the Pittsburgh 2030 District:

Pittsburgh 2030 District is an internationally recognized, locally driven, voluntary initiative that encourages business owners and facility managers in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland to work collaboratively toward aggressive 50% reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions (below baseline) by the year 2030 – to save money and to increase each building’s operational efficiency. Participants, which include Property Partners, Community Stakeholders, and Resource Organizations, are committed to the measured building performance goals of the 2030 Challenge. Part of an international 2030 Districts Network, Pittsburgh 2030 District represents 438 buildings and more than 68.2 million square feet of commercial real estate, and is a public-private partnership convened by Green Building Alliance.

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