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An Evening of Emerald Memories

Between the carved arches of the stunningly restored MuseumLab, a community of colleagues found a moment to stand still. Schedules and to do lists were put to bed, smart watches (mostly) tucked away. And what was left was the sheer joy of a family getting back together. On September 19th, more than 350 of our […]

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2018 Emerald Evening

A Letter to the Future

From the very beginning, green building has been an effort of inspired individuals.  Every project and every building can be traced to a particular person who wanted to create something better. The results, of course, are immortalized in concrete, in the stunning and intricate structures that form the fabric of our cities. But the movement […]

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Emerald Evening 2018

Celebrate 25 years of green building and sustainable communities in Western Pennsylvania!

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Green Building Alliance is delighted to celebrate 25 years of green building excellence in Western Pennsylvania at this year’s Emerald Evening fundraising gala. We have planned a special evening at the Carnegie Science Center’s beautiful new PointView Hall. Join us in honoring 25 places and spaces that are transforming our region’s built environment. From the Heinz Family and Heinz Family Foundation Offices (a 1993 pre-LEED build-out) to the Frick Environmental Center (which earned full certification as a Living Building in May 2018), we will honor 25 projects that mark important advances in the green building movement in our region. Full list of awardees can be found here.

Is your business or organization interested in an Emerald Evening sponsorship? It’s a great way to invest in your company’s visibility while supporting an important effort and cause. Click here for a sponsorship packet so you can check out the fabulous benefits you’ll receive as one of our 25th anniversary gala supporters.

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Vivian Loftness on the Future of Architecture

Surrounded by a blooming garden, renowned researcher, author, and educator Professor Vivian Loftness illuminates the future of 21st century building. With a more than 30 year career spanning environmental design, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and indoor environmental health, Dr. Loftness has dedicated her life to ensuring that everyone has access […]

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25 Years of Green Building History

For more than a quarter of a century, Pittsburgh has been building healthier and more environmentally responsible buildings. In September of 1993, a roomful of volunteers decided that Pittsburgh could do better.  Just a few months earlier, a start-up called the US Green Building Council convened its first meeting, and it would be another five years until […]

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Harold Rickenbacker is Engineering Social Equality

Tucked into a university laboratory atop O’Hara Street, Harold Rickenbacker and his career run on tightly calibrated monitors. It’s a demand of his discipline, and in many ways, the self-declared data wonk thrives in an environment of precision and control. But Rickenbacker’s enthusiasm for statistical regressions belies an unusual dedication to the realities outside academic […]

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The Punch List – 6/29/18

Good news for the environment and the economy. Pennsylvania employs 86,000 clean energy workers, with clean energy jobs becoming more plentiful in all areas of the state. Allegheny County is topping the state with nearly 12,000 of those jobs. The majority of the clean energy jobs in PA are in energy efficiency, but with many in renewable energy (especially solar) as well. And those workers are making household-sustaining […]

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Green Building Alliance Honors 4 with Awards Recognizing Roles in Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Transformation

Frick Environmental Center, Majestic Lane, Millvale EcoDistrict, & Michael Kuhn recognized at GBA’s 2017 Emerald Evening Green Building Alliance (GBA) hosted our 2017 Emerald Evening on September 21, providing the opportunity to honor some of the people, projects, and initiatives that are transforming the region’s built environment. This year, GBA presented four awards: Leadership Award: […]

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Emerald Evening 2017

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Join Green Building Alliance for our Emerald Evening 2017 gala and awards ceremony on September 21st at the August Wilson Center. Mark your calendars for the sustainability networking event of the year as we celebrate the people, projects, and initiatives that are transforming our region’s built environment. Enjoy an evening of connecting with Pittsburgh’s green innovators and conversing with friends over drinks and an elegant stationed dinner and dessert.


This year we are thrilled to present our new Leadership Award to the Frick Environmental Center, the world’s first free and open publicly-owned building set to achieve the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge, as well as LEED Platinum certification. In addition to the Leadership Award, GBA is pleased to present  Majestic Lane with our Luminary Award to recognize his dedicated work to make equity integral to sustainable development. And we are proud to honor the Millvale EcoDistrict with our new Inspiration Award for its inclusive community engagement process.

Here is a peek at the event’s activities:

  • 5:00pm   Cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, & networking
  • 6:15pm   Leadership, Luminary, & Inspiration Awards ceremony
  • 7:15pm   Dinner stations & more networking
  • 8:00pm   Dessert, coffee, and live music


As we bring together more than 300 of the region’s most influential members of the green building and sustainability community, we invite your company to participate in this gala by joining us this fall and by considering a sponsorship of this event.  Through an Emerald Evening 2017 sponsorship, your company will demonstrate its support for and connection to GBA’s work for healthy high-performing places throughout Western Pennsylvania, as well as help honor the outstanding achievements of projects, people, and initiatives that make our region shine.


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Avison Young
Bakery Square
BNY Mellon
Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania
DeFinis Mechanical Contractors
DLA+Architecture & Interior Design
Evolve Environment ::Architecture
Laborers District Council of Western PA
Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel
Pitt Ohio Express
Renaissance 3 Architects
Tall Timber Group


Thank you to WGL Energy for generously providing carbon offsets for the event.

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Frick Environmental Center to Receive Leadership Award at GBA’s 2017 Emerald Evening

As the hillsides celebrate spring, Green Building Alliance is thrilled to honor the Frick Environmental Center with our new Leadership Award at the 2017 Emerald Evening gala. The Frick Environmental Center is the world’s first free-to-the-public building engineered to meet the Living Building Challenge, and achieve LEED Platinum standards for energy efficiency. This municipal treasure […]

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