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I Take My Coffee with Sugar & Strategy

GBA has a new strategic plan and we’d like to share it with you!

 

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GBA’s Emerging Professionals Kayak with Mike

Join Mike on the water and take in Pittsburgh’s green buildings from a different vantage point!

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Join us as we paddle along the Allegheny River, enjoying the natural beauty the waterway has to offer.  Led by our fearless CEO, Mike Schiller–an expert paddler, naturalist, and green building expert–this adventure will be a trip both into the city’s past and future. Paddling northward from under the Roberto Clemente Bridge, Mike will stop along the way to point out various green buildings visible from the river and share tidbits about local wildlife that inhabit the waterways.

Don’t worry if this is your first time kayaking, as this is flat-water (NOT white-water) kayaking and even easier than riding a bike.  There are no rapids, the boats are very stable and easy to steer, and the waters are not infested with sharks or piranhas.  As an added bonus for first-time paddlers, there will be a special on-land training exercise before we head onto the river.

Space is limited, so register today to see Pittsburgh from a completely new angle!  (If we get fewer than 10 participants, the trip will be canceled and your payment refunded.)

We will launch from Kayak Pittsburgh, which is located on the North Shore directly under the Roberto Clemente (6th Street) Bridge.

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Whiskey with Mike

Who doesn’t love a fine whiskey?  Neat or on the rocks.  Now you have the chance to sit down for one with GBA’s CEO, Mike Schiller!

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This will be a casual setting to connect with Mike, share thoughts and opinions, and maybe hatch a new idea for Pittsburgh or the green building industry.  Mike is certainly not afraid to share what he thinks, but he also values hearing from GBA members and stakeholders as we look for new ways to grow, improve, and excel.  Come with ideas about the trends within the building industry, USGBC, local government, the school community, climate change, or any other topic that might be relevant to GBA, and leave in good cheer!

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Kayak with Mike

424607_10151436098826583_1024362583_nJoin Mike on the water and take in Pittsburgh’s green buildings from a different vantage point!

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Join us as we paddle along the Allegheny River, enjoying the natural beauty the waterway has to offer.  Led by our fearless CEO, Mike Schiller–an expert paddler, naturalist, and green building expert–this adventure will be a trip both into the city’s past and future. Paddling northward from under the Roberto Clemente Bridge, Mike will stop along the way to point out various green buildings visible from the river and share tidbits about local wildlife that inhabit the waterways.

Don’t worry if this is your first time kayaking, as this is flat-water (NOT white-water) kayaking and even easier than riding a bike.  There are no rapids, the boats are very stable and easy to steer, and the waters are not infested with sharks or piranhas.  As an added bonus for first-time paddlers, there will be a special on-land training exercise before we head onto the river.

Space is limited, so register today to see Pittsburgh from a completely new angle!  (If we get fewer than 10 participants, the trip will be canceled and your payment refunded.)

We will launch from Kayak Pittsburgh, which is located on the North Shore directly under the Roberto Clemente (6th Street) Bridge.

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May ISS 2

My Favorite Things: Happy Cities, Part I

Dear Reader – I am writing two blogs about Charles Montgomery, this one about his talk at the Inspire Speakers Series, which is more direct reporting, and then another one about his book, Happy City, which will include my own reactions and reflections. Inspire Speakers Series Charles entertained a crowd of 100 at the Hill […]

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Coffee with Mike

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Welcome to GBA. This is Mike Schiller, CEO of the Green Building Alliance. I’d love for you to come share a cup of coffee to exchange ideas, share a story or two, and meet other GBA members here at our LEED-CI Platinum office on the South Side (the first in western PA when it was built!).

I’d especially like the chance to meet those of you who are new or reconnecting members – of both green building, in general, and GBA, in particular; but I’d welcome all of our stakeholders and interested parties. Let’s have some coffee (I love coffee!), and share some thoughts, informally and casually, about the trends, themes, and directions within the building industry, green building movement, USGBC, local government, the school community, climate change, or any other topic that might be relevant to GBA, both regionally and internationally.

If you know me, you know that I have opinions and am not afraid to share them, but I also value and enjoy hearing what others are thinking. We have a new strategic plan, and we are always looking for ways to grow, improve, and excel. I want to hear your thoughts and find out what keeps you supporting our organization. Thanks so much for your support, and I look forward to talking more over a cup of coffee!

To follow this conversation on Twitter, use hashtag #gbacoffee

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Whiskey with Mike

Who doesn’t love a fine whiskey?  Neat or on the rocks.  Now you have the chance to sit down for one with GBA’s CEO, Mike Schiller!

Register Now

 

This will be a casual setting to connect with Mike, share thoughts and opinions, and maybe hatch a new idea for Pittsburgh or the green building industry.  Mike is certainly not afraid to share what he thinks, but he also values hearing from GBA members and stakeholders as we look for new ways to grow, improve, and excel.  Come with ideas about the trends within the building industry, USGBC, local government, the school community, climate change, or any other topic that might be relevant to GBA, and leave in good cheer!

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Coffee with Mike

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Welcome to GBA. This is Mike Schiller, CEO of the Green Building Alliance. I’d love for you to come share a cup of coffee to exchange ideas, share a story or two, and meet other GBA members here at our LEED-CI Platinum office on the South Side (the first in western PA when it was built!).

I’d especially like the chance to meet those of you who are new or reconnecting members – of both green building, in general, and GBA, in particular; but I’d welcome all of our stakeholders and interested parties. Let’s have some coffee (I love coffee!), and share some thoughts, informally and casually, about the trends, themes, and directions within the building industry, green building movement, USGBC, local government, the school community, climate change, or any other topic that might be relevant to GBA, both regionally and internationally.

If you know me, you know that I have opinions and am not afraid to share them, but I also value and enjoy hearing what others are thinking. We have a new strategic plan, and we are always looking for ways to grow, improve, and excel. I want to hear your thoughts and find out what keeps you supporting our organization. Thanks so much for your support, and I look forward to talking more over a cup of coffee!

To follow this conversation on Twitter, use hashtag #gbacoffee

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Inspire Speakers Series Book Club: The Third Industrial Revolution by Jeremy Rifkin (hidden and canceled)

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This registration gets you your very own copy of the book The Third Industrial Revolution and admission into the book club!  Don’t forget to register for the Inspire Speakers Series event on December 11th!

Looking for some extra insight and inspiration?  Wish you could learn more about our incredible Inspire Speakers Series national guests before each lecture?  Eager for another opportunity to connect with GBA’s staff and partners?  Here’s your chance!  GBA’s CEO, Mike Schiller, will host this edition of our Inspire Speakers Series Book Club where we’ll take an in-depth look at the theories, perspectives, and expertise of Jeremy Rifkin.

We’ll read Jeremy Rifkin’s book: The Third Industrial Revolution: How Lateral Power is Transforming Energy, the Economy, and the World.

Here’s how the Book Club works:

  • When you register for this event, it includes the purchase of your very own book.
  • Pick up your book either at GBA’s offices or at the November 13th edition of our Inspire Speakers Series event (there will be a table with books on display).
  • Read the book!  GBA will provide a reading guide for all participants.
  • Come to the book club on December 3rd, where we’ll enjoy inspiring conversation and pot-luck style fare and drinks.  We’ll have some extra wine on hand (it is a book club after all!).
  • Finally, join us at the Inspire Speakers Series event on December 11th where we’ll all hear first-hand from Jeremy Rifkin.  You can even get your copy of the book signed after the lecture!

This book club is hosted at Mike Schiller’s house, so this event gives you a very special opportunity to engage in intelligent, inspiring, and thought-provoking conversation with GBA’s fearless leader!

More About this Book:

  • Jeremy Rifkin is an adviser to the European Parliament, the European Commission, and numerous heads of state.  He is an internationally-renowned author with nearly twenty books published, and he’s a columnist for The Guardian, the LA Times, and other publications.
  • The Third Industrial Revolution presents a “sustainable economic game plan” which includes five main pillars: 
            (1) shifting to renewable energy; 
            (2) transforming building stock into green micro–power plants to collect renewable energies on-site;
            (3) deploying hydrogen and other storage technologies in buildings and througouth infrastructure to store intermittent energies; 
            (4) using Internet technology to transform the power grid of every continent into an energy internet that acts just like the Internet; and 
            (5) transitioning the transport fleet to electric plug-in and fuel cell vehicles that can buy and sell green electricity on a smart, continental, interactive power grid.
  • In his book, Rifkin describes how the five pillars of the Third Industrial Revolution will create thousands of businesses and millions of jobs, and usher in a fundamental reordering of human relationships, from hierarchical to lateral power, that will impact the way we conduct business, govern society, educate our children, and engage in civic life.

Click here to learn more about Jeremy Rifkin and his upcoming lecture on December 11th.

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Bob Berkebile

Bob Berkebile Showed Me That the Solutions are in the Systems

Every month, GBA invites a remarkable nationally known speaker to present a public lecture as part of our Inspire Speakers Series. On the following day, the speaker works directly with GBA’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy in a day-long workshop. Since not everyone can always attend these great talks on the second Thursday of each […]

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