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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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What We Learned at Erie’s Latest Green Event

In January, Green Building Alliance and The Nonprofit Partnership jointly hosted a seminar called “Lights Out” at SafeNet’s French Street office. The event offered a case study and presentation for nonprofit organizations hoping to reduce energy use and save money. Here’s what we learned… SafeNet is an Erie-based nonprofit that provides services to people victimized by domestic […]

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The Art of Being Green: Erie Art Museum LEED Gold Certification Celebration

Join GBA in celebrating the Erie Art Museum’s recent LEED Gold certification. Come for a tour of the building’s sustainable features, and hang around to peruse the museum’s collection and participate in the monthly Second Sundays program. Best part? It’s all free and family friendly.

Following brief remarks from special guests (including GBA’s own Mike Schiller) and the unveiling of the LEED Gold plaque, the Second Sundays programming will begin. Learn more about the building’s sustainable features by taking a guided tour, or roam the museum on your own and tune in to the self-guided video tour on your smartphone. If you’re looking for kid-friendly events, complete a scavenger hunt with a LEED-like point system or find a creative outlet at the green crafts station!

Event schedule

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. LEED Gold program and plaque unveiling

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Building tours and Second Sundays programming

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. General access to the museum’s exhibits

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Erie’s Green Building Leadership

The Erie Art Museum recently achieved LEED Gold certification – the highest level of certification awarded to any building in Erie so far! To celebrate this accomplishment, we’re taking an in-depth look at this project’s features, along with a snapshot of other similar activity in the Erie area. If you haven’t visited Erie lately – […]

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Northwest Brown Bag Inspiration: ReCAP Mason Jars

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Join us at the ReCAP Mason Jars headquarters. The ReCAP lids are a BPA-free, phlalate-free, spill-proof lid for mason jars that were invented and are manufactured in Erie, Pennsylvania. ReCAP Inventor Karen Rzepecki and her team will give us a tour of command central and share with us what’s in store for this innovative new company.

Parking is available in the parking garage at 10th and State, or metered parking is available on the street.

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Northwest PA: LEED v4 Green Associate Prep Course

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Taught by GBA’s Janel Everly, this LEED GA exam prep course features newly-developed content related to LEED v4!

This one-day workshop teaches participants the core concepts within the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification program, and help participants effectively navigate multiple documents referenced by LEED rating systems.  Through interactive learning and real-time customized project examples, participants will be prepared to successfully pass the LEED v4 Green Associate exam.  Our approach to teaching addresses adult education and follows up with effective study guides and exam prep material.

In preparation to successfully sit for the USGBC’s LEED v4 Green Associate exam, you will learn about the LEED application process, synergistic opportunities within the rating system, and all of the following updated credit categories:

  • Integrative Process
  • Location & Transportation
  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy & Atmosphere
  • Materials & Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation
  • Regional Priority

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has created the LEED Green Associate credential, which denotes basic knowledge and understanding of green design, construction, and operations. The LEED Green Associate examination is designed to test general knowledge of green building practices and how to support other professionals working on LEED projects. The Green Associate credential also serves as the first step for professionals pursuing a LEED AP Specialization.

Value for the Attendee:

  • The LEED Green Associate is designed to be of interest and value for all personnel – accountants to planners and contractors to facility managers – with responsibilities for the success of any green building project.
  • Credentialed staff will feel empowered to oversee and manage consultants who are hired to guide the LEED certification process.
  • Be one of the first wave of professionals to demonstrate basic knowledge of the newest version of LEED.

 

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Northwest Brown Bag Inspiration: Green Burials

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Join us for the” What, Why’s and How’s of Green Burial”. According to the Huffinton Post, it is estimated that 60 tons of steel and 4.8 million gallons of embalming fluid are buried each year. Pete McQuillin, the manager of Penn Forest Natural Burial Park will be sharing information green burials, a small but growing trend in the U.S. Funeral Industry.

Bring your lunch and join us for an interesting and informative lunch and learn.

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About Town with Erie Green Drinks: Studio Hue & Mazza Wine Shop

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This month we’re checking out Erie’s eco-salon, Studio Hue. Following a tour of Studio Hue, the Mazza Wine Store, a neighbor of the salon will be hosting us for drinks.

Studio Hue Tour at 5:30 p.m

2100 West 8th Street (bottom floor of Coldwell Banker Real Estate Building)

Mazza Wine Store @ 6:30 p.m.

2006 West 8th Street

Come for one, or come for both, but don’t miss the opportunity to meet and chat with the folks that are creating Erie’s green future.

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Northwest Brown Bag Inspiration: All Aboard Erie

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Bring your lunch and take a mid-day break! All Aboard Erie will present a three-fold overview of Public Transportation, focusing on Rail, Bus, and the Economic Impact of Mass Transit.

Find out how to give yourself a $10,000 raise, increase the live-ability of your community, and raise the re-sale value of your home.

Different modes of transportation are all around you, perhaps it’s time to think differently about how you get from one place to another?

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Northwest Brown Bag Inspiration: Dose of Reality

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Do you know anything about the chemicals you put on and in your body everyday?

Federal law doesn’t require premarket safety testing or approval for hundreds of items we use every day.

Every time you wash your hands, take a shower or bath, these chemicals go down the drain and end up in wastewater. Wastewater treatment plants or home septic systems cannot remove these chemicals so they are released into groundwater and waterways with negative effects on wildlife and even humans.

Join us as we hear from national-award winning writer/editor and educator, Anna McCartney as she provides us with a “Dose of Reality” about the harmful effects of our personal care products on ourselves and our natural environment.

Gannon University is hosting this month’s Brown Bag in the Stubler Room of the Waldron Campus Center, this building located on the corner of 7th & Peach Street, has two food courts available for those that would like to purchase rather than bring their lunch.

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