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Emerging Professionals Tour and Happy Hour

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Emerging Professionals (EPs) are the energetic and dynamic leaders of tomorrow’s green building movement.  GBA’s Emerging Professionals Committee enables individuals early in their sustainability careers to be a force for progress within their communities by providing a forum for networking and education. The EP committee is hosting a happy hour and tour of Fulton Commons.

Fulton Commons is a co-working office, kitchen incubator, and artist studio space located in Manchester on Pittsburgh’s North Side. A rehabilitated school building from the 1940’s, the space is designed for low energy use operation, with a significant portion of the original building materials remaining untouched. The space also features a number of repurposed materials including all interior doors and 80% of the total furniture. All new-build is overwhelmingly from natural materials, including white oak flooring from wood grown and milled in Allegheny National Forest and the exclusive use of non-VOC, water-based finishes throughout.

Please note that COVID-19 protocols will be in place at this event, including masks required indoors. Pre-registration is required, and registration will close on November 3.

Admission to this tour is $5 and food and drinks are free of charge for tour participants.

Our EP Committee looks forward to seeing you!


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GBA + Monmade Pittsburgh Glass Center Tour – September 2021

GBA + Monmade | Pittsburgh Glass Center Tour| September 2021 A guest post by Shayna Bodi, Monmade Continuing the exploration of artisans intersecting with the built environment series, the Green Building Alliance and Monmade teamed up again for an expert tour of the Pittsburgh Glass Center on September 30th, 2021. Unlike the recent Roundhouse tour, […]

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Out of the Ashes-the Greenest of the Green is Born

An Interview with John Brooks, BRINC Building Products Always a builder and construction person at heart, former Lumber Grader John Brooks spent two years of his “spare” time as a young, single dad remodeling his home in the small town of New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.  John had full custody of his two children – 7 and 8 […]

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Connecting and Creating for Beautiful, Sustainable Places with Monmade

  Most everybody wants to do the right thing if they can.  This includes professionals in the built environment – developers, builders, interior designers, and architects.   But it’s not always easy to know where to go or how to do it. Connecting That’s where the genius of Monmade comes in. Originally a nonprofit program of […]

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Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers–1,000 Hours Initiative

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Join Green Building Alliance and Women for a Healthy Environment for our virtual Radon Training for K-12 Schools and Childcare Centers to celebrate National Radon Action Month on January 18th. With the generous support of The Heinz Endowments, Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE) and Green Building Alliance (GBA) re-launched the 1000 Hours a Year Initiative in 2020 to help offset costs associated with testing and remediation of lead and radon in schools and early learning centers. Since 2017, the 1,000 Hours a Year project has equipped approximately 45 school personnel with the technical knowledge to test and remediate radon in their buildings.

The virtual training will take participants through the radon testing process and provide all needed training, resources, and guidance to conduct their own testing. Receiving this training can save school districts a significant amount of money on hiring an outside consultant and will equip the giving facility staff with the knowledge and technical training needed to protect school students and early childcare centers from radon exposure.

This four-hour course will be offered virtually twice on January 18th (8:30am-12:30pm and 2pm-6pm) for any school facility directors, assistant facility directors, maintenance personnel, or tradespeople who work in K-12 schools or childcare centers. The program is primarily open to school facilities located in Allegheny County with some spaces open for other counties. The cost of the course is $15, but we are able to waive the fee if a special request is submitted. Please email Ellen Conrad (ellenc@gbapgh.org) regarding the waived fee exception. Radon tests for your buildings will be included in course participation. Your registration will not be complete until after you complete the form emailed to you after registering on the GBA website.


Meet your Instructor: Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr.

Nathaniel L. Burden, Jr. is a radon testing and mitigation expert with over 30 years’ experience using short-term and long-term passive radon devices, along with several continuous radon and work level monitors. Burden’s early career was spent as a nuclear operator at the decommissioned Shippingport LWBR Atomic Power Station and Beaver Valley Nuclear Power Station in Pennsylvania, but much of his career has centered on international and domestic radon testing and mitigation projects. Burden has worked on countless radon mitigation and research projects, including serving as a special consultant of radon testing and mitigation for the DOD American Army facilities, performing hyper radon mitigation consultations and research with the Argonne National Laboratory at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, and historical radon mitigation design and installation for an Air Force/Navy facility with historical Underground Railroad in the Warminster, PA. He currently is the Pennsylvania AARST chapter president, sits on the national AARST board of directors, and is a part of several ANSI-AARST radon measurement and mitigation standards committees, including one for schools and large buildings.  He also sits on the National Radon Action Program (NRAP) for environmental radon justice projects.



Identify common facility interest areas, pain points, and foci that relate to the experience 

Share best practices and common misunderstandings  

Establish connections with other people in your field who are having similar experiences for increased support  

Develop a series of action steps to apply in your own school setting  


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Virtual LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Course

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Registration Closes on September 25.


Green Building Alliance has modified its popular in-person prep course into a virtual offering. This workshop teaches participants the core concepts within the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED certification program and helps participants effectively navigate both requirements and practical context relating to the LEED BD+C rating system.  Through interactive learning and project examples, participants will build a strong foundation towards successfully passing the LEED v4 Green Associate exam.

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.
  • If you are trying to determine if this course is right for you, feel free to reach out to us with your questions and we can help you determine the best fit for your needs.


Format and Schedule:

This course is typically hosted in-person throughout an entire day. During these times of social distancing, we are re-formatting the course to be offered virtually. Because there is so much content to cover, we have split the course into two half-day sessions. The course is divided into LEED credit categories, which address different impact areas of the built environment.

The course includes lecture content but will also encourage student participation through either large group or break-out discussions.

Day 1: 9:00 – 12:30

  • Introductions and Zoom Housekeeping
  • Basic Questions about Preview Material
  • LEED Credit Categories:
    • Integrative Process
    • Location & Transportation
    • Sustainable Sites
    • Water Efficiency
    • Closing Questions and Reflections

Day 2: 9:00 – 12:30

  • Review from Day 1
  • LEED Credit Categories:
    • Energy & Atmosphere
    • Materials & Resources
    • Indoor Environmental Quality
    • Innovation & Regional Priority
    • Closing Questions and Reflections



In order to reduce the amount of virtual lecture time, your instructor will send preview materials in advance. This will ensure that all students have a basic understanding of how the LEED rating system is designed as well as key terms and definitions. This way, all students are starting near the same baseline.

It should also be noted that this course is designed to lay a successful foundation for your preparation for the exam. Additional self-guided studying is necessary and the instructor will provide study resources as well as suggestions for other successful study strategies.

In order to have time to review the preview materials in advance of the class, students must register by September 25.


Registered participants will receive Zoom meeting details in advance.


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Registration Closes on September 25.


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Breathe Easier with Indoor Air Quality Monitoring

Indoor air quality is one of the many emerging topics of environmental health and green building.  Humans spend more time indoors than out, therefore the air we are breathing while inside is critically important to our health.   As we become more aware of the health impacts of not having a clean breathing environment, products are emerging […]

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The Punch List – 7/20/18

We Pittsburghers love our parks. Preservation Pittsburgh, along with Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and the City are teaming up to add three Pittsburgh parks to the National Register of Historic Places. Pittsburgh’s largest – Frick Park, Highland Park which houses the Zoo and a vital water reservoir, and 124-year-old Riverview Park are all candidates. The expected one year process […]

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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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The Punch List – 6/1/18

GBA’s Punch List is a weekly collection of the latest news in green buildings and sustainability. Celebrating a remarkable achievement in green building. Frick Environmental Center joins only 20 other buildings with Living Building Certification – the highest green building standard demanding extensive performance requirements like net zero water and energy. The project is only the second in PA to achieve […]

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