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The Punch List – 11/14/18

Changes in the Political Ecosystem. Tuesday’s midterms made great changes in both the national and regional political ecosystem. This change includes local candidates such as Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee who have made national news for their climate change activism. House Call.  The Pittsburgh Regional Tenants’ Union is making a city-wide house call to action. […]

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GBA Tries on the JUST Label, and It’s Just Right

Equity is officially #trending. Like its buzzy conceptual sisters (ahem: eco-friendly), equity has found its way into mainstream corporate communications, marking the newest iteration of responsible reporting. This verbal over-saturation has the same impact as an overstocked grocery shelf.  When every product claims to be “natural” or “healthy,” you stop paying attention and just grab […]

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Amazon’s HQ2 Makes a Compelling Case for Urban Sustainability

In early September, America’s ubiquitous e-retailer dangled an enormous carrot in front of all city governments — $5 billion in investment, 50,000 high paying jobs, and a boost to every horizontal industry needed to support the largest company in the U.S.  Amazon’s HQ2 request is unusually transparent, and their anyone-can-play narrative has cities coughing up […]

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Green Building Ninja Style: How the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority Snuck into the Passive House Game

State agencies have not always been a friend to green buildings. There are outdated building codes, unpredictable defunding schemes, and of course garden variety bureaucratic inertia. But out of the ashes has risen a dark horse, an unlikely but stalwart advocate for healthy and high performing buildings: the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority (PHFA).  What exactly […]

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p4 Pittsburgh Performance Measures

Last week, p4 Pittsburgh released the p4 Performance Measures, which have been in development for all of 2016. The twelve p4 Performance Measures “will help determine investment prioritization for Pittsburgh’s real estate development projects” in the following categories, each of which offers 10 possible points: Community Opportunity Economy Housing Land Public Connect Rainwater Air Energy Innovation […]

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