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Pittsburgh 2030 District Recognized with International Downtown Association Award

Touted for building a healthier, higher performing downtown, Pittsburgh on top again. The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of the Green Building Alliance, today received a prestigious award from the International Downtown Association for its work to significantly reduce energy consumption, water use and transportation emissions in Downtown Pittsburgh and Oakland. The “Downtown Merit Award” […]

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2030 Glossary: Challenge, Commitment, Districts, Palette, & Products

When we’re talking about things focused on the year 2030, there are many — and understanding of these different programs, measurement mechanisms, and tools varies widely across the country.  As a result, if you’re confused about the difference between The 2030 Challenge, the AIA 2030 Commitment, AIA + 2030, the 2030 Palette, 2030 Districts, and […]

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2030 Districts: Community Collaboration Toward Measurable, Yet Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

If you’re a Pittsburgher and/or GBA stakeholder, you’re already familiar with the 2030 District model, as well as what efforts we’ve been making through the Pittsburgh 2030 District locally. At their most basic, 2030 Districts connect property, community, professional, and resource partners in defined geographic areas (mostly downtowns, but not exclusively) to inspire measurable change […]

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You are invited – Earth Hour 2015: De-Light Pittsburgh Kickoff Celebration

Celebrate the launch of “De-Light Pittsburgh” at a special Earth Hour 2015 event!

Join honored guests Councilman Dan Gilman (City of Pittsburgh), Rich Fitzgerald (Allegheny County Executive), and Dr. Jo Ellen Parker (President of Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh) with other business and civic leaders for dessert and cocktails at a special Earth Hour 2015: “De-Light Pittsburgh” Kick-off Celebration event. Hosted by the Green Building Alliance’s Pittsburgh 2030 District and the City of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Carnegie Science Center, this event is on Saturday, March 28th from 7:30 until 10 p.m. and will be an exciting opportunity to watch the lights of Pittsburgh go dark.

Suggested attire: Dark and Sparkly.

This is a private event. Registration is now closed. Please send any questions or requests to Anna Siefken at annas@gbapgh.org. Over 21, please.

Click here to see the list of participating buildings.

About De-Light Pittsburgh

“De-Light Pittsburgh” is a year-long initiative designed to inspire a city-wide focus on energy efficiency while encouraging energy consciousness and ecological conservation to citizens. This innovative program will kick-off during the internationally-recognized Earth Hour 2015, which is Saturday, March 28th, 2015 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

What is Earth Hour?

Led by the Pittsburgh 2030 District participants, the Office of Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the Amateur Astronomers Association of Pittsburgh (AAAP), and the Green Workplace Challenge are partnering to engage Downtown and Oakland property owners and individuals in Earth Hour 2015. Property owners and managers are encouraged to participate by arranging to turn off rooftop signage and other non-essential indoor and exterior lighting in their facilities for one (1) hour on Saturday, March 28th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. – and to join us at the Carnegie Science Center for the evening’s celebration.

Learn more about Earth Hour 2015 in Pittsburgh, including public viewing sites, at https://www.go-gba.org/event/earth-hour-2015/.   

Share your comments and pictures on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram:

  • #delightpgh or #DeLightPGH
  • #earthhourpgh
  • @go_gba
  • @cityPGH

Special thanks to our partners on this event.

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2030 Water Baseline Breakfast Briefing

Join Green Building Alliance for a Breakfast Briefing on the 2030 District Water Baseline and earn a CEU or two!

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Curious about how committed buildings in Pittsburgh’s 2030 District will achieve 50% water reduction by 2030? Come hear GBA’s own Isaac Smith detail the process by which the first Pittsburgh 2030 District: Downtown water baseline came to be. Learn how historic, local water use data was aggregated in partnership with PWSA to develop individual water baselines for 12 building use types in the Pittsburgh 2030 District: Downtown.  Using this local benchmark, 2030 District committed buildings can begin measuring and tracking water consumption with comparison to average water use of similar buildings. This presentation will provide a look at the technical back-end considerations that led to the Downtown baseline.

We’ll have bagels, coffee, tea, and juice waiting for you!


  1. Develop an understanding of the Pittsburgh 2030 District: Downtown water baseline and the methodology behind its creation.
  2. Learn about individual water baselines for specific building types.
  3. Understand the potential for the Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners to reduce water consumption.
  4. Learn how the Pittsburgh 2030 District: Downtown baseline development process compares to that of other 2030 Districts.


isaac_smithIsaac Smith creates Pittsburgh 2030 District-specific resources, case studies, and communications that advance the pursuit of the 2030 Challenge’s energy, water, transportation, and indoor air quality goals.  He supports program operations, tracks District property goals, and is developing an annual District report.



GBCI CMP AIA logo  This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs and 1.5 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits. Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

2030 District Partners, please register as a “Member of a Partner Organization”.

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Pittsburgh 2030 District: Downtown Partner Meeting

A key component of the 2030 District Program; Pittsburgh 2030 District Partner meetings are for representatives from signed Property, Community, and Resource Partner organizations only.

For registration information, please contact the Pittsburgh 2030 District team Pittsburgh[at]2030districts.org

Pittsburgh 2030 District Partners Meetings are sponsored by:

evolveEA, Jendoco Construction, Pittsburgh Air Systems, St. Moritz Building Services, and WESCO

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Caretakers of God’s Creation: A Discussion with Reverend Pat Watkins, United Methodist Church

Join Reverend Pat Watkins, nationally recognized speaker, at an event sponsored by the Green Building Alliance and the Pittsburgh 2030 District, and hosted by the St. Nickolas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland.

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Watkins2What: Rev. Watkins, who is tasked with leading a ministry focused on God’s Renewed Creation globally, is coming to the Pittsburgh area. Previously a featured panelist at the White House representing general Christian theology, Rev. Watkins will speak about the importance of boosting the energy efficiency of the nation’s houses of worship. He will also bring to light the United Methodist understandings of stewardship as well as the specific things Caretakers of God’s Creation is doing to empower United Methodist congregations to practice care of creation. He will answer questions about his mission and give examples of how the United Methodist Church is becoming green. Sponsored by the Green Building Alliance and the Pittsburgh 2030 District www.2030districts.org/pittsburgh.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 11-1pm. Light lunch will be provided (please note any dietary restrictions in your registration). This event is free.

Where: St. Nickolas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S Dithridge St, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, (412) 682-3866. Parking is limited; public transportation is encouraged.

Audience: Church leadership, facilities managers, those in charge of building improvements in Pittsburgh’s church community.

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ASHRAE and CSI host an Information Session on the Pittsburgh 2030 District

ASHRAE Pittsburgh Chapter meeting September 16th
5:00 pm – Social
6:00 pm – Dinner
7:00 pm – Presentation

As an Community Partner of the Pittsburgh 2030 District, ASHRAE Pittsburgh Chapter is excited to announce it’s partnership with an organization whose mission is to promote energy efficient buildings within the City. The District’s goal is to encourage and educate building owners to renovate, or construct new and existing high-performing facilities.

Sean Luther, LEED AP ND will be speaking at Cefalo’s Restaurant in Carnegie, PA. Sean manages all aspects of the Pittsburgh 2030 District, including convening the District Partners, serving as the primary spokesman, collaborating with GBA and District stakeholders, and tracking progress towards the District’s aggressive energy, water, and transportation emission reduction goals. A Pittsburgh native, Sean earned a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Real Estate Development from Clemson University in South Carolina and he is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Downtown Association.

Contact pdorenkott@atlaswholesale.com for more information.

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Energy efficiency upgrades planned for USW headquarters

GBA’s Sean Luther joined representatives from The Efficiency Network (TEN) and Allegheny County Chief Executive Rich Fitzgerald in helping United Steelworks (USW) kick off a major water and energy efficiency upgrade at its Five Gateway Center headquarters in Downtown Pittsburgh. Planned renovations include solar water heating, lighting retrofits, HVAC upgrades, and elevator systems. TEN estimates […]

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