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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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Finding An Eco-Friendly Apartment

Homeowners can make great strides to change the carbon footprint of their homes through weatherization, the installation of insulation and using alternative energy sources. But as a renter, your hands are tied. So if you’re hoping to keep your housing eco-friendly and save on your utilities bill, you’ll want to make sure the building meets […]

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Citywide Building Benchmarking Legislation Approved by Pittsburgh City Council

On October 18, 2016, Pittsburgh’s City Council passed Building Benchmarking legislation (8-0, with 1 member absent). The legislation requires owners of nonresidential buildings over 50,000 square feet (or portions of mixed use buildings with at least 50,000 square feet of nonresidential space) to submit complete whole building energy and water usage to the city on […]

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Business Advantages to Third-Party Certifications

Green building and place standards like Energy Star and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) have become mainstream, demonstrating a clear focus on designing for a sustainable future. While third-party certifications may not fit every project, they add significant value, provide quality control and assurance, and must be considered for prudent business. Studies prove […]

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School Energy Conservation Basics


Schools can reduce 10% or more of their energy consumption through implementing no-cost interventions and changing occupant behavior. Come find out how you can make the best use of your school’s resources.


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Your school doesn’t need to spend its valuable capital on outdated lights, poorly tuned equipment, misconfigured controls and other inefficiencies that often go unnoticed. Help your school get started with energy conservation by attending this Green & Healthy Schools Academy workshop, which will focus on low-cost and no-cost opportunities for energy savings and the benefits and how-tos of tracking energy consumption with EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager.



Barton Kirk, Ecological Engineer

Barton is an ecological engineer whose core expertise lies at the nexus of energy, water, climate, and community. For the past decade he has helped communities develop durable decisions about their built and natural infrastructure utilizing research, analysis, and design. Through applied ecological economics and life-cycle systems analysis, Barton’s work offers holistic insight into the long-term economic and environmental costs and benefits of site-level infrastructure, institutional operations, and regional community patterns. He currently leads Kirk Consulting, a Pittsburgh-based resilient design strategies firm and continues as a senior engineer / analyst for SEEDS, a Michigan-based non-profit dedicated to ecology, education, and design. Barton is also an instructor at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School (Warren, VT) and the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies (Rhinebeck, NY).



1.  Learn key strategies for reducing energy consumption and demand through low-cost and no-cost interventions.

2.  Understand the importance of using utility bills to benchmark energy performance relative to other schools.

3.  Get an overview of EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager tool and its purpose and basic functionality.


Light refreshments will be provided.

Grant funding has been awarded for school personnel.  All school faculty and staff please reach out to Andrew Ellsworth, Director of Green and Healthy Schools Academy, at andrewe@gbapgh.org.

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GBCI CMP  This event is approved for 1.5 GBCI CEUs.

As a USGBC Education Partner, GBA makes it easy for members to report CE hours. Please provide your GBCI number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn CEUs but will need to self-report.

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Steelers Football: Know Your Opponent (Panthers Edition)

Steelers Football: Know Your Opponent will help us all learn just a little about green building initiatives in our opponent team cities.  Now you can impress your tailgating friends with some fun trivia! Are you ready for some football-inspired green building fun facts? The Steelers may have fallen to Baltimore last week, but the word on […]

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How Green is Trip Advisor’s GreenLeaders Program for Hotels…..

Green hotels are big right now, so it’s no wonder that Trip Advisor launched its GreenLeaders Program with the USGBC, UNEP, and Energy Star. This is great news for hotel guests looking for rooms without the guilt of environmentally unfriendly hotel practices and great for hoteliers looking to cash in on energy savings and even increased rates […]

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