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The Punch List – 7/20/18

We Pittsburghers love our parks. Preservation Pittsburgh, along with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City are teaming up to add three Pittsburgh parks to the National Register of Historic Places. Pittsburgh’s largest – Frick Park, Highland Park which houses the Zoo and a vital water reservoir, and 124-year-old Riverview Park are all candidates. The expected one year process […]

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Distinguished Mayors Forum from CMU Energy Week 2018. Photo credit: Carnegie Mellon University

Our Favorite Videos from Carnegie Mellon University’s 2018 Energy Week

In case you missed it, Carnegie Mellon University’s 2018 Energy Week featured a wide variety of national and regional experts on all topics energy!  Some highlights we experienced that you may also enjoy (via already posted video!) included: KEYNOTE – Sustainability: Myth, Madness, and Magic by The Blackstone Group’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Don Anderson’s approach […]

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Renewable Energy Generation in the Race to Zero Energy

The third “The Race to Zero Energy” Series session was held at PITT OHIO in the Strip District on July 21. Suitably, this session’s topic was renewable energy, and experts presented on solar, wind, and geothermal energy generation. We heard how these technologies can tie into the grid via net metering, and about how renewable energy is being used at Chatham […]

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Costs & Benefits of a Green Roof: An Academic Study

There have been a number of incentive programs in various cities to encourage the implementation of green roofs. How cost effective is a green roof, from private costs and benefits to the building owner, to the public benefits? What is known about the reduced burden on stormwater systems, the impact on the heat island effect, and the reduction in greenhouse gas […]

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Dr. Jared Cohon

GBA’s 2016 Legacy Award Honoree is Dr. Jared Cohon

GBA is excited to announce our 2016 Legacy Award honoree: Dr. Jared L. Cohon, Carnegie Mellon University’s Director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, President Emeritus, and University Professor. As Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) third-longest president and current director of the Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation, Dr. Cohon has been a […]

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Technology in the Race to Zero Energy: Identifying Energy Inefficiencies

Session 2 of “The Race to Zero Energy” series, on June 23, was held at Carnegie Robotics in Lawrenceville. The state-of-the-art facility, formerly a warehouse from the steel era, houses the design of robotic products with heavy commercial and research applications. Here, attendees gathered to learn about new technologies impacting energy use in the building sector. This month’s session […]

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Green Roof Walking Tour: Oakland

Grab your sneakers and get ready to breathe in some fresh fall air while exploring four of Oakland’s coolest green roofs. Co-hosted by the Pittsburgh 2030 District, this walking tour offers you a unique chance to see four green roofs in Oakland. That’s four tours in one!


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Building owners and managers in Oakland have focused on energy efficiency for a long time, but since the Pittsburgh 2030 District expanded into Oakland last year, there are more opportunities than ever for these owners to learn, implement, and share their knowledge about healthy and high-performing buildings.

Case in point: the green roof.

Many Oakland (and Downtown, for that matter) buildings have them, but you wouldn’t know it because you can’t see them! Green roofs help reduce the heat island effect, assist in stormwater management, reduce building energy use, and can even be used for urban food production. On this tour, you’ll get an in-depth look at four different green roofs, while also getting your daily exercise and exploring Oakland!

Our tour will begin at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum and will continue on to University of Pittsburgh’s Posvar Hall. From there, we’ll head to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and finally end our tour just before sunset at Carnegie Mellon University’s Hamerschlag Hall.

Each building will have staff members on hand to provide our private tour of their green roof. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get four tours in one, burn some calories, and explore one of Pittsburgh’s coolest neighborhoods!

We’ll offer small snacks and portable drinks along the way. If everyone is interested in going out to dinner after the tour, we can hit up a local restaurant for dinner. 

*This tour has limited capacity.


4:00 – 4:30 – Meet at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. Tour Roof #1

4:30 – 4:45 – Walk

4:45 – 5:15 – Arrive at University of Pittsburgh’s Posvar Hall. Tour Roof #2

5:15 – 5:30 Walk

5:30 – 6:00 – Arrive at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Tour Roof #3

6:00 – 6:15 – Walk  

6:15 – 6:45 – Arrive at CMU’s Hamerschlag Hall. Tour Roof #4



Architects, engineers, landscape architects, building owners and managers, students, sustainability consultants, Pittsburgh 2030 District partners, and interested citizens.

Pittsburgh 2030 District


  1. * Learn about the many benefits of green roofs and how they can be applied to different types of buildings.
  2. * Gain perspectives on green roofs from four building owners regarding motivation, benefits, challenges, and lessons learned.
  3. * Discover how green roofs help building owners work towards goals of the Pittsburgh 2030 District and how they can contribute to credits for LEED.
  4. * Learn how green roofs reduce heat island effect, assist in stormwater management, and reduce building energy use.


This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.


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.

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