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Green Roof Walking Tour: Oakland

Grab your sneakers and get ready to breathe in some fresh fall air while exploring four of Oakland’s coolest green roofs. Co-hosted by the Pittsburgh 2030 District, this walking tour offers you a unique chance to see four green roofs in Oakland. That’s four tours in one!


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Building owners and managers in Oakland have focused on energy efficiency for a long time, but since the Pittsburgh 2030 District expanded into Oakland last year, there are more opportunities than ever for these owners to learn, implement, and share their knowledge about healthy and high-performing buildings.

Case in point: the green roof.

Many Oakland (and Downtown, for that matter) buildings have them, but you wouldn’t know it because you can’t see them! Green roofs help reduce the heat island effect, assist in stormwater management, reduce building energy use, and can even be used for urban food production. On this tour, you’ll get an in-depth look at four different green roofs, while also getting your daily exercise and exploring Oakland!

Our tour will begin at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum and will continue on to University of Pittsburgh’s Posvar Hall. From there, we’ll head to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and finally end our tour just before sunset at Carnegie Mellon University’s Hamerschlag Hall.

Each building will have staff members on hand to provide our private tour of their green roof. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to get four tours in one, burn some calories, and explore one of Pittsburgh’s coolest neighborhoods!

We’ll offer small snacks and portable drinks along the way. If everyone is interested in going out to dinner after the tour, we can hit up a local restaurant for dinner. 

*This tour has limited capacity.


4:00 – 4:30 – Meet at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum. Tour Roof #1

4:30 – 4:45 – Walk

4:45 – 5:15 – Arrive at University of Pittsburgh’s Posvar Hall. Tour Roof #2

5:15 – 5:30 Walk

5:30 – 6:00 – Arrive at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Tour Roof #3

6:00 – 6:15 – Walk  

6:15 – 6:45 – Arrive at CMU’s Hamerschlag Hall. Tour Roof #4



Architects, engineers, landscape architects, building owners and managers, students, sustainability consultants, Pittsburgh 2030 District partners, and interested citizens.

Pittsburgh 2030 District


  1. * Learn about the many benefits of green roofs and how they can be applied to different types of buildings.
  2. * Gain perspectives on green roofs from four building owners regarding motivation, benefits, challenges, and lessons learned.
  3. * Discover how green roofs help building owners work towards goals of the Pittsburgh 2030 District and how they can contribute to credits for LEED.
  4. * Learn how green roofs reduce heat island effect, assist in stormwater management, and reduce building energy use.


This event is approved for 2.0 GBCI CEUs and 2.0 AIA HSW hours.


Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.

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2030 Districts: Community Collaboration Toward Measurable, Yet Inspirational Goals with Measured Performance

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Green Building Trifecta: GBA Nominees Win 2015 Energy Leadership Awards

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The Numbers Are In: Pittsburgh 2030 District Building Performance Revealed

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Meet Green Building Alliance’s Russian Visitors

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Pittsburgh 2030 District Releases Water Baseline Report

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