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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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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

Looking for the 2018 Emerald Evening event page? Click here!

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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American Iron and Steel Institute

WGL Energy



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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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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Emerald Evening 2015

The Emerald Evening has sold out! We’d like to extend a big thank you to all our sponsors and everyone who will join us on September 24. We’re excited to celebrate with you! To anyone who was unable to get tickets… we’re sorry! Please contact us if you have any questions.



Photo: Renee Greenlee

Photo: Renee Greenlee

Don’t miss GBA’s biggest party of the year… our annual fundraiser! This event will feature a Cocktail Hour, Dinner Gala, Legacy & Luminary Awards Ceremony, and Dessert Reception. The evening will kick off with cocktails, live music, and networking followed by a delicious seated dinner. Guests will have an opportunity to network and dine with green building experts, innovators, movers, and shakers!

Next, guests will head into the beautiful auditorium for the Legacy & Luminary Awards Ceremony (which will feature comments from a soon-to-be-announced Keynote Speaker), and close out the night with delectable desserts and drinks.

GBA will honor PNC Financial Group’s Gary Saulson with our Legacy Award, and our Luminary (“People’s Choice”) Award winner will be determined through an open nomination and voting process.

If you would like to purchase a full table or inquire about sponsorships, please visit this page or contact Deanna McPeak at 412-773-6017. See you on September 24!

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Local Leaders to be Honored for Remarkable Accomplishments in Sustainability and Environmental Improvement

The PNC Financial Services Group and BNY Mellon executives named Legacy and Luminary Award recipients Green Building Alliance (GBA) will honor its 2015 Legacy and Luminary Award honorees, representing The PNC Financial Services Group and BNY Mellon, at tonight’s sold-out Emerald Evening Gala at the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History’s Music Hall. More […]

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Meet This Year’s Legacy Award Honoree: Gary Saulson

GBA is delighted to announce that Gary Saulson, executive vice president and director of Corporate Real Estate for The PNC Financial Services Group, will receive the 2015 Legacy Award at its Emerald Evening gala on September 24. As The Tower at PNC Plaza will be opening in the coming months, this is a great time to […]

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