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Be My Neighbor – Building Equity in the Steel City

“Mister Rogers Neighborhood” debuted in 1966 to a Pittsburgh that was about to embark on a total economic overhaul. Its foundation as the world’s mecca of steel manufacturing was shaken by a shifting world economy that would send Pittsburgh into economic upheaval. While Mr. Rogers began asking, “Won’t you be my neighbor?” neighborhoods throughout the […]

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The Punch List – 10/22/18

Destination: Jobs. For the second year in a row, Pittsburgh ranked #1 for jobs on Glassdoor’s Best Cities for Jobs 2018.  A job search and recruiting website, Glassdoor’s ranking was equally based on cost of living, the potential for getting hired, and job satisfaction. What’s Pittsburgh doing to top the list? Well, some think that […]

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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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The Punch List – 6/1/18

GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest news in green buildings and sustainability. Celebrating a remarkable achievement in green building. Frick Environmental Center joins only 20 other buildings with Living Building Certification – the highest green building standard demanding extensive performance requirements like net zero water and energy. The project is only the second in PA to achieve […]

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EP Meet and Greet with Grant Ervin

 Join GBA’s Emerging Professionals in learning about the City of Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan from its Chief Resilience Officer, Grant Ervin!

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In 2015, Mayor Peduto released a number of climate change mitigation goals which the City will strive to achieve by the year 2030. These goals address major emissions sources such as buildings, transportation, and energy generation. The goals for 2030 include:

-100% Renewable energy supply for municipal facilities

-50% Energy consumption reduction

-50% Water use reduction

-100% Fossil fuel free City fleet

-50% Citywide transportation greenhouse gas emissions reduction

-Create a fossil fuel divestment strategy for City of Pittsburgh Funds

That same year, he compiled a team of staff members – led by Grant Ervin as the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Pittsburgh – to weave sustainability and resilience into city planning at all levels. Through their work, Grant and his team help ensure that city projects are no longer addressed in isolation, but as a system.

Join GBA’s Emerging Professionals for a Meet and Greet session with Grant Ervin to learn more about Mayor’s Goals, the OnePGH Resilience Strategy that was released earlier this year, and Pittsburgh’s Climate Action plan 3.0 due for release this fall.


About the Speaker:

Grant Ervin serves as the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) for the City of Pittsburgh where he oversees the integration of sustainability and resilience into City services, programs and policy. Prior to joining the City of Pittsburgh, Grant served as the regional director for 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a statewide smart growth and sustainable development policy organization; and as public policy manager for Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG).

Grant brings fifteen years of experience to this role, in which he works to engage stakeholders from the region’s communities, local governments, civic sector, business sector, and institutions; consult with an international platform of resilience experts; and collaborate with a global coalition of Chief Resilience Officers in cities around the world.



5:30 p.m. – Registration

5:45 p.m. – Presentation by Grant Ervin

6:45 p.m. – Networking, Pizza and Beer

7:30 p.m. – Event Wrap-Up


Learning Objectives

1. Explore the intersection of sustainability and resiliency.

2. Discover how sustainability and resilience actions are permeating the city planning initiatives in Pittsburgh and around the world.

3. Learn about the third Climate Action plan for the City of Pittsburgh and the first Resilience strategy that will help Pittsburgh mitigate and adapt to climate change.

4.Understand how citizens can personally engage in actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change in and around Pittsburgh.


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p4 Measures Compared to Green Building & Sustainable Development Certifications

At this point, almost everyone in the building world is familiar (if not intimate) with LEED, with emerging awareness of the Living Building Challenge, WELL Building Standard, and Passiv House.  BUT,  in Pittsburgh, there is a new framework in town, developed right here. You’ve heard “p4” tossed about as the next frontier of sustainable, urban […]

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“City-Wide Green First Plan” Released for Public Comment

On December 2, 2016, the City of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) released their “City-Wide Green First Plan” for public comment.  Those two entities, along with four consulting teams, worked to create both an innovative and cost-effective plan that would meet the Consent Decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to […]

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Pittsburgh’s Water, Rivers, and the Smart City Challenge

The Pittsburgh 2030 District June Partner Meeting took Partners on a stroll through the lush exhibits of Phipps Conservatory and onto the green roof of the Center for Sustainable Landscapes. Nearly 60 Partners gathered to hear about the hopeful solutions, and challenges, to sustainable development at Phipps, along Pittsburgh’s riverfronts, and throughout the city’s transportation […]

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City of Pittsburgh’s Role in a Sustainable and Resilient Economy: The Inside Scoop

The City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Innovation and Performance aims to transform Pittsburgh into a world-class city through the intersection of technology, sustainability, and performance. Grant Ervin, the City’s Chief Resilience Officer, leads the Department and we had the opportunity to pick his brain. How do these three approaches work together? They are mutually supportive. […]

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Pittsburgh 2030 District wins Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Since 2012, we at Green Building Alliance (GBA) have been quietly – and sometimes vocally – supporting building owners and facility managers in both Downtown and Oakland as they pursue aggressive energy, water, and transportation reduction goals. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced that our efforts are being recognized throughout the Commonwealth with the Governor’s […]

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