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When Given a Choice of Where to Go, We Voted with our Feet and Went Outside

Gratitude for PA’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources It’s been a challenging year since last spring at this time, when life as many of us knew it was suddenly disrupted due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Pennsylvania state law mandated orders to shelter in place, self-quarantine, and practice social distancing.  Local, national, and international […]

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Handprinting: Creating Healthy, High-Performing, and Engaging School Environments through a Net-Positive Approach

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Born out of research from Harvard and MIT, Handprinting is a response to the concept of carbon footprints, emphasizing how positive actions in our community for sustainability and climate action can be bigger than impact. What role can handprinting play in your classroom or school? Join us as we go through the science on how focusing on the possibilities of our actions can spur action and excitement for climate!   

Featuring handprinting presentations by South Fayette’s Student Diversity Leadership Committee and Rowan Elementary’s Project Bat.

Scholarships are available in an effort to make this program accessible to everyone and are given based on financial need.  Coffee, breakfast and lunch are included in cost. To receive a scholarship to an event or for more information on the School Sustainability Culture Program Workshop series and other GHSA programming, contact Green and Healthy Schools Director, Katie Lockley. 

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Workshop Agenda

8-8:30 Complimentary coffee and breakfast

8:30-9:30 Get to know your Carbon Footprint!

9:3010:30 Handprinting: A Net-Positive Approach 

10:30-10:45 Break 

10:45-11:45 Handprinting with South Fayette’s Student Diversity Leadership Committee

11:45-12:30 Lunch 

12:30-1:30 pm Rowan Elementary’s Project BAT 

1:30-2:30 Measuring handprinting in your school 

2:30-3pm Union Project Tour  (Optional)


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Green Building Trend Watch

Note: This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Note: This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience!


Join GBA staff for an overview of notable trends in the green building industry.  Speakers Kara Magoolaghan and Leslie Montgomery will discuss topics such as but not limited to: standards and rating systems, climate demand, social and equitable benefits, and obstacles/challenges facing the industry. We’ll also provide a brief overview of where we stand in our region and opportunities to take part in the movement to a sustainable future.

Agenda Overview

  • Global and Local Priorities; Setting Goals
  • Industry Pickup
  • Trends and Updates to Rating Systems and Standards
  • Health & Equity Drivers in the Green Building Industry
  • Pittsburgh’s Place in the Market
  • Audience Engagement

Our Speakers:

Kara Magoolaghan

Kara’s passion for sustainability and interest in energy efficiency drove her to Green Building Alliance, where she works to execute educational events for practitioners of high-performance buildings. Kara holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Binghamton University and is pursuing her law degree at Duquesne University.  Kara is a Certified Passive House Designer, TRUE Zero Waste Advisor, and a LEED Green Associate.

Leslie Montgomery

Leslie Montgomery is responsible for the development, planning, and implementation of all of GBA’s education, training, and networking. Leslie also facilitates the Pittsburgh Living Future Collaborative and GBA’s Sustainability Leadership Lab, and is an instructor for GBA’s LEED Green Associate and GPRO trainings. She holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Systems, a GPRO Operations & Maintenance credential, and a LEED AP for Building Design & Construction.

This event is appropriate for all levels of learning.

CEUs: Pending approval, this event should be worth 1.5 AIA LSW and GBCI CEUs.  Participants will receive self-reporting instructions or auto-reporting details following the event.




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