energy efficiency

Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report 2016 Cover

Local Innovation to National Leadership: Pittsburgh 2030 District Progress Report for 2016

The Pittsburgh 2030 District, a strategic initiative of Green Building Alliance, published its annual Progress Report on Tuesday, celebrating four years of rigorous reductions in energy use, water consumption, and transportation emissions. More than doubling in area and quadrupling from 81 to 491 committed properties since founding, Pittsburgh leads all 17 established 2030 Districts in committed […]

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Air drying your clothes saves a bunch of energy.  Flickr/Till Westermayer

Greenwashing* is Bad, but Green Drying is Good

We often discuss ways to help make our homes and offices more energy efficient, such as using air barriers, insulation, and triple-pane windows. But what are some of the loads that you can reduce yourself without a major cash outlay or disruption to your home? Recently, I investigated getting some drying racks for my own home […]

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Clean Power Plan Support in Op-Ed by Mayors of Pittsburgh & Philadelphia

Mayor Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia have spoken out in support not only of a new federal power plan, but also a way to comply that puts those most vulnerable (those who spend the highest portion of their income on energy bills) first. The Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon pollution from […]

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Illuminating the Way Toward Greener Parking Garages

In the business of energy efficiency, one type of structure that uses a great deal of energy might not come to mind first – a parking garage. In many cases, parking garage lights are on 24 hours a day, seven days a week – even when the buildings are totally unoccupied. As a result, garages’ […]

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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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Industrial Opt-Out Bill Poses Risk to Energy Efficiency Programs Across PA

Senate Bill 805 would allow large industrial customers to circumvent the collaborative stakeholder process built into Act 129 and opt out of our statewide energy savings program. Their actions could have cascading impacts beyond their own rate class that will negatively affect the availability of rebates and affordable energy for all Pennsylvania ratepayers. Senate Bill […]

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FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania Seminar: Energy Efficiency and the Funding Options Available

“Racing to the Finish Line”
Seminar & Lunch in Cranberry, September 22

The Energy Efficiency Incentives from FirstEnergy’s Pennsylvania utilities are entering their last lap. Phase 2 programs will come to a close May 31, 2016, so it’s important to act now. Join us for lunch to learn:

  • What is energy efficiency?  Join them for a deeper understanding of what it means to be energy efficient and why it’s so important.
  • Funding options available:  Listen to guest speakers for the Sustainable Energy Fund and The PA Department of Environmental Protection explain how to obtain funding for energy efficient improvements.
  • The future is Phase 3:  They’ll discuss how the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is structuring Phase 3 programs which begin June 1, 2016.


Now is the time to take advantage of energy efficiency rebates before they’re in your rear view.  Join them for lunch to learn more!

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EASY Erie County

Energy Efficiency Just Got Really EASY in Erie County

In partnership with the Erie County Redevelopment Authority (ECRA), Green Building Alliance (GBA) is pleased to offer the Erie County Energy Efficiency Support Year (E3SY) or EASY! EASY! is a free program available to Erie County municipalities and other governmental entities to help them identify easy ways to save energy. Green Building Alliance support services include: Basic energy planning […]

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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

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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