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Jenna Cramer 2019 Living Hero Award

GBA Executive Director Jenna Cramer Wins 2019 Living Future Hero Award

GBA is excited to announce that Jenna Cramer has been awarded a 2019 Living Future Hero Award by The International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The award recognizes individuals in the fields of regenerative design who have advanced the Living Future programs and broader mission. The ten award winners go above and beyond expectations in environmental […]

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Craft Manufacturing Meets Sustainability At Scale

In the sustainable renaissance of American cities, economic growth is both a monumental and individual experiment.  On the macro level, governments and private developers are actively transforming the built environment, or what we observe as sustainably certified buildings, green stormwater infrastructure, and new public transit. For urban residents, the pursuit of a sustainable future lies […]

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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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Biophilia: Designed by Nature

Biophilia literally translates to love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms. E.O. Wilson coined the term in 1984, but it’s a concept that we all inherently understand. Biophilia explains why we feel more relaxed in nature, why all of our senses are fully engaged when we […]

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Pittsburgh Manufacturing

Pittsburgh Forges Ahead with Green Manufacturing

This article was first published in GBA’s Viride Magazine.  American manufacturing has been on the decline for decades. Like immigration and healthcare, the nation’s industrial state of affairs has become a recent point of contention, simultaneously an opportunity or a challenge to shape the future of the country’s economy. Pittsburgh has very publicly experienced both […]

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Inspire Speakers Series and ILFI Present: Pittsburgh to Paris – Paul Hawken, Project Drawdown, and Climate Change

Join the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) and GBA for ILFI’s Living Product Expo Opening Keynote, featuring Paul Hawken!


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About Paul Hawken:

Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author who has dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Natural Capitalism, co-authored by Hawken, was cited by President Bill Clinton as one of the five most important books in the world.

About Project Drawdown:

Project Drawdown is a initiative by a coalition of scientists and researchers who aim to find the most impactful global warming reversal and reduction strategies that could be implemented in the next thirty years. Paul Hawken recently released a book, Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, which details the 100 most sizeable strategies for reducing climate change.


The Inspire Speakers Series is partnering with the International Living Future Institute’s Living Product Expo Opening Keynote.


Registration Notes:

-An Inspire Speakers Series ticket does not include access to the Opening Night Reception prior to the Keynote. To attend the Opening Night Reception and Keynote, please register via the Living Product Expo registration page.

-Scholarships to this Inspire Speakers Series event are available. Please email Jenna Cramer at jennac@gbapgh.org for more information.

-Registration will close at 12:00 noon on September 12. If you miss the window for online registration, not to worry! You can register at the door.


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ILFI Living Product Hub Launched, GBA Members to Receive Discount to 2017 Living Product Expo

On April 18, 2017, the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), in collaboration with Green Building Alliance (GBA), officially launched the new Pittsburgh Living Product Hub at a happy hour generously hosted by Phipps Conservancy and Botanical Gardens. Through this new partnership, GBA members can receive an early-bird discount of $300 when they register for ILFI’s […]

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Exciting Events at Next Week’s Living Product Expo

Products found in our built environment have a significant impact on human health and well-being, as well as the environment. Understanding more about these products is critical to reducing negative impacts on people and the planet. GBA is excited to partner with the International Living Future Institute to host the second annual Living Product Expo in […]

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Awakening Our Spirit to Pursue a Living Future

I feel privileged and honored to have attended the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Living Future UnConference 2016 in Seattle, WA. I found the conference to be nothing short of inspiring, transformational, and uplifting. A perfect blend of technical analysis, big thinking, and spiritual exploration, the UnConference challenged all in attendance to take big leaps […]

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ILFI Convening Summit with Sustainable Pittsburgh and Green Building Alliance

ILFI Living Product Expo attendees are invited to join Green Building Alliance and Sustainable Pittsburgh for this Convening Summit for thoughtful conversation and idea-sharing.


The Pittsburgh region is renowned for its legacy of repeated economic transformation. Once the hub of heavy manufacturing, the region has spent the past 30 years recovering from production processes that left a toxic legacy. As part of its recent ascent, Southwestern Pennsylvania has grown remarkable skill sets and capabilities that are rooted in sustainable practices, including those in high tech manufacturing, construction, community development, design, engineering, medicine, science, management, education, governance and leadership. These investments have already begun to generate regional-scale benefits that positions the region as a model for how sustainability can function as an economic development strategy.

The next chapter involves going deeper: Much of the Expo has been about an evolving ecosystem where entrepreneurship, advanced design, and sustainability converge. This convergence positions manufacturing to build sustainability-oriented, high-value-added market opportunities.

Come to this “Convening Summit” to share your ideas and suggestions during focused conversations on seeding the process of what comes next from Pittsburgh’s hosting the Living Product Expo. Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Matt Mehalik and GBA’s Aurora Sharrard will moderate.

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